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“True Balinese hospitality and magical Balinese environment” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sharing Bali
Ranked #58 of 508 Speciality Lodging in Ubud
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Aust
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33 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“True Balinese hospitality and magical Balinese environment”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2010

I travelled to Ayung Sari Indah for their 5 day Yoga retreat. Having spent some time in Bali i was keen for what appeared to be the "get away from it all" seclusion that this place offered. And i was not disappointed. From the moment of arrival, when i was greeted with a lemongrass and ginger tea and surrounded by smiling children, i knew i was somewhere special.
The setup is simple; a central dining area surrounded by rice paddys and Balinese-style bungalows with outdoor bathrooms. The bungalows are simple, no TV or DVD or aircon, but with the huge balcony overlooking the Ayung river and gazing out over the mountains who needs TV anyway? And as we were perched high up the mountain the nights were quite cool, so i didnt miss aircon at all.
The title of "outdoor bathroom" makes it sound very rustic, but I was charmed by the decorative stone pavings and little statuettes covered in moss, and all the amenities you require in a bathroom are there; loo, shower, bath, handbasin.
The meals were included in the yoga package and were outstanding, with Gustis specialty of banana pancakes for breakfast a real highlight. I loved trying all the different sambals with lunch and dinner.
Yoga was conduced by a German lady living in Ubud for many years by the name of Gabby and we attended 5 x 1.5 hour sessions in total. I was a yoga novice and the other attendee was experienced but Gabby managed to move the sessions at a pace that suited us both.
Included in the package was a walk down to the river where we had a swim and enjoyed the view, climbed back up the mountain to be rewarded with a fresh green coconut chopped off the tree while we watched. We had 2 visits to Bodyworks in Ubud, fantastic massages there. And there was also the walk up the volcano, but i didnt participate in that one ... had a nice sleep in and joined the group for lunch.
On our last night we were joined by many locals who played music while the children danced and we feasted on another of Gustis culinary delights.
Each night i was seranaded by hundreds of frogs who seemed to be the only other creatures on the mountain. It was truly a relaxing and rewarding experience.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled solo
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2009

Our first stop in Bali was straight to Ayung Sari Indah and I believe that there is no better way to start the trip for a first time visitor. Wayan collected us from the airport and was very friendly and accomodating. We arrived at the vilage and given that their were only 1 other couple staying at this time we were able to choose our bungalow. Our views from the bungalow were amazing overlooking the mountains and nestled into the jungle. On the first night we went to a village wedding, and were able to really interact in the balinese culture, everybody was very welcoming towards us. There are amazing jungle treks that the staff are only to happy to escort you around. We did a yoga session also. We really interacted with the staff and they became our friends. We walked the rice paddies and visited the staff's friends houses around the village. Everywhere we went the villagers could not be more welcoming offering us food and drink even if it meant climbing trees to obtain. We helped to gather the food and also assisted to prepare a meal with Gusti, she is a great chef and her meals are of fine dining standard. This is a truly memorable experience and I would recommend it to those who wish to get away from the hustle and the bustle and do something a little different. We learnt alot from this stay including the basics of the language. I would definately recommend it to anybody looking for a cultural experience or that needs to get away to clear their head. To give you an indication of the shear beauty of this place we took over 700 photos in the first 3 days!!! Thank you so much to Wayan, Gusti, Madde, Dolla and the rest of the team. xxx

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2009

I travelled here with a group of friends from our local fitness club for a week and absolutely loved it! My first time to Bali and it could not have been in a better place. Karen and Wayan have created the perfect place to stay to experience the culture and hospitality of Balinese life. The accommodation is lovely, peaceful, comfortable and traditional. The food and service is outstanding as you feel like you are staying with friends. Our volcano trek, jungle trek, yoga sessions, spa treatments were all organised for us and were AMAZING!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2009

Ayung Sari Indah is a simply amazing place to stay and enjoy (for a short time!) being part of a working village in a beautiful location. They offer different packages (yoga, cooking etc); we did the bootcamp week. It was a great challenge and the trainer (an Australian personal trainer) was brilliant. The highlight of the week was the Volcano Trek; the climb and ascent of Mt Batur was tough, but do-able . . . and the reward at the top were the views over neighbouring volcanos and the enormous crater lake. Incredible! The guides at the top cooked eggs and bananas on the steam . . . a very unique experience! They offer a number of different bungalows (all very unique and interesting); we were in a two story tree house bungalow which had sweeping views across a valley and mountains; breathtaking. The accomodation was described as 'simple luxury' and that is very accurate. Our bungalow was beautifully presented and clean with tradionational furntiure and fittings. It seemed like a couple of times per day someone would refresh the fresh hibiscus flowers strategically placed and leave a flask of delicious lemongrass tea for us. The food . . . now that is INCREDIBLE! Very clean, simple indonesian fare . . . curries, sambals, rice and salads. All made with local produce. We had 1 cooking class and it really made you appreciate the food we devoured at every meal because of the time it took to prepare?!?! The hosts, Karen and Wayan become your friends and you almost feel like part of the family; they are always ready to assist . . . but at the same time . . . you can have absolute solitude in the many places around the property for lounging and enjoying the views. A quick walk down a path will reveal a roofed platform with cushions and a daybed . . perfect for a snooze and a read in the fresh air. The property has a labrynth of paths and alleyways that are lined with sculptures and gardens and lead to yet another lovely vantage point. Ubud is not far away and you can get a shuttle there when you need it; you can shop and visit day spas (which are happily arranged). All up it was a great stay and I would go back again if I ever get back to Bali . . . even for a few days of rest (even without any organised activities). Everyone should re-energise and stay/live at Ayung Sari Indah!!

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Sharing Bali
Address: Desa Singaprang, Ubud, Indonesia (Formerly Ayung Sari Indah)
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Region: Indonesia > Bali > Ubud
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #58 of 508 Speciality Lodging in Ubud
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in the hills amongst Balinese rice paddies, jungle and mountains, Sharing Bali is a place to escape the hustle and bustle. Each of the 8 bungalows are unique, authentically constructed in traditional style with outdoor garden bathrooms and balconies. You won’t find mini bars or wide screens. Instead relax on your balcony or the cushion filled open bale, drinking fresh lemongrass tea, taking in your surrounds. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in room rates. Authentic village style Balinese dishes using fresh local produce are served at the dining area in the rice paddies. Maintain your fitness at the outdoor fitness area or join activities such as local treks, yoga, sunrise volcano climb, cycling. Massages are available on demand. Airport transfers and shuttle services can be arranged. Located 45 minutes drive from Ubud/90 mins from airport. ... more   less 
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