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“Simply the most outstanding hotel we have ever stayed in!” 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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Ranked #15 of 169 Hotels in Ubud
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Simply the most outstanding hotel we have ever stayed in!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We stayed initially for 4 nights in the Garden villa then returned for a further 4 nights and stayed in the River Residence with our daughter and partner.. We have travelled extensively throughout the world and this is undoubtedly the best hotel we have ever stayed in which is indeed a major achievement.

The use of the world "villas" in the title of the hotel maybe initially misleading, The Purist is a HOTEL with exquisite individually designed villas all to the highest possible standard. Each combines a strong Balinese design but contrasted with exceptionally modern design elements. You will have to thumb through the pictures to decide which villa you prefer. Having now stayed in two and viewed a number of the rest they all excite. Why would anyone want to go back to a hotel where all the rooms are broadly similar straight from the interior designer's drawing board?

The Purist's food also require special mention. It is possible to eat in your room (each villa has a dining table), eat on your deck or by your private pool. We only ate in the restaurant area once which was also excellent. The food is very carefully prepared and presented although given that you are in Ubud, the culinary centre of Bali, it is by no means the only choice.

Even with all the above it would not be our best hotel ever if it wasn't for the amazing staff. Balinese hotel staff are always well trained and very attentive but in the Purist without exception the staff are an amazing team who deliver great service without being over stuffy or intrusive.

What would we change? Well we would want it on wheels so that wherever we went next it was miraculously there..

Room Tip: They are all so very different you really need to study the photos and decide which have the right f...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We stayed at Purist for the first 3 nights of our honeymoon in Bali. We spent the first night in the Hill Villa and the next 2 nights in the Garden Villa. First of all I would like to mention the great way in which we were greeted by the staff despite our late evening arrival, first by the driver who picked us up from the airport and then at the villas. We were given frangipani flowers to put around our necks, received a nice honeymoon dessert upon arrival, and found the bathtub ready and full of rose pedals. Most of the above are standard practice in luxury villas in Bali, but for us - having never been - marked a great start for our honeymoon.
The property is beautiful with great attention to detail, very appealing, modern design, great architecture, awesome design furniture (if you're into this sort of thing) and - most importantly - you get the feeling of actually being amid the jungle, which was what we enjoyed the most.
Breakfast served in the villa was delicious and the range of things on offer was satisfactory. It was always served on time.
Service was excellent and all staff members referred to us by our first names - which was nice.
They were very knowledgeable and eager to assist with reservations, suggestions for activities etc.
Overall we had an excellent stay at the Purist and would recommend it very highly for guests wishing to be pampered and enjoy a truly luxurious and romantic experience.
The only reason I did not give the Purist a 5* review was the shuttle service, were I feel there is room for improvement, as the complimentary shuttle to and from Ubud only runs 3 times a day and we felt we had to arrange our schedule around those times or arrange alternative transport on oue own.
Finally I would like to make a personal mention to our excellent driver Widi, the best of many drivers we came across during our stay. He was our guide for two whole-day tours that we arranged all over the island, always smiling, fluent in English, ready to take photos etc when we asked, accommodated our requests to deviate from the tour schedule and make an impromptu stop at a Kopi Luwak plantation. Thanks Widi, keep up the good work!

Room Tip: The Hill villa is beautiful, its private pool is a bit smaller but the veranda overlooks the main po...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

A stylish property with attention to detail in design and architecture. Took a glean at almost all the villas in the estate and my favourite is the Hill villa because of the double storey configuration. Size of the living room is perfect for a couple and the dining area overlooks the whole estate. Bedroom is very romantic with 4 poster bed and natural materials lining the walls and ceiling...

The beauty of the place is all rooms are unique. We stayed for 3 nights in different villas for different experience. We also hanged out at the common pool and it's still quiet and private.

Room Tip: Hill villa is very special with 2 storey - bedroom on upper mezzanine level and super romantic/priva...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

The Purist was exceptional, having stayed at the Viceroy previously and other 5 star Villa resorts The Purist was a pleasant surprise.The service was exceptional and intimate having almost the feel of a "home stay". My wife and I highly recommend The Purist. Enjoy!

Room Tip: If you want total privacy make sure they have installed the new "for" that I was told of w...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

We stayed 5 nights was absolutely fantastic. Great staff and service was excellent.They pay allot of attention to detail and they will arrange everything for you . Great pool and room will definitely be back.
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Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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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
    • 5 of 5 stars
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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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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
#13 Luxury Hotel in Ubud
#15 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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