Puri Wulandari a Boutique Resort and Spa
What We Love
- A private swimming pool in every villa
- Anything-you-need butler service
- A small spa overlooking the Ayung River and offering traditional Balinese healing and beauty rituals
What To Know
- The villa architecture makes them unsuitable for families with small children
- A free shuttle service runs four times a day to the center of Ubud, but airport transfers carry an additional fee
- Laundry and pressing services are available but dry-cleaning is not
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Overlooking the Ayung River gorge and terraced rice paddies near Bali’s spiritual center of Ubud, the intimate, 35-villa resort pays a strong homage to the island’s architecture and history. The accommodations have traditional thatched roofs, carved Balinese doors, open-air living and dining areas, garden ponds, and day beds around their private pools. The romance quotient is high, whether it’s seen in the dreamy four-posted beds in the villa bedrooms or the dinners-for-two that can be arranged in private lounges or under the moonlight. The restaurants and bar serve global fusion cuisine in stunning open-air settings, while the spa offers traditional Balinese treatments.
In the Area
The hotel runs a shuttle to Ubud four times a day, allowing guests to shop at boutiques run by Indonesian artisans and explore the traditional architecture and royal palaces. A favorite local restaurant is Ibu Oka, a hole in the wall beloved for its succulent Balinese roast suckling pig. The privately owned Neka Art Museum houses a fabulous collection of Balinese paintings, while the main attraction at the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary needs no introduction. A bit further afield, the John Hardy workshop is open to guests who want to see the gorgeous silver baubles being made, tour the compound’s organic farm, and enjoy a five-star lunch.
How to Get There
We got to know this hotel by coincidence but that maid it even better. What a fantastic service. What a quiet hotel with a magnificent view. The villa with private pool gives you the feeling that you’re all alone at the hotel. Staff is super friendly, they clean the room twice a day and makes you feel at home. We will try to come back.
Amazing hotel, full privacy, excellent facilities surrounded by tropical forest. Superb services . Can serve as a center for tours in the Ubud area.
Do not miss it! Not too far from the airport. We shall not forget this place.
First of all, the view and setting of this resort is breathtaking. I couldn't stop taking photos. The infinity pools are brilliant.
The service was outstanding - and I got a sense that the warmth of the staff towards guests was genuine (and not contrived under management instructions).
Villas are large and spacious.
The resort is not brand new - but the Balinese style is such that it doesn't really age.
This resort is truly amazing. The rooms are some of the most beautiful I have stayed in and the views from the pool are unbelievable. This place would be perfect for a honeymoon or romantic getaway. The only thing that I would say is that the pricing of food and drinks within the resort is extortionate. $30 for a cocktail makes you less likely to chill out by the pool with a few drinks. However if spending within the resort isn't an issue - don't let this affect the overall experience as it truly is breathtaking.
Unlike most resorts I’ve visited, Puri Wulandari clearly focused all its energy and investment into the villas versus the ‘common areas’. For our honeymoon, it had a nice effect of feeling very private and personal. We loved our villa, the infinity pool, spacious bathroom, and outdoor terrace with a view out into the jungle valley. We couldn’t have asked for more from our villa and it was $100+ cheaper than comparable properties we found.
We stayed in villa #107 which has only neighbors in front and to one side, with jungle on the other side. We were warned that our villa had a risk for more wildlife, but our experience was only several frogs. We happily accepted that trade off to get a more secluded spot.
The only downsides I would mention (which others have mentioned as well):
1) The free shuttle to Ubud is helpful, but runs very infrequently. Meanwhole, the hotel-quoted taxi prices are higher than you’ll find in town. We held on to the contact info for a couple of taxi drivers we met which helped keep our costs down.
2) As others have mentioned, towards the end of our stay we got annoyed by all different staff members (butlers, reception, drivers) encouraging us to book more activities - especially when we chose the hotel to actually spend time at the hotel! It was helpful the first time, then got tedious
Also want to mention that we were there the first week of September and rain + insects were not as bad as we had anticipated given other reviews. However, the temperature fell enough in the morning and evening that we never used our pool other than mid-day when the sun was out.