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Reviewed 28 December 2012

It is hard to discribe how wonderful Alam Jiwa has been on our stay here. I will have a go though.

From the moment of the pick up from the airport until the second we said goodbye to the staff we have been treated as special guests. The staff knew us by name from the off and we hardly ever had to mention our room name when ordering something.

Situated tucked away just south of central Ubud ( only 15 min walk ) the place has beautiful views over the rice padi's and tastefully decorated rooms for a very affordable price.

Very spacious rooms and kept clean meticulously by the excellent staff who looked after us without any issue, made our stay a great experience.

In short; I can recommend Alam Jiwa for all that want to break away from either a stressful, busy or 'hamsterwheel' job.

Menco Veenstra.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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2  Thank Dutmen77
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Reviewed 24 December 2012

We stayed for 4 nights at Jalak Bali in Alam Jiwa. Through all our travels and stay in hotels far and wide this was a one of its kind - a beautiful and memorable experience. Starting with their warm welcome on arrival with a refreshingly fresh juice, making us feel at home with their personal touch and attentiveness to details every day was a pleasant one. The people of Bali are very polite and the hotel staff were no exception. Soft spoken, courteous and always willing to keep their guests happy. The place is located in a peaceful and tranquil locale yet close enough to Ubud central. We stayed at Jalak Bali located on the upper floor which we thought had the best views from the balcony - the paddy fields, the swaying palm trees, a gurgling brook close by, the fragrance from the lotus pond wafting gently through the windows, the sounds and sights of nature put us all at ease and relaxed. The best part was the open air shower near a spacious bathroom. A shower late evening under a moonlit sky after a long tiring day was great. They also offer evening tea which was a great way to unwind near the pool and get indulged. Breakfast was part our stay packege and it was truly awesome and nutritious way to start the day. Alam Jiwa also had a shuttle service to drop us off and pick up from Ubud. This was very convenient during evenings when we would go to the town for a spa or for dinner or the dance at the Ubud palace. The hotel also helped us with maps and useful info to have a hike around the paddy fields near the Ayum gorge

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank Murli K
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Reviewed 20 December 2012

We booked at Alam Jiwa on the recommendation of a close friend. She and her family go back to Alam Jiwa every year , on hearing that I was sure we had chosen the right place for our family holiday. We stayed at Cendrawish suite as we were with my parents too, and my two kids 7 and 2 year old. The bedrooms were very spacious, with plenty of day beds.The kitchen probably wasn't used much, if the cleanliness of it was anything to go by!If there was any disappointment , it was the unkempt status of the kitchen. The bedrooms were huge , and lovely, very Bali.The rooms looked out to the rice paddy fields, and so was a bit further away from the centers(monkey forest road) but thanks to the resort taxi service, the distance was not a problem at all. The pool is quiet and though the water was quite cold it was a lovely end to the day for the kids. The breakfast was heavenly, and very substantial. The front office was very helpful with organizing the taxi for us to various sites, the whole operation is very smoothly run , with minimum fuss and smooth efficiency.The hotel also has different kids activities on offer, some offsite but worth it. The road has plenty of restaurants to choose from, all at walking distance from Alam Jiwa. At the price Alam Jiwa is the best option, our holiday stay was ideal, and we would choose it again without any doubt.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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5  Thank MGK_12
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Reviewed 17 December 2012

My wife and I stayed here for 2 nights - we had been staying at the Alam Indah down the road but they were full so our last 2 nights were here at the Jiwa. Owned by the same people as the Indah and the other Alam hotels you are assured of the quality and the service.

Location: This hotel is a little further away from the Monkey Forest, probably about a 20-25minute walk. The best option is really to get the free hotel car to drop you into town, however the nice walk through the village and into town is well recommended.

Check-In: Smooth and friendly, the staff attend to your every need, serving you a fresh juice on arrival while you do the paperwork.

Room: We stayed in the Angsa room and it was amazing, you are virtually in your own private villa compound, you walk through a doorway into a garden oasis, cross a stone bridge and you see your room. A stunning day bed greets you from the patio! The room also features an outdoor shower which is so relaxing and enjoyable to use.

Everything about this place is relaxing, you can walk directly out into the rice fields or just relax in your room. Each morning we chose to have breakfast served in our room, exactly on time the staff bring the food and lay it out on your table and you enjoy your breakfast meal overlooking the sun rising on another stunning Bali morning.

I loved this place and have already re-booked for our return trip next year.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank MaverickRoss
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Reviewed 13 December 2012

We were travelling with 3 children under 8. It had been 20 years since I had been to Bali and I wanted my families first experience to be of the serenity and culture that I recalled from Ubud. We were not disappointed.We spent the first 4 nights at Alam Jiwa in the Cendrawasih room which is perfect for a family. Over 3 levels, comfortable beds with mosquito nets and bathrooms on both levels, upstairs bathroom being outside. It was very humid so the air con on the second level was great although not avail in the upstairs room but fans were provided.

All levels had views of the rice paddies and local people working the fields. The children didn't notice there wasn't a TV and spent much time chasing geckos, watching squirrels and swimming in the pool while we enjoyed afternoon tea and a Bintang!!. The staff were exceptionally attentive and rooms were tendered to each day + they were great with the kids.

There is a free shuttle to town or if walking there is a back track around the monkey forest so you don't have to pay to go through each time. Staff tell you all you need to know and provide a local map. Laka Leke the sister restaurant just down the road we ate at twice and watched a Kecak dance performance 1 night. Kids loved it and got photos with the dancers after. Try the bacon wrapped prawns .. to die for.

We were not there in peak time so found we didn't have to wait long for the shuttle. When booking the accom I asked for a driver to collect us from the airport. Everything was seamless and cost about $25 airport to UBUD. (Travel agent booked our return transfer from Seminyak to airport and it cost us $70!) Once there we organised with the drivers to take us to the Safari & Marine park and do our transfer to the next hotel in Semiyak. This was much cheaper then booking a tour and enabled us talk with our driver ; thanks rabaul.

We would highly recommend Alam Jiwa and will be back! My boys are wanting to go back now as they didn't get to say bye to the 'man with the glasses and snake' Wayan I think..so bye to you from the boys and thank you for a most enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank Kim L
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