Since arriving in beautiful Bali I’ve been spending most of my time in trendy Canggu, constantly in search of smoothie bowls, home ware stores and sunset cocktails. But sometimes you just want to get away from the hustle and bustle and get back to nature – so I decided to head to Bambu Indah in Ubud to play Jane of the jungle with Michelle from Live Like It’s the Weekend.
I can honestly say I’ve never seen anything like this eco resort, where the single-standing bamboo rooms look like they’ve grown straight out of the surrounding jungle. The whole resort is made up of 11 antique Javanese bridal homes that were brought to Ubud and restored. And a walk through the grounds reveals quirky surprises – like an on-site traditional harp and natural swimming pond (emptied and refilled every full moon, of course). If you’re not picking up what I’m putting down here, it’s a very unique place.
Our eco experience began in the Moon House, one of the most luxurious of the rooms on offer. To say the room is breathtaking is an understatement. After taking the bamboo elevator and walking across the suspended bridge, we were greeted by an expansive open-air dome overlooking rice paddies, the garden and the Ayung River. I couldn’t help but feel that Tarzan was about to swing by my tree house at any moment.
Between soaking up the views, swimming in the private pool and relaxing on the massive canopy bed, it’s easy to lose time at Moon House. The whole experience was so peaceful and reenergizing. I can see how people never leave Ubud.
As the sun set and the jungle came alive with sound, we made our way to the on-site restaurant, Bambu Kitchen – where we nestled into a cute booth and indulged in some local delicacies and wine. The restaurant uses mostly local produce and organic vegetables and herbs grown on site – and there was every kind of protein, sauce and drink to choose from. I had the fish with house-made sambal and it was delish.
The next day we made our way to the second room we’d be staying in during our stay – Copper House. Like Moon House, it’s equipped with just the right amount of modern amenities – air conditioner, Wi-Fi and a massive four-poster bed – but the pièce de résistance was the gorgeous copper bathtub overlooking the natural spring pools. If you’re as obsessed with bathtubs as I am (and how could you not be?!), this is definitely one for the bucket list.
As I mentioned earlier, we stayed in the two most luxurious rooms on site, which are priced anywhere from $445 USD during “regular season” to $495 during “peak season.” However, there are plenty more affordable options starting from $95.
Though we kept our stay at Bambu Indah pretty low-key, there are plenty of other things to do when staying at this architectural marvel – from spa treatments and yoga to village hikes, Balinese blessings and sunset cocktails.
If you want to see more from my stay at Bambu Indah and my time in Bali, check out my Instagram photos!
Let me know in the comments – what’s the most unique hotel you’ve stayed at?
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