Home away from home: Puri Gangga Resort Ubud

Puri Gangga Resort Ubud was our last home in Bali- we call it home because it really did feel like home, even if it was just for a brief 2 nights. This luxury boutique resort is not really in Ubud- it’s actually in a lovely village called Sebatu (about a 20-30min drive away from Ubud Centre), further up from Tegalallang rice fields. It’s one of those places where it may look unassuming online, but it’ll take your breath away when you’re actually there.

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Nestled up on a hill in the forest, it’s away from the hustle and bustle of Ubud but still has easy access to many attractions. It’s just a 5-10min walk from Gunung Kawi temple, and only a 30min drive to see the Mount Batur sunrise from Kintamani! The location is hard to beat, especially when they offer daily complimentary shuttle services to Ubud Centre that run every 3 hours.

After a warm welcome and swift check-in we were taken to our room. The grounds are beautifully kept with endless greens and bamboo paths. With only 20 rooms, we felt like we had the whole resort to ourselves. Other than at the pool and restaurant, we never saw other guests!

We were in the Deluxe Room for 2 nights. Even at the most basic tier, our room came with a private balcony overlooking a small pond and garden. Imagine what the other rooms are like! Ours had all the essential amenities, with a mosquito net that came in handy (we lost count of how many bites we got in Bali). The washroom utilizes an open concept with a rainfall shower and humongous bathtub. Unfortunately, the blinds by the tub were broken in our room. It would’ve been awesome to take a bubble or flower bath with a view of the lush garden.

Puri Gangga prides itself in being “A Home in Living Culture”- and rightfully so. There are paid activities you can take part in, such as the Holy Water Spring purification, candlelit dinners, spa treatments, and Balinese cooking classes. If you don’t want to pay extra, there are TONS of other free activities you can take advantage of. These include guided morning walks, yoga classes, free bike rental, Balinese music during dinner, 15min foot massage, temple visit to Gunung Kawi, and handicraft lessons! They’ll teach you how to wrap coconut leaves and make Canang Sari- the daily offerings in little baskets that you see everywhere in Bali.

Complimentary afternoon tea (Balinese treats!) can be enjoyed daily from 3-5pm at Kailasha Restaurant. We also had lunch and dinner here a few times; AS loved the Rendang Curry. The tables by the railing have such an amazing view!

We had breakfast (complimentary for resort guests) served on our balcony. The staff were super punctual- we asked for a 7:30am breakfast and we got a knock on our door at 7:29am. (Yes, I kept track because because I’m obsessed with breakfasts- I want it when I ask for it!) We had 4-5 selections to choose from (American, Balinese, Continental, etc.) with freshly squeezed juice. I loved their pain au chocolat!

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The BEST part of Puri Gangga is their infinity pool. It can get pretty packed with all the day beds occupied in the afternoon but the view is absolutely gorgeous. I don’t think pictures do it justice! The best time to take a dip is at dawn and dusk- it’s less busy (or empty in the morning), and the colours in the sky against the still pool water will make you speechless.

Kollecting Koordinates - Puri Gangga Resort

Kollecting Koordinates - Puri Gangga Resort

Something special about this resort is how close we were to wildlife and animals. I got a little addicted to the sound of the Tokay gecko during our stay. They come out at night and they make the funniest little sounds! I had a giggle fit every time and got quite good at imitating them. There were also little frogs bouncing around throughout the resort as well as a cow right next door (fenced off). We even saw chickens running around in our garden one morning!

It was difficult leaving Puri Gangga- it made the end of our Bali trip so bittersweet. What I miss the most about this place is one of the front desk agents: Nara! She was so sweet, courteous, and helpful- nothing seemed too much to ask of her. She helped us book a driver, super last minute, when ours failed to respond on time. Thank you Nara, Mr. Adita, Mr. Mudatra, and all the staff for making our stay so enjoyable. We can’t wait to return!

tips:

  • Early bird specials start at 150CAD a night (before taxes). They always have a bunch of promos and special packages you can take advantage of.
  • It’s a 90min drive from the airport, which costs about 400K IDR (~$40).
  • Stay longer! Our 2-night stay was way too short.
  • For more information, check out their official website, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter pages.

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Disclaimer: AS and I were invited guests at Puri Gangga Resort. However, all opinions are our own and we wouldn’t recommend something if we didn’t love it ourselves! 

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15 thoughts on “Home away from home: Puri Gangga Resort Ubud

  1. Oh this looks so nice! I visited Ubud once, as a day trip from Kuta and wished I had been able to stay more. I would love to go back and show my boyfriend who has never been. Bali is so easy and cheap to get to from Australia – we are really spoiled for access. Ubud is such a lovely to explore and this Puri Gangga Resort looks like a great option for a hotel to stay in.

  2. This place looks gorgeous. I was already convinced before I read the bit about the infinity pool and saw the picture. Gorgeous! The afternoon tea of Balinese treats sounds pretty yummy too. I wish I was here now.

  3. This really does look like paradise. I would love to wake up and have breakfast served on a private balcony. Sounds like heaven! The curry also looked delicious. And not a bad drive from the airport 🙂

  4. That infinity pool is definitely one of the better ones I’ve seen. And I totally agree with you, coming to the pools in the early morning is the best time. Looks like an excellent place to visit. I’ll be sure to keep this place in mind next time we’re in the area.

  5. Wow, that infinity pool looks so serene, I wish I was there right now! We are making a return trip to Bali this fall so this is super helpful! We would like to splurge a little and stay somewhere really nice like this for a few nights! The place looks absolutely stunning! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Have to agree that the best part of the property looks like the infinity pool! Such an incredible setting – I can’t imagine how spectacular it would be to be there in person! Though the Baliense cuisine at Kailasha Restaurant would be a close second :D!

  7. Oh wow, looks like a touch of paradise. I keep seeing Ubud everywhere in my feeds. I wish I could go to Indonesia but I hear they don’t allow Pakistanis so there goes Bali and Ubud. Sad.

    I would love to go to place like this. Looks amazing!

  8. I love the video of your room. I am trying to make a hotel video, it isn’t easy. I also loved reading about Ubud in tales of a female nomad, but so nice to see so many pictures to visualize how beautiful it really iy.

    • I’m with you on that one. It ain’t easier but it gets easier! My husband and I just started making videos from our previous trips but we’re starting to get the hang of it!

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