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Ayung Resort Ubud
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Desa Melinggih Kelod | Banjar Begawan, Payangan, Bali, Indonesia   |  
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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Magnificent Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This is definitely the jewel of Ubud .... Possibly even Bali.

Nestled in the jungle, overlooking a valley just outside of Ubud, the hotel is built in and around the forest. It is quiet apart from the noise of monkeys, super huge geckos and birds... And the occasional shouts from the tourists rafting on the river below.

We were in Sita wing, a little way down the property. The rooms were very big, easily enough space for another king size bed. The furnishing is sparse but tasteful. The bathrooms are also big, tastefully done. All the mod cons were available - fridge with complimentary drinks, coffee machine with milk frother, safe, etc (but no hairdryer).

The infinity pool at Sita Wing (there are several pools throughout the hotel) had an amazing view of the forest. Unfortunately the pool faced away from the sun so it took awhile to get enough sun to tan. It also meant the pool was a little chilly.

The spa offered lovely (if a little pricey) massages. I had mine outside, with a great view of the forest.

The breakfast, although not a buffet, was amazing. A great variety of delicious items. The coffees were possibly the best we'd had during our trip in Indonesia. We also had dinner there. The meal was also very good.

The service throughout was amazing. The staff were friendly and eager to help. They dealt with every issue we had quickly and efficienctly.

Finally, the decor is surprising. Statues and artwork are dotted throughout the grounds and buildings. It is clear that the owner enjoys decorating the hotel.

This is a wonderful hotel, well worth visiting and spending a few days there.

Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

Nestled amongst lush mountains north of Ubud this resort is amazing. The grounds are a mix of manicured gardens, native plants, and impressive stone carvings that look like they have been there forever. It is an oasis carved out of a hillside where quite often the only sound to be heard is the water rushing over the rapids on the Ayung River below. No expense was spared in constructing and furnishing the traditional Balinese-style buildings, which were decorated in and out with art and sculptures from the owner's personal collection. We were most impressed by the outstanding food and service provided by the restaurant. We felt like royalty having six waiters place our meals in front of us simultaneously - and we were a party of four! The complementary a la carte breakfasts were exceptional - a feast for the taste buds and a feast for the eyes (both in the presentation of the food and the tropical vista we gazed out over). But best of all were the happy, smiling, always eager to please, staff who at a ratio of 2-1 to guests seemed to anticipate our every need. Thank you!

Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The location is perfect, not close to the city centre which is a positive for me. You can relax, walkl around. It is so peacefull and beautiful. Staff is very helpful. The hotel is new. The best part is breakfast and dinner. Served at an amasing place from a smiling personel you get to taste the food of impecable taste.
Honestly for me the best part of my trip to Bali

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Pro
Kind staf
Best breakfast ever.

Con.
In the middle of nowhere.
Very large, dark ( jungle overgrown) , steep terrain.
No ambiance empty lounge, empty restaurant, empty pool.( we where there in peak season)
Takes 1 hour to go to ubud.
Rooms outdated, very weak WiFi .

