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Alam Jiwa
Ranked #29 of 171 Hotels in Ubud
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Love this hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

My second stay at Alam Jiwa confirmed that it's the perfect place for those seeking peace and quiet in beautiful natural surroundings, yet a short drive away from frenetic Ubud central. Located well off the main road in Nyuhkuning village (south of Monkey Forest), this thoughtfully designed, smallish hotel is a series of villas full of Balinese character, which are set on a ridge above a stream with a stunning outlook over rice fields. Most of the villas are two storeys with single rooms on each level, and are surrounded by luxuriant gardens that ensure privacy. The extremely spacious rooms have enormous bathrooms both indoor and outdoor, air conditioning or fans. Lower level rooms have large balconies facing the rice fields where you can enjoy a delicious breakfast or free afternoon tea to the sound of birds and running water. Upper level rooms have outdoor seating areas with garden views. Although Alam Jiwa is not at the upper end of luxury, it's location, character and wonderful staff set it apart from other Bali hotels I've stayed in. Service is clearly something the Alam hotels take great pride in. The staff are unfailingly charming and helpful, managers even remember your name. The hotel provides a free shuttle service to and from central Ubud, and will organise reliable drivers for trips further afield. There are a number of good restaurants close by and an excellent spa service is offered at Jiwa's sister resort Alam Shanti, 5 minutes walk away. I will return to this place again and again.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Monterey
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91 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

My husband and I spent 4 nights in the Ganesa room and we loved it. The patio is in the front of the accommodations so you don't have to enter the room to enjoy the patio. The room is on the second floor with a great view of the rice paddies. We had breakfast every morning in the common area and it was delicious. Tea is served every afternoon (whenever you return from your day), and fresh fruit is always available. The staff is wonderful. The room has air conditioning and a fan and we found it very comfortable. We will be back.

The second floor rooms have better views. There are only 11 rooms, so the rooms are quiet. All room buildings are two floors, an upper room and a lower room, with outside shower and private bathtub and toilet. It is very private and you won't even notice the folks downstairs. The wi-fi was pretty good, but slow and sometimes unavailable.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Perth, West Australia
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17 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Recently had 4 days here as part of Urban Providers Tour of Bali. Didn't know that this facility was here even though we had been to Nyuhkuning Village before to visit the Birthing Center just down the road. There are several restaurants / warungs within easy walking distance or the hotel will bring in food from their sister establishments locally. The walk back through the edge of the monkey forest is an easy walk so Ubud is within a 20 minute walk or available via the shuttle busses the hotels offer.

The manager Komung dazzled us with his magical tricks and kept us entertained whenever we passed by. Astri was another delightful staff member who made the stay all that more enjoyable, both of the were always smiling and wishing you well as did all the staff.

Although we were there as a part of a group, we never felt we were over looked as the rooms and balconeys are large and relatively private. The breakfasts were served each morning on our balconey overlooking the rice fields whilst you could have an afternoon tea beside the pool area when you wanted, all served with balinese delights.

Ibu Wayan and her husbands compound ajoin the hotel and they can be proud of the wonderful staff and facility that they have. We would still be there if we could and Alam Jiwa is definitely on our list for further stays.

Room Tip: Any room has a view of the rice fields and from some you could catch glimses of Mt Agung
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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51 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

This is more of home as there are values and ethics and caring that you don't feel elsewhere.
The small touches, the coffee/tea when and where you want, afternoon tea with delicious cake, lovely breakfast anywhere you want.
You hardly see or hear anyone.
Beds are a little hard but look romantic. Sheets annoying as they didn't stay tucked in (minor issue)
Wifi a little patchy but adequate.
Outdoor showers are great.
NB if there is no hot water it means they need to change the gas bottle so you will need to contact staff.
Great restaurants on the street outside.
Walking distance to monkey forest and you can walk around the outskirts without paying and get just as much fun. We even walked this at night and it was fine. It is actually quicker to walk via monkey forest to town as the traffic is horrendous at times.
They provide a transfer to Ubud town and return FOC but you just need to co-ordinate the timings. Nothing seems to be a problem.
Only 1 room key that you just leave in reception and Safe at reception - normally this would be a problem for us as we all do our own thing but it just worked.

Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Urbana
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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This was one of the most beautiful places I have ever stayed. The service was remarkable! The help from the staff was wonderful. Loved the rooms and the outdoor living spaces. The breakfast, which can be brought to the room, was one of the most delicious I have ever had. The pool was great and had shaded areas for sitting as well along with afternoon tea and cake.

Room Tip: We saw many of the rooms and without question they were all incredible. The view of the rice fields...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

My stay at Alam Jiwa was unbelievable. The rooms were beautiful and spacious. In particular, the bathroom was huge! The balcony was also a special treat, as the view of the rice paddies was spectacular. The service was also simply top notch. The hotel staff were so friendly and helpful. We asked for all of our meals to be served on the balcony and they were so accommodating and helpful! I fell so in love with this place that I am coming back in two months!

Room Tip: Hanoman room had an incredible view and very spacious beds.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Jessica S
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Perth, Australia
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60 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Lovely spacious traditional style rooms, ours had view over rice paddies. Friendly and helpful staff. Free shuttle bus to centre of Ubud. Complimentary afternoon tea served daily. Would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Additional Information about Alam Jiwa

Property: Alam Jiwa
Address: P.O.Box 165, 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
#12 Top resorts Hotel in Ubud
#14 Romantic Hotel in Ubud
#27 Spa Hotel in Ubud
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Alam Jiwa 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Alam Jiwa Ubud, Bali
Alam Jiwa Hotel Ubud

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