Hotel Tjampuhan, Ubud
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Fantastic views, friendly staff, peaceful environmentfrom trisimlin
A Great Escapefrom Matt_and_Leisa
This idyllic setting truly must be seen to be believed. Leaving a typical Balinese village street scape you are transported into a tranquil fantasy when you walk through the door.
Ok, enough of my aspiring Mills and Boon **!!. My fiance and I have just returned from a trip to Bali where we spent the final 2 nights and 3 full days at the Tjampuhan Hotel in Ubud. The hotel is set over several hectares of rainforest / jungle and small clusters of 3 or 4 adjoining villas are spread throughout the grounds.
The rooms are clean and comfortable with huge beds and serviced daily. The bathrooms more than adequate and impeccably clean. The resort has two pools (one is naturally spring fed and incredibly refreshing.) The spa is a must, carved stone walls surrounding natural plunge pools and massage beds in the rainforest overlooking the river. Wow !! (see pics attached)
The restaurant is great and the food is terrific, as usual with resorts there is no doubt that food is cheaper elsewhere in the town, but hey this is Bali, so whatever is "expensive" is still ridiculously cheap !! A free shuttle takes you to and from the town at your leisure (pretty long walk otherwise) and taxis are cheap enough (about $3 AUD).
Things to be aware of at the hotel, (these were in no way a problem for us and actually added to the feeling of escaping back to nature). There are no fridges, tea / coffee facilities or televisions in the rooms. (At least not the type we stayed in - there are two types and we chose the Raja as it has air con).
Apparently fridges can be requested and are literally carried to your room if required. But the simple press of a phone button will have anything you desire brought immediately to you. (i.e. tea in the morning). The service in this regard and every other of the friendly staff was superb.
There are a lot of stone steps, so not ideal for the frail or physically impaired.
Ubud itself was wonderfull and we wish we had stayed here longer. However, we will most definitely be back and the Hotel Tjampuhan is where we will stay.
Fantastic wooden bungalows, with all comforts in a valley in the middle of the tropical forest. You will fall aleep with the lovely noise of the river, flowing down in the valley.
2 nice pools, a good restaurant, a spectacular particular spa almost ... carved in the stone, and a lot of balinese charm!!!
A great stay for a very reasonable price.
Enjoyed Tjampuhanfrom curryda
The rooms themselves were quite decent if not super luxurious. Bathroom was a bit 1980's and needs upgrading. If you just care about room (not the setting/view or convenience to town or resort pool, spa and restaurant) you can do better than this hotel. Balcony was big and had a great view. I loved this.
Cleaning staff did a very good job and overall staff was super obliging and friendly. As previous writer noted they did seem to very much appreciate any tips but then who doesn't? One negative point was that staff was overly eager to volunteer offers for personal tours, personal art work, referrals to relatives' shops, investment opportunities, etc. Nice touches like flowers on the sheet turn-down every night.
The hotel facility was really charming. Built in the 1920's of stone into the side of a hill overlooking a river. If you have any mobility issues though, hotel is not for you. Lots of steep steps.
Hotel restaurant is excellent. I chose to eat there many times because food was so good. Service great too. You can also have food sent to either pool or your room. Daily breakfast buffet or you can have breakfast in the room. Try the french toast! Yum.
Drivers will take you wherever you want to go pretty much whenever you want to leave (7 am to 11 pm) in a nice air conditioned minivan. They pick you up from town too. You are close enough to town to walk it in maybe 10 minutes but I always seemed to be going to a specific place in town so got a lift.
Spa massage was pleasant enough and the setting was really wild. You have to see the grotto. Massage itself was in pavilion overlooking the river gorge. Very nice. I believe they have spa meals too if you want to eat extra healthy or vegetarian.
Overall a great stay and we will come back.
Beautiful... but just so-so...from DDunn
The hotel is ideally located in Central Ubud - very convenient to town, restaurants, etc. Setting of hotel is stunning ! Hotel is built on side of ravine, with beautiful river at bottom. Gave us the feel of being in a lush jungle.
Hotel offers complimentary shuttle service anywhere in Central Ubud. (they say, shuttle departs hourly; however they were ALWAYS avail to take us at whatever time we needed).
We stayed in River 3, gorgeous view right at the river and next to the Natural Spring Swimming Pool. The room had a huge front terrace that overlooked the river! The room's interior and bathroom were just okay. Furniture was a tad dated, but in good condition. Housekeeping was NOT GOOD! It was obvious that room had only been given "surface cleanings" vs. periodic deep cleanings. There was LOTS of dust and grime (kind of like "smoker's grease!") on lamp shades, paneling, telephone, and light switches.
Ate in main restaurant for dinner on 2 occasions. Food was good, and fairly priced. Breakfast buffet each morning was fine: Coffee/Tea, choice of 2 juices, 3 fresh fruit offerings, banana crepes, sausage, hash browns, sausage, rice, and omelet station were the norm each day.
