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
We stayed here on Oct 28th for our last night in bali. The jungle view here is incomparable to any other resort that we stayed in, during our trip to Bali. There's a cable cart to get you around the resort. In addition, there is a temple right across the river where you they offer you sarongs if you wish to visit. Breakfast was included and you can order anything you'd like and as much as you like from their menu. They offer a complimentary shuttle to and from Puri Lukisan Museum located in central ubud that runs about 3-4 times a day, however unfortunately the last shuttle ends around 15:00 which we thought was really early compared to other hotels. There is complimentary high tea from 3-4pm located in their spa cafe. Their iconic pool was mesmerizing and we loved that we had it to ourselves until 12pm that day. The only downside is that it closes at 6pm every night. The hotel offers in house activities for guests that you have to pay. Other resorts that we stayed at offered the same activities but were complimentary.. Our private villa was clean with a heated pool. They greeted us with a flower bath, local sparkling wine, house made treats & handcrafted jewelry. The flower bath was a kind gesture however, I did find it awkward how the standing shower and tub was a combination of the two, considering the layout of the tub.
The only complaint that I really had were the guests that stayed next door to us. It was 12am and they were playing loud music on their patio. Wehad asked reception to ask if they could turn it down as it was getting late. Even so, we still had to wear ear plugs to sleep. All in all, the view and pool is amazing but for what we paid for, I think you can find other amazing resorts for half the price.
Hanging Gardens Bali is really a magical place. From the moment we arrived the staff made our honeymoon really special (champagne and chocolate cake!). I recommend to stay here 1-2 nights before staying at other destinations in Ubud as it is 30 min drive from the city center. 2 nights allows you to fully enjoy the Hanging Gardens and the facilities. The breakfast buffet was excellent and served with such a beautiful view. The pools are very scenic and fun to relax next to for a day. The rooms are stunning and I highly recommend you get a pool suite. The service was great, and the spa offered one of the top 3 massages i've had in my life. Make sure you take the hike across the river and up to the temple , it was magical! Overall the staff ensured we had a great stay! Tip to the staff, change up your playlists and music in the restaurant and near the pool, same songs on repeat.
Private location, very excellent service, excellent hospitality, wow there is a pool in the room ....
Room for improvement : WC add with bidets so everyone from all country can used it & it will be nice if have gym & yoga ..