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Swasti Eco Cottages
Ranked #51 of 200 Hotels in Ubud
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 5, 2013

We had a wonderful stay here. The room (Sita) was delightful with a ceiling fan (not very effective) and a stand alone fan (much needed). As other reviewers have noted, it can remain very warm at nights here, however, we found the fan was enough - actually rather nice to do without the air-con. Creepy crawlies were also not a problem (apart from a few ants), despite us leaving the balcony doors open. The bed was comfy and the bathroom lovely (although the water pressure is a bit low).

The pool was lovely and relaxing but the restaurant was only OK. I agree with another reviewer about the tea - I asked for Earl Grey but got...something else! We arranged to climb Mt Batur through the hotel which requires you leaving at 2.30am! The hotel told us they would provide a packed-breakfast which turned out to be tofu sandwiches made with dried out bread!! Disgusting & went straight in the bin (fortunately we'd bought some snacks to help us up the mountain). However, we did have a nice curry for lunch on our first day here.

The staff were very friendly & helpful (especially calling the airport everyday for us trying to discover if my suitcase had turned up). However, don't buy the 'natural' shampoos/conditioners at reception as they are not very good at cleaning and moisturising your hair - however eco-friendly they are!

We hired a bike from the shop at the end of the road so never had to 'endure' the walk through the monkey forest on the way back from Ubud!

Overall a lovely stay.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

Overall, I think the Swasti is good value for money in pricey Ubud, offers a nice sense of space and peace, and deserves props for the efforts it is making to shrink its ecological footprint. But there are definite challenges. The insistence on 3-day stay is a hassle. The restaurant is frankly grim - the staff is charming and helpful, but the food is bland, gloppy and disappointing. Breakfast drove me to despair. They couldn't make a cup of Earl Grey tea to save their lives (I must have been served 10 other varieties.) We had to make an emergency room shift late on our first night because there was an ant's nest in my son's bed - not a few ants, but a full-on colony of 10s of 1000s of red ants. So that was a major hassle and a bit horrifying and one wonders how they can have not noticed this - the ants had created a major crevasse in the bedroom wall. Happily they had another cottage for us to tote our kids into - but what were we meant to do if not? The cottages are sweet wooden buildings, but overly minimalist - a few creature comforts would be nice. Liked the emphasis on recycling, but could NOT get them to give me a waste basket - and what are you supposed to do with used dental floss and diapers? I wound up carrying them across the property to the front desk - where the staffer put them in the recycling bin! The organic farm is lovely, the animals are charming - but the cottage we were moved to after the ant incident was adjacent to the rooster coop and so we, and the children, were up at 5 every day - not so restful. The pool is shady and nice but one definitely has the sense one should make one's children whisper ... I think there are probably better options in Ubud for the price - with more creature comforts and more charm and much better food - but there are definitely far worse places to stay as well.

Room Tip: the cottages are more spacious and secluded, good for relaxing, but lack AC, and Dharma is right nex...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank StephanieWebb
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

I lasted one night here. They have a 2 day cancellation policy and couldn't refund our money so we paid for 3 nights we couldn't use which was really disappointing considering we couldn't sleep at all here. For the price, which isn't cheap for Bali standards we really expected a better degree of liveability in the room. We rented the bungalow that was only fitted out with a small ceiling fan which was NOT adequate in the heat. The room was just so hot, even at night and we didn't sleep at all! In addition to that the bedding was wet and damp and the mattress' stained and super hard. There were huge spiders in the room and mosquitos everywhere. You had the choice of closing the bungalow up and reducing the bugs or opening it up and reducing the heat. Just awful. Everyone we spoke to had a really relaxing time but they must have had the airconditioned rooms with the dry bedding and the not ridiculously rock-like mattress.

Make sure if you leave the hotel at night you bring a torch too because that pitch black 20 minute walk through the rabid monkey forest of death is the most terrifying experience you'll ever have. You can hear them but you can't see them. You can't also see the edge of the paths that go over ravines and water too. It was like that temple run game for realsies.

