Hoshino Resorts’ first property outside Japan blends together influences of its homeland with a Balinese edge, creating an elegant, tranquil hillside retreat that holds its own among stiff competition in Ubud’s luxury retreat scene.
Around 10km (6 miles) from central Ubud, a journey that winds through the verdant rice paddies and rainforest that draw so many to this region. The resort sprawls across a hillside that flanks the Pakerisan river, and minute care has been taken to make sure it blends with the forest surroundings.
Address: Br Penegembungan, Desa Pejeng Kangin, Kecamatan Tampaksiring, Gianyar 80552, Bali.
Style & character
The design is exquisite. Japanese-style tiered rooftops of the villas sit alongside thatch-topped gazebos (made from sacred Balinese alang-alang tree) and punctuate the tropical flora that runs through. A traditional subak irrigation system has been incorporated, so the soporific tune of running water is rarely out of earshot.
The size means plenty of secluded spots to read a book or enjoy the pervading views in peace. In particular the seven Café Gazebos – couch-lined cages that jut out into the valley, give the feeling of hanging among the treetops. Try to snag number 33 for the best view.
Service & facilities
All guest villas have private access to one of three strikingly beautiful, palatial pools, which would not look out of places on a Game of Thrones set. The spa offers sumptuous massage and body rituals. There are yoga sessions every sunrise and sunset and, in a charming nod to Balinese culture, a (free) daily class on making canang, the traditional offerings to Hindu gods made from banana leaf and flowers. If guests do want to explore, a shuttle runs to and from central Ubud. Staff are extremely attentive and knowledgeable.
The are three types of villa: Bulan, Sokha and Jalak. The latter two are slightly larger, although to call the Bulan villas entry level would be misleading – there is no discrepancy in the level of luxury guests can expect.
Chic interiors feature futon beds and Balinese art –such as intricate wooden carvings from Ubud craftsman hanging from walls – and handprinted lamps by the beds. All have their own pool-side lounge area, and there are elegant touches such as aromatic bath salts and Bose speaker systems.
Food & drink
The dishes that come of out of the kitchen are on a par with the finest you’ll find on Bali. The á la carte menu serves beautifully presented Balinese classics (try the ayam betutu), but the pick of the dining options is the 10-course set menu, which artfully combines Japanese and Indonesian cuisine – wagyu tenderloin with a satay sauce; tuna sashimi topped with sambal. There are three options for breakfast: Japanese, Indonesian and American, served with bottomless freshly pressed juice. Complimentary tea, coffee and fresh fruit is served all day in the Café Gazebos.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Yes. Villas have ample space for extra beds, there are dining options for children and children’s books in the library. Arm-bands and floats can be requested for little ones in the water.
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