This is definitely the jewel of Ubud .... Possibly even Bali.
Nestled in the jungle, overlooking a valley just outside of Ubud, the hotel is built in and around the forest. It is quiet apart from the noise of monkeys, super huge geckos and birds... And the occasional shouts from the tourists rafting on the river below.
We were in Sita wing, a little way down the property. The rooms were very big, easily enough space for another king size bed. The furnishing is sparse but tasteful. The bathrooms are also big, tastefully done. All the mod cons were available - fridge with complimentary drinks, coffee machine with milk frother, safe, etc (but no hairdryer).
The infinity pool at Sita Wing (there are several pools throughout the hotel) had an amazing view of the forest. Unfortunately the pool faced away from the sun so it took awhile to get enough sun to tan. It also meant the pool was a little chilly.
The spa offered lovely (if a little pricey) massages. I had mine outside, with a great view of the forest.
The breakfast, although not a buffet, was amazing. A great variety of delicious items. The coffees were possibly the best we'd had during our trip in Indonesia. We also had dinner there. The meal was also very good.
The service throughout was amazing. The staff were friendly and eager to help. They dealt with every issue we had quickly and efficienctly.
Finally, the decor is surprising. Statues and artwork are dotted throughout the grounds and buildings. It is clear that the owner enjoys decorating the hotel.
This is a wonderful hotel, well worth visiting and spending a few days there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ayung Resort is a breathtaking, mystique and unique lifestyle hotel, perched high up on the bank of a mostly untouched tropical mountain rainforest gorge, in the traditional Balinese village of Payangan Ubud, surrounded by the gentle, spiritual tranquility and pace of Balinese life. Along this serene 8 hectares rain forest domain runs The Ayung, Bali’s most sacred mountain river. In the rocks of the hotels pathways and along it’s 600 meters long riverbank fronting the Ayung Resort, 250 of the finest Balinese Stone Carvers have painstakingly worked,for over a 2 year period,to carve the spectacular Hindu mythologies, Ramayana and Mahabharata amongst others. These stone carvings have become the most sought after photo opportunity of the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ayung Resort Ubud Bali/Payangan