The Garden Pool Villa
This is a luxury resort, with guests staying in beautiful balinese style villas dotted around the impecably kept grounds. Perfect for honeymooners, or for couples wanting a luxury getaway.
When we visited Bali, we wanted to see a little bit more of the country outside of the main tourist zone. For this reason, we booked a two centre holiday, with Ubud as the second part of our adventure. Ubud is situated about a 45 minute journey north of Bali airport, and is famous for its lush vegetation, monkey forest and rice terraces. It was also featured in Eat, Pray, Love showing Julia Roberts living in a wall less villa and not getting bitten to pieces, such is the Hollywood slant on travelling to Asia.
The resort itself is definitely amongst the most luxurious places I have stayed with villas scattered around the beautiful grounds to create a sense of calm and peaceful tranquility where, once in your accommodation grounds, you can feel that you are the only guest in the resort. Aside from breakfast time, we rarely saw another guest.
Romance for couples
There are four types of villas to choose from, dependent upon the level of luxury your budget stretches to. We went for a Garden Pool villa, which provided us with 284sq metres of living space and our own private pool, verandah, indoor and outdoor shower, an outside bath and a patio area. This was all enclosed within our own walled garden so privacy was excellent. The villa inside, was one large spacious bedroom, behind which was a large bathroom area which led out to an outdoors sunken bath. The whole villa was spotless and nicely decorated, and also included a large TV and DVD player, for evenings in.
Views from just outside the villa
The extra luxury of the villas was the addition of a private pool, which we made great use of.
The only downside of the villas, but one to be completely expected, is the level of bugs and crawly things in and around the premises. Each villa is surrounded by lush greenery, trees and vegetation, and as such they do attract a number of unwanted guests. Every night, as part of the turndown service, staff use repellants around the villa to do what they can to keep little critters at bay, and this does help. Just make sure that you have a good insect repellent with you, possibly a deet based one to avoid getting bitten too much. This will also prove handy on trips into Ubud too as it is not just this resort that features the insect nightlife, its the area in general.
Breakfast was included and was simple and adequate but nothing truly spectacular. Every day there were different pastries and breads and these tasted super fresh and were delightful. Resort staff were all so attentive and helpful, and happy to play and bemuse our little baby. Every afternoon between 4-5pm there was a complimentary afternoon tea. We only made it one day, as we were out exploring for the rest of the days, but we were offered a selection of sweet and savory items and all with beautiful views surrounding us. There is a restaurant on site in addition to a bar. Prices, as you’d imagine are a little higher than those in Ubud itself but if you’ve had a tiring day then it is handy having food onsite. If you have a special occasion whilst you are staying, there is also the option of having dinner cooked for you and taken to your villa for a candlelight meal. This was actually done for us as a surprise for my husband’s birthday, and the food was beautifully cooked, and they even made him a cake. Little touches like this were very special.
I would recommend this for couples rather than families, just due to the layouts of the villa not being ideal for a family party. I know the resort do take family bookings, and we had a baby with us when we stayed, but for older family groups, I'd go elsewhere. For honeymooners, or couples seeking some romance, this is the place to go.
A birthday cake made especially for my husband