Hanging Gardens Ubud, supreme luxury
Designed by well-known architect Popo Danes in 2003 and building completed in 2005, Hanging Gardens Ubud in Bali is located 20 minutes north of Ubud, Bali’s cultural and spiritual centre. This outstanding hotel is set in 3.2 hectares of stunning jungle landscape on an almost 45 degree incline, with 8 levels accessed by funicular.
Nestled deep in the heart of Ubud’s rich rainforest preserve, the Hanging Gardens Ubud is an enchanting five star boutique hotel, designed in complete harmony with nature. Indeed, the Hanging Gardens Ubud features 38 private suites and individual villas with thatched roofs, each enhanced by its own luxurious heated granite infinity pool, rippling into the jungle below. Moreover, guests have access to the gardens that feature a variety of bamboos, flame trees and orchids creating a symbiosis of tropical life.
The Hanging Gardens Ubud offers luxurious suites with breathtaking views over the valley, which provide a sense of peace and tranquillity, while the additional spacious living area confers an extra element of luxury. Designed in a contemporary Balinese style with an ample terrace adjacent to the infinity pool, the king size bedrooms are decorated with locally-spun silks and natural cottons, which perfectly blend style and comfort. These suites are well-appointed for those who wish to enjoy the privacy and a luxurious home-living environment.
The Hanging Gardens Ubud also offers panoramic villas. The Panoramic Villa, set among the hotel’s terraced gardens, exudes authentic Balinese style and offers sweeping panoramic views of the valley. A large terrace by the infinity pool offers a stunning space to contemplate nature, while floor-to-ceiling windows allow the tranquil jungle atmosphere to flow into the room.
Guest can also choose to stay in a Riverside Villa. These luxurious villas take full advantage of the peace and tranquillity of the surrounding jungle, combined with breathtaking views of the Ayung River and its cascading waterfalls below. Designed in an authentic Balinese style, Riverside Villas are perched high on wooden pillars. Their expansive decks feature a private infinity pool, poolside gazebo, shower and dining table – the ideal place to unwind and soak up the sights and sounds of the surrounding jungle.
Finally, if you spend your holidays in family, the Hanging Gardens Ubud features the Family Villa with two luxurious bedrooms and two spacious bathrooms. The upper level includes a master bedroom, an indoor/outdoor bathroom, a large terrace, an infinity pool and a poolside gazebo. A second bedroom is located on the lower level, along with an additional bathroom and a second terrace.
A world-famous swimming pool
At the geographical epicentre and emotional heart of the property is Hanging Gardens’ world-famous swimming pool. It is without a doubt one of the most photogenic and photographed pools around the globe, and has the unique distinction of winning both travel bible Condé Nast Traveller’s list of ‘the best swimming pools in the world’ and number one on Trip Advisor’s list of ’10 jaw-dropping hotel pools’.
This stunning split-level infinity pool, lined with Batu Chandi stone and featuring a vast geometric wall of solidified volcanic ash, suspended high over the surrounding jungle, appears to float in its setting, giving swimmers the unique, immersive feeling of literally swimming above the treetops and the valley. The upper level has an expansive deck, which flows out from the hotel’s bar, while the lower level’s decking is almost hidden from sight for ultimate privacy, with only the sounds of nature as a backdrop.
Honeymooners and the romantically-inclined can book Hanging Gardens’ signature Romance Under the Stars gourmet dining experience, where the hotel floats an antique wooden deck on the lower pool. This is decorated with beautiful, colourful drapes and surrounded by suspended frangipani candles. The romantic dining experience offers delicious food, inspiring views of the ancient holy temple all to the backdrop of smooth, rhythmic jungle tunes.
This same floating deck may also be used as the ultimate, breathtaking wedding ceremony location, with a small number of guests able to be seated on the deck, although many couples opt to enjoy this uniquely romantic moment with just each other, before journeying through the jungle for a blessing at our temple.
In short, Hanging Gardens Ubud offers supreme luxury and ultimate privacy combined with five star service, set in the abundant and breathtaking Ubud countryside.