Just an hour’s drive north of the airport, and set in the green terraced hills, Ubud is in many ways Bali’s cultural heart. It is one of those places where a vacation of a few days can easily turn into a stay of weeks, months or even years. This is a place where traditional Balinese culture instils every waking moment, where colourful offerings embellish the streets and where the mesmerising strains of gamelan are an ever-present soundtrack to everyday life. It is also somewhere that is inexorably on-trend – a showcase of ecological design, mindfulness, culinary ingenuity and the absolute best that global tourism has to offer.
Also well known as a flourishing crafts centre, here you can expect to find hundreds of shops selling high-quality antiques, woodcarvings, crafts, textiles, paintings and jewellery. Seamlessly lined along the main street are dozens of art studios, an excellent local craft market and galleries. The Ubud Royal Palace, The Sacred Monkey Forest and the famous Ubud Art Market are a ‘must’ list on every tourist’s itinerary. Although tourism in Ubud has been very progressive in the last few years, there is still a certain serenity and joy to be found in the fresh air. The town has become a popular and peaceful retreat from the nearby areas famous for partying. With everything from sumptuous vegan eats, cleanses, to every type of yoga and healing imaginable, this is where the Western spirituality and Balinese traditions live in harmony. That being said, those coming for relaxation and/or rejuvenation, Ubud may very well be the most enchanted holiday of your life.
When you are on holiday, choosing the apt resort becomes inevitable. Alaya Resort Ubud is an upscale, lush property with authentic Balinese charm and rice paddy views, which make it one of the popular choices made by travellers. With rooms exuberating luxury and elegance, Alaya Resort Ubud is a sanctuary of peacefulness and sophistication in the culturally exciting village of Ubud.
Built with exceptional sensitivity towards Mother Nature, the property shares its rice terrace views with some communities like local independent cafes and eateries. As part of Ubud’s evolving hospitality, the outlandish boutique property offers guests a classy place to stay that mirrors Ubud’s and Bali’s unique creativity. This elegant resort, with a distinct sense of belonging, caters to all the needs of any travellers.
Choose between extravagant Deluxe rooms or the superior and sophisticated Suites owing to their preference. The Deluxe rooms provide a soothing environment to chill out after a hectic day of sight-seeing in Ubud. They house cosy base featuring clean-lined furnishings, a smart en-suite bathroom and an ornamental wall that showcases Bali’s creative heritage. A private terrace or balcony fuses impeccably into the outdoors providing extra space to sit and relax.
The Alaya Suite rooms, on the other hand, redefine the belief of island-inspired luxury and has been shaped to anticipate every possible need for the much-excited couples. This expansive category simply imparts itself to relaxation with ingenious areas to sleep, unwind and bathe in style. A comforting decor with tailored furnishing and personal touches gives the suites an air of superiority. Room amenities include everything right for air conditioner and ceiling fans (indoor and outdoor), luxurious bathtubs, safe deposit box, minibar, laundry service, Kimonos, LCD TV and all other basic necessities to make your stay smooth and happy.
To treat your tummy, Manisan Bali is sheltered within a breezy Ubud rice field. It provides the perfect scenery to showcase the diverse and exotic flavours of the Indonesian archipelago in style. The tables are laid out under a traditional Joglo style structure, with an open-plan design opening out to views of lavish rice paddies that surround the resort. The private Joglo lounge offers the lovebirds a perfect ambience for a romantic and intimate Candlelight Dinner.
The other restaurant, Petani, rejoices the diversity of Asian food with a menu-driven by farm-fresh ingredients and in-season delicacies. Every plate is layered with mysterious flavours for an overwhelming taste sensation that will dawdle long after the meal is over. This smart dining venue has its own take on East meets West cooking.
For a relaxing afternoon with your better half at Alaya Resort Ubud, do not miss out on visiting the DaLa Spa and open the gates to the age-old Indonesian beauty rituals. Designed to take the experience of Balinese relaxation to the next level, DaLa Spa unfolds the art of true personal indulgence with a plethora of luxury spa rituals in Bali. With a serene and calm setting, DaLa spa lies adjacent to a plush rice terrace and overlooks a small flowing river edged by native trees and tropical flora. It is a devoted space for personal indulgence where the old-time Indonesian restorative and beauty traditions are put into practice to recharge the body, mind and spirit.
With all being said, Alaya Resort Ubud can be the right place to head-on. Not only it guarantees a majestic stay, but it also ensures you keep coming back to Bali.
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