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Sooo, we got up and had a dip in the pool. Well I half dipped coz it was freezing lol! We then headed to Ubud Fitness Centre and had an hour's training sesh! That cost $14 for 2 of us including a towel! The banana, pineapple and mango smoothie was very nice!!! We came back home and went for a dip again, this time I went all the way in, sans …
... I hope for mine. After they left I played around taking some photos, it's taken a few days to get to know it again and then headed for home. On the way I booked a massage and facial package at Taksu, which is tucked down a little alley over looking the river, so I'll be heading there to while away some time tomorrow. Quick change and then off to yoga with Carlos. Dead sexy accent and funny. I write down all this trivia for me not for you, as I ...
... were almost pushed off the road by a massive truck! Prick. We decided while driving that we would head to Padang Bai which is meant to be a small beach town where we could stay for one night and then think of heading elsewhere. Most people just come here to catch the ferry to the Gili Islands and don't really hang around to check it out. We decided to chill and I wasn't keen on doing much more driving with Laura on the back of the bike and to bags between ...
... saying doors would be locked at 10pm. Doh. The thought of checking the keyring for a secondary key didn't enter our minds, we simply banged on the doors until someone woke up and opened them. Best customers ever. With boats leaving to Lembongan between 0600 - 1030 we were surprised to see the clock showing 1400. Oop's - the price you pay for celebrating Australia Day. At least we had a good sleep and hadn't bought tickets ...
... of people, who most certainly did not look like they were grieving. When I got the chance, I took the opportunity to get talking to a local man, and was able to ask him to explain a little bit more about their cremation process and local traditions, in order to make it all a little bit more clear to me.
In Balinese Hindu tradition, their dead are usually buried for a long period of time (3 years in this village) in order to let the decay process consume the fluids of the ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsTegal Sari Ubud
Absolutely love it here!!!
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We stayed here for a night to visit Ubud, should have booked for more! Great service from the staffs and superb view of the paddy field. Within walking distance to the famous Bebek Bengil and Pizza Bagus. Would definitely stay longer for our next trip!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Tegal Sari Ubud
This hotel is getting huge reputation in these days but I have to say that my stay at Tegal Sari in this March was not that great experience.
The room I stayed was certainly fantastic. There were a lot of ants and bugs in the room but it's no problem because the room is in the middle of rice field and who can complain about it.
Some staffs were friendy and doing good job but I had some troubles... 1. I missed one breakfast because they mixed up the room number and brought it to other room. 2. I asked them to pick up my laundly but they didn't show up. So, I had to bring it by myself. 3. They charged me a box of chigarette which I didn't buy.
These things can be happen in any hotels. But what made me sad was that I didn't receive any apology when I first complained about them and they even looked at me with doubtful eyes when I said I don't smoke.
The room rate is rising up again from this April. I will stay other place becase there're lots of hotels which have same view and facility with lower price.
You have to pay all amount when you book the room and please remind that if you pay it by credit card, you have to pay the commission fee(2%) by cash when you check out.
Please also remind that 'letting the guests look at all room' means that YOUR ROOM will be stepped in by them when you're out during the day.
Fabulous hotel - loved it!
Fantastic hotel! I stayed in one of the new super deluxe rooms - gorgeous views only steps away from the rice paddies. Sunsets are spectacular from the patio/balcony. The room was lovely, and so clean & comfy! There is no TV (if this is important to you). There is an in-room safe, tea/coffee making facilities, a mini-bar (no spirits), room service & a very good cheap laundry service. They have a tiny restaurant with great food - no bar though. There is shop across the road that sells alcohol, if wine/beer is not to your taste.
The hotel staff are exceptionally friendly - nothing is too much trouble. Their free shuttle service around Ubud is excellent - they will drop you off & pick you up, day or night.
The hotel is less than 10 mins walk to the monkey forest & about 15-20 mins to Ubud market on the main street. There are restaurants & shops close by too.
This hotel is a gem, & so popular it is hard to get a booking now!
Highly recommended. I will definitely stay there again.
Great, Great Value at Tegal Sari
Tegal Sari comes highly recommended. My husband and I stayed there for only 2 nights but we loved it. For the price, you get service that is personal, friendly, ever helpful and accommodating. The breakfast though no buffet is simple yet sumptious. The rooms are clean, spacious and had a good view. The bathroom may not be the best but it really is very adequate. The great bit is the free pick up service from Ubud centre, that is really convenient and the staff are always obliging. We would definitely return in future.
