Pita Maha Resort & Spa in Ubud, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: May 10, 2019

Review of Pita Maha Resort & Spa in Ubud, Bali.

Pita Maha Resort & Spa – Ambience, seclusion, and tradition in a stunning valley setting.

Designed by the local royal family to resemble a Balinese village, the resort features steep mossy paths meandering past lotus-filled ponds and trickling fountains to secluded villas spread across the slopes. The gardens are so lush that the foliage sometimes obstructs the views, while the finest views are at the infinity pool, with edges that seem to drop off into the valley below. The twenty-four palatial villas feature a charming Balinese décor, with four-poster beds, thatched roofs, traditional art, and open-air bathrooms. Each is truly private – hidden behind stone walls and secure gates that do affect views, although several windows face the immaculate private gardens and pools (in most villas). And it’s only a quick ride by hotel shuttle bus from central Ubud, and within a short stroll of a few classy cafés, as well as the Bintang Supermarket and Neka Art Museum.

Pita Maha Resort & Spa – The Location

  • Address: Jalan Raya Sanggingan, the extension of the main road west from central Ubud.
  • Area: Carved into a valley facing the forest. The lobby is alongside the main road, with a modest selection of facilities nearby. About 2km northwest of central Ubud along steepish roads.
  • How to Get There: Best to arrange an airport pickup with the hotel, which is about 1 hour 15 minutes (39km) away (depending on traffic). See other options under “Local Transport” below.
  • Handy to: Penestanan village. Neka Art Museum. Bintang Supermarket.

Pita Maha Resort & Spa – The Basics

  • Guests: Tries to attract families but the setting, serenity, and history appeal far more to older couples.
  • Views: Most villas are obstructed by walls and/or thick foliage, with views limited to private gardens and/or the pool.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: All villas (except the standard Garden Villas) feature their own particularly inviting pool.
  • Extras: Shuttle bus service all over Ubud. Use of computers in a dedicated area.
  • Wi-Fi: Available free throughout the hotel.
  • Parking: Limited free and secure parking available, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 974 330
  • Email: Send a message through the website pitamaha-bali.com
  • Website: pitamaha-bali.com

Pita Maha Resort & Spa – Amenities

  • Pool: Lovely infinity pool, with edges that seem to drop off into the valley below. Finest views within the hotel, and a poolside bar.
  • Spa: In a separate villa facing the ravine, the exquisite spa offers a range of treatments, including ultra-indulgent packages for up to 7 hours. Focuses on couples, and has a steam room and plunge pools.
  • Fitness Center: None.
  • For Families: Child-minding.
  • Activities: Balinese dance lessons. Cooking classes. Night market tours.

Pita Maha Resort & Spa – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: The twin-level Terrace Restaurant provides some of Ubud’s premier views, as well as a delightful traditional décor, attentive service, and regular Balinese music. Attached to the restaurant, The Lounge is a very relaxed area for afternoon tea, evening cocktails, and light meals all day. Another bar alongside the pool.
  • Breakfast: Included in all rates. Served at the villa or in the restaurant.
  • Room Service: Available from about 7 am to midnight.

Pita Maha Resort & Spa – Rooms

  • Room Types: Garden Villas • Pool Garden Villas • Pool Duplex Villas • Spa Villas
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed in most places. Check with the management about places for a puff.
  • Best Room: The divine Spa Villas are very spacious and secluded, and feature exquisite traditional décor, striking views, and unique triple-tiered pools/jacuzzis. And they even have steam rooms.
  • For Families: Most villas can easily accommodate a family of 4, but the hotel is not that interested in families.

Pita Maha Resort & 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. 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 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.

