Even though I’ve lived in Bali for 3 years (not exactly in a row, but yeah, that long), Ubud is always special. It’s where I go to relax and unwind from the crowded south part of the island, and to see the greener side as well. Last weekend, I went there for a getaway and stayed in Padma Resort Ubud for 2 nights with my bestie, Andre Binarto (@andrebinarto).
Padma Resort Ubud offers 149 rooms (premier and suite) located in the middle of bamboo forest of Payangan, close to a river valley about 20km from Ubud downtown – or about 40-minute drive. Since Andre and I had a car for our own for the weekend, commuting wasn’t really an issue. But if you don’t drive your own vehicle, no worries. The resort provides complimentary shuttle service with the following daily schedule:
We checked-in late Saturday night and were warmly welcome by the hotel staff with two cups of ginger tea and frangipanis to put on our ears à la Balinese style. Another friendly staff walked us to our room, which was Premier King Room. We were super pleased to see how spacious this room was! I took the photos of the room the next day when there was enough light. Take a look:
As you can see, not only the bedroom area that is spacious, but also the bathroom! I love the fact that the bathroom has both shower cabin and bathtub. However, since Andre and I are shower-kind-of-persons, we ended up not using the bathtub at all for the 2 nights we were there.
What I like about the shower is because it has safety system that prevents us the guests from accidentally turning the water tap for temperature higher than 38 degrees Celcius. So there is a button on the tap that you need to press first before leveling up the temperature for the water. This is very thoughtful of them, and for this, I would say that this shower cabin is very child friendly. Children tend to move things without extra care and without this safety system, they might get hurt from getting showers that are way too hot! Two thumbs up for Padma Resort Ubud.
I also took photos of the lobby area. I think that it’s nice of them to have a group of guys playing Balinese music live throughout the day at a few different corners of the resort: entrance and restaurant area, especially! It creates a relaxing yet lively ambience to the whole building. Without the music, the resort can come across being a little too quiet because it is very far away from busy traffic or dense population.
Breakfast was absolutely amazing at this resort! It is served at one of their dining outlets, The Puhu Restaurant & Lounge. It’s so refreshing to have breakfast here, not only because of the hearty food options (from Indonesian to western dishes), but also because of the view!
If you don’t feel like leaving the resort for a few days, I don’t think you will be bored here. There’s a lot of things you can do or experience at Padma Resort Ubud, such as Private Yoga, Jungle Trekking, Cooking Class, Mixology Class, and even Marshmallow & Hot Chocolate! For the last one, for 75,000 IDR (+ 10% tax), you will get a free-flow hot chocolate and you can roast your marshmallow at the fire pit. Interesting, eh? Shame that we didn’t have enough time to try this activity as well! Maybe next time.
As for the facilities, Padma Resort Ubud has a fitness center, spa, and the famous infinity pool overlooking luscious green trees from the forest! You know, the second best thing about this pool, is that the water is constantly warm because they set a heater on the pool floor. Swimming early in the morning under Ubudian chilly weather won’t be a problem at all! Here are a few shots of the pool (and me)…
Psst, there’s even a smaller infinity pool downstairs that’s more private and intimate, if swimming in a big pool is not your thing. Come with me to the paradise!
While we were here, we got to enjoy afternoon tea, twice. For the first one, we had it at our room balcony. And for the second one, we went to the afternoon tea buffet at The Puhu, the same venue they use for serving breakfast.
You know this feeling when you really enjoy something that time just flies so fast?
That’s what we felt. Two-night staycation was a wrap, just in a finger snap.
I’d totally recommend Padma Resort Ubud if you’re looking for a peaceful place away from the busy downtown of Bali, surrounded by nature… and especially if you need to refresh your mind, body, and soul.
I strongly believe that this place is also perfect if you need a hideaway to heal a broken heart ♥ The vibes in this resort can really help you to let loose and come back from your trip with a clearer perspective about life.