You must book this hotel very far in advance and there is a very good reason for its popularity. We booked last October to stay for four nights in May, the off season. We had to change rooms mid stay because availability was tight. We stayed one night in Jatayu and three in Cendrawasih. Jatayu is a lovely stand alone teak villa with a very fetching outdoor shower and tranquil front veranda surrounded by a garden. It was made up with one king bed and two twins for our family of four. Cendrawasih is a three story house and has a king bed and outdoor shower with a killer view on the top floor and a queen bed on the middle floor. There is a kitchen on the lower level that we never used. It is very big and overlooks the rice paddies and the river that runs adjacent to the hotel property. Jatayu has AC throughout; Cendrawasih has it only on the middle level and can get a bit warm with the fans upstairs. Both are very nice, but we frankly would have been content, when all was said and done, to stay put in Jatayu.
Breakfast was simple but lovely on our veranda or porch. Muesli, eggs, jaffle – your choice – plus fruit, fresh juice, bread, and coffee. You order the night before and they bring it to your room. Pool is small but clean and comfortable with a cool oval, portal-like entrance. We were always able to get loungers for afternoon tea and cake. The grounds in general are very pretty and the views over the rice fields are captivating. The nearby spa and restaurant owned by the same group are reasonable and solid. We had a wonderful diner at Laka Leke, though we didn’t see a show. The food was great, as was the service.
Service. This is what really distinguishes the Alam Jiwa. I have traveled the world over and stayed at every level of accomodation at one time or another. I am doing it again with my children now, and I have never encountered a more genuinely welcoming and kind staff at a hotel in my life. Such warmth. My children were entranced. We stayed in Ubud again later in our trip at a much more expensive hotel with a private pool, and my kids missed the staff at Alam Jiwa! Theyt would have changed hotels in a heart beat. I would name some of the staff, but that would be unfair to the others. All were wonderful. Drop offs are included in town which is really handy with children in tow. They all want you to have a wonderful visit. Follow their advice. We hired a driver off of Trip Advisor one day to tour out to the west. We only found out later that Wayan Rebo, one of the drivers, could have taken us instead. It would have been so much better. Rats! Just ask.
I really cannot recommend Alam Jiwa more highly. They simply do everything right. You must book early, but you will be so happy if you do! Terima kasih once more for our visit.
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