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!
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- Also Known As:
- Alam Jiwa Ubud, Bali
- Alam Jiwa Hotel Ubud