Staycation; a word that describes an activity of someone staying at home or one place in a day rather than visiting different places. Bali is just so perfect for everyone who is looking for great hotels or villas to enjoy a staycation. Our favourite region in Bali which we recommend for staycation is, of course, Ubud. Amongst all gorgeous villas and resorts in Ubud, we decided to pick one and chose Padma Resort Ubud.
There are many websites to book an accommodation for your holiday. Amongst all websites that might probably offer (slightly) different prices, the one that is very recommended to book from is the hotel’s own official website. They usually have benefits and add-ons which are only for direct bookers. In this case, if you book online through Padma’s official website, you would be entitled of receiving an afternoon tea.
Moreover, we experienced a difficulty and issue during processing the payment that required us to contact their Reservation Team. Unfortunately, Padma Bali does not have night shift for their reservation department which made us have to wait on the following day to be able to reach them. Their office was closed at 5 PM. However, overall the service was quick enough and pretty much helpful.
Padma Ubud check-in time is at 3 PM. Our arrival was welcomed by the harmonious sound of Balinese gamelan played by the locals at the lobby. The resort was very huge and peaceful. Welcome drinks served upon our arrival. The check-in counter was so very simple with just a table and chairs. Our first and honest impression was this resort did not have that luxurious touch as a five-star resort should have.
We planned to just put our stuffs in the room and went straight to their Puhu Restaurant for afternoon tea. When the bellboy opened the room door for us and we saw the room, we were surprised. Our disappointment of their lobby hotel was instantly swept away as we were very satisfied with our Premium Room! If people say that pictures could be deceiving, it does not happen here in Padma Ubud. In fact, we were surprise to see that this room was actually much more spacious that it showed on the website photos.
Our 59sqm room featured stunning views overlooking the lush forest. The bathroom was super spacious with bathtub, huge mirror and heated iron ladder to hang damp towels. All toiletries, bathrobes, slippery, hairdryer, everything was complete and perfect.
The room might be just too perfect for your staycation that makes you want to book another night in this room. As a matter of fact, we decided to stay in the room, watched movies and had some snacks for dinner. We were just too lazy to move our feet and leave this cozy room. Thanks to the atmosphere of Ubud.
If their lowest room category was this great, we could not imagine how the other room with higher categories would look like.
Food & Beverages
Padma Ubud has three dining outlets which are Puhu Restaurant, The Lounge and The Pool Cafe & Bar. We only got a chance to visit Puhu for afternoon tea and for breakfast. The unique place about this restaurant is that all tables were set to face the panoramic 180-degree views across the bamboo forest and out to the terraced rice paddies beyond.
They serve buffet afternoon tea only until 4 PM and we came there 30 minutes before they ended serving. The cake variants were not that much and the tastes were just okay. Nothing was special, except the view.
Fortunately, the breakfast was much better and appetizing. They served an ultimate international buffet breakfast with complete ranges from Asian to Western meals.
Heated Infinity Pool
Padma Ubud owns one of those magnificent infinity pools in Bali that you should not miss. The pool water was heated made it warm for guests to swim around. Ubud weather could get chill in the afternoon, especially when it was cloudy. The pool was amazing and photos taken here were incredible. Some people, definitely not us, would wake up very early in the morning to take photos in this pool. When the weather was great and friendly, morning mists could be seen with bare eyes flying over the pool surface.
Padma Ubud was a good resort that could be your retreat home for a couple of days. Its location that is far from the city centre of Ubud makes it less ideal for travellers who would like to explore Ubud. Instead, it is perfect for travellers who look for a short escape from the hustle and bustle of their daily routines. In this place, you would experience a different side of Bali.
Not too luxurious and not too Balinese, balanced – that is how we described our staycation experience in Padma Ubud.