When you think of Bali, your thoughts may conjure up images of beach sunsets, cocktails, temples and rice paddies. What you might not know about Bali, is the abundance of luxurious resorts built around the rainforests in the Ubud district. One such place you would be a fool to miss on your visit, is the Hanging Gardens of Bali resort. This 5-star luxury hotel, spa and restaurant can be found nestled within Bali’s beautiful uplands.
The iconic Hanging Gardens of Bali has topped the 2016 Condé Nast Traveller list for the “#1 Honeymoon destination in Bali,” achieved the 2016 Luxury Spa Award for the Best Luxury Destination Spa and was named the 2014 ForbesLife Indonesia’s “#1 hottest resort in Bali.” When you visit, you will easily understand why.
Choose to either stay in one of the 44 private thatched villas and suites, each with their own infinity pool, or stop by for lunch and enjoy one of the best resort views you are likely to see on your travels. Ever.
Due to the tranquil nature of the resort, which houses more honeymooners than families, my posse of four — two young sons, my husband and I — chose not to stay at the resort, but instead booked a lunch package to enjoy the facilities.
Getting here feels like you are miles from anywhere, driving along windy roads passing by sleepy Balinese villages. As you enter the resort, you are greeted by security, and welcomed into the lobby. A small cable car takes you down to the resort in the restaurant (exciting for the kids), where you will be wowed at the scene that emerges in front of you; two twin-tiered infinity pools that extend out to the views across the rainforests, with a temple in the far distance.
There are various lunch packages you can choose to enjoy the resort, a two-course does not include a dip in the pools, but there are other deals that do. Afternoon tea packages are also available to book. Lunches consist of an appetizer, main and dessert; a handful of each are available on the menu for you to choose. Children’s options are provided on a separate menu. We dined, and we dined well, but, let’s be honest, it wasn’t so much the food we came for, but the views and the serenity. The pictures speak for themselves.
After an hour and a half, our kids were ready to go, (us grown-ups more reluctantly so!), and arranged for our driver to take us into Ubud. Ubud is Bali’s cultural tourist capital filled with art, handicrafts, yoga and spa retreats, and cafes selling wholesome food. Bear in mind that Ubud is around 20-30 minutes drive, there is a shuttle available from the hotel if you are a resident, otherwise, book a driver, as we did, to take you into town.
You could easily spend weeks in Ubud, enjoying the many galleries, museums, temples and relaxed ambiance. Other nearby attractions include soaking in the beauty of the rice paddies, a walk in the world famous Monkey Forest, cooking lessons, or an early morning bathe with the elephants at the Elephant Safari Lodge.
Ubud and The Hanging Gardens of Bali can be reached in a day if you are staying at one of Bali’s coastal resorts. Be aware, traffic can be pretty terrible in Bali, on a good run you are looking at around 90 minutes one way from Seminyak and Nusa Dua. Hiring a driver is the best way to go.
Book your stay or lunch at The Hanging Gardens of Bali online, and whatever you do, don’t forget your camera.
About Erica Louise
Erica Louise hails from the United Kingdom and migrated to Australia in 2005. Erica worked in the international travel industry for many years, recruiting volunteers to work in remote communities around the world in the name of community development and wildlife conservation research. When Erica is not writing and creating for her ethical fashion blog Recycled Fashion, she writes, edits and runs the social media pages for KidTown Melbourne and Melbourne Mums Group, as well as the Melbourne column for Weekend Notes. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
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