Hotel review: Alaya Resort Ubud, Bali

This upscale bolthole is a tranquil oasis that’s far from the madding crowds of Kuta and Seminyak

The capacious Alaya Room

The capacious Alaya Room

The resort's lobby

The resort's lobby

In-house restaurant Manisan is set amidst a working rice field

In-house restaurant Manisan is set amidst a working rice field

A foot bath at DaLa Spa

A foot bath at DaLa Spa

A dip in the pool

A dip in the pool

Ensconced in the highlands of Bali, the cultural village of Ubud is far removed from two of the island’s biggest star attractions — beaches and nightlife. The landscape here instead offers a very different kind of experience, from verdant rainforests and rice paddies to a burgeoning arts-and-crafts scene.

We’d highly recommend making your base at Alaya Resort Ubud, a serene sanctuary that’s perfectly attuned to its lush surrounds. The sprawling resort is set amid a working rice field, with 105 spacious and elegant rooms and suites that offer gorgeous views of the greenery. Its design aesthetic is equally rustic — guestrooms are adorned with murals of rice farmers, while furniture is fashioned from locally sourced materials like stone and bamboo.

You’ll be sorely tempted to spend the entire day just lounging about, be it reclining on a deckchair by the pool, sipping an ice-cold cocktail at the poolside Bamboo Bar, or sampling flavors from all across the Indonesian archipelago at newly opened restaurant Manisan. It’s also a must to indulge in a relaxing rubdown or herbal bath at the award-winning DaLa Spa, which combines luxe treatments with indigenous ingredients. If you’re up for some (light) physical activity, the hotel conducts daily sunset yoga sessions under the canopy of a bale (traditional Balinese pavilion).

However, if you do manage to tear yourself away from the resort, you’ll be glad to find that the famed Ubud Monkey Forest is just a stone’s throw away. Other noteworthy natural attractions like the beautiful Tegallalang Rice Terraces and Campuhan Ridge Walk (perfect for postcard-worthy sunrise and sunset views) are also within striking distance. Go forth and venture, comfortable in the knowledge that you’ll be back in the resort’s heavenly embrace at the end of the day.

Also read: 5 best new restaurants in Ubud, Bali

Alaya Resort Ubud, Jln Hanoman, Ubud; +62 361 97 2200; alayahotels.com/alayaubud

Written by

Delle Chan

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