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“Return visits sometimes disappoint - but NOT at Alam Jiwa!!!!”
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Alam Jiwa
Ranked #58 of 199 Hotels in Ubud
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 September 2017

In our experience, often when you return to a hotel where you have had a great experience once upon a time, can lead to disappointment as frequently a change in management can lead to a decline in standards or possibly looking back through rosy tinted spectacles? Well that was certainly not the case with our second stay at Alam Jiwa. We wrote about our first experience staying at Alam Jiwa in December 2012 and with our recent return to Bali, we decided to book another stay with them 5 years later. Booking was as efficient and easy as before. As we had an almost 2 week stay, they could only accommodate us if we split our stay between 2 rooms. This was the same situation as in 2012 when we stayed at Cendrawasih and also in Alam Shanti. Our airport transfer was efficient and painless and our welcome back to Alam Jiwa was as warm as our first visit. Some original staff were still there and remembered our children from 5 years ago but as with most hotels, there has been a change in staff and management but despite this, the atmosphere is serene as ever and the standards are as high as always. The facilities, gardens and rooms are as lovely as ever and do not appear to have aged or deteriorated at all. Our rooms this time were Merpati and Jatayu and both were fabulous. The elevated rice paddy views from Merpati were a delightful way to have breakfast in the mornings. The breakfast menu remains sensational and our children never tired from the fresh fruit salad, fresh fruit juices and the eggs anyway you want them. Balinese breakfasts were as fabulous as before and having afternoon tea by the pool was a wonderful way to spend the hot humid afternoons. The air-conditioning makes sleeping so comfortable and doesn't interfere with the nocturnal noises from the lizards and insects that you drift off to sleep with. The garden views from Jatayu were equally peaceful made all the more so with the relaxing sounds of water fountains and the small ponds full of fish surrounding the room. All the rooms have stunning outdoor shower areas and inspired us to install an outdoor shower area at home in New Zealand!
Walking through the Monkey Forest into Ubud itself takes only 15 or so minutes which will be quicker once they have built a small bridge over the stream enabling one to walk through the paddy fields instead of going through the forest. Alternatively you can still take a complimentary shuttle into Ubud but the traffic has become significantly worse since 2012 and can take twice as long as the walk. As before, any cafe/restaurant in Ubud will happily call Alam Jiwa for you to request a ride back. Cafe Wayan and Laka Leke are both sister restaurants with Alam Jiwa and both still have maintained a high standard of delicious Balinese food offerings. The staff at Alam Jiwa remain as friendly and helpful as before and it was very easy to arrange a car and driver to take us to various attractions in Bali. They also assisted us in booking a Balinese cooking class as well as our return airport transfer. We met another traveller staying here who comes to Bali frequently on business and each time comes to stay at Alam Jiwa. The past 12 months she has stayed on 4 occasions. This is not surprising to us now as it quickly feels like a home away from home. There is no doubt that when we next visit Bali, we will definitely be coming back to our home away from home at Alam Jiwa!

Room Tip: Each room has stunning views which differ ranging from rice paddy views to beautiful garden views. Y...
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

What a wonderful place to relax. Quiet and out of the way with aN unobtrusive staff that refreshes the floral offerings daily. Order in meals and enjoy them while over looking the rice terraces! Walk down through the Monkey Forest to town

Stayed: May 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed 2 August 2017

Alam Jiwa is a small boutique hotel with no more than about ten rooms (maybe less). Accommodation is very tastefully decorated in traditional Balinese style and rooms hark back to a bygone era (in antique/old style way rather than out of date!). This is the reason we chose to stay here and we weren't disappointed. The service was very good, the rooms were very clean and the grounds are well maintained. Breakfast and complimentary shuttle to Ubud were also good. I would have to say it's not cutting edge luxury, but aspects such as low lighting and pulsating water pressure in the Cendrawasih suite added to the quirkiness and character of the place. The price, in my opinion reflects this and is appropriate for what you get.
The setting is wonderful, on the edge of the Nyuh Kuning village, looking out over the rice fields - very tranquil and peaceful - ideal if you want peace and quiet with a good view. We really like Nyuh Kuning as a base to visit Ubud as it has a local feel with many village activities (we have been twice and our boys were invited to play football with the locals on their field both times) and there is a selection of reasonably priced warungs and restaurants nearby. It is well located to walk through the Monkey Forest to central Ubud, about 10 - 15 minutes walk away.
The main reason I have given Alam Jiwa 4 stars, is not realy because of the accommodation per say, but because of an unfortunate natural occurance which did impact upon our stay here - and might well be fixed by now? Due to much rain in the lead up and during our stay here in July, there was a landslide which took part of the balcony of the Cendrawasih suite down a ravine (about 10 metres deep) next to the accommodation, which left the whole house periously close to the edge. Whilst workmen were building a retaining wall while we were there (and were very courteous and quiet), there was of course some implied noise. And I have to say I didn't sleep entirely well as I was worried about following the balcony down the ravine! The staff did offer alternative room on the last night, but I didnt think it was as nice as ours, so we stuck it out. Totally not the hotel's fault, just unfortunate for us. I would think it would be nearly fixed by now?

Room Tip: Cendrawasih suite was very spacious. Upper levels of other rooms good for views of rice fields and s...
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  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 July 2017

As usual Alam Jiwa was great.Nice little restaurants popping up close by. Traffic problems in Ubud in the middle of the day. The weather was not so kind with a fair amount of rain. The only disappointment was the house being renovated next door. Construction from 8am-5pm. This did interrupt the peace of our stay.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 July 2017

I have rarely felt as captivated by a hotel as the Alam Jiwa. The setting allowed for privacy and comfort with a most attentive, friendly staff. This hotel captures the old hospitality of Bali with flowers everywhere and a staff who seems to anticipate your every need. Every request was immediately responded to in a gracious manner.
The architecture of the hotel and grounds are unique and lovely. I still recall the fragrance of burning incense and blossoms. A dip in the pool was a perfect way to end the afternoon activities and tea poolside was perfect. The location was also perfect with many nearby restaurants, shops and a spa and yet a way from the congested tourist areas. A shuttle was available to take you to the main areas of Ubud and return you to the hotel afterwards. Breakfast was delightful after coffee on our porch.

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled with family
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Address: Nyuhkuning, Ubud 80571, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Bali > Ubud
Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Ubud
#14 Romantic Hotel in Ubud
#21 Top resorts Hotel in Ubud
#51 Spa Hotel in Ubud
Price Range: $124 - $302 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Alam Jiwa 2*
Number of rooms: 10
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