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“A retreat from your busy life ..a journey into Gyanyar's past” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Ulun Ubud Resort & Spa
Ranked #123 of 192 Hotels in Ubud
Bangkok, Thailand
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239 reviews
90 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
“A retreat from your busy life ..a journey into Gyanyar's past”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2011

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.

Room Tip: Stay on the upper levels ..the lower you go the stuffier it gets
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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Perth, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2011

Very dated inside and out needs renovating. Bed linen and towels need replacing. No Shower curtain (shower in bath), need fitted curtains on windows and doors for privacy, holes in walls and doors and windows don't fit properly. Don't stay here if you have trouble with stairs - very steep in some places and no step the same depth ( 10 cm to 30 cm. Staff were friendly and shuttle to Ubud free.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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142 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2011

I first spotted this hotel shortly after it opened (20 years ago) and thought I must return and stay here. Built in a Balinese style its full of Balinese art and antiques and the gardens are full of Hindu shrines. The location in a rvier valley is absolutely magnificent. The drawbacks the rooms have not been updated since it was built and there are no televisions, which probably means that this won't appeal to Indonesian travellers. I only ate breakfast at the hotel, which wasn't brilliant, but more than acceptable. The staff couldn't be more helpful and provide a free car service so that you can visit Ubud Village (2km away) and go to eat.

Room Tip: Toiletries are a little lacking so best to bring some of your own.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank piphoshin
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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95 reviews
66 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2011

I stayed in Ulun Ubud in Sep 2009. The hotel was lovely, peaceful and quiet with abundance of greenery and local decor. It was really exactly what I was looking for at that time so i can't complain. however even in 2009 it was obvious that hotel needed some renovation. rooms were a bit outdated however boasted marvelous views and everyone from driver to check-in to room service were the most friendliest people i've ever met.
now, i have to say that STAIRS at ulun ubud are not for the faint hearted! starting from morning run for breakfast and then couple of up and downs and then ups again during the day definitely toned me up and during first 2 days i was so thankful for various benches next to the stair runs! :)))

there is a lovely spa just opposite the hotel across the street and numerous bars, restaurants and shops throughout the street. awesome location even if a bit far away from the centre of the city.

oh, forgot to mention that i've experienced my first earthquake while at ulun ubud. glad to mention that nothing fell down or was ruined!

Room Tip: if you are not fit, DON'T get rooms down the stairs!!! :))
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  • Stayed August 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Stockholm, Sweden
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22 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2011

I stayed here in April and found this hotel to be very quiet and peaceful - something which I appreciated very much after being tired of all the traffic noises from other places I stayed at in Ubud. My room (No 101) was the one nearest to an amazing rivergorge where you could sit from your terrace and enjoy wonderful views of the river, jungle, ricefields and birds. No traffic or human noise - just silence! The hotel itself is a little run-down so the best tip is to check out the rooms before you choose one (some of them have mould problems). The service was very good and the food ok. I recommend this hotel to those who want peace and quiet but still want to be quite near Ubud Center (they provide a hotel shuttle) - be aware though that there are many steps.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Ema0330
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Barcelona, Spain
Level Contributor
45 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2011

Great place with beatiful view, great service, the staff is very kind and they have a service to bring you and pick you up with the car free!! Nice swimming pool, very clean and amazing atmosphere! The room was simple but ok, only the maintenance is a little bit careless and there are a lot of stairs...but I hightly reccomend it!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank BabsHeich
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Edmonton, Canada
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215 reviews
197 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2010

Sadly as stated in earlier reviews, the resort "could be" absolutely gorgeous. We stayed in the suite on the pool level and we were disappointed when we arrived. The suites/rooms need a complete renovation. The smell in our room was awful and the mold unacceptable. A constantly dripping air conditioner should be fixed for the pool of water on the floor is adding to the problems. The filthy, moldy venetian blind in the bathroom should have been thrown out long ago and the bathroom scrubbed from top to bottom. A stained canopy cover on the bed is just not inviting. Our thoughts after staying 5 nights were that the owner is running the resort into the ground. It is very sad because the view, the location, and the construction could and should be one of the nicer resorts in Ubud and it's simply not. Some rooms have been abandoned and it appears that less than half the resort is operational.

The staff however are a gem. All are polite, friendly and most helpful. They deserve better.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank flymeaway2
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Property: Ulun Ubud Resort & Spa
Address: Jl. Raya Sanggingan, Ubud 80571, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Ubud
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#44 Top resorts Hotel in Ubud
#71 Luxury Hotel in Ubud
#98 Spa Hotel in Ubud
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Ulun Ubud Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 31
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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