If escaping the touristy parts of Bali was our goal, we definitely succeeded in that endeavor. The Padma is so incredibly far north and probably farther than we actually needed to be. Being anywhere from 5.1 to 8.6 miles north of the heart of Ubud meant decent drives without rain and impatiently long drives during heavy rain, of which there was an abundance of during our stay. Benefits of being so far removed from the touristy parts meant that we had a piece of Bali to ourselves; encompassed in nature and sealed by the morning mist and fog that the mountain provided. This was a beautiful and serene experience that only the Padma could provide, being located on the mountain side and all.
The downside to the hotel is the overall service. I had emailed the concierge and the F&B email addresses listed on the hotel website and did not receive a response from either address for at least a week before I decided to call the hotel and follow up via email. The room was never thoroughly cleaned, with dead termites and other bugs in the corners and behind/under objects (e.g., trashcan); and sheets that needed replacing due to permanent stains. As for the Puhu Restaurant & Lounge, where we spent more money than we should have, the service was always decent (except for one night when they had an event and left us 80% of the time unattended) but the food was never ever consistent. We ordered the same meal for a couple of nights but it was prepared and tasted completely different.
Amazing hotel in rice field, super dreamy and romantic especially staying in the villa bale! Outdoor shower is super cool! Love waking up to the rice field views. The staff is absolutely amazing!!! The pool is super clean and upkept. I felt so relaxed staying at this hotel!
The only downside is the food. We ordered room service a couple times but didn't enjoy the food very much. The breakfast they offered is better but wouldn't recommend dining at the restaurant or ordering room service. Other than that this hotel was just amazing.
You should know the hotel is about 30 minutes from the main part of Ubud. It's a beautifully quiet place if you are looking for a retreat, stay and enjoy. The staff are incredible, the food first rate, and the room clean and comfortable. Although I don't know how, The pools are even kept clean in this rainforest.
The location is the best in ubud and probably bali - I've been to bali three times and to numerous hotels in all district and this has the best view hands down. The rooms, however, are dated and towels and sheets are old. The rooms and bathrooms are in desperate need of renovation. The service is not great and breakfast is very simple. Pool was very dated as well. The private pools in the villas are not heated. But they have the best spa I've been to in the world. L'occitane spa is incredible and I would honestly just stay there again for it.
This place is absolutely magical. We travel frequently and always stay in very reputable hotels. This hotel by far exceeds all your expectations. It is charming, has impeccable service and the staff remember each guest by their first name. If you have special dietary requirements they give you a special menu with your name on it and only items that meet your requirements.
Breakfast and afternoon tea are included with each room even if you ask for it to be served in your room there is no additional cost.
The view of the rice field is so relaxing. I cannot compare this place to any other hotels. We visited the Four Seasons in Ubud during our stay and thought this hotel was ina nicer setting and more personable.
All that being said, if you are looking for a commercial hotel in a high rise this is not a place for you.
Will definitely return.
Ubud is the arts and cultural centre of the island. This charming mountain settlement is 25 km (1 hour’s drive) north of Denpasar and comprises 14 villages dotted with palaces, temples, museums, galleries, shops, arts and crafts, and excellent restaurants. Other than a few nightspots, village life is quiet and serene. Don’t miss the nightly traditional dance performances and nearby Monkey Forest Park.
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