Ubud is a green hilly area in Bali, Indonesia. There are many luxurious resorts with the theme of nature in Ubud, including one named Hanging Gardens of Bali. The resort, which is located by the Ayung River on a hillside of Ubud’s tropical forest, is indeed a paradise and it is gorgeous in every way. The view from the resort is breathtaking, the amenities are tip top and the service is impeccable. It will give you an amazing and idyllic experience for your entire stay. This resort, which has been around since 2005, it’s a great place for a getaway as you’ll find yourself reluctant to leave the resort for most of your day! Learn about the Hanging Garden’s rooms and amenities:
Gorgeous green views
In the past, Bali was extremely well-known for its white sandy beaches and many preferred to stay around the beach. However in the past few decades the trend has shifted. As more and more people have come and explored the island, they have found that Bali, including Ubud, has a lot more to offer. In particular, Ubud is home to beautiful tropical forests full of wildlife and breathtaking flora. As a result, there are many nature-focused accommodations that can be found in Ubud.
The Hanging Gardens of Bali is located on a hillside and is completely surrounded by tropical forest. Wherever you are in the resort, even in almost every nook and cranny, you will have a scenic view of lush vegetation and eye-catching flowers.
An unforgettable trip on the funicular
The hotel’s lobby is composed of a wooden lounge, which is located at the top of the hill that the property is built on. Upon your arrival, you will be given a beaded necklace and bracelet to welcome you. After check in, the staff will kindly take care of your luggage for you. You will be ushered down to the restaurant by a unique jungle lift — an electric funicular, for a welcome drink of ginger tea and a refreshing cold towel. The journey on the funicular is fun and unique way to be welcomed into the hotel.
On the way to your villa (the funicular stops at some villas) you will be totally absorbed by the sounds of the jungle around you. When one lives in the city, the music of the jungle is a blissful sound. Hearing the river running, together with chirping crickets, singing birds and croaking frogs will truly relax you.
Pay detailed attention to the vegetation, and surprisingly, you will notice cocoa and coffee trees, as well as bamboo and stunning orchids!
Sleep in an artsy bed
There are 44 beautiful and spacious private villas for you to choose from. I stayed in the Panoramic Villa, which has a wonderful view of nature (432 USD, or 5,836,580 IDR per night), since it is located on a hill. I loved everything about the Panoramic Villa, including the hardwood floor, which matches the resort’s nature theme.
I particularly loved the canopied bed, which is a comfortable, king-sized bed and, with a touch of Balinese art. Instead of a headboard, is a lit wall with two statues wearing traditional Balinese costumes. It is little touches like this that really makes Hanging Gardens of Bali Hotel special.
There is a separate living room with a big sofa bed and LED TV, so if there are kids with you, they can sleep comfortably in the living room.
In a tropical place like Bali, it’s not uncommon to find mosquitoes. However, the canopied bed and the provided mosquito repellant will guarantee you have a good night’s sleep without being bothered by mosquitoes at all.
The bathroom is spacious and it is almost entirely made of marble. It has a hairdryer, toiletries and bottled water. There is a shower, big, deep bathtub, as well as twin sinks, so you won’t have to wait your turn for your night time routine!
The private infinity pool
A luxurious highlight of each room is the private infinity pool, which looks out over the jungle, and is located outside your backdoor. The pool water is from the nearby spring and due to the tropical weather the water is warm most of the day.
The pool’s ambience is heavenly all day long. It is really stunning having this pool right outside of your room because the water acts like a mirror, vividly reflecting the sky above. During the day, you can clearly see the clouds and after dusk, you can see the stars and the moon.
There is a gazebo at the corner of the pool area, and in the morning, order a cup of coffee to be delivered to your room and enjoy this gorgeous ambience.
Have scrumptious meal at The Garden restaurant
The complimentary buffet breakfast is at the resort’s restaurant, The Garden. The restaurant mostly serves various Western cuisines and most of the fruits and vegetables are organic, taken from the resort’s surrounding farms. Their crunchy burritos and tasty creamy salmon cornettos (salmon inside croissant) are items you shouldn’t miss. They also serve freshly made tropical fruit juices like guava and soursop juice. For dessert, they have pastries and tropical fruits that you may not be able to find elsewhere such as the fresh and sour starfruit and fleshy and sweet jackfruit.
The Garden also serves lunch and dinner and there is a bar (The Garden Bar, located right below the restaurant), where you can have wine or cocktails while enjoying some melodies played by the resort’s pianist.
One of the world's best swimming pools
The resort’s main infinity swimming pool is located near the restaurant. I’ve heard that this pool is one of the world’s best swimming pools, and I couldn’t agree more!
This 2-tier infinity pool is large and as breathtaking as the private pool. Like the villa’s pool, it is overlooking the dense forest. You can swim to the pool’s edge and look over the side of the pool where you’ll have a unique view of the jungle. If you are lucky, you’ll even be able to watch monkeys playing in the trees!
Since all guests have their own private pool, the pool is not crowded, even on weekends. You can enjoy the pool at any time and from here, too you can view an exotic Hindu temple named Pura Dalem Segara across the valley!
Make it the top item on your bucket list
The city of Ubud is about a 30-minute drive from the resort, and the resort provides free shuttles to the city, departing every 2 hours from 9 am to 5 pm. For your convenience, the resort rents out a car with a private driver to take you to different parts of Ubud, and depending on where you go, it costs 85 USD (1,129,643 IDR) for 12 hours (don’t miss the Segara Daleman Hindu temple, which is only about 7 minutes from the resort). For the more active folk, there is free bike rental to use for places nearby including to the temple across the resort.
For spa lovers, this is the right hotel for you! You can have spa treatments at River Spa located down the resort by the river.
This is one of the top resorts in Ubud, so you need to experience it at least once in your lifetime. A stay at the Hanging Gardens of Ubud should sit atop your bucket list for your next visit to Bali.