The staff was exceptional. We were the only people staying in the hotel the first day and July Jumpink, a member of staff looked after everything for us. He took us on a tour around the various tourist destinations the first day lasting 6 hours. The tour was very reasonably priced and cheaper than bus tours advertised in Ubud. July drove us around in a very comfortable air conditioned mini van. July took us to Goa Gajah, Holy Water Springs, a volcano, a rice paddy, a coffee plantation and monkey forest. Throughout the tour he gave us an in depth explanation of Balinese life and culture and guided us around the tourist sites explaining all the features in detail. As opposed to other tour guides July's tour wasn't merely a recital word for word which he repeats on every tour but it was tailored to what we wanted to know. Definitely a 10/10 tour which I'd recommend to everybody.
On the second day he brought us on a tour to his village. This started with a spectacular walk through the rice paddys, a truly unforgettable experience. He then took his to his house where he introduced us to his family and showed us around his house, a traditional Balinese house. He gave us a demonstration of his family's wood carving. We bought a small owl which I insisted he carve his name into to commerorate this truly wonderful experience. He then painted mine and my girlfriend's name onto the owl. He then took us on a walk around his village showing us various noteworthy buildings and places.
The actual hotel was in a great location. Close to Goa Gajah in a very peaceful location among the rice paddys. The balcony looks out into a tropical rainforest location with a river gently bubbling outside the window. The room was very comfortable and clean. Every evening July asked us what we'd like for breakfast the next morning and what time we'd like it. A very nice change from the usual "breakfast will be between 7 and 10".
Once again I would recommend this hotel and July's tour to anybody and everybody. Truly an unforgettable experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built near traditional farming activities, located 5 minutes east of Ubud. The nature and characteristic of the valley make the air around PAD always fresh, very suitable for rest and relaxation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Puri Alam Dewata Ubud, Bali