Almost everyone I know has been to Bali at least once. If not, they definitely want to visit the island of the gods at some point in their lives, or they think it’s so commercial they will probably give it a miss. I’ve been to Bali twice, but it was on my last visit that I realised how truly unforgettable it really is. It doesn’t matter if it’s heaving with tourists. Provided, that is, you know where to find the magic. Well, I found the magic at the Maya Ubud Resort & Spa.
I was fortunate enough to stay at what has consecutively been voted the #1 hotel on the island. Okay, it now takes second place after the Ritz Carlton Bali, but well…I’m sure the two are in a league of their own. The hotel is bordered by the Petanu River valley to the east and lush rice fields of Peliatan on the west. Also known as my amazing view during my stay. With an incredibly beautiful tropical garden, private pool villas and luxury guestrooms, the hotel oozes Balinese culture and style like you wouldn’t believe. It really awakens all of your senses, and what’s more, even though it’s near bustling Ubud with temples, boutiques and cafes in abundance, the Maya Ubud Resort & Spa is up in the hills, offering perfect tranquillity and coolness. I, for one, did not miss the beach front at all.
Though I did not use all the spa facilities, a complementary yoga session was to be had at the break of dawn on a wooden platform, half-open, offering me the view of the gardens as I tried to perform a downward dog.
The breakfast buffet was outstanding and the dinner options a plenty. You could even enjoy some traditional Balinese dancing out on the terrace while having dinner. What really stood out though, was the excellent service and the warm and cheerful nature of the staff. If I could afford it, I would return in a heartbeat!