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“Oasis of peace and tranquility.” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Okawati Hotel
Ranked #102 of 192 Hotels in Ubud
Certificate of Excellence
Ripponden, UK.
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5 reviews
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“Oasis of peace and tranquility.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013

Okawati was the perfect first stop in Bali: a taxi at Den Pasa, arranged by the hotel, took away the stress of the 11/2 hour transfer - it was only a short stroll down a quiet alley to find reception and Okawati herself, serenely graceful to show us our room upstairs. Within a three-sided courtyard, shielded from the noise and bustle of Ubud's streets, our balcony overlooked the pool shaded by palms and exotice flowered trees. We were to observe every morning the ritual of plucking flowers from the tallest branches and then decorating water-filled pots, tables and making small offerings to the gods, adding titbits of food and burning incence - a quiet serious affair.

Our room with a carved and painted wooden door and four-poster bed was very traditional and very comfortable and we felt at home immediately. Every morning a pot of Balinese tea was waiting on the table outside and a breakfast of choice soon followed! there was even another pot of tea in the afternoon: ideal after a day in the sun and when the Monsoon rains arrived. Here in quiet seclusion we could listen to the birds, read, snooze undisturbed. We were to really apreciate this quiet haven after the bustle, noise and heat of Ubud's streets.


There was a cafe bar near to the pool where we could get a snack or a beer and look out over the rice paddy field. The youngsters working there were delightful, always full of smiles and willing to teach us our first words of Indonesian and Balinese - we learnt much about Balinese culture. They also organised a couple of trips, the best the Eco downhill bicycle tour: a beautiful breakfast on the caldera rim of Gunang Catur, followed by a very leisurely glide through narrow lanes, our young local guide taking us to traditional village houses, rice harvesting, to see the irrigation systems built up over centuries: all with great humour and insights to their culture like the tooth filing ceremony that all youngsters have to endure! - a big lunch finished the day.

We returned to Okawati for our last night on Bali and another taxi transfer to the airport. Our strongest memories of Bali will always be the gentle wamth and interest shown to us at Okawati, making us so welcome and so comfortable; sharing something of their unique culture.

Room Tip: upstairs have that additional privacy and look into the tree tops.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2013

Great place - couldn't believe it was less than $50 a night including breakfast. We were originally going to only stay two nights but extended our stay because we liked it so much. Ground deluxe room 4B was very nice - clean, good size, nice bathroom, local-style architecture and above all mosquito-free!

The location is also very good - close to everything, but set aside with privacy and nice landscaping. Also free wifi was nice.

For breakfast, definitely be sure to try the banana pancakes. It's more like a crepe than pancake and is one of the best breakfast items I've had in my life.

The owner (lady named Okawati) is very involved in the operations, keeping a close eye on things and making sure there are no problems for guests.

We will definitely recommend Okawati to all our friends when they plan on a trip to Bali.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013

The Okawati is the perfect mix of being in the middle of all the action in the center of Ubud, but still offering a secluded tropical garden hideaway for kicking back and just relaxing by the pool. Its just off the main drag of Monkey Forest Road and close to many restaurants.

While not a modern property, it is well maintained and offers a true Balinese experience with a variety of interesting room decors and private front porches where complimentary tea is served in carafes all day long and breakfast is brought to you each morning. The hotel restaurant has an extensive menu at reasonable prices

All in all, a great value for money and highly recommended.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2013

Oka Wati was a wonderful introduction to Bali - friendly, clean, relaxing, beautiful grounds, fantastic restaurant. Oka Wati staff are very attentive, friendly, gentle and sweet. The breakfast was simple and special and my favorite in several weeks of travel in SE Asia. One of the rooms we moved into had a musty smell and when we mentioned it, we were quickly moved to another room which was great. The grounds are lush gorgeous and make you feel away from it all, even though you are just a Gang away from the main road. The pool is clean and inviting. We ate lunch and dinner out every day, but we all agreed that our favorite meals were all at the restaurant at Oka Wati. Afternoon tea was a nice touch.

Room Tip: We paid a small fee to upgrade to a room on the top floor - had a better view of the grounds and poo...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bleadon, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2013

Don't be put off by the narrow gang (alley) leading up to Okawati. Dragging your suitcases over the cobbled sets after being deposited from your taxi in the nearby main drag may be a little disheartening for some sophisticates. This is Indonesia, and even tourist haven Bali is pretty down to earth in parts.
We stayed at Okawati for four nights and enjoyed every minute of it. Perfect town centre location for exploring all that Ubud has to offer. Temples, colourful parades, crafts, carvings, restaurants, shops and markets abound all around.
You can breakfast on the usual traveller's fayre of banana pancakes, scrambled eggs, yoghurts, fresh fruit and delicious coffee either on your balcony or in the open restaurant area overlooking a rice-field. Delicious and filling either way.
Our room overlooked the pool (almost all do), was pretty basic but clean and comfortable.
The erotic stone carved panel on the wall would not go amiss on many art gallery walls.
Laze by the pool with frequent cooling dips and freshly made fruit cocktails or explore Bali 'til you drop. Ms Okawati and her sons run a well managed family establishment with plenty of advice and assistance on offer. Trips out and about are easily arranged and good value. We even booked our fast boat tickets to the Gilis through reception with no fuss.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

Our third time at Okawati’s, and it won’t be the last. The staff are so welcoming and helpful, the rooms are all different, with character and genuine Balinese decoration.
Okawati is located at the heart of Ubud, but away from its trepidation.
The pool is very relaxing, breakfast or dinner by the ricefield is wonderful,... and at 60$ a night it is a real bargain in Ubud.

Room Tip: Try to get a 1st floor room, with a better view.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

We studied Bahasa indonesie in Ubud and stayed for 4 months in Ubud. First we were thinking of renting a house but we decided to stay in a hotel instead. We saw many hotels but decided on Okawati. We never regretted our decision to stay there. People are so nice, everything is clean, service is good, bed is good, shower can be better, breakfast is good, location is perfect. Please do not stay in Okawati because then it will be fully booked and where will we have to stay then?
Martha and Jolanda

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Okawati Hotel
Address: Jalan Wanara Wana, Ubud 80571, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Ubud
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#45 Romantic Hotel in Ubud
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Okawati Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay with us If you want to be close to all the action in Ubud, yet away from the noise and hustle, you have found the right place. Only 1 1/2 blocks from the center of Ubud, on a quiet alleyway off Monkey Forest Road, we are in close walking distance to the market, tourist information, evening performances, soccer field, major shopping, art museums and galleries ... more   less 
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