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 girlfriend and I came and stayed here for four days in June 2018. From start to finish, the experience was unforgettable. The staff were all courteous, helpful and always willing to go out of their way to accommodate any special requests we had (we were up at 2am for a sunrise hike up Mt. Batur, and they had packed a breakfast for us to take). The pool (both our private pool and the picturesque main pool) were immaculate and always clean. We ate at the restaurant several times, and all the food was beautifully prepared, tasty and never felt like it was rushed.
We had one of the villas with private pool, and it felt secluded and allowed us the luxury of privacy. Every unit was spaced out enough. Will definitely come here again next year.
Totally surprise with the facilities and foods. The best breakfast Hotel ever. Also love with the facilities. The last but not least, having so much good time in the pool. Warm water arounds cold weather of Ubud.
I stayed here for 3 nights in May for mine and my girlfriends anniversary. We found out about the hotel through seeing lots of stunning photos on social media, and thankfully it was just as great in person as we were hoping.
We arranged for a transfer from the hotel and had a very friendly driver, who we also used for 2 day tour excursions during our stay.
We stayed in the Suite Villa, which was absolutely huge (180 sqm) and along with a completely secluded infinity pool and outdoor area, it also had a large separate living room area (which we barely used as there was more than enough space in the main villa).
The room and bed was very comfortable, and the view from the room and the infinity pool was incredible as well.
I felt that breakfast was very good, you do need to request your dish but the choices were more than sufficient, along with the delicious balinese coffee.
On our first day there were a few couples taking photos in the main infinity pool, however the rest of the time it was mostly quiet, and we were able to get some good shots.
We also had dinner at the restaurant - again, no complaints. It wasn't cheap (roughly 3m IDR for a 2-course meal for two with a bottle of wine), however I couldn't fault the food, the flaming wagyu was a highlight in particular.
Aside from that we also arranged on our last day to have rose petals spread out in our bathtub, and also for the floating lunch in our infinity pool, which in my opinion is a must try, as it's a once in a lifetime experience. The food was again very good and it was a great experience eating food from a floating barge overlooking the ubud rainforest.
Overall I would say this is not a hotel you should come to if you're on a budget, however I would say the suite villa is definitely worth the cost if you want a luxurious, romantic getaway. Also I loved ubud in general - very peaceful location with a lot of activities to do during the day and night.
Been wanting to check this place out for awhile, this was our last night in Bali and we just wanted to do something relaxing. So ended up coming here for early dinner and had the entire restaurant to ourselves. The food isn’t the most amazing food ever, but when your sitting there with that view it definitely helps to improve the food! We stayed until it was dark outside as there was a full moon and the scenery was stunning! The put lights all over the steps and all over the restaurant and it becomes very beautiful at night! If your in that area I recommend at least going to grab drinks and check out the view!
We stayed for two nights at the hanging gardens during our honeymoon to experience the quietness and the worlds best pool in the middle of the jungle. And the hotel did indeed provide a great scenery and nice rooms, plus very tasty food!
However, there were a lot of downsides, which left a bitter feeling. For a hotel with such a price tag in Bali, I expect everything to be perfect, from the hardware to the service. Especially if they call themselves a 7 star resort. And it was far from perfect. It was very apparent that the higher the staff was up in the ranks, the less they cared about the guests. To give you an example: the only(!) person who asked how we liked our stay was the person operating the funicular. On the other hand, a manager who was in the restaurant during breakfast did not even say hello to the guests. The whole staff in the restaurant had to be approached by us for any requests, they did not approach the guests proactively.
We asked for a late check out, but had to approach reception staff three times before they provided an answer (they said “we let you know in an hour” but never came back to us). In the end we received a late check out of 1pm, because we were told arriving guests needed the room. However, throughout the whole day, our room type was still on sale.
On the hardware side, the rooms are nicely decorated and well designed, but in the bath they showed the age (broken water taps, sprinkling and calcified shower heads, dirty toilets in the restaurant, etc).
Be aware that everything at this place has a huge price tag (food, drinks, spa).
We have experienced other hotels in Bali which cost just a fifth of this price and provided perfect service and huge rooms. With the price of this property, the performance was a complete disappointment.