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“Beautiful Villas and Wonderful Service” 5 of 5 stars
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The Purist Villas and Spa
4.5 of 5 Spa   |   Jl. Tirta Tawar | Banjar Kutuh Kaja, Ubud 80571, Indonesia   |  
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“Beautiful Villas and Wonderful Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We stayed in the Timor Villa -- it was beautiful and very peaceful. The attentive staff were friendly and helpful. Located slightly out of Ubud, you'll need to take taxis in and out of town, but the staff happily arranged everything for us and made excellent recommendations for restaurants.

Room Tip: Timor Villa was beautifully appointed and located away from main areas, so very peaceful.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

My wife and I stayed at the Bamboo Villa for 2 nights. There is a private infinity pool where excess water falls into a lower terrace where the spa is. The Bale/patio was where we had our breakfasts and a candle light dinner. The shower and toilet are outdoor.

The property is small, located in a quaint village north of Ubud. The owners, one from Spain and the other from the Netherlands, as I was told, were creative to utilise the land to build 7 stunning villas. The drive to Ubud central takes about 5 minutes but always cost IDR 50,000.

The villas 15 staff are all Balinese except 1 I think. Most are from Ubud too. Our butler is even from the village where the Purist is in. They were extremely attentive to our needs. There is turn down service each evening. During our stay, 5 other villages were occupied but we felt like all attention was given to us. We didn't bump into a single other guest during our stay. All these thanks to a low guest-to-staff ratio.

The only downside with the Bamboo Village is that, next to is somebody's house/farm. During the day, you will hear children playing and the occasional chatter from the neighbours.

It was our first time to Bali so we do not have any basis for comparison with other villas in the area. But if you're looking for a peaceful and quiet visit to Ubud (which all visits to Ubud should be for), then it is a recommended place to stay.

Room Tip: I would try either the Garden Villa or Hill Villa should I come here again.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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5 Thank cryzpene
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

We loved every bit of it!!
Everything was perfect, service was impeccable, every little details was taken care.
The location is a bit far away from Ubud center and kind of hidden, that may be also the beauty of it! We will definitely come back here.

Room Tip: River villa has amazing decor but the hill was the best for us
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

If you want to spoil yourself for a memorable trip to Bali, then by all means choose The Purist. It's style, sophistication and butler service were all 5 star. The grounds are covered in artifacts from all over the Indonesian archipelago that were hand picked by the owners. I loved my open air shower and peaceful deck that looked out to the jungle. Amazing top level service around the clock - it was a true gem. The food was also amazing. I would highly recommend this piece of heaven to all.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
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6 Thank Knash624
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Daly City, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

After a long laborious flight from California, this place was the perfect spot to relax. It had all the amenities to spoil yourself (including your own private pool and patio if you chose the correct villa), and the perfect staff. The staff including the butler were amazing and did everything to make you feel like royalty. The driver who picked us up waited for 2 hours and was very nice (since the immigration line is very long - it is slow on purpose since you can pay extra to skip the line, just watch out on extra fees at the airport!). He kept a smile and even apologized on behalf of the airport :)

Every morning, they serve breakfast (anything you want) on your patio. They come in advance and prepare your table, and the food is delicious. The breakfast caters to both local food or the American breakfast (continental or big breakfast with eggs, bacon, etc). The coffee in Bali is really good! They also have their own main pool which is also nice, and a driver at your service if you need it. We hired our own driver from another recommendation which turned out a bit cheaper.

The amenities are very nice and we also did not notice too many bugs since they kept insect repellent coils lit outside on the patio and near the bathroom. Our villa was 2 stories with a master bedroom in the upstairs and another bedroom downstairs. The bathroom shower was indoor/outdoor which was really nice. And, the private pool included a cabana which was really relaxing. The main thing was that it was really quiet the whole time and you can easily get lost in the tropical jungle atmosphere especially after any long trips or the daily excursions. I highly recommend this spot for any travelers (couples, families, etc).