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Ayung Resort is classy, but comfortable – not stuffy. Our room was a ‘basic’ in the “Laksmana” block, which appears to have 18 rooms – 3 rooms on each side of a central staircase and 3 levels. Room 105 was close to the stairs on the ground floor – but is still above pool level. All rooms overlook the pool. Rooms have a complementary drinks bar fridge with only soft drink cans, ovaltine drinks and a large carton of fresh milk. Alcohol is available in your room through room service. The room has a kettle, plus a pod espresso machine (with 4 pods), plus a milk frother and a kettle. The rooms have two refilled bottles of drinking water.
The rooms are spacious and furnished with dark Balinese furniture that is above average quality (doors and drawers close!). A/C is a small unit, but temperatures are not extreme at this altitude. The floor and bathroom are alabaster marble – which I don’t like, but I guess it looks ‘classy’. Everything was sparkling clean except a small stain on the bed runner.
The whole property reminds me of The Samaya just out of Ubud – but I don’t think the Samaya has anything but cottages. The long, cobbled roads meander down to the river. Whereas the Samaya has a first class restaurant on the river, the Ayung Resort is in a steeper valley and has chosen to put the restaurant at the top of the property, where you can get commanding views of the river valley. Some of the rafting companies start their tours within sight of your breakfast table. A few reports talk about it being a new property, but it is well settled into its surroundings and the steady maintenance needed in Bali was already underway. It is a steep walk to the river – don’t hold high expectations of the ‘deer park’. This feature looks more like it might be more for the owner’s dinner indulgence than anything else – it is a sad, dirt pen with nothing growing, rickety fencing – but much better than your average Balinese cow stall. The bungalows look large and impressive from the outside. We saw plenty of monkeys, squirrels and bats in the grounds.
On our first day, we had ‘afternoon tea’ brought to the room – two small savoury tarts each (make your own tea).
Dinner service starts at 7pm – we would have been there at 6pm on the first night – tired and hungry from our travel. About 6:50, room service wanted to offer ‘turn down’ service – I said we would be out in 10 minutes, but the group of 5 staff clearly didn’t want to come back. I was given two chocolates at the door (the ones that mysteriously appeared’ for others) and that was our turn down service!
Dinner was about AUD$90 including 3 small beers and two good glasses of NZ wine. We only had main and dessert. We declined bottled water, but soon had glasses of chilled water poured that were topped up through the night. We were served a lovely ‘amuse bouch’ of smoked marlin and then warm bread rolls. Service was a little pushy – pressing us to order an entrée and quickly order more beer/ wine. Service and the experience were really lovely though. We opted for an ‘outside’ table on the balcony of the restaurant – and were offered a herbal mossie spray that smelt good. The lights clearly attract a few bugs from the valley jungle, but they were deftly swept away periodically and were not a worry.
At breakfast the service was still pushy – which just goes to show it is not mercenary in nature, as whatever you want is included in the tariff, but there is no buffet. We were a little undecided or unclear about breads and pastries to order, so we were served a large platter of everything. We saw a single diner got the same large board of options with two of everything – bread, English muffins, cheese muffins and cheese scones, Danish, croissant, bread, jams and a tiny pat of butter. Then fruit platter (surprisingly poor), and your choice of cooked breakfast. My wife ordered ‘plain scrambled eggs on toast’ – it wasn’t on the menu, but clearly they could do it. A bewildering choice of additions were declined. The eggs came not so plain - towered on tiny toasted English muffin with diced tomato on top, then a side of grilled vegetables. It was not exactly what we ordered, but the frills could be left on the plate and were very nicely presented and well received.
Our first full day included a long walk by ourselves to Tegal Lallang, then we spent an afternoon at the pool (the large Laksmana pool to ourselves). Lounges are dressed with two towels and one to use. We were offered cool towels and iced water to ease the pain. The gym is clean and well-appointed with good quality gear. Complementary daily yoga was not something we tried, but we saw it underway.
On our last day, we used the complementary shuttle to drop us in Ubud with or bags. Before we left the carpark at the drop off point, we had our taxi to our next hotel in Sidemen all sorted, and we were off!
Unfortunately, my wife felt suddenly ill less than 30 minutes after leaving the hotel. We had enjoyed our last three meals at Ayung Resort (dinner, breakfast, and lunch after checking out), so we are in little doubt that the sudden and terrible illness that spoilt the next few days of our holiday must have been caused in some way from the restaurant. We did both thoroughly enjoy the hotel and the restaurant. The lack of other similar experiences suggests that ours was an isolated experience.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This is a great spot - the lobby is like a museum and pool view is spectacularly. It's a little far out from Ubud and the golf cart rides can get a bit tiresome if you are staying further into the property.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Stayed a lot of places around the world and this would have to be one of the best! Absolutely amazing and the rooms are great with high ceilings and the most amazing bathrooms . I recommend this resort for couples as a romantic getaway. It is situated in a rain forest making you feel very secluded! Also has a nice gym and yoga every morning . Monkeys even come onto your balcony!

Stayed February 2014
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Address: Desa Melinggih Kelod | Banjar Begawan, Payangan, Bali, Indonesia
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Location: Indonesia > Bali > Payangan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Payangan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Ayung Resort Ubud 4.5*
Number of rooms: 53
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ayung Resort is a breathtaking, mystique and unique lifestyle hotel, perched high up on the bank of a mostly untouched tropical mountain rainforest gorge, in the traditional Balinese village of Payangan Ubud, surrounded by the gentle, spiritual tranquility and pace of Balinese life. Along this serene 8 hectares rain forest domain runs The Ayung, Bali’s most sacred mountain river. In the rocks of the hotels pathways and along it’s 600 meters long riverbank fronting the Ayung Resort, 250 of the finest Balinese Stone Carvers have painstakingly worked,for over a 2 year period,to carve the spectacular Hindu mythologies, Ramayana and Mahabharata amongst others. These stone carvings have become the most sought after photo opportunity of the hotel. ... more   less 
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