Styled to resemble a traditional Balinese village, this is our favourite crash pad in Ubud. Deep in the Indonesian jungle surrounded by mountainous cloud forest, the Hanging Gardens Resort is the quintessential Indonesian hideaway. 38 rooms and suites all have their own infinity edged pools and are anything but standard, just the way we like it. The hotel’s boutique is crammed full of stylish Indonesian outfits and handicrafts, and the spa here is not to be missed.
Nestled on the outskirts of the cultural capital Ubud, the resort is easily accessed from Bali international airport in just 95 minutes. Complimentary shuttles run all day from the resort into the centre of town so any urges for on the spot cultural encounters can be easily satisfied.
If you like infinity edge swimming pools and glass sleeping pagodas then you’re in luck. Cuddling the edge of the hillside with vistas of the emerald river and ancient temple far below, the thatched pool villas ooze understated class and style. The Balinese influenced bedrooms, featuring yummy four poster beds, are cosy and elegant with wooden floors and floor to ceiling windows that lead straight out onto your pool deck. The highlight of any of the villas is surely the infinity pools which are heated to an inviting 29°C degrees year round.
Why we like it
Our mouths start to water every time we think about the food at the Hanging Gardens; we loved eating under the stars on the edge of the pool with the smell of exotic alang-alang reeds thick in the air. Make sure to take a cooking class with one of the hotels head chefs who’ll verse you on the ins and outs of loads of traditional recipes, just watch out for those little red chillies.