Far from the madding crowd at Kuta, Alaya Ubud Resort promises guests a tranquil and luxurious retreat
The moment you arrive at Alaya Resort Ubud’s reception, you know you are in for a relaxing sojourn as you take a seat to sign into your room over your welcome drink. The open-air lobby exudes an air of relaxed tranquility, while the adjoining street-front restaurant Petani takes on a quiet buzz with diners lunching on home-style regional cuisine consisting of seasonal specialties and fresh produce sourced from local growers.
Many natural elements like bamboo, stone and wood come together to give the 105 rooms, and every nook and cranny a stylish feel. The rooms are enormous with large inviting beds along with interiors and furnishings that speak of Indonesian elegance.
There are three room categories – the Deluxe room at IDR3,800,000++ per night, the Alaya room at IDR4,400,000++ per night and the suite at IDR8,800,000++ per night. The stay is inclusive of breakfast at Petani. There is a peak season surcharge of IDR700,000 per night for July and August as well as from Dec 20 to Jan 7.
Both the Deluxe and Alaya rooms have the same floor space, but the Alaya room features a more luxurious bathroom with a customised bathtub for guests who desire a spa-styled bathing experience. All the rooms’ balconies or terraces face out to a rice paddy that lends a rustic air to the resort. The shades of green or gold, depending on the season, wavering in the breeze would surely be a soothing sight for guests unwinding after a day of exploring.
The resort is within walking distances to restaurants, spas and attractions. Next to the resort is a supermarket, and sharing the same rice paddy view is the renowned Bebek Bengil “dirty duck” diner. The popular Monkey Forest Sanctuary, a sacred nature reserve and temple complex, is just five minutes on foot. This also means that shopaholics do not have to walk far to the shopping strip on Monkey Forest Road.
But with the great food offered by Petani and Manisan, the two dining establishments within the resort, you may not feel the need to venture out for gastronomic delights.
Gourmet Coffee And Hearty Breakfasts
Breakfast at Petani can be a hearty affair with the likes of Nasi Goreng, French toast or eggs Benedict depending on your choice of a Continental, American or Balinese set. There is also the option of a Silhouette Breakfast set for health-conscious guests. Coffee fiends should not miss out on Petani’s quality coffee.
Come 3pm, guests can enjoy their complimentary afternoon tea where they can sample some Balinese sweets, sitting where they can look out to the buzzing Jalan Hanoman or a view of soothing rice fields.
Home Of Flavours
From the eclectic décor of Petani to the modern elegance of Manisan’s age-old ambience, the menu also takes on a more diverse offerings, featuring classic food traditions from Minangkabau and Bandung as well as other more esoteric dishes from cities such as Pontianak and Ambon to honour the medley of authentic flavours from the Indonesian archipelago. The menu is curated by Indonesian television personality and food ambassador, Mr William Wongso, who has sourced the nation’s best recipes on his extensive travels. The restaurant also features a Chef’s Table with a tasting menu of market-fresh ingredients, while afternoon artisan tea and coffee are served pairing home-style desserts.
Housed within a reclaimed Joglo (a traditional Javanese wooden home) that was sourced from Central Java and reassembled in Ubud, Manisan sits in the middle of a productive rice field adjacent to the resort with space to comfortably seat up to 128 diners. With hand-painted ceramic floor tiles, artworks to complement the elaborately carved ceiling, the restaurant melds age-old architecture with modern features.
To coincide with the full moon, a special day for ceremonies and festivities in Bali, Manisan offers a Purnama Full Moon Dinner with cultural entertainment every month. And every Sunday night at 7.30pm, diners can look forward to a Legong dance performance along with an authentic Indonesian six-course degustation menu available at IDR325,000++ per person.
From their welcoming smiles, enthusiastic greeting and accommodating attitude to their promptness in attending to guest’s requests, the staff of Alaya Resort Ubud exhibit warm Balinese hospitality, making a stay here most delightful. It is no wonder guests return time and time again to this sanctuary of serenity.
“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”