Our group of four stayed in early December 2012 – and wow! – what a surprise Alam Jiwa was.
We had stayed in Ubud many times before – the last being in late December 2012. The accommodation experience then had put us off going back to Ubud again, but we thought we would give it one more try and find accommodation that showed the ‘real’ Ubud.
We found Alam Jiwa on Trip Advisor and everything looked really encouraging about it – and we were not disappointed in the least. We enjoyed out time at Alam Jiwa so much that we are already talking about going back this year!
Set in the quiet and incredibly clean village of Nyuhkuning - behind the Monkey Forest of Ubud - access to Alam Jiwa was via a very narrow laneway adjacent to a primary school on the corner. It was delightful hearing the sound of happy children every morning as we walked past the school.
There is no road for cars through the Monkey Forest which keeps Nyuhkuning secluded and quieter – exactly what we were after. Road access to Nyuhkuning means driving around the Monkey Forest, which isn’t a problem as the hotel offers a free transport service to and from central Ubud – to return all you have to do is ring and the driver will come and get you. The other alternative is walking through the Monkey Forest - a 20 minute walk from the hotel through the forest brings you to Monkey Forest Road which is bustling with shops, galleries and restaurants. Or you can turn right and head uphill to Hanuman Street, also full of restaurants and shops. There is a motorbike path around the forest connecting to Monkey Forest Road. Pedestrians can also walk on this path without having to pay the 20000 rupiah entrance fee - although at times you have to brave the motorbikes! At night time, it's very dark, so you will definitely need a flashlight provided in your room.
There are some very good restaurants, craft shops, masseuses, laundry, mini-mart and push bike and motor bike hire places all within 5 minutes walk from the hotel. We hired bikes one day – had a fabulous time cycling in and around Ubud.
The accommodation was superb – we stayed in Garuda and Kenari rooms – ginormous bedroom with a bathroom almost as big – and an outdoor shower. Beds were very comfortable and rooms spotlessly clean. We had a huge balcony overlooking serene rice fields above a running stream – with views of Mt Agung in the distance. This is the Bali we had been looking for. Breakfasts were served on your balcony each morning – there was enough variety for everyone.
The grounds were extremely well maintained, as was the swimming pool. A lovely touch was in late afternoon when you returned from your day’s activities to grab a swim and freshen up before heading out for dinner, there would be a staff member waiting to ask whether you wanted tea or coffee – and cake (different type each day).
Staff were always very friendly and courteous – nothing was a problem. The person who appeared to be the head was an elderly (he had grey hair and looked around mid 60s) gent – a lovely peaceful man who had a lot of local knowledge and set a wonderful example to the other staff members. He is a real asset to Alam Jiwa.
Overall, a fantastic stay – and we won’t stay anywhere else when we head back to Ubud.
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- Also Known As:
- Alam Jiwa Ubud, Bali
- Alam Jiwa Hotel Ubud