Room Tip: Ask for the 2 bedroom villa (2 stories). There may be only one available on the property.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

We stayed at the bamboo villa for five nights in May. The villa and surrounds are beautiful. The staff were also very polite and helpful. I would love to give the Purist five stars but what lets it down is no fault of the owners. There is construction occurring next door - right next to the bamboo villa. From the hours of 6.30am to 8pm we heard power tools, hammering and the conversations of the workers. I had a one hour massage and although the therapist was amazing I couldn't relax due to the noise. We mentioned the noise to one of the staff on the second day and they said it should stop in the afternoon which it didn't. By the fourth day I was ready to move hotels, so my husband mentioned the noise again to the manager who promptly moved us to another villa. In my opinion the bamboo villa shouldn't be rented out until the construction is complete - as it's a lot of money to pay when you are unable to unwind due to the noise.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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4 Thank Jens_spork
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014 via mobile

Absolutely loved my stay here. Tucked away down a dirt track outside ubud (just about walkable) but I would suggest not. Only a small amount of rooms (8 I think) so never feels busy. Staff are friendly and amazingly helpful. I cannot speak highly enough of the team there.

  • Stayed January 2014
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6 Thank Rich B
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Property: The Purist Villas and Spa
Address: Jl. Tirta Tawar | Banjar Kutuh Kaja, Ubud 80571, Indonesia
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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
#11 Luxury Hotel in Ubud
#12 Spa Hotel in Ubud
#18 Family Hotel in Ubud
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Purist Villas and Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to The Purist Villas and Spa, a PURE HAVEN of relaxation near the heart of Bali’s spiritual and artistic homeland. The Purist Villas & Spa is a hip designer’s hideaway nestled just behind a rustic Balinese village, where you can still see all aspects of traditional rural life, including daily offerings, traditional dances and music. Comprised of seventeen uniquely styled and tastefully appointed villas, this enchanting property at The Purist offers privacy, design-led luxury and a deep sense of tranquility set in breathtaking, natural surroundings. Manifesting a true feeling of the Magical Island Of The Gods. Each villa is an oasis of calm, created using natural materials and all have living spaces which open directly to the outdoors, overlooking the lush tropical Jungle. HOMAGE TO THE INDONESIAN ARCHIPELAGO The JOG-LO house, The LIMASAN Residence and The TIMOR Residence, are a combination of three villas reflecting an ancient Indonesian architecture, fully renovated and modernized with high-grade facilities. All beautifully reassembled with modern convenience in mind, they are all ideally suited to accommodate extended families or groups of friends, and perfect for special events like weddings. The Purist Villas & Spa embody the ancient Hindu beliefs of balance, harmony and purity of spirit; to this, we add a deep respect for the natural environment. Yvonne Hulst and Alberto Cortes have worked closely with architect Joost van Grieken to create a truly spectacular experience, a tasteful, beautiful resort designed in harmony with its landscape - the fragrant, lush hills of Bali’s magical Ubud region. We use an eclectic palette of materials, including recycled wood, authentic Indonesian artifacts, natural lava and lime stone and green river stones. Our wish is to connect our guests with Bali’s many spiritual and artistic traditions. That’s why we’ve furnished The Purist with only the most beautiful and authentic artifacts which we’ve slowly accumulated on our travels among the various Indonesian islands. In the peaceful Purist environment, we honor the slow food philosophy – it comes to you freshly organic, fair and delicious in harmony with the environment and seasons. That said, we cater to all dietary requirements and understand that culinary pleasure is an essential part of your stay. For that reason in particular, we select our chefs from among Bali’s finest and offer both Indonesian and International dining options. Complete with a unique Asian flare, traditional Balinese spices mixed with international delicacies. The Purist Spa offers a range of blissful Ayurvedic treatments and Sensatia products; Ayurveda is the ancient Indian philosophy of healing and well~being, focusing on re-balancing energy. With training that includes meditation and yoga, our therapists are deeply attuned to the practice of working with energy, and have mastered the art of mindful touch. The term ‘thank you’ in 'Bahasa Indonesia' implies both ‘giving’ and ‘receiving’ – our therapists are skilled at giving all they have, while inviting you to take all you need. You simply say ‘Terima Kasih’ – thank you. Still the mind and become fully present to the beauty around you by taking a yoga session or two. Our yoga teachers have trained abroad in some of the world’s finest yoga schools and can be booked for private sessions, in small intimate groups of four. You’ll find yoga mats in your room, simply let us know what style of yoga you prefer – if you have a preference - and we will ensure to bring the right teacher to your door. Complimentary shuttles to Ubud center are scheduled daily for guests. The airport is around 90 minutes away by road depending on the traffic situation. With The Purist, Yvonne and Alberto succeeded in creating yet another home away from home, which has become their trademark signature. The Purist offers only seven private villas, making it the smallest boutique hotel in Bali. In this way, we can meet any of your personal and specific needs. The Purist: sophisticated hospitality stripped to the essence ... more   less 
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