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
If you want to escape the city life and lose yourself in nature.. Go for it
One of the best Spa room I have tried and Yuli the therapist made it even better .. the staff are very nice .. and the flowing river's sound will definitely calm you down
We had an incredible experience staying at the Hanging Gardens for our honeymoon. Everything about the stay was perfect, from the rooms to the service provided by some of the nicest staff I have ever met. Great Place to relax and disconnect. The Massage treatment by the river is a must.
Based upon the reputation and amazing photos, I booked this as a surprise for my wife's birthday when we were in Bali. It was a massive let down. The location and scenery are second to none - that cannot be disputed. However the private pools are around 21/22 degrees C (I checked with my dive computer) and the main pool is a little better at 24 degrees. The main reason I booked this was to take advantage of these private pools in an amazing location. The check-in was a nightmare because we were using a debit card - we were told debit cards were not allowed because of money laundering issues, would have been nice to be have been told this prior to check-in. However apart from the team were extremely friendly and what you would expect from a 5* resort.
I did manage to meet with the manager and he comped us 50% of our FnB, gave us some trinkets from the on-site gift shop (2 of which were broken!) and it was a nice gesture but in no way made up for the disappointment of the freezing cold pool. We were not looking for a discount or freebie at all.
They have on time, and frequent free transport into town which we used.
The food was great but a couple of the room service orders we had to call to get corrected - nothing major.
If you do book then please go right down the bottom of the resort where there is a stunning little river view and bridge which in my opinion is a lot more "instagrammable" than the pool that it is so famous for.
My advice here is to the resort - sort your pools out please!