Rice Paddies & Crisp Coffee With Alaya Hotel Ubud – Bali
Both Alaya Hotels are located in the heart of Ubud, however, unlike Alaya Jembawan, Alaya Ubud is positioned literally on the main road which makes it very convenient to get around Ubud on foot. Beside the lobby and hotel rooms, there is a small working rice field that every balcony and terrace looks out on. Next door is the Coco Mart which we thought was a major bonus so we could grab a few treats (the essentials -brownie and Bintangs).
We were greeted with warm smiles, cold towels and refreshing juices. The lobby felt a little busy compared to Alaya Jembawan especially with the noise of Ubud’s chaotic roads. We had arrived early for maximum time at the hotel and they proved very organised, labelling our bags and making sure they’d be delivered to our room. We’ve mentioned about the noise of the road but as soon as we stepped away from the lobby to explore the hotel, there was little sound.
Alaya Ubud has 2 pools: an infinity pool overlooking a small rice field and another larger pool that features a small bamboo bridge and bar. There’s plenty of seating with reclining chairs dotted around the pools. At the bar, you can ask for drinks and snacks to be brought to your seat. We chose to have a swim in the evening and early morning when there were fewer people around which felt so serene with little sound and the surrounding nature.
Our room was huge with an open bathroom that included a rain shower cubicle and an amazing oversized tub with a tropical themed backdrop. We couldn’t wait to fill this baby up and use A LOT of their complimentary lemongrass bath foam. The bathroom is open but there is a curtain for privacy. The beds were so comfortable with a backdrop of Balinese farmers silhouettes. With a large wardrobe holding 2 bathrobes and slippers it was only natural for them to not leave our bodies until check out. Each room has floor to ceiling glass doors that lead out to a private terrace/balcony with views of Alaya’s rice fields, a dining area and sofa. The room included free water and a fruit basket, along with coffee (Nescafe!) and tea. Plus, for movie heads or Game of Thrones fans, they have HBO 🙂
In the same fashion as Alaya Hotel Jembewan, Alaya Ubud offered complimentary afternoon tea, with a choice of Balinese coffee, cappuccino, a latte or of course tea. Along with 3 samples of Balinese delicacies which were sweet and super tasty, served between 3pm and 5pm.
The breakfast was a game changer! There’s a large selection of Western and Indonesian dishes, that also include tea/coffee, juice, a fruit platter with yoghurt and a pastry basket including a chocolate muffin, croissant, cinnamon bun, toast, cinnamon, pineapple jam, watermelon jam and butter.
The Spa & Gym
Alaya Ubud & Alaya Jembawan both feature their own spa, DaLa Spa. The Alaya Ubud spa did very well to capture the Balinese culture in its interior design and decorations. From the furniture to the table props. Although we didn’t have time to book any spa treatments, we were given a tour of the spa rooms that all looked very luxurious.
Alternatively, if you’re like Luke who seems to find it impossible to relax, there is a gym on site. It’s a small gym but has high-quality equipment, including a cross trainer, treadmill, workout bike, all-in-one workout machine and free weights from 2kg to 22kg.
It’s hard not to fall in love with Alaya Ubud. It felt busier compared to Alaya Jembawan but it’s location is perfect for a trip to Ubud especially if you don’t fancy riding a scoopy around the busy area. The hotel is great value and we can’t recommend it enough.
If you have questions about staying at Alaya Hotels, please leave a comment below.
Alaya Resort Ubud
Jalan Hanoman, Ubud 80571
+62 361 972200 / 846 8925