Ubud Travel Guide

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Check Out the Glamorous Pool Attendants at Alila Ubud

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  Site Where: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
May 26, 2015 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

The pool at Alila Ubud in Bali is well known as one of the island’s best – an infinity pool overlooking the Ayung river and valley, it’s probably second only to Hanging Gardens in the jaw-dropping stakes.

But when we visited the hotel for a spa treatment last week, what we were far more excited about were the pool attendants. And we’re not talking men; we’re talking monkeys.

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Rezzies are Open for Ritz-Carlton's Newest Reserve, Mandapa in Bali

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  Site Where: Jalan Kedewatan, Banjar Kedewatan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
May 22, 2015 at 3:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Bali continues to be a hot destination not just for adventurous travelers, but also luxury hotels.

Last week we learned that Langham Hotels will be opening their first Langham Place resort on a clifftop in Ungasan-Uluwatu area. Today, Ritz-Carlton Hotels has announced that their equally impressive Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, the third in the brand's ultra-exclusive collection, will open in September of this year in Ubud.

Indeed, reservations are live on the hotel's website, starting at around $670 a night for a Reserve Suite, one of the largest entry-level suites in Ubud at around 1,000-sq.ft., with views of the rain forest and rice paddies. But this is just the starting room category for Mandapa. Accommodations also include one, two and three-bedroom villas, most with private pools. (There are 35 suites and 25 private pool villas in total.)

Here's what else is expected at the Mandapa:

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Ritz-Carlton Does Bali Twice, Adds a Reserve

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  Site Where: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
December 6, 2013 at 8:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

Back in June we talked about the return of Ritz-Carlton Hotels to Bali, with a new 288-room resort scheduled to open next year. Apparently the thinking over at RC is that two resorts is much better than one, as the group is adding another resort – this time an even fancier Ritz-Carlton Reserve – the year after.

Opening in the summer of 2015, the Reserve is set along the Ayung River in Ubud. It will be much smaller than its “regular” Ritzy sibling, with just 60 suites and villas. Read on for an aerial view and another shot of a suite.

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A Look at The Hotel Temples of Bali

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  Site Where: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
May 1, 2012 at 10:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

COMO Shambhala Estate - Ubud

Traveling the world doesn't mean that your faith needs to have the out-of-office autoreply. Last year we showed you the hotel temples of Thailand. Now, we bring you the religious corners of the hotels we visited in Bali.

Bali, unlike other islands in Indonesia, is predominantly Hindu in faith and each hotel and resort in Bali has it's own temple to pay respect to gods. On our recent trip to the tropical island we took note of the prominently placed temples at our accomodation.

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The Viceroy Bali is Now On Sale at Tablet Hotels (But It's Not a Viceroy Hotel)

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  Site Where: Jin Lanyahan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
September 20, 2010 at 12:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

We keep pretty good tabs on Viceroy Hotels but we were stunned today when we opened our weekly Tablet Hotels private sale newsletter to see The Viceroy Bali was on sale through December, starting at $292 a night for a garden view villa.

Just as we were getting all worked up about this (how could we not have known about Viceroy Bali? @&#*@!!), the Tablet description essentially handed us a brown paper bag to blow into:

No relation, apparently, to any other Viceroy, in Los Angeles or anywhere else — the Viceroy Bali is a one-off, a family-owned hotel, a rarity at the high end of the resort market. The location is increasingly familiar, as more travelers discover the charms of inland Bali — the Viceroy is minutes from Ubud, high on a hillside overlooking the lush (and steep) Lembah Valley.

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20 Years Later, Bali's Amandari Resort Still Doesn't Have TVs But There is WiFi

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  Site Where: Ubud, Indonesia
October 14, 2009 at 9:07 AM | by | Comment (1)

Time to wish the luxurious Amandari resort on the tropical paradise of Bali a very happy 20th anniversary! There are a bunch of special events happening during October to celebrate the anniversary, including a photo exhibition, some joint events with the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, screenings of old films on Balinese culture and some special meals on the actual anniversary weekend, 21-23 October.

A recent visitor to Amandara asked a very sensible question: is it still luxurious twenty years on? The resort was closed for three months earlier this year, but the changes were not all that extensive – even the décor, after some discussion, remained the same, because they wanted to continue the links to the traditional culture there.

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Infinity Pools We Love :: Ubud Hanging Gardens

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  Site Where: Desa Buahan, Ubud, Indonesia, 80 571
December 12, 2007 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Today we pick a new site where we can feel at one with planet earth while safely surrounded by ceramic and covered in chlorinated water. Each of the 38 villas at Ubud Hanging Gardens in Bali has a heated private infinity plunge pool that overlooks the Ayung river. Rather than visually blending with the sea, these infinity pools offer bathers the serene feeling the water takes on before it plunges over a cliff -- without the threat of falling to one's death.

The pools are supported by wooden pillars and surrounded by terraced gardens. And the individual heaters ensure each pool's temperature never dips below 84 degrees Fahrenheit. Rooms start at $270 per night. Not a bad deal, since in Manhattan, that kind of price gets us a stay at a hotel with plastic covering the chairs. For a private infinity pool, king-size four-poster bed, marble bathtub, and all the spa and cuisine options we never even knew we craved, $270 seems like a steal.

[Photo: Feride peel]

Related Stories:
· The Best Infinity Pools [HotelChatter]
· Bali Hotels [HotelChatter]

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Get Your Shrink Fix at the Como Shambhala, Bali

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  Site Where: Begawan Giri, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, 80571
February 22, 2007 at 10:12 AM | by | Comments (0)

When it's not enough to provide benefits for the holidaymaker's body like herbal wraps, ayurveda, fancy massage therapy and yoga galore, you have to start dealing with your guests' minds. That's the message we're getting from the Como Shambhala at Uma Ubud on Bali, which has just started offering the services of a counselling psychologist.

It'd be nice if being on holiday was mental therapy enough, but perhaps some people have trouble adjusting to the lack of tightly scheduled routine, the excess of time spent lying by the pool or the presence of delicious foods prepared by somebody else. It mightn't be long before psychological travel becomes the new catch phrase of hotel and spa stays.

[Photo: annaiam]

Related Stories:
· Como Shambhala [TripAdvisor]


Puri Wulandari Private Getaway

Where: Desa Kedewatan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
March 21, 2006 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

This video is of Puri Wulandari, one of the newest boutique hotels and spas in Bali. The hotel has 36 thatched-roof villas each overlooking Ayung Rivera with a large king bed or twin beds, flat-screen TVs, private swimming pools and butler service.

It's the kind of place you go to get away from it all without seeing another soul, except your butler of course.

Related Stories:
· Hotel Room in Puri Wulandari [YouTube]
· Puri Wulandari reviews [TripAdvisor]
· Puri Wulandari [Tablet Hotels]