The overall service at this hotel was fair...
the staff really didn't seem that enthusiastic about their jobs...
a few smiles and pleasantries here and there; but for the most part -they were quite dower.
Supposedly "tipping" is optional / not necessarily the norm in Bali (per books we had read). On most bills you will be charged "plus plus" - tax & tip.
Being from the West, we typically like to give some extra - to make it 15 - 20% based on service, and did so on Bali.
Periodically we'd get so-so service and would just stick with the "plus plus". You should have seen the disappointment in the server's eyes! Also, on check out day, ALL come around to say "hello, good bye, and come back to see us!" (I felt like all had their hands out !)... So, whatever you read in the tour books about how "tipping" is optional, please note, it is NOT optional (it is expected !)
Again, the location of the T'Jampuhan is great, and the scenery just gorgeous. I'm glad I stayed here; however will most likely try somewhere else on my next visit to Ubud.
It was fab!!from diormanolo
Our hotel in Ubud, Tjampuhan Resort &Spa was just amazing, it was everything i expected it to be. It was so...Bali! It was intimate, mysterious, romantic, just like a fairytail. I would love to go back i have some great memories there. When we arrived it was small so we didn't now what to expect but it is build on a hill so the garden and the pool was build lower than the reception. When we came in at the reception..it was just amazing! Our room was also just wonderfull! We had a great view over the garden and looking over the hills. The whole hotel had loads of stairs so not for people with a dissability. The spa was just like a fairytale forest! The massages were great and relaxing, with the sound of the river down below on the background. This could not get any better! breakfast was great, enough to choose from. Ubud itself is just great! Wonderfull shops, beautiful temples, monkeyforest and great restaurants. Don't forget to visit the Lotus Cafe! This stay had made our honeymoon unforgettable!
So much characterfrom fariny
you will love it!from skyfyre.x
we'd have stuck around the tjampuhan for longer!
the staff are superb - friendly, knowledgeable, truly caring... they'll make extra effort for you, they pay attention to your requests... they put flower petals on our bed for each night as they knew we were there on our honeymoon : )
the spa is nice - massages are CHEAP, and you can have them done while gazing over the ravine, watching butterflies flit here and there. the hottub is especially worth a visit (they've fashioned it to look like it's made of rocks carved into fish and frogs and trees etc... never seen anything like it!).
there's a cool temple area that's part of the hotel property as well. it's pretty cool, there's tons of staff at the hotel, and 2x a day you will see the staff (women mostly) leaving offerings to the gods.
you can go on hotel tours - we went to the rice paddies closeby (if you've never actually walked around in one, i highly recommend it - i'll never look at rice the same way again!). we also walked through a teeny 'village' as part of this tour - incredible. just don't pay too much for the artist's work if the guide brings you there.
you're not too far from town - a short (cheap) cab ride away, where there's markets and shops and a temple where you can see traditional dances - we saw them put on the kecak dance (fire dance, based on indonesian ledgends) - it was so cool!
you've got to love this place. really. you will.
Lovely hotelfrom mag1calspider
The hotel, and room did have a slight damp feel to it, so I am not sure what that would be like in the rainy season.
On our first night, we ate in the restaurant, and they had the Ramyana Ballet there which was wonderful. This was the only night that we ate in, going into Ubud. We took advantage of the on call shuttle bus to go into Ubud, and to be collected. We asked the restaurants, and tourist office to call for us when we needed collection.
The pool, and sunbed does become shady readily, but since were out and about often this was not a great drawback.
We enjoyed our stay here, and would recommend it.
Cultural and lovelyfrom Marin_8
Top Local Tips for Ubud
Markets The shopping, art and cultural scenes in Ubud are great. There is a main street that has many interesting local shops, great places to eat and drink as well as the "brand name" shops if that's what you're after. On the right hand side of the road (heading away from the markets) there's a super cafe that has extensive gardens at the rear. This is a cool escape from the hustle of the street whilst shopping. The markets however are pretty hectic. Very pushy people (well, above average for Bali) . I would suggest that you go there first if you plan to visit the shops and the market on the same day. This is not because of any bargains or shopping tips, but solely because you will not have the patience to endure it if you are the least bit tired !!
Dining in Ubud Indus restaurant was amazing. Food was fine dining and the view is to die for. Murni's tavern also great and there are many other good restaurants in Ubud on Monkey Forest Road.
Most of the rooms are very different. The hotel is quite spread out and I found no specific area that had the 'nicest' rooms yet some were better decorated and larger than others and all at the same price. It's good to check other rooms
Other names for Hotel Tjampuhan
- hotel tjampuhan
- Address: Jalan Raya Campuhan - Ubud - 80571 - Indonesia
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