As one of the most popular areas to visit in Bali, there are a limitless amount of amazing resorts and villas in Ubud. It can easily become overwhelming trying to pick where to stay when planning your trip, but we think that Alaya Hotels have it all! We recently stayed at Alaya Resort Ubud and were blown away by all this property had to offer.
The location of Alaya Ubud is ideal for those who want to be in the heart of Ubud town. It is located at a prime spot in the center of the village, but you still feel as if you are ‘off the beaten path’ when hanging around at the resort. Alaya sits right on Jalan Hanoman, which is among so many amazing restaurants and beautiful shops. It is also right next to the Sacred Monkey Forest— a must-see when visiting Ubud! It was our first time staying in such a central location in Ubud, and it was so nice to be able to walk around by foot rather than worrying about renting a car or motorbike during our stay. The location allows you to really experience the culture of Ubud, and was such an ideal area to be in.
Even though the location is so central, Alaya has managed to make you feel as if you are somewhere remote and tucked away from any hustle and bustle. The property includes a gorgeous rice field, and there is even a pathway right in the middle of it lined with lanterns that you can stroll down and enjoy a beautiful sunrise or sunset. It also makes for a great photo opp! The tropical jungle feel of the pool area alone is enough to make you think that there couldn’t possibly be any civilization nearby, and it is the perfect spot to wind down, read a book, or even have a meal. A bamboo bridge stretches across one of the pools as well as a bamboo bar that has delicious cocktails to make relaxing that much easier. The resort is is beautifully designed with a lush landscape, and there is even an epic 350+ year old joglo attached to the resort’s newest restaurant, called Manisan. It’s such a romantic spot to sit in and have dinner, overlooking the rice fields on one side and the pool on the other. It makes for a perfectly unique and memorable experience!
We thoroughly enjoy our spa days, and we've visited many spas in Bali - and we can honestly say that the incredible experience we had at Dala Spa in Alaya Ubud was one of our all-time favorites. From the moment we walked in, we were enamored by the peaceful and relaxing setting. The decor is absolutely stunning and it is evident that not a single detail has been overlooked. The lemongrass welcome drink is a prefect welcome to the spa, and you might even find yourself asking for another glass or two before beginning your treatment! There are so many different options to choose from at Dala Spa- we went with the Island Cocoon, which was a 2.5 hour experience. Along with the usual consultation before a massage, (which areas to focus or give special attention to etc), you are actually able to choose which playlist you'd like playing during your treatment(s). The entire experience seems to really capture every one of the 5 senses! We even got to watch them create the corn and coconut body scrub that would be used during our treatment. We felt like royalty after walking into our room; from the perfect chandelier, gold accented curtains, and fluffy chairs, we were in heaven! Starting with washing our feet like most Balinese massages, to the massage itself, the body scrub, all the way until the final bath, every experience we shared topped the last. The bath at the end was relaxing and the perfect way to end our time at Dala Spa. We finished with tea and cookies, and secretly hoped we could start the entire process all over again!
Alaya Ubud is really a full sensory experience from start to finish. These were some of our favorite aspects of Alaya Ubud, but we couldn't recommend this property any more highly for you to experience on your own. We had a perfectly romantic experience, but this resort would actually be perfect for friends or solo travelers as well! We wish you all the best during your time in Ubud and in booking your stay, and can't wait to hear what YOU have to say about your own experience at Alaya Resort Ubud!
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ZACH AND TARA