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“alam jiwa ( balinese for heaven )”
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Alam Jiwa
Ranked #51 of 198 Hotels in Ubud
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Melbourne, Australia
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“alam jiwa ( balinese for heaven )”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

my wife and i have stayed at the alam hotels ( jiwa and shanti ) for years , they are simply the best hotels in ubud ... beautiful locations , superb staff and genuine balinese hospitality , all rooms have generous proportions and superb bathrooms , some rooms have rice field views , others have superb garden views , breakfast will keep you going until afternoon tea ( complimentary )
when cake from Cafe Wayan ( owned by the alam group) is served .. , the staff at both hotels are well trained and will delight in teaching you a bit of bahassa indonesia in return for a bit of english practice .. they are situated in nyuh kuning , a pleasant stroll around the edge of the monkey forest and you are in ubud , take a good little torch if you want to stroll back at night to walk off dinner , or use there excellent shuttle car service .. thanks again to jiwa and shanti for a lovely 2 week pampering ...

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

i traveled to bali in february and stayed in ubud for a total of 3 nights although non-consecutive. for the first two nights, my friend and i paid $500US (astronomical!!!) for a very high end hotel. true, lots of modern amenities and great service, but that was crazy expensive.

alam jiwa offers a very comparable level of service and comfort for 1/5 the price. the property is beautiful with palm trees, flowers, statues....and our room overlooked a gorgeous rice field. we had a little outdoor deck and sitting out there with a book and snacks was delightful. the room we got was quite large with a huge bathroom. the shower was outdoors which might make some people uncomfortable but we were fine with it.

we were offered a snack (cake and juice) when we arrived, and breakfast is included in the cost. not a ton of choices with breakfast but it was delicious and presented quite beautifully.

i would stay here again in a heartbeat. i regretted being here for one night only.

Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Bayonne, France
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights beginning of March. Lovely rooms overlooking the rice fields. Most importantly, the staff were always available and happy to offer afternoon tea around their well maintained outdoor pool.

Thanks to the great team there for their attention to detail.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed March 7, 2013

We stayed at Alam Indah a few years ago and asked for recommendation when this time taking my 80 year old father with us. Alam Indah is gorgeous but has quite a few stairs so they suggested Alam Jiwa. The food was excellent as is fairly standard at any of the Alam hotels. Breakfast is so large you don't need lunch and by the time you have afternoon tea with them all you need think about is dinner. We had dinner ordered in from Lake Leke restaurant down the road and they provided complete room service (which is also possible for breakfast).

The lotus plants here were divine and the terraced plantings made them have a real Bali feel.

We stayed in the Cedrawasih room which was like a full house with 3 levels. There was a kitchen on the lower level, a big bed on the ground floor and another big bed upstairs. The bathroom had brown fur when we arrived and it opens out to spectacular views of the rice fields. Turns out it was likely squirrel fur.

If you don't love nature and animals then this is not the place for you. Plenty of ants in the bathroom but small price to pay for your slice of jungle heaven. In the morning we had a spectactular view to a distant volcano and those fields of golden luscious green in the rice paddies. All of the rooms are alongside a river.

At night time you can spy frogs outside and we even had one on our seat on our patio when we left.

The staff are impecaably trained to be friendly and responsive. The pool is divine. Wouldn't mind a little more shade when it is in the heat of the day but the garden setting is divine. Would like to see them clean up the rubbish on the outer limits of the hotel. This was my father's introduction to Bali and he loved it. Looking back over our photo book the lush greenery and decor is amazing and makes you wish you could be back there. Breakfast back home is literally boring.

We spent our first night at Kebun Indah which was in-town and also brilliant with better views at the rear (but more steps not suitable for the elderly). The staff looked after us though and their suggestions were perfect for my father and young children.

Also the driver who collected us from the airport was super keen to drive us around Bali and he was the perfect gentleman and prices were like AUD $30 for a day not driving far and up to $60 for huge trip north to south of Bali.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

Alam Jiwa far exceeded our expectations. The grounds and room are impeccable, the staff is always willing to help in any way possible. They got us motorbike for cheap. They serve a delicious, healthy breakfast every morning, with a seasonal fresh juice of your choice. They serve afternoon tea or coffee with a yummy slice of cake on the side. There is a beautiful view of the rice fields from the porch of the rooms. We found it very hard to leave this place. It is our new favorite hotel, we highly recommend it.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Fort Worth, TX
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

I travel quite a bit. I stay in a lot of different types of lodging. One of the things that I felt that is different than most places I stay is an immediate sense of trust of Alam Jiwa. I really believe that the people of Alam Jiwa cared for me. You can read everyone else's reviews about the beauty of the place, the service, and the great price, and they are accurate.
I did not feel taken advantage of by the price. There was no pressure to buy anything. It was a great few days of rest. Views were great. Especially the sunrise and sunset. Go to the left of the property across a small river and get great views over the rice fields.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

It was my first time to Bali together with my mom and best friend. This hotel totally made our trip worth it. My mom can't stop raving about the hotel and wants to go back with my dad for their "honeymoon." We always looked forward to breakfast. The hotel is fully booked and yet you feel like you are the only guest. Staff of the hotel is so great and totally made a good impression on how kind the Balinese people are. I can't wait to book another trip and go back at this hotel. We stayed at Jalak Bali, great view and the bathroom is clean. ♥♥♥

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Alam Jiwa
Address: Nyuhkuning, Ubud 80571, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Ubud
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Ubud
#14 Romantic Hotel in Ubud
#19 Top resorts Hotel in Ubud
#45 Spa Hotel in Ubud
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Alam Jiwa 2*
Number of rooms: 10
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