Definetely will stay at Tegal Sari
My wife and I arrived in Ubud, and our first night was in Tegal Sari. And we fall in love with the place. The reception was warm and friendly. The manager in duty showed us all rooms upon arrivals.
This place offers you excellent view of rice-field. Its soo relaxing. We booked the room thru its website, and the feedback was prompt.
We stayed in its wooden room. We love the wooden room so much. Although its not perfectly lit at night...it gives you the feelings of staying in a village house thou. Morning view is splendid. We woke up early and relax at the balcony, and enjoy the refreshing views.
It is about 10 minutes walked to the Monkey Forest. Just a few meteres away, there are internet services, various of restaurant,handicraft shops, and spa. Try the Zen Spa. Good balinese massage. Good price too. I had 2 x balinese massage.
And if u need to go to the central Ubud (which is just 1.5km away), the hotel can provide you free drop and pick-up.
It was our first time in Bali and we experienced different accomodation each night. But of all the places we stayed, Tegal Sari is the best.
Staffs are excellent. Very accomodative, helpful and friendly. There is Adranan..the manager I guess..then Nyoman..and the lovely lady in the front desk who recommended us the best Nasi Padang restaurant. And the rest too..I can't remember all names ..but you're just great ! Thank you
If we were to visit Ubud again, we'll definitely stay at Tegal Sari.
Best experience in Bali
Stayed here in Feb, 2006 - I initially had a problem booking because the wanted a wire transfer of entire amount to make the booking. I was traveling in Asia and couldn't do that - so I took my chances and just showed up. Luckily they had a room. It was the last room and I learned they are usually booked months in advance - so I highly recommend booking ahead.
The room was much more than I expected for under $30, very clean, comfy, ceiling fan, beautiful view of the rice fields, small patio, A/C and small fridge. The breakfast is delicious and included free. The staff is very helpful and friendly and provide free transportation to town. I needed to get a card for my mobile phone and they took me to a store that was open at 10pm. Just way above and beyond what I expected.
I can't reccomend this place highly enough. I've stayed at other places in Ubud in similar price range that didn't come near the views, ammenities or helpfuness.
You can't go wrong here!
Could not have said it better......
....than the previous reviewer (September 2005, from New York)! We also loved, loved, loved the Tegal Sari! We visited several other hotels in the area. Though there were many that were absolutely beautiful, some much more expensive, my husband and I both agreed that we would definitely go back to the Tegal Sari on our next trip to Ubud! The Tegal Sari has a very unique atmosphere that is welcoming, comforting, and relaxing. Of course, much of that is thanks to the absolutely wonderful staff - they truly made us feel at home! We came as strangers, we left as friends! How often can you say that about a hotel?
One thing - if you like the fast life and party, party, party, then head for the beaches.
We are heartbroken over the recent bombings and wish the people of Bali strength and a quick recovery. And we hope that the tourists will continue to come back to this magical place! We know we will.
Great getaway from it all, excellent value
I had the pleasure of staying at Tegal Sari for 3 nights in September 2005. I had booked the room in March 2005. Even 6 months in advanced, many of the rooms were already reserved! I highly recommend booking this place well in advanced, it's definitely worth it.
Tegal Sari offers standard, deluxe, wooden, super deluxe and the duplex (each one being a better room than the previous). We wanted the duplex room, but it was already booked. We reserved the next best room, the super deluxe, for approx. $35USD (350,000RP). The prices, however, have increased a bit, but not by very much.
The hotel is located about an hour from the airport. We arranged for the hotel to pick us up for 110,500RP (expect the same price on a metered taxi). The hotel is located in southern Ubud, about a 25 minute walk from the center of Ubud. The walk is do-able - we walked it once while we searched for souvenirs, but the hotel offers free drop-off and pick-up service virtually anywhere in Ubud, which was a nice plus.
We received iced tea drinks upon our arrival. Much to our delight, we were offered a super deluxe room in one of the 3 new buildings they built only a few months ago (Room 21). The room still had a fresh smell to it and great views of the rice paddies. The front terrace is beautiful, relaxing and priceless, where we ate breakfast every morning. The bathrooms were clean and very modern - a big tub (not a jacuzzi) that can easily fit 2 adults, a modern sink, a separate shower and a western toilet. My only complaint is I wish there was more shelf space around the sink.