Some positives tho!
water cooler in the room was excellent
bathroom was lovely and spacious even though the water pressure was non-existent in the shower
the staff were so friendly and beautiful
the spa was the most wonderful massage in Ubud
the breakfast was very nice
the pool was lovely
the grounds were lovely

but
will NEVER stay here again really value SLEEP


Also they only provide WIFI in the restaurant and reception areas and it gets switched off at 10pm which is really inconvenient.

Room Tip: Do not stay in a bungalow fitted with only a fan it is not adequate, the rooms are not designed well...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

We really enjoyed our stay here. The hotel is near the Monkey Forest and is an easy 20 minute walk into Ubud. We opted for an AC room, which was a good choice as Ubud can have very warm nights. The grounds were really lovely; mature trees and paths wandering through to the organic garden in the back, where most of the food is grown for the cafe. The pool area is very nice, although they could put a few more lounge chairs around the pool, particularly in the shaded areas. The food is inconsistent in the restaurant. We had a wonderful, tasty lunch, but our chocolate cake with ice cream was awful. Breakfast is average. I particularly loved the bamboo straws used in the drinks, what a great idea! I would definitely return to this beautiful hotel.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

Myself and my partner stayed at Swasti Eco cottages for three days. We stayed in the Lola traditional bungalow, which was lovely and spacious, with a little porch and a very cool outdoor bathroom. The restaurant made delicious food, set amongst the backdrop of the organic gardens. The pool was very clean and well shaded. Myself and my partner had a couples massage by the great spa staff, and I also had a lovely pedicure while I sipped on chai tea and watched the rain pour down outside. It was truly blissful!

The location of Swasti is also ideal, as it is near the monkey forest but away from the main street of Ubud, so it is very peaceful while only a short walk from the action. The resort was also great value, at $60 AUD a night during low season.

The staff were absolutely wonderful and organised all our day trips to the nearby temples, white water rafting on the Ayung river, and bike hire. Out of all the places we stayed in Bali and the Gili's, I enjoyed Swasti and Ubud the most.

Room Tip: The traditional bungalows are more private and very spacious, but don't have AC - it is colder i...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

Really lovely people, delicious food, beautiful room. No air conditioning in the room we stayed in, "Wayan," but there was a totally decent ceiling fan which kept us plenty cool at night. And there's a very nice pool, super relaxing spot to cool off in. The bathroom was so airy and artfully done - it got such wonderful light in the morning. I think we were near the kitchen because we could hear a lot of people coming and going, and could smell different things cooking throughout the day, but we didn't mind at all - very nice aromas. Location was great for us, we don't like being right in the middle of busyness, but like being able to walk to the center of things. We were glad we brought a headlamp for walking home at night though. Loved the gardens and the flowers that they decorated the room & bathroom with. Nice massage at the spa. Loved having a big jug of filtered water in the room - much greener than buying new bottles all the time.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Emily B
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

Was a perfect place to stay for people who love nature and ecological living, the service was fine and very friendly as well as helpful staff. Safe, quiet and huge of green garden, the wooden cottages has mixture style of Javanese and Balinese rustic style.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank Nohero_23
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Additional Information about Swasti Eco Cottages

Address: Nyuh Kuning, Ubud 80571, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Ubud
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#17 Best Value Hotel in Ubud
#21 Family Hotel in Ubud
#37 Romantic Hotel in Ubud
Price Range: $28 - $69 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Swasti Eco Cottages 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Swasti Eco Cottages is a charming hotel situated in Nyuh Kuning, a small and quiet woodcarver village adjacent to central Ubud (1 hour from the airport), of 14 cottages and bungalows with a swimming pool, an organic restaurant and vegetable garden and an Eco-Spa providing 100% natural treatments. Swasti Eco Cottages is a place of its own, where you will find yourself submerged in local Balinese culture and a family-like atmosphere with Serenity and peace. ... more   less 
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