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Hotel Hanging Gardens Hotel 5 star
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A real delight for all the senses, this luxury hotel clinging onto the side of the mountainbelongs to the Orient Express chain. Isolated, this little gem nestled on thehigh slopes of Bali will take your breath away with its panoramic views, itsbeauty and the quality of its service and amenities. The site, spread over 10 acres, isunique! In harmony with the very lush nature surrounding it, the hotel brilliantly makes use of local materials and typically Balinese decoration. One of the besthotels in the region of Ubud, to be recommended to all honeymoonerswhether for two days or one week!

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      Hanging Gardens   -   © Hanging Gardens of Bali

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    Location 6.72 /10

    Lost in the middle of the lush Balinese greenery of the region of Payangan, theHanging Gardens is to be found on the small winding mountain roads leading to the village of Susut Buahan. Ten mi north of Ubud "The Isle ofthe Gods" (a 20 minute drive) and about 40 mi from Denpasar airport(1 hr 30 min drive). The closest beach is Sanur Beach (45minutes).

    Accommodation 8.95 /10

    Identically decorated, the 38 villas offer the same high qualityamenities. They are divided into thirty 100 m˛ luxury villas, two120 m˛ suites and 6 family-adapted villas. Just like the hotel,the rooms were designed with great care, elegance andsimplicity, using local materials, including wood, which is used from floor to ceiling.The overall effect is one of gentleness and warmth. Three sides of the villa (bedroom plusbathroom) let in abundant natural light thanks tolarge window panes replacing the walls. The jungle then, becomes part of theroom's decor, but it is possible to escape it thanks to the heavy, sliding woodenpanels, on either side of the room. Opposite the bed, with the bay window open,you will find a lovely little private perimeter-overflow pool allowing you to relax and dip your feet in the water. Around the pool lies a teak terrace withwooden deckchairs, a raised platform, a table and chairs. Equipmentincludes: a very comfortable four-poster bed with bed linen and net curtains, a largetelevision set (23 channels), a mini-bar (with a large choice ofspirits), a DVD player, an iPod, individual air-conditioning, Internet connection,a free safe, etc. Two wooden sliding doors allow you to go fromeither side of the bed to the bathroom, separated from the toilet by anotherpanel. In a similar style, the bathroom is almost as big as the bedroom. In one corner, the large terrazzo bath tubhas head rests - a rather exceptional feature. A terrazzo sink unit,long sinks, above which two wooden framed mirrors hang, plus one vanity one,varied hospitality products, a hair-dryer, bath robes,slippers and a lot of storage space allow you to get comfortablevery quickly. In the villas, it is a shame that the niches, which are used asbed-side cabinets, are not closer to the bed. You should be aware of the fact that it sometimes gets noisyat night time in altitude because the sound bounces from the road in the valleyto the higher slopes. You may also be disturbed by the noise made by theneighbours. Room-service is available from 6.30am to 11pm.

    Overview 8.45 /10

    Resting on a 45% slope, the Hanging Gardens boasts a superbpanorama. On the other mountainside facing the hotel, a magnificent Balinese templeis illuminated at night from 6 pm, which adds to the magic of this most enchantingplace. All around, there is nothing other than lush green vegetation, except for the small,near-by, traditional village. From the lobby (placed high up) to the spa in the jungleso dense it even conceals the river, the hotel consists of modest size areas,extremely well tended, built over several floors and clinging to the rock face. Thecommunal areas are linked to each other by a charming little cable car, whichavoids the tedious ups and downs on the great flight ofstraight stairs, allowing you to go from one area to the other. Somevillas are set along the way, but most of them are set in theheart of the dense green vegetation, down below. All sorts of palm trees,frangipani, flamboyant trees, ornamental banana trees, wild grass... Observing the florais in itself a wonderful experience. Half-way up the site, open inJuly 2005, there is a perimeter-overflow pool for the guests to discover. Built fromstone and on two levels, it is heated to 29 °C. On the wooden boards around it,deckchairs are placed in front of the bar, which itself haslarge rattan armchairs. Above it, the book shop is a good way to relaxwhile still admiring the surroundings. You will forget about the panorama onarrival at the spa. Here, your mind is invited to switch off and relax. Thejungle encompasses the areas, which open on to thedense and protective outdoors, from all sides, or almost all sides. No detail is overlooked, this is made evidentin the relax area where the bath tub is surrounded by a water stream flowing over grey pebbles. For background music, the gentle sound of the river,located 100 steps down, works wonders. Thanks to a little bamboo bridge,the sloped path carries on after the river Ayung and leads toa superb temple above, which belongs to the royal family of Payangan.

    Food and drink 8.70 /10

    The superb open-air, covered restaurant of the Hanging Gardens overlooksthe whole valley. One level down, the bar has a wide selection ofdrinks. Next to the spa, a very pleasant café serves light meals for lunch. Hereagain, three sides open on to the jungle. Comfortablyseated, you can enjoy the view of the dense green vegetation and theline of different villas with their alang-alang roofs running alongthe side of the meandering river. Indonesian and international cuisineare both on the menu for you to choose out of all the many mouth-watering suggestionsorchestrated by the French chef. The times arevery flexible: lunch is served from 12 pm to 6 pm and dinner from 6.30 pm to11 pm with the lit-up temple in the background - the only touch of light in thedark night. Breakfast (served from 6.30 am to 10 am) does not boast Pantagruelian varietybut the dishes carefully arranged on the various tables,are an invitation to a tasty discovery. In your mouth,the flavours are guaranteed. Do not miss out on the Ria pudding: delicious!For romantic dinners, a whole ceremonial is organized to make ita real feast. The final stage is just under the temple,visible from the hotel, where the table is superbly decorated. Moreover,the wine menu is an invitation to travel, with quality wines fromall over the world (Australia, France, Chile, etc.).

    To know

    Children are happily welcomed in the hotel, although there is noclub for them. Make sure that you are wearing appropriate warm clothing in the morning andevening: a few miles from Ubud, as you go up a little in altitude, the temperaturevariations are more noticeable. The Hanging Gardens receives a great numberof individuals and couples, many of whom are on their honeymoon.Accommodation tip:
    Favour a villa in the valley, so as not to be bothered bythe noisy road!

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Internet access
    • Spa

      massage, keep fit

    • Swimming pool

    advantage

    • A cable car in the hotel
    • A unique site, designed in espaliered levels
    • The panoramic view of the valley
    • The lush nature
    • The quality services and amenities
    • The spa
    • The temple facing the hotel
    • The swimming pool in the shape of a paddy field.
    • Far from very touristic areas
    • The restaurant services

    disadvantages

    • Very isolated
    • The noise from the road can sometimes be heard, particularly for the villas higher up
    • The stairs
    • The absence of sports facilities
    • No bed-side cabinets

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