Ubud Hanging Gardens in Bali by William Warren and John Pettigrew
Location: Desa Buahan, Payangan, Bali, Indonesia
Photo courtesy: Orient-Express
With 38 luxury villas designed by Anglo/French architect Gordon Shaw, each with a private infinity plunge pool overlooking the Ayung river, feel your stress ebb away as you relax into your private sanctuary and enjoy sensational views of the surrounding verdant gardens of this tropical resort.
The resort is situated in the steep rice terraces of Ubud and offers with sweeping views across the Ayung River valley. Each luxury Balinese style private villa provides the perfect location to escape, relax and unwind. A private funicular provides easy access to the resorts facilities.
Our large infinity pool emphasizes the natural curves of the hillside. Created on two levels it is surrounded by stylish and comfortable sunbeds for ultimate relaxation. In addition to the main pool each room and suite has its own individual infinity pool, which can be access from the terrace for extra exclusivity and seclusion.
The grand gardens surrounding the resort were conceived by the landscape architect William Warren together with John Pettigrew. Nature is a spectacle here with exotic trees and essences of the tropics including cocoa, coffee, durian and a variety of bamboos, flame trees and orchids creating a symbiosis of tropical life.
The resort’s Bukit Becik bar near the main pool down by the river offers an excellent setting for a relaxing long drink at sunset and our beautiful Balinese boutique sells local crafts and clothing from all over the Indonesian archipelago.
At the geographical epicenter and emotional heart of the property is Hanging Gardens’ world-famous swimming pool. It is without a doubt one of the most photogenic and photographed pools around the globe, and has the unique distinction of coming top of both travel bible Condé Nast Traveller’s list of ‘the best swimming pools in the world’ and number one on Trip Advisor’s list of ’10 jaw-dropping hotel pools’.
This stunning split-level infinity pool, lined with Batu Chandi stone and featuring a vast geometric wall of solidified volcanic ash, suspended high over the surrounding jungle, appears to float in its setting, giving swimmers the unique, immersive feeling of literally swimming above the treetops and the valley.
The organic, free form design, with its undulating curves, was designed to echo the lines of the steep, terraced rice paddies that are such an iconic feature of the Ubud landscape. This is very much in keeping with the vision of the owners, who designed the entire hotel to follow the contours of the land and work with the existing natural habitat as much as possible.
The upper level has an expansive deck, which flows out from the hotel’s bar, while the lower level’s decking is almost hidden from sight for ultimate privacy, with only the sounds of nature as a backdrop. Both levels have steps down into the water for graceful access, with the bottom pool additionally featuring a stone bench for swimmers to bask in the exhilarating spray of the waterfall from the level above.
Our staff are always happy to serve both food and drinks beside the pool during the day, and most of the treatments from the hotel’s spa can be taken poolside, for the ultimate immersive sensory experience. Honeymooners and the romantically-inclined can book Hanging Gardens’ signature Romance Under the Stars gourmet dining experience, where we float an antique wooden deck on the lower pool, decorated with beautiful, colorful drapes for a mesmerizing and delicious evening, surrounded by suspended frangipani candles with inspiring views of the ancient holy temple and the smooth, rhythmic jungle sounds at dusk.
This same floating deck may also be used as the ultimate, breathtaking wedding ceremony location, with a small number of guests able to be seated on the deck, although many couples opt to enjoy this uniquely romantic moment with just each other, before journeying through the jungle for a blessing at our temple. For those wishing to stay dry but still absorb the beauty of this special pool, the hotel’s restaurant has expansive views over the upper pool level to the jungle, temple and valley beyond.
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