Alam Jiwa, is far and away the most amazing place we have ever stayed. Ever. Out of everywhere we have visited in the world, out of the wonderfully sweet places we've stayed, this beats them all. Our room was only $85/night (we stayed in the room called gelatik), and it included a giant breakfast, afternoon tea, and free taxi service anywhere we wished to go, any time we wished to go. The welcome drink was a delicious smoothie of fresh tropical fruit, easily the best we've ever had. And now, our room. We walked through a wonderful gate, down some stairs, past drooping flowers, over fish ponds, to our giant double doors. Inside, an enormous room, a giant bathroom and a beautiful veranda hanging over a rushing stream, and facing a rice field.
Breakfast on our veranda each morning . . . how many more ways can I say amazing? Two men delivered breakfast to our room, carrying two giant trays of food. Banana crepes (mine with lemon and honey, hers with coconut and brown sugar), fresh fruit, dark Balinese coffee, croissants, the sound of the river below and a breeze drifting through the flowers and trees all around us. We had landed in paradise and never wanted to leave.
When we arrived, we had a reservation for two nights only. We'd decided to come here and then figure out the rest of our 9-day Bali stay, but after seeing the place we just wanted to stay here the whole time. We went to the reception desk to see if we could extend our reservation here. WELL.
The man we spoke to was older, in traditional dress with a head wrap and kamben (erroneously called a sarong), and when we explained what he wanted he pulled out a giant and complicated booking log and figured it all out for us. He was adorable, laughing easily and so smart and quick. When we were leaving for dinner, he was sitting on the steps playing a harmonica. He told us that people at a nearby property heard him playing Oh Susannah and ran over to him and gave him $100 to buy a new and better harmonica, because his was from China.
We cannot recommend this little hotel enough. Of the Alam properties in Ubud, it's by far the best -- the rooms, the staff, the food, the pool.
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- Also Known As:
- Alam Jiwa Ubud, Bali
- Alam Jiwa Hotel Ubud