Alaya Resort Ubud
What We Love
- A five-star resort in Bali's cultural capital, with breakfast, discounts and moreSavoring gourmet cuisine and soothing spa treatments – all with a discount
- Admiring the elegant, locally inspired décor in your luxurious guest room
- Gazing across the peaceful rice paddies that neighbor the resort
What To Know
- Located in the heart of Ubud, not even half a mile from the Monkey Forest and Ubud Market
- Petani Restaurant serves traditional Indonesian cuisine alongside international fare
- Free WiFi
Its Ubud’s multi-faceted appeal that draws intrigued nomads in from the coast. At once the spiritual heartland of the island and a lush-green idyll of rural farmland, Bali’s cultural core offers myriad things to do, as well as a glorious opportunity to do very little, depending on what you’re seeking.
Alaya Resort Ubud’s central location makes either type of escape easy. Just 200 metres from Monkey Forest and surrounded by independent cafes and eateries, you won’t be reliant on taxis to get around. Once you enter this five-star hideaway, though, you’ll be absorbed in Ubud’s more introspective side. With two pools beautifully designed to curve around the landscape, a pavilion for yoga and meditation, a natural-stone poolside area dotted with loungers, plus a superb spa, Alaya is divinely quiet.
Sip a freshly concocted juice at the thatched-roof bar and gaze at the view of productive rice paddies right opposite the resort. Follow the wooden pathways to Manisan – one of two restaurants here – and explore elegant Indonesian cuisine in a relaxed, rustic-luxe setting. Add to this the tastefully styled rooms complete with bespoke stone bathtub, and it comes as no surprise that the resort has garnered several awards and accolades over the years.
How to Get There
After a few days in the hustle of Seminyak it was great to get away to this great spot! Centrally located, most places were an easy walk (for us!) around town. Quick dash down to the Monkey forest, and a great range of restaurants within easy distance!
We stayed here with our 6 months old and overall the place as well as the service were excellent. Our room is upgraded to alaya room with a perfect pool view. They also provide a baby cot (booked in advance). The amenities provided were also complete including the homemade toiletries
The service was impeccable from the moment we walked in. The staff are the loveliest, friendly people we've ever met and very helpful! The food in the restaurant is brilliant and there's free entertainment nearly every night! (Balinese shows, acoustic singers etc). We had 2 manage whilst we were there because the spa is incredible! The best massage I've ever had and so cheap. Recommend booking the day before you want to go as they tend to run out of same day appointments and you really don't want to miss it! We had a free upgrade to the Alaya Room which was incredible and very private. Whole hotel is peaceful and high quality.
This Ubud stay were the main reason I am here in Bali for the first time. I've got my eye on this property way back even before planning to come here finally. I was attracted by the "Balinese cum Japanese" design from the web and they are all as beautiful as photos. The only part which didn't were the big paddy field in which is famous in Ubud, although there is a paddy field, just not as big as you thought.
The hotel is situated just 5 minutes walk from the famous Sacred Monkey forest. Check in was quick, I've book the Alaya Room for my stay there which features their signature round bathtub. It is also a long walk from the frontdesk to my appointed room, if you have a trouble walk long distance - I believe they can buggy ride you from the sides of the hotel. As I shown and enter the room, different from my previous hotel stay in Kuta the night before - the room isn't entirely "ready". Being say that, the lights were not switch on and air conditioning were off as well (key card not in room) to welcome guests. Why I say that and compare this? I choose to stay in Amnaya Kuta 4* as a transit stay to Ubud and it was actually formerly Alaya Kuta. Alaya Ubud is a 5* property and I would expect the room to be "ready" whenever guest were checked in. By doing this, there would be lesser comments and complaints from any guest as everything should be check before any guest check in.
Nevertheless, there's nothing faulty with the room and just some noise over the afternoon (believe some rooms are going thru refurbishment). The details of the room are very similar with Amnaya but better (since this is a 5* property). I was appointed to the Alaya Suite the next day which is at a different building and it is double the size of Alaya Room. It is almost the same, except newer and of course the suite has its own living room - perfect for family or honeymooners.
All in all, the stay was relaxing. Minor problems were solve quick. Only comment I have were the breakfast spread at Alaya Ubud. Well, as compare to the 4* Amnaya, Amanya serves better breakfast than Alaya. Also, the breakfast staffs in Manisan (which is where they serve daily breakfast) were not as attentive as the dinner staffs. Unsure what is their SOP, but perhaps this comment will bring good in improving the standards for Alaya. This property also house the prestigious Dala Spa, but I didn't had any treatments here. Instead, I ordered a bath to send to my room. In Dala Spa, there are a few bath you can choose from as add ons and this can be also prepare in your room's bathtub. No doubt the bath was great and highly recommended if you choose to stay with Alaya Ubud (only the Alaya Room and Suite has the tubs).
Would I come back again? Sure. As this is a solo trip, I do hope to come again with my partner. The stay overall is a 4.5/5, definitely many rooms to improve the little touches for a 5* property and hopefully the next time I visit again it will be better. Kudos to Mr.Abdi for his hospitality and hope to thank him in person the next trip.
There's no 4.5 rating over at Tripadvisor, so it's going to be a 4/5 for now, sorry.
P/S, the minibar at Suite 332 wasn't working for that two nights. :)
We are a bit mixed about our 5 night stay at Alaya. Location is great being only a short distance to most of the things we wanted to do. The room was ok, It was upstairs looking back over the restaurants and pool. Only had to get someone in to clear the shower drain as it turned into a swimming pool during our first shower. We ordered room service one night. We did feel we were putting the staff out. The charging for that room service also caused us some embarrassment as we were not told about having to put money on your room card when you arrive. We had to scrape up the cash on the spot. Breakfast was quite good but based on our room service, we didn't eat at the hotel restaurants. Overall a good experience but will consider staying somewhere else next time.