Ubud is to art and culture what Uluwatu is to surfing. It’s a destination of royal palaces and crumbling temples, of hand-hewn handicrafts, and the most lavish temple ceremonies you’ll find anywhere on the island. And all this comes amidst a staggeringly beautiful backdrop of rainforests and rice fields. Even better, hotels here stand up to the best anywhere. But if you’re looking for luxury and an up-close-with-nature experience, try the outskirts of Ubud.
Just north of Ubud towards the historic rice terraces of Tegallalang is one of our favourites. Dedary is an all-villa resort encircled by jade-green fields and coconut groves. Balinese statues stand guard outside the guest villas and heliconia blooms provide pops of orange amongst all the green.
“With the Balinese tropical concept, Dedary Resort Ubud, which is the new family of Ini Vie Hospitality, offers an unforgettable stay experience among the lush rice fields and forests of Ubud, so this resort deserves to be named the 2022 Travelers Choice Award by TripAdvisor.
This resort also has rooms that offer views of shady green trees that create a romantic atmosphere and blend with the natural beauty of Ubud,” said Gratika, the Marketing & Branding Manager of Ini Vie Hospitality, the management company behind Dedary Resort.
Accommodation-wise, there’s a choice of one or two-bedroom villas, each with their own infinity-edged pool overlooking jungle or landscaped gardens. Each light-filled unit has an outdoor living space or bale (Balinese gazebo), a nifty kitchenette, and uber comfy king-sized beds.
Decor is bright and contemporary with Balinese touches à la Ini Vie’s trademark style. And the en-suite bathrooms are a real talking point, with romantic stand-alone bathtubs and al fresco rain showers. And trust us, talking your morning shower beneath open skies is an invigorating experience!
More delights await outside. Catch the afternoon rays on the sun deck or gaze at the patchwork of greens from the edge of your own infinity pool. Not quite relaxed enough? Trained massage therapists are on hand — just ask!
Dedary attracts small family groups as well as couples looking for a secluded stay. If you’re honeymooning, you might like to consider one of their romantic surprises. Imagine the words “I love you” written in pink hibiscus flowers on the pool’s surface, floating candles, or a candle-lit dinner for two. WhatsApp the team to find out more or make a reservation.
Banjar Pinjul, Kenderan