We had been staying in a guesthouse in Canggu for about 3 weeks, freelancing all day, every day. As cabin fever started to settle in, we knew we needed a change of scenery so we decided to take a little trip up to Ubud. We got in contact with Alaya Hotels and it was settled. We would spend 1 night at Alaya Jembawan and 1 night at Alaya Ubud.
After an hour in our Grab, we arrived at Alaya Resort Jembawan in the heart of Ubud. The boutique hotel is tucked away from the main road, close to the Sang Spa 2. As soon as we arrived we knew we were in for a relaxing stay. We were greeted with huge smiles which is pretty much the norm in Bali and our back-breaking backpacks were taken off our shoulders.
We purposely arrived early so we could spend a bit of time nosing around before check-in time. Before we could explore though, we had a seat in their open, tropical themed lobby. A staff member talked us through all the available activities and meals, asked about dietary requirements and gave us coupons for their gorgeous spa. Before we could leave, we were given the most refreshing drink – coconut water and tamarind. It was absolutely amazing and will definitely be on the ‘Food/Drinks we must recreate back at home’ list.
A trip to Ubud isn’t complete without an infinity pool with jungle views. Alaya Resort Jembawan offers 2 gorgeous swimming pools set among lush gardens. The pool area is like a little paradise. There are rows of single and double reclining chairs underneath large umbrellas. With the quiet location and beautiful surrounding nature, it’s easy to laze around the pool and doze off. Which we definitely did.
[Side note: For those of you that are staying in guesthouses/hotels without one, Jungle Fish is a great ‘beach club’ with a pool among lush jungle, just 10 minutes outside the centre of Ubud.]
There are 3 types of rooms: Deluxe Room, Alaya Rooms and Alaya Suites.
The deluxe room we stayed in was very spacious with an open plan which meant the en-suite wasn’t actually separate to the bedroom but there’s a curtain for privacy. The deluxe room features only a rain-shower cubicle but both the Alaya Rooms and Alaya Suite have both a shower and a stunning bathtub if you’re looking for the ultimate room for relaxation.
The bed was heavenly, we literally sank into the pillows. Behind the bed, is a feature wall with artwork showing the nature of Bali. The room comes with a large wardrobe where you will find robes and slippers. We made it compulsory to lounge around in these whenever we were in the room.
Each room comes with a private terrace or balcony. Our room had a terrace that led into Alaya’s gardens. When we were out on the terrace it felt so secluded.
You’ll find free bottles of water, a fruit basket and of course tea and coffee. Also, toiletries that smell A M A Z I N G.
Both afternoon tea and breakfast is included in the room which you can have delivered to you in the room, by the pool or in the restaurant. We obviously didn’t pass on the chance of having both on the terrace in our bathrobes and slippers.
The afternoon tea was quite small but flavourful with 3 samples of Balinese delicacies and a choice of tea or coffee served between 3-5pm.
The breakfast was perfect. We’re typically more of the buffet type; we enjoy stuffing our faces with everything on offer. However, the breakfast menu was extensive and offered both a sweet and savoury option along with a fruit platter, fruit juice and coffee or tea. I’m sure our faces were a picture when it all arrived at the door.
Alaya Jembawan features its own spa, Dala Spa. We didn’t get a chance to enjoy a spa treatment but we did have a look around at what we were missing out on. The spa looked luxurious with stunning details. There is also an onsite Ayurvedic doctor and yoga instructor and yoga class every morning at 7am.
It’s pretty clear that we fell in love with Alaya Hotel Jembawan. The attentive staff, the tranquil surroundings and the brilliant food made it a stay to remember. We would definitely recommend a visit here.
If you have questions about staying at Alaya Hotels, please leave a comment below.
Alaya Resort Jembawan
Jalan Jembawan, Ubud
Gianyar 80571, Bali, Indonesia
+62 361 9083289