I stayed here for two weeks in July 2008 and I had heard a lot about the Honeymoon Guesthouse and was looking forward to doing some cooking classes while I was there, after reading the owner, Janet De Neefe's book, "Fragrant Rice".
This was my first trip to Bali and my plane was very late, so by the time I got out of the airport I was about 2 and a half hours past my pickup time and was sure there was no way that my airport pickup from the guesthouse would still be there, but he was - happily loading my luggage into the airconditioned car which was very welcome in the heat.
The guesthouse is set in gorgeous gardens - beautifully maintained, that give the whole place a lush, peaceful atmosphere and also offers privacy.
Check in at the Honeymoon was fast and smooth, the staff extremely welcoming and hospitable (I was served a drink whilst we took care of formalities and was led to my room) I was housed in the upstairs Laxmi Suite in the old part of the Guesthouse and was delighted with how spacious and lovely the room was. As well as the sleeping area, there was a dressing room, bathroom with spa sized bath and a large patio with a dining area and day bed. The room was simply but beautifully appointed without the generic look of the larger chain hotels.
There was a bar fridge, but no TV or phone (which I was very happy about!) The room had a fan which was more than adequate for cooling and 2 windows so there was lots of cross breeze. My room overlooked the pool which was lovely, but did cause noise isues, as there seemed to be a lot of families with children who would converge on the pool in the afternoon and the screaming and noise got completely out of control. (no fault of the guesthouse) but worth mentioning as I realise that I had booked during what was school hoildays in Australia, and I would urge people to be careful of this if you want a reasonable amount of peace. I am very easy going and I can tolerate a lot, but the noise really was crazy and even at night there were kids screaming. Found out later that it was not one family but two, with feral kids. I was aware that other guests had complained about the noise when I was there, so I dont think Im being unfair here. It was the only real negative of what was otherwise a wonderful stay. Maybe the guesthouse could consider some areas that could be child free?
Cooking classes were really enjoyable (I did 3 days worth) particularly the market tour class where we went to Ubud central market looking at ingredients and learning about traditional foods and utensils. Highly reccommend the classes to cooks and non cooks alike.
The guesthouse serves food from their nearby restaurant, Casa Luna (which I ordered as room service on 2 occasions) the food was fresh and delicious and I would highly reccommend the restaurant itself and the room service version of the food.
Breakfast at the guesthouse was lovely, offering both Balinese and more western choices. The black sticky rice served on Sundays is to die for.
Honeymoon Guesthouse is in a quiet street off the main road and is a 5 minute walk from the centre of town, where the palace, markets and temples are located. There is an internet cafe a few doors down, as well as beauty spas, and a few excellent restaurants worth trying. (Try Miro and Cafe Des Artistes)
I would recommend the Honeymoon Guesthouse to anyone who wants a non commercial, individual place to stay and who appreciates great value and gorgeous surroundings. I still cant believe how cheap it is, given the standard of the accomodation. The service is excellent and I will definitely stay there again when I return to Bali.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Honeymoon Guesthouses are just five-minutes from the heart of Ubud and Casa Luna Restaurant. Our elegant Balinese style guest rooms have spacious terraces, are set in lush tropical gardens and each property has a salt-water pool. Breakfast includes freshly made muesli, homemade yoghurt, baked pastries from The Honeymoon Bakery and rice dishes. For those who want to rest, you can laze by the pool and order in delicious meals from the extensive menu of the Casa Luna Restaurant or have a massage by our trained staff. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Honeymoon Guesthouses Hotel Ubud
- Honeymoon Guesthouses Ubud, Bali