Sangri la in the Heart of Ubud
Submitted: April 19, 2013
Stayed: March 2013
If you're traveling to Bali, it really doesn't get much better than Villa di Abing.
LOCATION: Right on Jalan Jembawan, a 3-minute walk to Sang Spa, Radiantly Alive Yoga, the post office, and Bali Buddha restaurant and health food shop, there's really no need to wander far. But then again, just 2 more minutes and you're on Hanoman and Monkey Forest Road and the Main Road, enjoying the chaotic exciting beauty, shopping, restaurants, and must-see tourist attractions that Ubud has to offer. This place is right in the heart of the action, but set back from the road, so it's quiet when you just want to relax.
ARCHITECTURE: This place is a jaw-droppingly beautiful Shangri la, and features really interesting and beautiful Balinese architecture. The common area is something straight out of Dwell magazine, with a day bed looking out into the trees.
DECADENT YET PRACTICAL: The accommodations are well appointed and comfortable, again, like something out of a magazine, with a big Buddha statue, silk-encased pillows, lotus flowers in bird baths, and hard wood furniture. The open air bathroom in the suite we stayed in was just amazing, and the stone bathtub was luxurious. We loved jumping in the pool after walking around in the hot, sticky Balinese sun, and lounging in the little gazebo nearby.
PRACTICALITY: The owners have done a good job of balancing Balinese aesthetics with an understanding what it is that vacationers want on a practical note: air conditioning, privacy, natural soap and shampoo, hot and cold running water, a pool, a safety deposit box, a comfortable bed, big fluffy towels, etc.
STAFF: The staff are adorable and pleasant and skilled, striking an excellent balance between being helpful and intuiting your needs, without invading your privacy or being overly chummy. They (and the owners) honor their culture by leaving offerings around the villa every day, which adds to the cultural experience of staying here. The breakfast is simple but tasty, with a plate of fresh tropical fruit every morning.
Our stay at Villa di Abing was like a vacation within our vacation, and if we ever find ourselves in Bali again, we will certainly be booking here again with no hesitation whatsoever!
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