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.
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We stayed three nights in Alaya resort in March. I m glad we picked this resort. It is like an oasis in the center of bustling Ubud. The ground is beautiful and well maintained and the room is spacious with traditional Balinese decor. The breakfast is adequate. It's convenient to many of the local attractions and there are a lots of dining choices within 100 meters of the resort. The only negative part is the swimming pool. It is really small for a resort like this. It was relatively quite during our stay not sure how it can cope when it's full. Overall it was our first time to Bali and we enjoyed our stay at Alaya resort.
Ubud is a busy city, being the centre of many activities on Bali. It brings traffic congestion, loads of tourists and many restaurants and shops. If you want to stay inside Ubud and still have an excellent hotel: Alaya is your choice. Large and spacious rooms, excellent breakfast, beautiful swimming pool and quiet. The friendly staff completes the picture.
Our room was not available when we arrived, we had to wait for 1,5 hours and they allowed us to have the check in at 3.15pm. They gave us an upgrade in a suite room but we found bed sheets and bath towels were very dirty.
This was our first stop in Bali. We used the airport pick up from the hotel, which was not so expensive per se. The ride was very comfortable and the driver explained lot of stuff on the way.
It seems we were upgraded on the room and we got a suite. The bathtub was round there and my daughter enjoyed it to the fullest. Being a vegetarian, the food options were limited in the hotel but there are enough and many eating options nearby which were enough for us to have a good meal.
Traditional market and monkey forest are within walking distance. Hotel arranged for a good car and driver for going to the Bali Zoo and next day to Tanah Lot and onward to Seminyak, where we spent the second leg of our trip.
Want to specially mention Ms. Leslie (hope I am getting the name right), the guest relations lady. She was very helpful in explaining the stuff and arranging the car. Rather, the whole staff was very nice. In evenings, they serve fresh tea which I could not enjoy during the stay. On the first day, my wife enjoyed the tea with a nice view.
Suggestion - Need to increase breakfast options
I booked direct with the hotel even though I could have got the room cheaper on one of the booking sites as I was travelling with my elderly mother and wanted at ensure a ground floor room without to many stairs. I emailed this request before booking to make sure it was possible. When we arrived our room was ground floor but right at the back of the hotel requiring walking up and down a lot of stairs (well a lot for an old person). The next day we were able to change room to a much more suitable one. I really appreciate the staffs understanding and support in the room change but am disappointed that my original request was not taken into account. They should have explained at time of booking that the Alaya rooms are all down the back. The room location was a lot more important to me then the class of room.
It's a beautiful hotel in a good location. We really enjoyed the breakfast. Tried a few different things on the menu and enjoyed them all. The breakfast staff were wonderful.