Imagine waking up to clouds drifting past your villa . . . you're so close you can almost touch the sky. Now sit a while and have some mint tea; take in the panoramas of verdant jungles shrouded in mystique. This sensory wonderland, the Hanging Gardens Ubud Hotel, will remind you just how beautiful life truly is.
Nestled deep in the heart of Ubud's rich rainforest preserve, this enchanting five star boutique hotel, designed in complete harmony with nature, has 38 individual villas. Each villa has a striking thatched roof, enhanced by its own luxurious granite infinity pool, rippling into the jungle below.
The hotel is located on 3.2 hectares of land situated near Payangan, a village North of Ubud, surrounded by ancient trees, steep terraced gardens and jungle forest. The hotel is adjacent to layered rice terraces with sweeping views across the Ayung River gorge to the ancient Pura Penataran Dalem Segara temple.
Over 700 local craftsmen lovingly built Hanging Gardens Ubud, sourcing traditional materials, utilising existing resources and adapting indigenous ideas. An abundance of bamboo was used in the building of the hotel, not just for construction and scaffolding but also planted in the landscape as shade protection from the sun. Traditional belief holds that being in a bamboo grove – the favourite dwelling place of Buddha – restores emotional calm and stimulates creativity.
The hotel is most famous for its infinity edge pool. It was crowned the 'most amazing pool in the world' by both Condé Nast Traveller and Trip Advisor. It is lined with Batu Chandi slate stone and consists of geometric walls of solidified volcanic ash; the striking bi-level pool is suspended over the dense rainforest, with an undulating shape that echoes the surrounding terrain.
The hotel has four categories of villa-style accommodation: 15 Riverside Deluxe Pool Villas, of approximately 100m², 15 Panoramic Deluxe Pool Villas, of approximately 100m², two Panoramic Pool Villa suites of 160m² and six 2-bedroom Duplex Family Pool Villas of 160m².
The villas were designed with a contemporary Balinese influence and all have king-sized four-poster beds, handmade batik cotton fabrics, an interior bathroom with hand molded bath, terraces with open air showers with adjoining Bales (traditional Balinese relaxation areas). The designer used precious woods throughout the property, including Merbau flooring for the interiors, Benkirai for the exteriors and wooden furniture with sculpted doors in the Balinese tradition.
My time here was filled with so much positive reflection; the jungle will surly unwind any stress and fill you with love, happiness, and peace. The Hanging Gardens Ubud offers supreme luxury and ultimate privacy combined with five star service, to book a stay click here or below.
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