We are glad the hotel offered free pick up from airport. I would imagine most taxi drivers would have difficulty finding the resort as it's not in town. But the away-from-town location was what we were after.
When our driver came to pick us up at Denpasar airport, he brought along a cooler box with chilled drinking water for all of us. He handed us the water before driving off - a very thoughtful gesture especially when we arrived at Bali in the late afternoon (and was stuck at immigration for ages).
The journey to resort was longer than I had expected but it was alright. Upon arrival, we actually saw some ducks waddling out of the paddy fields that was right in front of the resort! That won my kids over (2yo,7yo).
Front desk staff was detailed in welcoming us. But taking into account our delay at immigration and the 90min car ride to resort, I really didn't wanna sit at the reception and hear a bunch of lines the front desk staff must have been trained to deliver. We informed the reception staff that we would not like the welcome drink or complimentary 15min foot massage right now as we are tired and would prefer to go straight to our room.
Staff did as requested and we were shown our deluxe suite. We were a little daunted when we saw a flight of stone steps leading up to the room on level 2. It would have been alright for a couple, but with two young kids, I would have opted for the room on ground floor even if it's smaller.
Room was big and the bed is HUMONGOUS :-) it was bigger than King size and we could easily sleep in the same bed with our toddler. We had informed the resort that we are travelling with a 2yo and 7yo and they had kindly arranged for
a cot (at no extra charge). We asked for an extra bed but resort said that they could only accomodate a mattress to be placed on the floor instead of a bed. We accepted that arrangement (at additional cost which includes breakfast for a third person). As the existing bed was huge, we requested for the cot to be removed the next day.
Breakfast was at the cosy restaurant within the resort. It was good and portion was adequate. Both the Indonesian and western options were delicious. The fresh juice and Balinese coffee were excellent (many a times, hotels promise fresh juice and you get cordial). We chose to have our dinner at the restaurant as well because the chef was able to accommodate our request to serve the toddler a porridge meal. The pricing is also very reasonable. So there was no incentive to venture into the busy town.
We didn't use the pool (it was too deep for my kids) and we didn't want to risk unnecessary encounters with the mosquitoes.
There were sightings of geckos (which I am terrified of) and spiders in and outside our room but I suppose that's unavoidable in a resort set in lush landscape.
The roosters work very hard and some were heard as early as 2am :-( but one could always take it in positive light and think that's probably better than noise from motor vehicles.
If you are a light sleeper (and had wanted to sleep in on your vacation) you may wanna avoid this resort till the 3rd quarter is over. The resort is expanding and there is construction going at the plot next to it. I chatted with a staff and found out one more villa and 10 more suites would be added to the existing resort. The noise is not all that bad as the workers start rather late ard 9am? I guess.
My only complaint is the bathroom. The resort could perhaps provide more floor mats as it gets incredibly wet and slippery after a shower. Also the tiles in the tub were cracked. If I didn't spot the broken tiles, we would have suffered some awful cuts :( I like to urge management to look into maintenance of the bathroom.
I don't see the villas at this resort being exclusive or worth the premium. The villas are nested in the middle of the property hence the 'exclusive' factor of a villa is compromised.
For the comfort of the huge bed and delish brekkie, I would return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Puri Sunia Resort - A Peacefully Home in Ubud Bali, Puri Sunia Resort nestled in its own secluded place surrounded by the natural of environment such as beautiful rice paddies, water, coconut trees, Balinese traditional village of Abangan and Kokokan Village, a home of thousand white herons. It's located only 10 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Ubud, a home of art and cultural. Puri Sunia Resort is derived from Balinese word 'Puri' and 'Sunia'. Puri mean 'a house of King' and Sunia mean 'quiet or peaceful'. Offering 28 rooms in Balinese architecture with 1 Nandini Family Villa Private Pool, 3 Sunia private pool villas, 8 Nandini Suite and 16 Sunia Deluxe rooms. Enhancing the peacefully with meditation and yoga in yoga centre, relax and rejuvenate yourself in our Spa and sunny side at our main pool. You are surrounded by the textures and colour of nature, dressed slate, tiles, smooth unpainted wood, soft homespun, fabrics, intricate worked copper, fragrant alang-alang grass roofing, natural bamboo, rough cut stone, flowers and foliage. Puri Sunia Resort... Where magic happens and all experiences are enchanted. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Puri Sunia Hotel Ubud
- Puri Sunia Resort Ubud, Bali