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
Loved it here, so relaxing, they upgraded us to a bathtub as our room wasn't ready at 2 pm, check in is 3 pm, out at 12 pm, room was looking out to the jungle, great staff. Restaurant is always more expensive in resorts and spa, don't know why, food very nice
When we first arrived at Alaya, we felt that the overall layout and design of the resort was very beautiful and had a nice ambience. However, after a night, we realized a number of flaws.
One of the first things that we noticed was that the door to the porch/balcony had a large unsealed opening between the wall and the door, which ran from the very top to bottom. As a result, insects (mosquitoes) were able to freely fly in and out of the room. We asked for another room, but were shocked to be informed that all the rooms had this unsealed opening. They provided an electric mosquito repellent, but it did not do anything. Over the course of 4 nights, my boyfriend got over 25 mosquito bites all over his body, even after we sprayed ourselves with repellent each night. This was really the major issue we had with the resort. The staff tried to help by taping the gap closed on the 3rd night, but it was already too late by then as the bugs had already flew in.
Some other minor flaws that we noticed:
- No privacy in the room at all as there are no doors, only sliding curtains, so heads up for anyone not travelling with their partner.
- Rooms smelled of mold due to the open space concept with the shower and lack of proper ventilation.
- The deluxe rooms had this large unused space next to the shower. I believe in the upgraded rooms, there was a bathtub placed there, but in the standard rooms, it was just a waste of space and completely not utilized.
- Sink would not drain unless you held down the drainage handle constantly.
- Housekeeping did not appear to actually clean our toilet area each day.
Finally, the upside was that the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. They were always available to help and did their best to accommodate our needs!
Great resort with very friendly staff. The location is very good - a short walk to the monkey forrest with lots of restaurant's coffee shops etc nearby.
There are lots of stairs so that is something to be aware of if your mobility is restricted. Whilst more expensive than most the in house spa is magnificent, and compared to Western prices still cheap!
The restaurant is also very good, however more expensive than many local alternatives.
We stayed 4 nights with friends in May. Absolutely loved the Alaya. Everyone on staff was very friendly and helpful. The grounds were beautifully landscaped, the pools were clean and peaceful, and the included morning breakfast buffet that was served in the open air restaurant was more than ample with assorted breads, yogurts, cereals, fruits, juices and made to order omelette station. Our rooms were very nicely appointed, but we did note that the bathroom task lighting was a bit low. We would all highly recommend staying at this lovely mid sized property. Wish we could back for another stay!
We just moved on from Alaya resort ubud after spending 5 nights there. The place is incredible,such a chilled vibe inside the hotel and only few meters walk away from hustle and bustle of ubuds main street. The breakfast was very nice with a good variety each day. We were out most days site seeing but the day we had a pool day was so chilled under all the palm trees! The staff were amazing and went above and beyond for us. Will be returning and recommending to others!