Maya Ubud Resort & Spa
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... leapt into the road when it arrived. The bus dropped us in Batubulan bemo station, and, rather than waiting an hour or so for more passengers to arrive, we chartered the entire bemo to drop us in Ubud.
Upon disembarking we were approached by a hit offering rooms at Suarsena homestay, and took one in a leafy garden courtyard. Back in familiar territory we headed to Taco Casa for tacos, then returned to the guesthouse in pouring rain for a restful ...
... also considered by the Balinese to be protectors from evil spirits and thus they are venerated. At the sanctuary there are three temples, the Pura Dalem (otherwise known as the death temple), the Pura Prajapati (the cremation temple), and the Bathing Temple.
Afterward, we gathered for lunch at Laka Leke Restaurant to enjoy traditional cuisine, such as nasi ...
... They were topless wearing typical Balinese head wear and trousers. They all had rice stuck to their heads and flowers behind their ears which is common in Balinese culture affairs. They walked in and circled around the stand chanting 'Tut Tut Tut' with wailing and singing coming from a few of the men. These men were the sound track of the show. The show was a Hindu story. It was about a prince and his beautiful princess in the forest. A Hindu god wanted the princess to be his wife and ...
... a few of the main streets and parked up at a warung in a main street to grab some lunch and check on the map where we were. Strangely enough as per the previous few days we had pulled up within 10 metres of the temple we were looking for. This good fortune of arriving at these places is becoming a bit of a bizzare habbit! The temple itself was nothing spectacular although the paintings inside the roof were quite impressive and it was a nice place to hang out for half an hour after ...
... spectacular view and peaceful nature sounds. We seem to have some sort of little river behind our house and that is pretty nice. Its very quiet, even though there are other villas in the area.
Our cooking/housekeeping ladies will be arriving shortly to cook breakfast and then we can get more information from them on getting to town today. We would like to explore the town of Ubud today and get a massage....or two......
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Historical Traveler Reviews Maya Ubud Resort & Spa
Fantastic resort, although not for families
My husband and I along with our 12 year old son stayed at the Maya. It was really a wonderful resort, and the staff was extremely attentive and helpful. My son loved it there as well, but there weren't any other children around, and I believe that children aren't encouraged, as peace and serenity are the theme to the hotel. We had the main pool to ourselves for nearly 5 days, and the tennis court as well. The food at the hotel was exceptionally healthy and fresh, compared to what you may find in town. The town of Ubud is a short cab ride away, or a nice walk. I'd highly recommend the Maya if you have <2 children, or children that don't mind being very quiet. We used the Adventure package offered by Maya, which we really enjoyed.
Fantastic time at the Maya
We had four wonderful nights at the Maya in June 06. The resort was only running at about 50% occupancy so we were upgraded to a deluxe pool villa which was great. Quite a good breakfast menu with many japanese items (we loved the miso soup!). Complimentary afternoon tea served daily was an added bonus. Free internet access. There are many daily activities from yoga, pilates, cycling, nature walks etc, although we just relaxed most of the time. The pools are great though not very warm. Spa treatments were fantastic in a lovely open setting. The resort is set on 10 hectares and privacy is good as it is about 10 minutes out of Ubud centre. Highly recommend this resort if you want to relax and indulge, and if you are a foodie, you must go to Mosaic!
I would give the Maya a 9.5 out of a 10... and though I hate to do this- I have to keep a clear head and remember that although this place COMPLETELY swept me off my feet, there were a couple things that did make me sad. But before I go there... let me tell you WHY the Maya swept me off my feet:
#1- Decor Inside. The rooms (at least our villa with private plunge pool) were AMAZING!!! Don't even get me started on the bathroom alone... with a bathtub that you could literally DROWN in!!! I have stayed in many hotels in my life and I have never stayed in one with a tub so amazingly DEEP!!! The decor is just breathtaking and totally belongs in a magazine.
#2- The Nature surrounding us. Our villa was right next to the main pool... but because the shrubs are so high- we never felt like we were there... what was even better is that we basically had our own enclosed backyard with our own plunge pool! This all overlooked a very, very, very deep God-knows-what... ravine maybe??? A creek? Something... if you can, go there when we did- when there is a full moon... we heard a magical, beautiful voice coming from below- singing the prettiest songs far into the night.
Now for the downfalls...
# 1- The food was average- not great. But DEFINITELY not bad enough to make you NOT come here. Put it this way... if we ever go back to Ubud, we WILL be staying at the Maya again!
# 2- As I said, we splurged and got a villa with our own plunge pool- which was absolutely gorgeous and gave us some amazing photos and gave us a larger yard... however it served no practical purpose for us AT ALL because the pool was so cold that I never even got past my first foot in the pool!!!
I was EXTREMELY bummed about this, but I later learned this was normal for all of the pools at the Maya. So unfortunately, no swimming for me AT ALL at the Maya!!!
On the whole however, the Maya was a magical place that provided all the amenities of a resort (even yoga classes and treks through the rice patties) and a beauty that can only be explained if you see it for yourself. Whatever you do... make sure you make a trip to the pool that is next to the spa--BEAUTIFUL!!!!
And make sure you go to the Monkey Forest in town... go in the morning though- in the afternoon all of the monkeys take their naps and you won't see as much action.
We stayed here a couple of times in the last two years: October 2004 and July 2005. The first time, we went with our son who was ten months old. The service was the most courteous and professional of all the hotels we stayed in Bali, and the female host of the restaurant went out of her way to help us locate specific types of Indonesian food, including buying it from the supermarket and bringing it to us.
