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The Purist Villas and Spa
Ranked #11 of 200 Hotels in Ubud
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 22, 2011

The bamboo villa with private pool is wonderful, great design and greatly decorated with indigenous art from Timor.
The food in the restaurant is solid in quality and presentation as is the spa.definitively on of the nicest places we've stayed!

  • Stayed: October 2011
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Reviewed October 16, 2011

I ended my trip in Bali here and couldn't have made a better a choice. After my friends departed i headed to Purist and it was the perfect end to a great trip.

The staff is great and always attentive. The food might have been the best food i had in indonesia - even better than the famous Mozaic (which i thought was overrated).

The bamboo villa was perfect. Great decor, quiet, beautiful bathroom, amazing showers and great deck area. It was october so not as hot as it normally is but still warm, but i was disappointed that the pool wasn't heated - it was actually pretty cold so i couldnt enjoy it as much as i would have liked to.

Cons: the rooster that kept crowing at 5AM...be prepared - it's not always quiet. It was also my bad luck i was next door to a family with some very very loud kids - that got really old, very quickly.

Overall, i would absolutely recommend this place, especially for honeymooners or young couples...it's also a nice place for solo travelers to get away and just chill.

I met the owner Alberto who was extremely friendly and hospitable...it sounds like they are building out quite a bit so i imagine by this time next year it will be even more amazing.

Stayed: October 2011, traveled solo
1  Thank pac1834
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Reviewed October 10, 2011

We had an upgrade on the first night, so we had a pool on our own. The view was fantastic there, and I would suggest to make the reservation for the room with a pool. The remaining days we stayed in the River Villa which had no swimming pool on it's own, and despite the main pool was nice too, we felt that having a Gazebo on your own with a nice pool is much more relaxing, as there are no parasols to cover the area at all in the main pool and without a parasol is quite tough when the sun is quite strong especially in the morning hours.
The only thing we were annoyed with, was the driver that they had - quite a competency going on among the 2 hired drivers and the external drivers. Every time we used the car with the hotel drivers, all they asked was what did we do and who drove to where, and once we mentioned that we had an external driver (which was only a coincidence) who drove us around the whole day, the hotel driver was not pleased at all. However, these 2 drivers do not speak well English, and the external driver we had spoke very fluent english and we really had a good time having this driver with us as we were much much informed about places we visited and the life of Bali. I'd recommend to have this driver (his name was Made ((Madi?)) I think) instead if possible.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Welikegoodhotels
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Reviewed October 8, 2011

We stayed in Hill Villa at the Purist Villas, a series of discrete, detached villas on a beautiful site full of palm trees and other foliage - it felt like being in the rain forest.
The villa was just a fabulous fusion of modern european and antique Indonesian - stylish and comfortable. The food is totally organic and the signature muesli something to be experienced for breakfast! We had massages in the Spa (excellent) swam in the pool, ate delicious suppers on our balcony and felt totally nurtured by the incredible team of Purist staff. We have travelled the world to some of the most exclusive hotels and can honestly say that the service here was more distinguished and subtle and effective than anywhere we have been. Breathtaking!

Room Tip: Just have a look at the photos of the villas on the website. If you want to sunbathe some of the Vi...
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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4  Thank elinorline
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Reviewed October 2, 2011

Beware this hotel is not as it appears online and makes me question all the other reviews and how they seem to miss some key points. It is in an extremely remote location so you feel isolated and a shuttle runs twice a day. The dirt path, wild dogs, and baking sun do not make it for a pleasant 30 minute walk into town. Oh yes there is also a chained monkey at a nearby house temple. In the hotel, on the other hand, you are exposed- rooms are easily viewed/accessed with little privacy. Some are very noisy due to children by the pool, construction, and neighboring cock fighting farm. My MAIN COMPLAINT though, is the situation that happened when we first arrived. We were told that there was work being done in our villa and that we were being moved to an equivalent one. When asked to see our villa, we were told it was “dusty”. The equivalent one was not a villa but a room with no private outdoor space, very little light, etc. When we met the hotel owner he confirmed that work was being done, no apologies. I then peaked into the villa we were supposed to have and noticed clothing. Then I confronted the manager he admitted that there were people still staying there. They allowed us to stay later the day we were leaving so I am very grateful for that but even with that there was a lot of confusion and lack of communication, mainly on the part on the manager. Aside from all this though, the hotel is just not run affectively. There is either a lack of management or oversight or possibly a lack of money- maybe all three. A lot of “fibbing” that is easily caught, a lot of miscommunication and misrepresentation.

Overall the owners obviously put a lot of effort and money into the property but it misses the mark. The kitchen was the one thing that seemed to run smoothly and efficiently with a lot of love put into meals. But aside from that there are some maintenance issues that need to be resolved and things require a lot of cleaning. Deck furniture, chairs, rugs are stained and dirty. Floors need a lot of scrubbing, greenery needs a lot of attention. In general this hotel does not have a nice and manicured feel to it even though the intention was obviously there but not followed up on. Things are tidied but there does not seem to be any consistency or careful planning in place.

I also want to mention the 150 minute massage package which is actually a treatment, part massage, part scrub, part bath. We were only given a 9am-2pm slot on a saturday and had to do 9 am.. in broad daylight. I should mention that this was my mother and I. We were stripped almost entirely naked.. together.. touched in places that would certainly make you blush, to say the least. We were left to lie there topless and covered in yogurt, but the kicker was when we were told to get up.. together, with no robes and with 2 massage therapists in the room, and take a bath.. together.. in one bath tub. At which point I said I was done and I’d wait until my mother showers. I mean we aren’t a honeymooning couple here, didn’t anyone notice? The massage was very good- not the fault of the masseuses, but just be aware that this is no a regular spa massage..

