Bali villa resort offers princely rural escapes


Less than 25 miles north of the crowded and steamy Balinese tourist beaches near Kuta and Legian, the relatively cool breezes to be found in the town of Ubud, located on the gently rising slopes of the island's central mountains, come as a breath of fresh air.

Ubud is the cultural capital of Bali, with surrounding villages specializing in a range of Balinese arts, from carving to dance, painting to cooking, and jewelry-making to the manufacture of wind chimes.

To cater to a growing influx of tourists, hundreds of places to stay have sprung up, ranging from private homes and guest houses to bungalows and hotels.

The most recent trend is the construction of villas, most with large bedrooms and bathrooms, private pools and gardens and some with fully equipped kitchenettes.

At the top of this range is the luxurious Royal Pita Maha Resort and Spa, located a few miles outside Ubud, overlooking the Ayung River in a place called Desa Kedewatan, meaning "area of the gods" and of great spiritual reverence for the Balinese.

The Royal Pita Maha comprises 52 villas, all with stunning views of the picturesque Ayung. Each has a large bedroom overlooking a private pool; a sitting room; and separate bathroom with spa bath. In addition to the private pools, the complex has two large swimming pools and a holy pool fed by spring waters believed to possess restorative properties.

Dining areas are located on three levels, with another restaurant/bar by the river.  The resort also offers rafting and other water sports.

The Royal Pita Maha was constructed using traditional methods, designed by a member of Ubud's royal family, that complement and integrate with its lush environment. Full of local artwork, the property blends beautifully with a landscape of rice terraces, river gorge and tropical vegetation.

The resort motif is the hibiscus, and everywhere you turn, the flower has been used as imaginative decoration -- from bedspreads to blooms placed on steps leading to the pool and perched on towels. 

Senawati, the resort's sales manager, said, "The hibiscus is a humble tree, and we hope the hotel will grow and develop like the hibiscus."

Bali is well known for its variety of health treatments, and the Royal Pita Maha offers a range of massages, herbal skin scrubs, foot reflexology and other beauty treatments.

Ubud, accessible by shuttle bus, offers a variety of attractions, including markets, craft shops, museums and Hindu temples. 

The nearby Monkey Forest Sanctuary is a home to a band of simians that keep visitors on their toes as they beg for handouts.

Nightly rates start at $400 plus 21% tax and include roundtrip airport transfers and American breakfast. Agent commissions are negotiable. Call (011) 62-36 198-0022, fax (011) 62-36 198-0011, e-mail [email protected] or visit

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to [email protected].


From Our Partners

2021 Family Expo
Family Travel Expo
Register Now
Air Astana 1366
Air Astana
Read More
2021 Caesars Webinar
Watch Now

JDS Travel News JDS Viewpoints JDS Africa/MI