There's also a little living room area, but we didn't use it too often. There's a queen size bed (maybe a bit smaller, but def bigger than a double bed), and a separate single bed (which we referred to as the "reading bed"). The beds were very comfortable. The mini-bar also proved to be very useful, since you should never drink the water from the tap. We used the bottled water for rinsing while brushing our teeth - well priced, approximately 4500RP a bottle.
There's no TV - we found great pleasure in sitting on our terrace and looking out at the rice fields. We typically watched the old man working arduously out in the fields (and he'd always crack a smile and wave), or the local kids flying kites, or the ducks/birds taking a swim in the water. We also found that we slept very early and woke up early, which truly made our stay at Tegal Sari relaxing.
The service is great - the employees of Tegal Sari are very friendly, helpful and attentive. They can help you set-up arrangements to view a local dance, drive you to restaurants, and pick you up after a long day of sightseeing in town. The breakfast was fine - nothing special, but it's included in your hotel charge so we ate it daily. You can also rent scooters, bicycles, etc. The laundry service is also very affordable - but, you can also walk a few meters to a local laundry service which can do it for even cheaper.
Although Tegal Sari may not be in the center of Ubud, there was plenty to do within walking distance of the hotel. There's an internet cafe (the hotel's computer was down), spas (Zen Spa), the Monkey Forest and various restaurants and bars (Warung Enak, Kekiang Bakery, Barundi, Pizza Bagus, Wunderbar, just to name a few). Warung Enak is right next door and it's wonderful.
Overall, I highly recommend Tegal Sari for a very affordable getaway from it all. I really appreciated the great people that worked for the place and the feeling of complete escape. If you can deal without a TV and would love to just relax, this is the place for you.
Thank you, Tegal Sari! Terima kasih!
Best Value in Ubud
My wife & I stayed at TS for 5 nights in a duplex room. We arrived at night after a long flight from the UK the next morning we awoke to a stunning view from our room over the rice fields. We could not fault the place, we went on a walk with the staff through the countryside around Ubud and they went out of their way to help out on every occasion. The price of this place is almost too good to be true, we have stopped at one of the big name places in Ubud that charged well over 10X the rate of TS and it was about Half as good! The only problem is trying to get booked, they are almost always full though they were building a couple of new rooms when we were there.
Best hotel in Bali
I loved, loved our stay at Tegal Sari. First off, the hotel is well-run. The staff was wonderful! Since the hotel is 15 minutes away from the center of town, staff would drive us to and from anywhere we wanted to go--by the time we checked out, we felt like we really knew the staff after riding around with them. The hotel itself is so beautiful: we stayed in the duplex bungalow, which has a private jacuzzi, and it was amazing! The view from our terrace, where we ate breakfast, was gorgeous. It was so relaxing, staying away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Ubud, too.
The highlight of our weekend was walking through rice fields and fruit plantations north of Ubud with a tour guide, this was arranged by the hotel. The tour included a visit to an artist at his family compound, where we got to see how the Balinese live. It was a great tour, and I felt like we really got to see the real Bali.
We checked out of the Tegal Sari on Sunday, and checked into a cheap hotel in Jimbaran while we waited for a midnight flight to Osaka. I missed the Tegal Sari from the instant I left, I felt as if I were leaving my home. I highly recommend this hotel. We plan on staying there again.
The best place we stayed in Bali
We stayed at The Tegal Sari hotel December 2004 and it was heavenly. I am a bit of a 'value for money' bod when it comes to hotels so I love it when I find a boutique style hotel like this for such a good price. Three of us shared a deluxe suite and it came to roughly £12 each a night. The rooms are immaculate with modern bathrooms (complete with leg waggling praying mantis - this is Bali!) and balcony veranda overlooking the beautifully green rice paddy - watch the sunrise and listen to the farmers singing to their gods in the fields. Each bungalow is beautifully landscaped within the grounds with a wonderful stone bottomed swimming pool.
The service was fanastic. Althought the hotel is a little out of town (a 15 minute walk to the very centre) they offer a free drop off and collection service which is great when you can't face a walk in the blazing heat. Nothing was too much trouble and they took me a recommended doctor and waited with me when I got Bali Belly.
Ubud was our favourite place in Bali on our 3 week trip but when we decided to return a week later, unfortunately the Tegal Sari was booked up. One of the staff bemoaned that they do not feature in the UK guidebooks - so, so recommended.