My only complaint would be that the rooms are very bright and this makes sleeping in the afternoon less comfortable, especially for the baby. The hotel is not really setup for babies and they are not allowed in the spa area. There is a paddling pool as well as a regular pool nearby with an infinity drop-off overlooking a beautiful valley which he was allowed to visit. He also loved the glass floor in the foyer (after getting over the initial shock of feeling like he was floating in space).
The food is excellent -- I particularly remember the salad and curry for lunch, and they even had excellent sushi/sashimi at the buffet one evening for a Legong dance they hosted. The quality of the events they host every other day or so are exceptional and certainly as good as seeing them at Ubud Palace.
On the minus side, Maya Ubud is about five minutes away from the center by car and if you don't manage to get on one of the hourly buses, you have to fork out a minor amount. For the privacy and exclusivity of the place, it's definitely worth it.
Make sure you visit the Four Seasons Ubud for afternoon tea. Quite spectacular architecture and surroundings. They serve free afternoon tea and cakes at Maya Ubud and the first time we went, the food was superb, but the second time round the quality seemed to have dropped.
Although I wouldn't recommend it for everybody (since it's easy to get into an accident), you can rent a moped and helmet from Ubud center to visit the areas around Ubud and shop for artwork and carvings in nearby Mas.
Babysitting: We used a sitter called Ni Made -- and were quite happy with her. She charges about 30,000 RP per hour of babysitting (~$3) and would drive on a daily basis to whichever part of Bali we were staying in (Nusa Dua, Legian and Ubud).
Fantastical, luxurious resort!
We recently spent three incredible days and nights at the Maya Ubud and it was a wonderful experience! The property itself is a collection of thatched-roofed buildings set in a jungle-like landscape of palm trees, banana trees and rice terraces. It is enough to take your breath away just to walk around the grounds here!
Our "room" was another thatched-roofed cottage with a huge four-poster bed and a hand-hammered sink and tub in the bath. This resort has every amenity that a five-star resort should have but none of the attitude. There are two beautiful infinity-edge pools and the spa is set at the bottom of a steep ravine with a stream running alongside it. Absolutely amazing! The staff was wonderfully helpful and since the terrorist attack in October of 2005, the staff could give their guests plenty of attention. We felt totally safe at this resort, though there were few other guests during our stay.
There is a shuttle service to the artist town of Ubud every hour during the day but we were very content much of the time to enjoy the bar, restaurants and staff at this resort. I long to return to this beautiful, peaceful paradise very soon. It is a gem!
We went there for our honeymoon in Aug 05. This hotel is just great and looked much nicer and more beautiful than the picture on the website. The first two days we stayed in a superior room. It turned out to be a very very nice room. It is clean, and beautiful. The bathroom is also nice. The last 3 days, we moved to a deluxe pool villa. This one is even MORE beautiful. The furniture, and the design interior were amazing. We had a great view of ricefields. The bathroom is spacious and very nice designed.
The staff was very friendly and the location around this hotel was very
If you are looking for a relaxing, quite and nice location, Ubud is the right place and this hotel would be absolutely perfect to complete your need.
Beautiful place with a very friendly staff
We stayed at Maya Ubud for 4 nights as part of a trip to Singapore for my son's wedding. The trip from Singapore is only a 2 hour flight to Denpasar where the driver from Maya Ubud met us at the airport for the 55 minute drive to the resort. We booked the Romantic Interlude package with plunge pool for three nights and then elected to stay a 4th night. The package included airport transfers, buffet breakfast, one romantic dinner, one lunch, half day tour and 2 hour spa treatment for my wife and myself. The resort has absolutely beautiful grounds which include two pools, 2 hole pitch and putt golf, one tennis court, nature path along the river gorge and lots of beautiful surroundings. A couple of things I noticed that stand out - very friendly and helpful staff - the Balinese are really nice people; the resort is very clean and well maintained by a large staff - if a leave falls there is someone there to sweep it up; the food is very good and not very expensive for the quality of the resort - we especially liked the River Cafe which is down by the spa and quite a walk. I played tennis one day with one of the Balinese staff, and my wife and I did the pitch and putt - both were a lot of fun. We went into Ubud twice - Ubud is an amazing place with numerous galleries which specialize in either painting, wood carving or jewelry - the driver seemed to know the best places. We brought back several paintings, a batik and a couple of small carvings - the talent and quality is of the highest level. Note that prices are negotiable. The only thing that I would change is that I would not pay extra for the plunge pool - since the water was cold we really did not use it. Overall, Maya Ubud ranks among the best places we have stayed - certainly an A. Email if you have questions.
How can one describe paradise? For me and my girlfriend this was paradise for the 2 nights we stayed.
In the end of the day, the only defect I can point out to this hotel is I could only find 1 plug in the suite so as I wanted to charge both my cell phone and the batteries of my camera, I had to use the plug installed in the bathroom.
From the champagne at breakfast, the flowers in the tub when we arrived, the cake with congratulations (they thought we were honeymooners) in the first night... everything was perfect.
I would certainly go back to this hotel!
Did not live up to expectations
The prices in Bali are very inexpensive, so for $285 per night I expected 5-star accomodations and treatment. Both fell short of my expectations.
The room (cabin) was nicely appointed, but a number of little things were not quite right (broken handle, missing towel). On checkin, they did not have the type of room we had reserved and we got the hard-sell to upgrade the room. This was not a pleasant experience.
Breakfast buffet was fine, but also fell just short of the 5-star expectation.
Had a couple of days here as part of a tour of Bali - wonderful hotel, very relaxing, superb food, excellent service, great location - very relaxing.
We only had a "basic" room, but it was very large, clean & cool - overall, a real treat, & 100% endorsed.