Bali is many things to many people.
Culture, beach, nature and arts.
To me Bali also means one extra thing – paradise for hotel fans. Just imagine, there are over 761 choices of accommodations in the whole of Bali. And this is just a list by one online booking site – other sites have other lists and some smaller bed & breakfast are not even listed online.
Luckily I was clear on the areas where I wanted to stay when in Bali so that narrowed down my choices to about 125 properties in Ubud and 69 properties in Sanur.
Even then my mind changed countless of times – no thanks to reading what seemed like thousands of reviews/recommendations/etc.
Despite being very indecisive for a good one month before the trip, I changed my booking only ONCE.
So instead of Jalan-Jalan Villa that was close to town and even more temptingly, around the vicinity of the house of Ketut Liyer, a man made famous by Liz Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love – I chose a place 15 mins drive from Ubud town – and secluded.
But I decided that the name PURI BUNGA RESORT in the village of Kedewatan have really beautiful ring to them and picked this a few days before we leave.
One of the pool seen from the balcony of our room
And my instinct paid off as the moment we arrived, all of us were instantly smitten by the place – by the charming building, the decorative statues, the friendliness of the staffs and the greenery that surrounded the whole place.
View of our room from the balcony of Sekar Ayu Restaurant
From the open balcony of Sekar Ayu Restaurant, we heard the roar of the Ayung River down below.
The money-minded would appreciate the fact that we paid half of what residents of the hotel next to ours are charged to enjoy the same gorgeous scenery.
It was perfect.
The open balcony at Sekar Ayu was great for breakfast and this was where we had our complimentary afternoon tea when we first arrived. Families with young and active kids need to be extra mindful of their children when seated at the balcony, though.
Our rooms were equally lovely. Ours had a king size bed and we added an extra bed (very comfortable) and a baby cot (expensive quality). The bathroom was practically a room with a separate enclosed toilet, wardrobe and a round tub with a jacuzzi – claimed by my kids throughout the two nights we stayed here.
The only problem was there were no eateries within comfortable walking distance (for kids).
So for both nights, we had decent room service dinner of Fettucine Carbonara, Cordon Bleu, Spaghetti Bolognese and somekind of salad.
We truly enjoyed our stay in this hotel.
It was secluded so it is perfect for those who just wanted to enjoy the peace and nature. The staffs were helpful – they bought an adapter just for us as their plug holes are different from ours and my kids still remember fondly the waitresses at the restaurant until today.
The only issue with this place is without transport, it is hard to get around but anyone who comes to Bali would have pre-arranged their driver or transport so this is not a big issue.
Definitely a place I will come back to stay in.