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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
I would love to give Hanging Gardens 5 stars but we have to say that we left after 3 nights with a sour taste in our mouth.
The room, pool, staff and surroundings were incredible however we felt cheated after ordering 4 Gins and 2 Tonics from the pool bar only to be presented with an astonishing bill of 2.5 million rupiah (£138)!
Even though there was no price list available, we were offered Hendricks as the gin, only to discover after drinking that they cost 3 times as much as the standard gin, which we would have been more than happy with.
After our complaint to the restaurant manager, we were advised that nothing could be done and were only offered some canapés and a glass of sparkling wine, which certainly did not cover the extortionate amount we were charged for the ordinary drinks.
The hotel in general was lovely and beautiful as a first stop on our honeymoon, but it is just a shame that the management team could not have done more to understand the situation and the upset it caused as £138 is for most people, a ridiculous amount of money to spend on 4 drinks.
The view at hanging garden is very breathtaking and relaxing. Rooms are very clean and food is amazing! The staff is very friendly and goes way over beyond. I would definitely will come here again! Hanging garden is the best
A hidden gem that glistens in the Balinese jungle. The resort comprises of luxurious villas, a top noche spa and views overlooking the glorious greenery over the jungle.
We were welcomed by Dewa with a drink local to the area made of turmeric, honey and oranges absolutely delicious! Whilst admiring the views from the highest point of the resort you are checked in quite quickly. The cable car takes you to your room, ours being #14 a villa with a panoramic view thanks to the complimentary upgrade. Walking into the room there’s a four poster bed that looks out over the Jungle, and the private infinity pool, this really is something dreams are made of.
Exploring is a must here, have a walk down to the river and check out the worlds best tiered swimming pool.
The restaurants offer delicious food and views over the pool and jungle. We really enjoyed breakfast which offered an a la Carte menu as well as a small buffet selection, the eggs Benedict is delicious and also the avocado on toast with a perfect poached egg and if I was you a side of bacon just tops it off nicely.
We enjoyed a 2 hour couples spa treatment at the spa, located down by the riverside. Listening to the trees rustle, bird singing and the rushing water of the waterfall are truly relaxing while having an authentic Balinese massage.
The highlight of the trip was the Extraordinary dinner at the Temple which overlooks the hanging gardens from the opposite side of the jungle. I was given a Balinese outfit to wear which really made me feel like part of the culture. We took a 3 min drive to the temple where we were greeted by Eryanto who took us to be blessed in the temple before we headed down the candle lit steps to our dinner setting, here we had 2 private chefs and 2 ladies from the spa who gave us a very relaxing foot massage before we had dinner. The food was delightful and the soup with chicken meatballs delicious. Really an experience of a lifetime!
Thank you for a fabulous stay!
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Amazing place to be. In the middle of the jungle. Great service and staff. food could be better. Breathtaking view. Don't miss the massage at the spa by the river. Wait for the monkeys' visit to ur private pool in the morning.
The villa with private pool was spectacular, the service was unparalleled, the pool was breathtaking, and the food was delicious!!!! I am looking forward to coming back. The hotel property is situated within the jungle, which is an architectural marvel!