by Santorini Dave • Updated: May 10, 2019
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Hotel Tjampuhan & Spa – History and ambience in a dramatic but central location.
Built for Balinese royalty in the 1920s, this colonial-style landmark exudes tradition and charm. It is spread across two forest-covered valleys and faces a 900-year-old temple, yet remarkably, it is within a short stroll of downtown Ubud, multiple major art museums, and numerous quaint cafés in Penestanan village. Within the hotel grounds, paths zigzag around lotus-filled ponds, the open-air yoga hut, and the lovely spring-fed swimming pool, right down to the raging river below. All rooms boast uninterrupted views of the forest, valley, and/or river. They also feature an adorable Balinese design (e.g. thatched roof and ornately-carved doors) and exquisite traditional paintings, woodcarvings, and cushions. Bathrooms need some updating, but the entire hotel – complete with library and movie lounge – is delightfully old-fashioned, and in a good way.
Hotel Tjampuhan & Spa – The Location
- Address: In Campuhan, one of many villages that make up Ubud, the most popular tourist area in central Bali. (Tjampuhan is the old Dutch spelling.) Along Jalan Raya Campuhan, part of the main road heading west from central Ubud.
- Area: Carved into a valley facing the forest. The lobby is alongside the main road, with plenty of facilities within walking distance in both directions. About 1.2km west from the center of Ubud, with a short steepish section in between.
- How to Get There: Best to arrange an airport pickup with the hotel, which is about 1.5 hours (38km) away (depending on traffic). See other options under “Local Transport” below.
- Handy to: Penestanan village. Blanco Museum. Bintang Supermarket.
Hotel Tjampuhan & Spa – The Basics
- Guests: Overwhelmingly caters to older couples who relish the history and serenity.
- Views: All rooms face the ravine, while most also overlook the forest, river, and distant Gunung Lebah temple.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided at this old-fashioned hotel.
- Extras: Free shuttle service within Ubud. Computer stations.
- Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
- Parking: A few spots at the reception area, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: (0)361 975 368
- Email: Send an email through the website tjampuhan-bali.com
- Website: tjampuhan-bali.com
Hotel Tjampuhan & Spa – Amenities
- Pool: Two adorable pools, both providing views of the valley and forest. One is fed by natural spring water.
- Spa: With an amazing setting alongside the river, many treatments are based around the use and benefits of natural water. Also features a jacuzzi inside a cave.
- Fitness Center: None.
- For Families: Child-minding.
- Activities: Yoga classes in a traditional bale hut.
- Other Facilities: Movie lounge. Library.
Hotel Tjampuhan & Spa – Food and Drink
- Restaurant & Bar: Named after the river below, the Oos Terrace restaurant offers splendid views, exquisite seating, and fine dining all day. Popular among guests are the set-price 3-course meals. The views, collection of arts and crafts, and old-style ambience make it hard to leave the adjoining Walter Spies Lounge.
- Breakfast: Included in all rates.
- Room Service: Available during restaurant hours of about 7 am to 9.30 pm.
Hotel Tjampuhan & Spa – Rooms
- Room Types: Superior Agung Rooms • Deluxe Raja Rooms • Walter Spies House (1 only)
- Smoking Rooms: Very few places to smoke. Check with reception before lighting up.
- Best Room: The one-off Walter Spies House is where the renowned German artist and former resident of Ubud once lived. Two levels lovingly restored, with delightful décor, 2 bedrooms, extensive veranda, and wide-ranging views.
- For Families: Deluxe Raja Rooms can accommodate a family of 4, and the Walter Spies House has 2 bedrooms and an open living area. However, the hotel is not really set up for families.
Hotel Tjampuhan & Spa – Local Transport
- Walking & Cycling: Ubud is surprisingly spread out and distances can be deceivingly long, but there are a few places to eat, drink, and shop within walking distance of the resort. A bit too far, however, from the center of Ubud to walk, with a steepish section along the way, so take advantage of the free hotel shuttle bus. A few hardy expats ride bicycles (which are easy to hire in Ubud), but traffic in central Ubud and hilly roads elsewhere ensure that cycling is rarely enjoyable.
- Public Transport: There is no reliable public transport anywhere in or around Ubud.
- Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: Driving a car is not recommended anywhere in Bali, but motorbikes are popular for visiting local attractions without the traffic of southern Bali. Rental of either can be arranged at the hotel. 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 is best organized through the resort.
- 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, including 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.
Hotel Tjampuhan & Spa – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
- Littletalks Ubud – Café with a literary vibe and delightful setting overlooking the ravine. Look for the signs about 50m down the road. 1-minute walk.
- Refresh Ubud – Striking building and popular hangout for the vast menu, funky décor, happy hours, and live music. Opposite the path leading to Littletalks. 1-minute walk (100m).
- Bridges Bali – Super-swish and award-winning, with an extensive wine list, live music, valley views, and 5-star service. Just down from Refresh. 2-minute walk (130m).
- Murni’s Warung – Opposite Bridges Bali. On 4 levels, facing a river and ravine. Local favorite since 1974 for Indonesian, Thai, and French food. Art shop inside. 2-minute walk (180m).
- Among several delightful options in Penestanan (see below) is Lala and Lili Warung, a picturesque café among lily ponds. 4-minute walk (250m).
- At the Bintang shopping center, about 600m up the road, are several modest options, including Dharma Coffee & Juice, which features a likeable décor, exquisite food, healthy drinks, and affable staff. 9-minute walk.
- Blanco Museum – Privately-run museum dedicated to the flamboyant Spanish artist, Antonio Blanco, who once lived in Ubud. About 100m down the road. 1-minute walk.
- Penestanan – Delightful village, sadly becoming overbuilt. Famous for yoga centers, rice field views, and enchanting cafés. Accessible from the top of steep stairs starting about 150m up the road. 2-minute walk.