When we were looking for a place to stay in Ubud, Bali, we knew exactly what we wanted – a spot of luxury.
Looking up hotels in Ubud, we had blocked several, but when we came across Ubud Dedari Villas, we knew this was it. The infinity pool in the forest, the idea of an entire villa to ourselves, we were SOLD. The hotel itself had great reviews online, and our focus was to stay at a place that gave us a local experience rather than a big hotel chain which would guarantee quality service but looked and felt very “hotel-y”; Ubud itself is more green than blue, in the heart of the island of Bali; the beaches are a long drive off, but that is exactly what we had planned- get our dose of the sun, then retreat to the jungles of Ubud to experience another side of Bali, and we can say it was an excellent decision. We stayed 3 nights at the Ubud Dedari Villas, in a large one-bedroom villa overlooking an infinity pool and the jungles of Ubud in December 2018.
Of all the properties we stayed in during our Bali trip, Ubud Dedari Villas was our favourite for a huge number of reasons, and here they are.
What we loved:
♥ Location: Just about 4 km from the Ubud centre, the hotel is tucked into a beautiful forest, with a river running just below, yet not too far from the Ubud Centre where all the happening stuff in Ubud is.
♥ The Hotel: Styled in a Balinese meets modern architecture, the hotel is absolutely beautiful to look at. The blue of the infinity pool lends an insanely beautiful contrast against the green of the forest and makes for spectacular photos that will liven up your Instagram page. The hotel itself feels very exclusive with the villas few in number, spacious, and beautifully designed.
♥ The Room and the Bed: The villas are aesthetic and pleasing, with a LOT of space, a beautiful patio and an open stonewall bathroom. They had even laid out a lovely selection of local fruits for us to try! Without doubt one of the best beds we have ever slept on in a hotel! Fluffy, cloudy and soft, we legit didn’t feel like getting off the bed.
♥ The Staff: Because it’s a small property, the staff who run the place are ridiculously sweet and helpful. They even have a free shuttle service to Ubud Centre 3-4 times a day; you just have to let them know in advance. They are very flexible and take great care to ensure you are most comfortable during your stay. The manager even helped us get a scooter for us to rent in Bali and gave us sarongs to wear when we went to the temple!
♥ The Pool: We’ve all seen infinity pools by the sea, but an infinity pool in a forest? Now that is something we simply never got over. Not only is the pool itself incredible looking, the view is so brilliant and calming that even if you don’t get into the pool, sitting on the lounge chairs by the pool is just the most relaxing feeling in the world.
What we didn’t love:
✘ The Open Bathroom: While it looks pretty and is gorgeously designed, an open bathroom in the forest means some insects get into the bathroom. If you didn’t sign up for some jungle critters this could be slightly off putting to see a millipede crawling in the shower. Plus, the shower made us feel like a mad scientist, adjusting the hot and cold water to get the right temperature.
✘ The Lighting: Honestly, all the properties we stayed at in Bali had some lack of lighting, so we are adding that here. We felt like there wasn’t enough light for us to get ready, plus if you’re spending an evening in, the room can feel a little dull.
✘ The In House Massage: Ubud Dedari has the facility to book massages for yourself, and they hire people to give you a massage in your room, which is pretty cool. They bring the massage tables to your room and set it up there. Unfortunately, the massage was not extremely good, and even though it looks cheap, it is significantly more expensive than if you get a massage at a standalone massage place in Ubud centre.
✘ The Breakfast: Like most boutique hotels in Bali, Ubud Dedari Villas also doesn’t have a buffet breakfast, but a pre-ordered fixed breakfast. While some of the items are good, they don’t have a huge variety to choose from, and even though it is served on your patio with a great view, it isn’t the most satisfying breakfast ever. We didn’t eat any other meals at the hotel; we preferred to try food outside in Ubud Centre.
Overall, one of the most beautiful properties we have stayed in anywhere in the world, Ubud Dedari Villas is definitely worth spending your time and money at, especially if you plan to spend a lot of time just relaxing at your hotel. Would COAN recommend this hotel? Absolutely.