Since it first opened I have been coming back to Ulun Ubud every year several times. Ulun Ubud actually is the private residence of a well-known local family of master carvers to the Regent of Gyanyar. Over many years the current owner had collected a wealth of elements of old houses on Bali and on Java - doors, household items, wedding chests, carvings - all in itself not just antiques but also artistic treasures. Located on top of a typical Balinese ravine, the owner then over 20 years ago began to utilise his collection and he started to construct individual cottages with thatched roofs, one by one, over several years. Each cottage is different from the other - the pathways are lined with Hindu spiritual elements. Being on a steep hillside means that some cottages require a bit of fitness if not strong legs. Each cottage has its own little verandah, a perfect place to retreat and to read, write or just listen to the sound of distant village life across the ravine, observe farmers cuttings grass for animal feed, and on festive occasions you hear the sound of gamelan drifting over the valley. At the bottom of the ravine there is a volcanic rock quarry, and you can hear the soft sound of stone work. The private residence of the owner, by the way, is on the left hand side when you enter the car park of Ulun Ubud. Have a look at the wooden gate, and take a peak through the doors ..a rare view of a classic house, with wooden carved wall elements that have become very rare now. If you are a collector you may get permission to be let into the inner sanctum to see what they currently have for sale - although the best pieces have long gone. Ulun Ubud is not a purposely designed hotel per se, it is a cottage-type accommodation, with a nice swimming pool on the lower parts of their property; to some the rooms appear to be need of an upgrade - but please accept the place for what it is ..it has a lot of character, and if you are into South East Asian art, particular architectural design and wood as both a functional as well as an artistic medium ..you will enjoy it more. Food here is simple .don't expect too much. Unfortunately there are no decent warungs nearby ..so you need to head down to Ubud, about 3 km , to get a good meal. Latest update: The owner of Ulun Ubud moved to another house, and the new manager feels he has to compete with actual hotels ..so prices have gone up and are at times not justified ..so do bargain when you book. In conclusion - Ulun Ubud is not your average tourist hotel, but it provides a homely atmosphere, in a real unadulterated natural Balinese setting.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ulun Ubud Resort & Spa is situated on a hillside strewn down facing the beautiful valley of Campuhan River, in the village of Sanggingan, Ubud-Gianyar-Bali. The Resort owned by the famous woodcarver family. His father Ida Bagus Njana was renowned as the first Balinese modernist wood carver in Ubud, and the only one around his time. Ulun Ubud Resort & Spa built in 1987 and have just been renovated in 2016. Ulun Ubud Resort and Spa boasts 31 Modern-Balinese style Suite Rooms, one Restaurant, one Bar lounge & library and one Joglo Bar. Ulun Ubud Resort just 10 minutes to Ubud Center and 15 minutes to Sanctuary Monkey Forest. We can be reached within 90 minutes from Ngurah Rai Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ulun Ubud Hotel Ubud
- Ulun Ubud Resort And Spa
- Ulun Ubud Resort & Spa Bali