The Jetsetter rate includes daily breakfast and traditional afternoon tea
All villas have Java stone infinity plunge pools
The lovely setting in the Ayung River Gorge
Sunset drinks overlooking the valley at the Garden Bar
What To Know
Not a beach setting; Ubud is Bali’s central arts and culture hub
Free shuttle service runs hourly to/from Ubud until 5:30 p.m. (it’s a 25-minute ride)
A funicular takes guests up and down the steep property, but there are still plenty of stairs to navigate
Parking on site
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Hillside hideaway overlooking Bali's Ayung River Gorge, with infinity plunge pools in every villa
Set among the rain forests and rice terraces of north central Bali, Hanging Gardens Of Bali is a charming spot with a boutique spirit. Most resorts in Bali highlight the island’s natural bounty, but this one goes one step further. The 44 thatch-roofed villas, restaurants and bars, two pools, and spa are all carved into various levels of a hillside in the Ayung River Gorge. Spread out among gardens of bamboo, orchids, cocoa plants, and fruit trees, the villas are spacious (starting at more than 1,000 square feet), and all feature four-poster kingsize beds, open-air showers, and heated Java stone infinity plunge pools. Balinese materials and design touches are featured throughout, from the carved wooden doors and batik cotton fabrics to the private bales (traditional relaxation pavilions) next to the pool. Tuck into gourmet French and Balinese dishes at the upscale Garden Restaurant (come nighttime, you’ll enjoy the dramatic view of a lit temple across the valley), or snacks like crab cakes and fresh juices at the riverside Diatas Pohon Café. Afternoon tea here is often accompanied by music and dance performances by local schoolchildren. You can tone your muscles with some laps in the bi-level infinity pool, a mountain-bike ride or a guided botanical walk through the property—and then relax them at Ayung Spa, which offers such services as ginger body scrubs and lemongrass-infused massages. It’s all part of the experience at this dreamy cocoon of a hotel.
In the Area
Watch a performance of traditional Balinese legong dance, which typically interprets stories from the Ramayana. One of the best settings is the outdoor courtyard of the 16th-century Ubud Palace. Get off the beaten path — and into the “real” Bali — with a comfy 4X4 Jeep safari that takes you to a traditional stone quarry and some small villages, hidden temples, spice gardens and more. After browsing the lovely handicrafts at the Ubud markets, try your hand at making your own. The ARMA Museum offers classes in traditional crafts, including Balinese court painting and wood carving, as well as music, dance and cooking. For a truly memorable night, sign up for the hotel’s Secret Romantic Dinner package, which includes dinner for two in a remote jungle setting (illuminated by oil lamps) followed by a short rain forest walk to a water temple, where a priest will offer a traditional purification ritual. The night ends with foot massages on the deck.