A sophisticated and sultry addition to the otherwise laid-back holiday hot spot of Ubud, Alaya Ubud is an intimate boutique hotel that exudes that uptown Seminyak vibe with five-star amenities such as a world-class spa and restaurant designed by renowned creative Zohra Boukhari. Thanks to the cosmopolitan and eccentric taste of Martin Grounds of Grounds Kent Architects, every room features different hand-painted walls. Alaya’s exterior is chic and inviting, utilising local, environmentally friendly bamboo.
Conveniently located on Jalan Hanoman, Ubud’s hippest shopping and dining enclave, enjoy the dynamic sidewalk scene from Petani Restaurant, where Executive Chef Made Siharta works his magic on creating innovative dishes based on traditional fare. Already a cult favourite, his Bebek Guling is a playful twist on Bali’s beloved Babi Guling. To mix things up this Sunday, why not try Petani’s ‘Sunday Satay Bazaar’, offering a sumptuous menu with 12 different satays and 10 succulent sambals. Perfect for families, parents can enjoy live acoustic music while the kids are kept occupied with various fun activities.
Relax in lush, tropical landscaping designed by none other than the icon himself, Made Wijaya. Go back in time as neighbouring rice paddies change colour throughout the seasons. Wijaya’s delightful bamboo bar is traditionally thatched in alang alang grass, creating the perfect space to soak in the relaxing essence of Ubud.
(www.alayaubud.com; Jl. Hanoman, Ubud, Bali 80571 Indonesia; +62 361 972200)