Staying at Alaya Resort Ubud was like stepping into a dream.
It has all the components of MY ideal Balinese holiday: a tropical-themed room overlooking paddy fields, frangipani and coconut tree-lined grounds, soothing massage, and warm hospitality.
As the staff walked me to my room, I couldn’t help but notice the use of natural materials throughout the hotel which gave it a rustic feel. This, combined with modern fittings, will surely please all kinds of travelers.
I was given the spacious and beautifully furnished Alaya Room (Room 311) which had a terrace overlooking the paddies.
Kimonos, slippers, an eco bag guests can borrow (can be bought from the front desk), electronic safe, and plenty of fluffy towels are kept inside the spacious cabinets.
The usual coffee and tea making facilities, and mini bar are also available.
Aside from the air conditioning unit, there’s also a ceiling fan both in the room and in the terrace.
When I managed to drag myself out of the room, I walked around the resort to enjoy the landscaped garden and lush surroundings.
I arrived 15 minutes earlier than the appointment schedule, and while waiting, I was immediately served cold lemon grass and pineapple juice, and a cold towel.
The staff then explained to me the scope of the 2-hour Manis Klepon treatment.
I was then asked to fill out a personal information/preference checklist where I need to indicate if I have any allergies or medical conditions, any specific body parts I want my therapist to focus on etc. I even get to choose the room temperature, pressure, and the kind of music I want to listen to while having the treatment.
After handing the form to the staff, she walked me to a table where my therapist, Putu, was preparing the ‘ingredients’ that will be used for my treatment. She grated some coconuts which she then mixed with palm sugar. This was for my body scrub.
We then went down to one of the luxe treatment rooms.
She handed me a robe to change into. Slippers were provided as well. She also taught me how to assign a PIN code for the electronic safe where I can store my valuables.
After changing, Putu started with the foot bath, which was then followed by the coconut and palm sugar body scrub to exfoliate dead skin cells. Next was the pandanus and suji leaves body mask, which started out warm then gradually gave off a cooling sensation.
She gave me 15 minutes to enjoy the bath while she prepared the new robe and disposable underwear. She also left me a cup of tea by the vanity desk before she left the room.
Finally, it was time for the one-hour Balinese massage.
Putu was very careful with the strokes, and was continuously checking if the pressure and room temperature was just right for me. It was really relaxing that I nearly dozed off.
The treatment ended with a chamomile facial spritz which woke up my senses. haha
Alaya Resort Ubud is located along Jalan Hanoman so it’s close to a supermarket, a number of ATMs, restaurants, souvenir shops, and is just a 5-minute walk to the Sacred Monkey Forest.
I still regret not staying long enough in Ubud, and in Alaya. The laid back vibe, culture, and the lovely people easily made it one of my favorite destinations to date.