Seminyak may have the cool coastline, but spiritual centric Ubud is home to one of the most photographed swimming pools in the world. Bali is a beautiful destination and for those seeking yoga, spa services, and five-star luxury in the misty midst of the rainforest – Ubud is the spot to align your chakras.
The Hanging Gardens of Bali is less than 30 minutes from the thriving yoga barn, fruit smoothie, health restaurants and gorgeous boutiques that make Ubud so famous. The stunning resort is said to be the first seven-star boutique hotel in the world, and with its breathtaking location, warm Balinese hospitality, artistic cuisine and stunning design you can see why.
Clinging precariously to the slopes of the rainforest, with glorious views out across the canopy and a soft soundtrack of birds and the flow of the Ayung River Gorge, you immediately feel at one with nature at the Hanging Gardens. Every inch of the design has been inspired by the natural world and the local culture. It took 700 local artisans to curate this place – the love, sweat and tears show in the beautiful carved wooden furnishings, the well thatched roofs, and stunning outside terraces perfect for lounging.
The Hanging Gardens deals only in private villas, which is fine by us. Each villa is as striking as the next, all offering that elegant cream on dark wood design, peppered with locally made furnishings, marble bathrooms and private infinity pools for cooling down on those famous humid afternoons. It’s the Hidden Palace villa that truly captures the imagination, with wide open living spaces and secret access by private cable car. Guests can also enjoy around the clock butler service.
For those who prefer their bed a little closer to the ground – the river suite is also a bespoke choice with startling views across the cascading waterfalls. Designed in traditional Balinese style you can sip champagne in your poolside pavilion and dine al freso beneath the stars.
There are endless dining opportunities in the Hanging Gardens, whether you want to sip afternoon tea in the heat of the jungle, or to experience raw ceviche in a cool and contemporary al fresco space. One of the highlights of the Hanging Gardens is their unique cultural Romanic Temple Dinner in which guests can dine in the shadow of the sacred Dalem Segara Temple before participating in a purification ritual and blessing by a local priest.
With Ubud being one of the most important spiritual centers of Bali, the Hanging Gardens offers an impressive spa that calls on the powers of natural remedies and ancient healing. The riverside location and welcoming champagne and truffles truly marks this out as being a luxury experience. Flower petal massages, beautiful body cocoons made from avocados grown on the land, vanilla honey baths and yoga in the bale – you are sure to be rebalanced and ready to bloom after a stay at the Hanging Gardens.
The crowning jewel for this lavish hotel is without a doubt the tiered infinity pool. So impressive, the pool at the Hanging Gardens now serves as a poster child for the beauty of Bali. The swimming pool boasts two tiers that hang dramatically over the rainforest, one body of water cascading a crystal-clear flow into the next. The pool is so famous that the hotel even offers signature photo sessions for those who want to capture the moment for eternity. For those who want to experience this afterhours and away from the popping cameras, you can also choose a once in a lifetime experience -with dinner top a floating bale floating on the surface of the pool.
Villa prices start at $466 for a riverside villa and go up to $7000 for the Hidden Palace. For more information visit the website.