Alam Indah – Traditionally-designed, great value, and idyllic garden setting.
Close enough to Monkey Forest to hear and see some of the mischievous macaques, this cluster of ten bungalows is perched along the edge of a ravine with a creek running below. Meaning ‘beautiful nature’ in Indonesian, this charming hotel feels wonderfully isolated due to the sounds of trickling fountains and graceful birds, and is located in the woodcarving village of Nyuhkuning (an extension of Ubud) and its several delightful shops and cafés. The individually-designed traditional bungalows are bright and airy, and feature enchanting Balinese-style furniture, huge bathrooms, and numerous openable windows which offer jungle views and a nice valley breeze – but no ‘distractions’ such as telephones and TVs. A cobblestone path meanders down past ancient banyan trees to the sizable pool overlooking the ravine.
Alam Indah – The Location
- Address: About 100m down a steep path from the main street through Nyuhkuning. This is one of many villages within the area known as Ubud, the most popular tourist area in central Bali.
- Area: Within an adorable and tranquil village. Along the southern edge of Monkey Forest, with its many inhabitants often crossing into the hotel grounds. Enough places to eat and drink within walking distance, and 5-10 minutes on foot from downtown Ubud.
- How to Get There: Best to arrange an airport pickup with the hotel, which is about 1.5 hours (35 km) away, depending on traffic. See other options under “Local Transport” below. To reach the facilities on Monkey Forest Road, either (1) cut through Monkey Forest (5 minutes), but the entrance fee must be paid, or (2) walk along the short-cut that skirts the outside fence of Monkey Forest (10 minutes).
- Handy to: Monkey Forest. Museum Pendet.
Alam Indah – The Basics
- Guests: Almost all guests are older couples relishing the serene setting distant from downtown.
- Views: All bungalows overlook the pretty gardens and distant forest. A few – especially those on the second floor – may also offer glimpses of the ravine and river below.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided at a boutique hotel like this in Ubud.
- Extras: Free transport to the center of Ubud. Afternoon tea.
- Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
- Parking: Limited free and secure parking spots at the reception, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: (0)361 974 629
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: alamindahbali.com
Alam Indah – Amenities
- Pool: Attractive pool at a lower level offering terrific views of the ravine. Children’s area attached.
- Spa: No spa on-site but guests are encouraged to use the Alam Wangi Spa, attached to the associated Alam Shanti hotel, 250m away.
- Fitness Center: Not expected or provided.
- Other Facilities: Guest lounge with library.
Alam Indah – Food and Drink
- Restaurant & Bar: Pleasant café offers the usual array of Indonesian and western food.
- Breakfast: All rates include breakfast.
- Room Service: Limited service available during restaurant hours of 7 am to 8 pm.
Alam Indah – Rooms
- Room Types: Deluxe Valley View • Garden View • Suite • Garden House Annex
- Smoking Rooms: Ask the management about dedicated areas for smoking within the hotel grounds.
- Best Room: The spacious Suites are alongside the pool and on 2 levels: bedrooms upstairs and living areas below.
- For Families: All rooms can fit in 1 extra single bed, but the hotel is not really set up for families.
Alam Indah – Local Transport
- Walking & Cycling: Ubud is surprisingly spread out, and distances can be deceivingly long. A few hardy expats ride bicycles, but traffic in central Ubud and hilly roads elsewhere ensure that cycling is rarely enjoyable. However, the streets around Nyuhkuning are perfect for cycling, but few places provide rentals.
- Public Transport: There is no reliable public transport anywhere in or around Ubud.
- Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: Renting a car is possible at agencies all over Ubud, but driving anywhere in Bali is not recommended. Motorbikes are easy to rent and popular for visiting local attractions without the traffic of southern Bali. Metered taxis from southern Bali can drop passengers off in Ubud but are forbidden to operate here. So the best (and really, only) option for day trips is to charter a car with a driver. This should be organized through the hotel.
- Shuttle Bus: For towns popular with tourists (e.g. Kuta and Lovina), shuttle buses are comfortable and cheap, if a little overcrowded at times. Local operators as well as the major island-wide company, Perama, will pick up (but not drop off) guests from hotels. The Kura-Kura Bus company links Ubud with southern Bali, but schedules are convoluted and routes, confusing.
Alam Indah – What’s Nearby?
Best Nearby Restaurants & Bars
All places listed below are along the main street in Nyuhkuning, within 300m from the top of the path to the hotel.
- Laka Leke Restaurant – Long-time favorite, featuring a tranquil garden setting with lily ponds. Regular traditional dance/music, vegetarian-friendly, and pleasingly good value. Virtually opposite the path to the hotel.
- Bali Bohemia – Everything is eclectic, from the live West African music to the wide range of Arabic-influenced food. Surprisingly large vegetarian selection. Faces the entrance to Monkey Forest.
- Soil Bali – Unpretentious and friendly family-run café focusing on organic food and nutritious drinks. Virtually alongside Bali Bohemia.
- Trattoria Ubud – Classy bistro headed by an Italian chef, serving pasta, risotto, pizzas, salads, soups, and grills. Set-priced lunches are very tempting.
- Swasti Eco Café – Enchanting garden setting and a wide variety of healthy food and drinks using home-grown ingredients, including vegan and gluten-free options. Inside a complex of cottages, almost opposite the Trattoria.
- A couple of basic minimarts along the main street, as well as several shops selling arts and crafts. More variety can be found along Monkey Forest Road in central Ubud.
- Monkey Forest – May seem a little touristy, and is certainly crowded, but worth visiting (early) for the eerie setting, ancient temples, and mischievous inhabitants. (Hang on to everything.) One of the 2 entrances is a 2-minute walk (150m) from the top of the path to the hotel.
- Museum Pendet – 250m in the opposite direction from Monkey Forest. Offers a modest collection of Balinese artifacts and a shady garden.