Room Tip: Choose Timor or Garden villa and stay away from River 2 and Jungle
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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20  Thank Tasukete
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Reviewed October 1, 2011

We ended up booking a night at The Purist after messing up our dates at another hotel and to be honest we wished we'd stayed longer!

We arrived two hours before check-in but our villa (Jungle) was ready for us and they let us have it straight away. We were greeted with flowers and drinks and made to feel right at home by our 'butler'!

The villa itself was beautifully appointed with everything you'd expect - flat screen t.v. robes, magazines, a massage stone and your very own fishes!!

We spent the whole day by the pool which is a great length for swimming and very secluded.

Food was good but not great.

Overall would absolutely recommend staying here for anyone looking for luxury and a little peace and quiet.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank donnaleedew
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Reviewed October 1, 2011

We have just returned home after staying an enjoyable and relaxing 4 nights at The Purist with our three young children aged 2-6yrs of age. We stayed in the Hill Villa which was beautifully furnished. Upon entry there is a lovely verandah area complete with stone diniing table and day bed, which leads into a small comfortable lounge area. The bedroom areas were simple but spacious and tastefully furnished. A wonderfully comfortable 4 poster bed complete with mosquito net is up a steep set of wooden stairs, and the kids room was downstairs in two single beds. The bathroom is very tasteful, has two sinks, outdoor shower and bath - very private.

All the staff at Purist were a pleasure to deal with. A "butler" is provided to each residence, and ours were very pleasant and always willing to accommodate our requests, no matter how small. We tested their patience with the kids pushing incorrect buttons on the remote rendering the TV unusable - but a quick phonecall to reception always resulted in the butler appearing with a big smile, clicking on a few buttons on the remote to fix the problem. The drivers both into town (just 5mins) and out and about were very pleasant and informative. Nothing was a hassle. Sugeng the Manager was fantastic. Our flight was not until midnight and we were required to vacate the Villa at 12pm as the villa was booked. Sugeng happily stored our bags, let us use the pool area throughout the afternoon, and facilitated the use of another villa to have a shower prior to dinner and leaving. He also gave each of our kids a small gift which was a lovely gesture, and appreciated.

The Hill Villa has a small pool and large double day bed situated outside the kids bedroom. The area is wonderfully relaxing. A word of warning though to others with young families - the pool is deep, and there is a simple lock (no key) on the kids bedroom door that leads staright out to the pool. Our kids were under strict instruction not to go out to the pool area without an adult, but there was the constant thought in the back of our minds they could open the door themselves. To alleviate this concern my husband did sleep downstairs with two of the kids, whilst the other slept upstairs with me! Not quite what we had in mind. Adding a high key lock to the door high out of reach would address these concerns, and add to a more relaxing experience. The main pool area is great surrounded by lush forest and very quiet.

Food - The food was generally good, but not fantastic like in many of the restaurants in central Ubud. Like others have mentioned, having to inform the staff 2 hrs prior to wanting to eat was a little inconvenient, and the standard fare such as Nasi Goreng whilst presented nicely, was not a great standard compared to that in town and much more expensive. Breakfast was great - Plunger Bali Coffee, Danish pastries, eggs, cereal, and fruit.

Overall we would highly recommend The Purist for a relaxing visit away from the busy centre of Ubud. In a nutshell we recommend the following improvements to make it a truly perfect holiday experience (not so much a criticism, but would really add to the experience):
- provide better security to the private pool area;
- improve lunch/dinner menu and availability (is food currently cooked off site??)
- provide improved tea/cofee facilities in the villa (selection too limited).

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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3  Thank JenTran
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Additional Information about The Purist Villas and Spa

Address: Jl. Tirta Tawar | Banjar Kutuh Kaja, Ubud 80571, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Ubud
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Romantic Hotel in Ubud
#9 Spa Hotel in Ubud
#11 Luxury Hotel in Ubud
Price Range: $167 - $392 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Purist Villas and Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located four minutes’ drive from Ubud centre, The Purist Villas is a design-inspired oasis of calm. A collection of seventeen unique and spacious luxury residences, villas, and suites, most with private swimming pools, complimented by an elevated wellness centre, poolside restaurant and lounge areas. Contemporary and Indonesian architecture has been thoughtfully combined, well-furnished, and styled with a large and valuable collection of fine textiles and Indonesian artefacts. Owner-designers Yvonne Hulst and Alberto Cortes, together with architect Joost van Grieken have created a most spectacular villa resort, a beautiful estate, in harmony with the landscape of the lush valley of the Tawar river. Featuring an eclectic palette of materials, including recycled wood, lava & limestone, green river stones, and authentic artefacts from years of traveling the Indonesian archipelago. Balisimo restaurant, situated poolside in the peaceful Purist environment, honours the slow food philosophy. Fresh, organic produce prepared by an experienced team of Chefs results in a collection of healthy and delicious seasonal menus. The devoted and well-trained team of dedicated Butlers are intuitive to guests needs, establishing the Purist villas excellent reputation for superior, attentive service. The Purist Spa offers a range of blissful Ayurvedic treatments and uses high-end Sensatia products; Ayurveda is the ancient Indian philosophy of healing and wellbeing, focusing on re-balancing energy. The Purist's meditation and yoga therapists are finely attuned to the practice of working with energy, having mastered the art of mindful touch. The Purist Villas have brought a new benchmark of luxury boutique villa resort accommodation to Ubud and should not be missed. ... more   less 
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