My partner and I stayed at Kertiyasa Bungalows for 9 nights from the 11th of June until the 20th of June 2012. We had an excellent time! I booked the accommodation online (via wotif) and didn’t have any problems at all. We booked a deluxe bungalow (approx $110 per night incl breakfast, afternoon tea and 2 bottles of water daily) which was a two storey complex with a sitting room, day bed, kitchen and outdoor bathroom downstairs and a bedroom with ensuite toilet upstairs. Our bungalow had its own garden which included a pond full of cute tadpoles. (The towel swans were a nice touch too!)
From the moment we got to Bali we were really impressed with Kertiyasa. I had arranged for an airport transfer through Kertiyasa from Denpasar Airport. Sure enough our driver I Made was there waiting for us. He got us safely back to our hotel (No mean feat if you’ve ever experienced Bali’s peak hour traffic!) and over the course of our trip taught us so much about Balinese people, landscape and culture. He was really excellent!
Having never travelled overseas before, we were a little confused by the checking in process when we got to the Bungalows. They were very eager to make sure that we were comfortable. Upon our arrival we were pretty much ordered to sit down and enjoy a welcome lemon juice which was really lovely but at the time we were completely befuddled as we assumed we would just sign in and go to our room. After our welcome drink both ourselves and our bags were taken to our room and we were given a tour of our room and after that we were left to our own devices.
The room itself was both air-conditioned and fan cooled. It was also spotless with housekeeping coming at least 3 times everyday to make sure things were in order (though we barely noticed as they always came in when we out).
We got fresh sheets and towels each day and we also got two complimentary bottles of water each day. All of this was well above our expectations. They also made sure the aircon was on for us and at night they turned the bedcovers back for us ready to hop in! The bed was a four poster which didn’t have a mosquito net, however with the aircon / fan, a net was not required. Bed was quite comfortable, more on the firm than squishy side which is good for anyone with a bad back.
The outdoor bathroom was really lovely and the shower was great. Water was nice and warm. The only draw- back for the bathroom is that when you shower, water goes everywhere over the bathroom which isn’t really a big deal given that it’s outside. It was also nice having a toilet upstairs for middle of the night needs.
Grounds: The grounds were very well maintained. Lovely gardens. Pool was lovely and clean and a nice temperature too. We enjoyed many Bintangs by the pool! Importantly, as Kertiyasa is a little away from the main hustle and bustle of Ubud so it was really quiet. Luckily it’s also close enough to walk to Central Ubud in about 5 – 10 minutes however, if you really can’t be bothered walking, they also offered a shuttle into Ubud and back 3 times daily : morning, noon and night.
The restaurant: In a word: awesome. We had dinner here a number of times and we also had one night were we were given a complementary dinner as we had an extended stay. The food was sensational! Admittedly it was a little more expensive than some of the warungs in central Ubud but the quality was fantastic. As for the complementary breakfast and afternoon tea: totally ace. Plenty of western and Indonesian options, all of which were delicious! The fresh juices are also beautiful.
Finally, Kertiyasa’s biggest assets: the staff. They were all lovely. EVERY single one. Almost all of them speak very good English. They were all very professional and all extremely hard working. They made our stay really memorable and we felt really lucky to be in the company of such friendly and lovely people.
My tips: Take a torch for late night walks through Ubud and the monkey forest.
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