Hanging Gardens of Bali
What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
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.
How to Get There
My husband and I recently stayed in villa 25 for a 3 night stay to spend quality time together- we are from New York City (Manhattan) and did a side trip to Bali from a longer vacation in Melbourne, Australia (easy 5 hr flight from Melbourne).
1) The private plunge pool! It was larger than it seemed in photos and we used it a ton, was really special, as well as the side deck. The water temperature was perfect.
2) The food and staff- we ate several meals in both the higher dining level as well as poolside. We found the quality to be high and loved the staff. We specifically loved the Nasi Goreng for lunch.
3) We did a couples massage by the river and requested it on the earlier end (8:30am) to have time the morning of our flight and the staff was happy to accommodate. We had wonderful massages.
4) The resort is extremely private, pristine, safe, and quiet- thank you for your no drone policy as I probably would have checked out if there was a drone flying over me during a plunge pool swim!
Cons: (rather minor and still felt a 5 star rating was justified- but I always think its best to point out these small suggestions to help management continue to make the Hanging Gardens even better)
1) We were not able to use our American Express credit card to book directly on the website hotel so instead went through Expedia (If American Express is indeed accepted, the website needs to be fixed to make this clearer- all I saw was visa, master card or PayPal). A few days before our check in, we received an email saying our payment was rejected and our reservation was cancelled. We were already in Australia and this email caused a lot of anxiety with no explanation until I reached out. Hanging Gardens did respond promptly that it was an error and our reservation was guaranteed (I already had seen the payment go through to Expedia). Hanging Gardens needs to have a better process with third party vendors to prevent emails like this reaching guests.
2. On our third night we were headed into Ubud and we were asked if we wanted turn down service. I was sort of surprised because I wasn't asked on night 1 or 2 and said of course we would. It was so nice to come home to a room where the bed nets and curtains were lowered and closed for us as well as token biscuits. This service should have occurred every night at a resort of this price point (we did not put on a do not disturb light night 1 or night 2, so I am unsure why this inconsistency occurred).
3. We wish that the shuttle service was offered beyond 3:00pm. Booking a car through the hotel was easy, but it would have been nice if this complementary service was extended into the evening.
**As an aside, if you plan on staying at Hanging Gardens, its about a 35-40 min drive into Ubud Center so I do suggest doing research and planning your excursions before you arrive, as there is an overwhelming amount of options and you want to be as efficient with your time as possible. Highly recommend the Yoga Barn if you like yoga!
This has been my fourth trip to Bali and I’ve stayed at many places. But this one tops it all. From the warmest welcome to the goodbyes. This place has everything for all people young and old. We stayed 3 nights(wish it was longer). The spa was awesome. The attentative staff and the surrounds just wowed all of my family. The food...the atmosphere.... the ambience all the best I’ve ever experienced anywhere in the world Thank you for an enjoyable and relaxing time here...5 star.
This place is absolutely amazing! We stayed in one of the river villas, the view was amazing, we had high tea on the gazebo next to our private pool and monkeys came to feast with us (in a beautiful way!) Nature experience at its best, definitely coming back. I love love this place!
i recently spent a weekend an awesome resort called the hanging gardens in bali..the jungle like setting high on the hilltop was so beautiful and relaxing i didnt want to leave ..the staff was so friendly and helpful .i was amazed..ther services were totally awesome...great staff.. the food was great . the spa and pool were totally awesome ,, i was go completely satisfied there,, well worth the price,,the resort and services and staff were the best i have experienced ..i would go again in a heartbeat..
Our trip to the hanging gardens of Bali, has been nothing but awful!
It’s overprices and unclean. For the money you pay to stay here, you’d think you would not have stains on the side of the bed.
Loose pool tiles causing myself to fall into the pool, rude and unhelpful staff.
Was told a massage was going to cost $75 AUS dollars, when checking the bill, to find it was actually $750 AUS dollars. We were then left to wait for 45 minutes, with no offers of water nor any compensation.
Went to purchase an item in the gift shop, which had a price tag of $2.50 AUS, then once going to pay for the item, was told it was $5 AUS, and they can change the price as they are a hotel. (Which is fine, but make sure the correct price is advertised)
Lacking in empathy and and compassion
Would not come back nor recommend.