JANNATA RESORT, UBUD
If you're in two minds whether to include Ubud in your Bali travel itinerary, here is your question answered. GO! This place is unmissable and was the highlight of our trip. Not only do you have wildness and freshness of a jungle surroundings, the hotels add that perfect touch of luxury to make your stay memorable.
We stayed at Jannatta Hotel, a new privately owned property that recently opened this year. The prices are very reasonable and the views are breath taking. On arrival, you can walk through the property and you are met with an infinity pool, which seems to disappear into to the jungle surroundings. Photos do not do justice, you have to see it for yourself, but it is honestly incredible.
As Jannatta is new to the hospitality scene, it did come with some teething problems, nothing that compromised our stay but little things you should be aware of. There is one place to eat, which for us we didn't mind as we like venturing out and discovering local places. But for some this may be quite restricting. The staff are over accommodating and make your stay as pleasant as possible. They offered us lifts into central Ubud and couldn't do enough to ensure our stay was going to be a memorable one.
All of the rooms have a jungle view and you can upgrade to have your own private pool if you want to cut off from the world. The four poster bed, the bath over looking the jungle and decked balcony makes this a hotel a luxury experience - without the price tag.
THINGS TO DO
Ubud was not a relaxing experience for us... of course you can choose to hibernate in your hotel room, indulging in room service and the quite serenity that surrounds you. Or, you could choose to get active, and with so much happening in Ubud, it's pretty hard not to get tempted.
I absolutely loved White Water Rafting. Hands down, this was the best experience of my life to date. The views you see are out of this world, I had to pinch myself as I thought I was in a moving and there was so much beauty to take in, I felt truly blessed to have witnessed. Aside from the astonishing water journey through the jungle, it is also so much fun. Meeting new people, paddling through the rapid, falling in! Then ending the day with a local Balinese buffet. It's an absolute must. Also to note, we only paid 300,000RP each to book this (approx. $24), so make sure you don't book through your hotel and go for a local vendor. I would note that this is pretty thirsty work, not so much the rafting but the hike to and from the river - I wouldn't recommend this for my parents for example, or anyone with knee injuries.
White water rafting
The Ubud market
Volcanoe mountain walk
The Cremation Ceremony