Since 1990 and the inauguration of the first Padma Resort in Legian, the Padma Hotels group built its fame in luxury hospitality trade in Bali thanks to the extreme hospitality of its staff and to the high quality of its services.
The new jewel of the group, Padma Resort Ubud, came on stream in February 2016. The group favoured a perfectly preserved region with its forests, its terraced rice fields and small traditional villages, half-way between Ubud (30 minutes’ drive) and the Mount Batur.
The 149 rooms are spread into the three wings of the U-shaped four floors’ building which incorporates all the codes of Balinese traditional architecture as a whole combining modern, comfort and elegance. The courtyard situated in the centre shelters the lobby, a Balinese garden, a souvenir shop and a nice teahouse/bar open to the outside. The complex is perfectly well maintained.
The symmetry of the main building gives way to curves while accessing the swimming pool, around which gravitate distinct elements (café, fitness room, Jogging Track, swimming pool and kids’ playground) in a remarkable visual harmony.
The sumptuous 89 meters long infinity swimming pool (which makes it the longest of this kind in Bali!) is indisputably the key area of the hotel where clients are rushing to enjoy the water (heated when gloomy weather) while contemplating the stunning sight on the bamboo forest further down.
Harmonious and full of charm, the swimming pool constitutes a true oasis of relaxation. Everything is planned to bask there all day long. The deckchairs aligned all along the forest limit the lack of intimacy while still offering a splendid viewpoint, which is hard to let go. The pool bar will definitely delight the vacationers seeking a cold beer or a cocktail… unless they would rather go for a smoothie directly lying on their deckchairs! The restaurant overlooking the swimming pool will welcome those who would rather sit at a table to have lunch.
With close proximity, the fitness centre is packed with machines facing the forest while the spa, which original decoration reminds us of a cave or an antic cistern, offers numerous massages and body cares for a prize up to the standing of the hotel (we did not try it out though).
The complex offers rooms of different categories. Except for the few suites, the rooms only differ by the view from their terrace (lush forest, terrace with direct access to the garden or view on the swimming pool). Prices currently start from around IDR 2,600,000 (about €151.7) for a ”Premier” room on the booking platforms.
Distributed over 59 m2 (terrace included), the rooms all offer air conditioning, are bright, equipped with elegant and handcrafted furniture and materials used are natural and noble. Baby’s cots are available on demand at no extra cost.
We absolutely loved our “Premier” room, especially its great volume and the cosy aspect resulting from it thanks to an elegant decoration of Balinese inspiration, the different warm colours and textures. The room is a real success: we clearly want to spend time there. Besides, all is done in that sense. The room also features a table and two chairs to eat (room service available around the clock and offering the same dishes as in the restaurants of the resort), a lounge corner and a wide flat screen television including numerous cinema channels. You will also find all you need to iron. However, there is no mini-bar (the fridge is empty), but with the room service available at any hour, it is no issue.
The terrace of our room overlooked the forest. Privacy guaranteed! With nothing obstructing the sight and equipped with a fan, it constitutes a real exterior lounge where one can relax or enjoy a complimentary coffee or a tea (thanks to the expresso machine or the kettle at your disposal together with a broad selection of products and mineral water).
Finally, separated from the room by sliding doors, the huge bathroom is both rather bright and intimate thanks to large mirrors and well-designed lighting effects. Fully made with marble, it comprises an elegant bathtub and a rain shower. Many towels and two bathrobes are provided, in addition to numerous toiletry items (including a mouthwash!).
Of course, the whole room is spotless and in perfect conditions.
What nights did we spend at Padma Resort Ubud?
We spent two exceptional nights at Padma Resort Ubud. The mattress, really thick, provides excellent support and the bedding and pillows are extraordinarily comfortable. There are even 5 alternatives to classical pillows for an optimal rest: hypoallergenic, neck care, Swedish shape memory, stress less night, well-being. Moreover, the place is extremely quiet and the curtains very opaque, not letting the morning light through.
Breakfast is served in the form of a buffet at the main restaurant of the hotel The Puhu Restaurant & Lounge, situated on the last floor. Many tables offer a breath-taking sight on the garden and the bamboo forest. One can see, in the distance, the terraced rice-fields and even the Sanur Bay, when the weather allows it.
The buffet is simply gargantuan. The choice is so impressive that it would be too long to list all the dishes offered by the 7 stands. Apart from classical dishes of the American and Continental breakfasts (Viennese pastries, bread, cereals, omelettes, bacon, variety of cheese) and traditional hot drinks (coffee and tea), you will find a fruits and salads bar, freshly squeezed juices bar, an Asian counter (dim sum, fish) and even a gluten free counter! It is also possible to choose the cooking of your eggs (omelette, poached or fried), to create your own fresh fruits juice cocktail or your own pancake/waffle and to opt for a hot drink among rather rare options in Bali (hot chocolate, cappuccino and expresso, all of them prepared by a real barista). Most of the fruits available come from the hotel’s garden. And when it comes to the quality, except for a few items (raw smoked fish and beef sausage), everything we had was delicious. Even the Viennese pastries were a success!
Make sure to read our full review of the dishes served for lunch and dinner at Puhu Restaurant & Lounge.
The word “resort” finds here all its meaning since everything is made so that the clients spend excellent relaxing moments without having to leave the complex.
First of all, the 1.5Km Jogging Track, which winds until the bamboo bridge and the river further down, is ideal for a morning jog or for a digestive stroll after lunch. Then, many free-of charge activities, varying from one day to another, allow the clients to take some time for themselves (yoga, sport classes) or to discover the Balinese culture (visit of the village, bicycle ride, offerings making). All you need to do is to add your name on the listings. Besides, the Wi-Fi connection is excellent in all parts of the facility (except for the Jogging Track).
Finally, there is a free shuttle connecting to Ubud’s centre at fixed hours 5 times per day both ways (first shuttle at 9 a.m. from the hotel, last one at 9 p.m. from Ubud).
Members of the staff of Padma Resort Ubud are numerous, discreet and efficient. They are constantly smiling and always have a word for the customers. You have caught on, you will receive a warm and respectful welcome, faithful to the reputation that Padma Hotels group built over time.