Pita Maha Resort & Spa – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • Warung Pulau Kelapa (0)361 971 872 – The closest option is about 100m up the road from the hotel. Delightful setting inside and equally lovable garden setting for Indonesian food. 2-minute walk.
  • At the Bintang shopping center (about 450m down the road towards Ubud) are several modest options, including: Café Moka – For coffee, pastries, and pies in a vibrant setting. • Makan Makan – For Indonesian meals at local prices. • Dharma Coffee & Juice – At street-level, featuring a likeable décor, exquisite food, healthy drinks, and affable staff. 5-minute walk.
  • Bebek Sungai Ubud, Bali – Quieter than rivals, but just as good for crispy duck (and other meals). Sleek décor and chunky wooden tables. 500m down the road. 6-minute walk.
  • Bridges Bali – Super-swish and award-winning, with an extensive wine list, live music, valley views, and 5-star service. Worth the 1km walk down the road. 12-minute walk.
  • 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. 13-minute walk (1.1km).

Shops

Attractions

  • Neka Art Museum – Often ignored (and therefore, far quieter) because of its distance from downtown, but an easy 400m up the road from the hotel. Expect valley views, flourishing gardens, abundant traditional and contemporary art, and the chance to watch artisans at work. 5-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 800m down the road. 9-minute walk.

Pita Maha Resort & Spa – The Hotel

The hotel is located in a remote area northwest of touristy Ubud.

The hotel is in a reasonably remote area about 2km northwest of downtown Ubud, the most popular tourist region in central Bali.

The old-fashioned hotel is located in an unspoilt forest.

The Pita Maha is an old-fashioned hotel delightfully positioned among unspoilt forest alongside a valley.

The large infinity pool is big enough for the limited guests.

The infinity pool is sizeable, with plenty of space for the limited number of guests.

The Terrace Restaurant, along with the hotel, has an enchanting decor.

The décor throughout the hotel is enchanting, and especially at the Terrace Restaurant.

Terrace Restaurant offers excellent views.

The Terrace Restaurant offers some of the finest views in Ubud.

The Lounge is next to the restaurant.

Alongside the hotel restaurant is The Lounge.

The Lounge is ideal for tea as well as cocktails.

The Lounge is ideal for an evening cocktail or afternoon tea while admiring the views.

Even the computer stations offer fantastic views.

Even the collection of computers for the use of guests offers the same superb views as The Lounge.

The modest poolside bar is lively in the late afternoon.

The poolside bar is modest, but becomes livelier during late afternoon.

The spa is located by the pool.

The spa is housed within a villa alongside the pool.

The old and new villas are all spacious.

All villas are spacious, with some more recently built than others.

Most villas come with high walls and relaxing porch areas.

Most villas are secluded behind lofty walls, and all feature a relaxing porch area.

The large windows of villas offer obstructed views of the forest and valley.

Villas feature plenty of windows, but most views of the forest and valley are obstructed by walls, buildings, and trees.

Villas feature a gorgeous decor and traditional theme.

The décor within the villas is gorgeous, with a traditional theme that blends in so well.

The large Bintang shopping center is within walking distance.

Less than 500m down the road from the hotel, the Bintang shopping center is the largest of its kind in Ubud.

Café Moka inside the shopping center serves good coffee and pastries.

Inside the shopping center, the quaint Café Moka serves tasty coffee and tempting pastries.

Makan Makan serves tasty and affordable Indonesian food.

Across the carpark from Café Moka, Makan Makan offers a range of tasty Indonesian food at agreeable prices.

Dharma Coffee & Juice is popular for its healthy drinks and food.

At street level, sort of below Makan Makan, Dharma Coffee & Juice offers a range of healthy drinks and food.

Warung Pulau Kelapa has a wonderful garden setting.

The setting is delightful at Warung Pulau Kelapa (‘Coconut Island Café’), the closest restaurant to the hotel.

The classy Bridges Bali restaurant is just a km from the hotel.

Worth a 1km-walk south down the road from the hotel is the world-class Bridges Bali restaurant.

Bebek Sungai nearby serves good crispy duck.

About 500m down the road, Bebek Sungai is a terrific place to try a local specialty: crispy duck.

Bintang Supermarket nearby has a good selection.

The selection is impressive at Bintang Supermarket, about 450m down the road.

The steps to Penestanan village are less than a km from the hotel.

Approximately 800m down the road from the hotel, steep steps lead to the adorable village of Penestanan.

Penestanan village has a very laidback vibe.

Penestanan still maintains a delightfully laidback and unhurried vibe.

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