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!
Such beautiful pictures. Some parts of Bali are getting too commerical yes but you just need to know where to go! I used to live in Indonesia and Bali is my absolute favourite place. I write about travel and fashion on my blog, would love it if you checked it out!
Thank you Emily and yes I totally agree with you. Though I have yet to visit the rest of Indonesia, Bali is just one of those places that gets under your skin, especially if you’re in the right areas. I will definitely check out your blog as well.
Oh Shar this looks amazing! If it didn’t take so long to fly there, I would want to visit ASAP. Really need to get back into yoga too! Sublime photography too, so inviting xx
It really is the most amazing hotel i’ve ever stayed in and what i loved about it the most is that it’s not opulent or decadent but truly local filled with natural beauty. It’s about a 12 hour flight to Bali but so worth a visit. Southeast Asia in general. Maybe when the kids are older. I’m trying to get back into yoga as well. So good for you. Thanks so much for the compliment on the photography. xx