Ubad Retreat: Ubud.

We arrived at the family run, Ubad Retreat in Ubud and were welcomed by Adi with the retreats favourite and most used slogan ‘welcome home’. After ten weeks of traveling this was the warmest welcome we had received from any hotel we had stayed at. Adi was very friendly, he provided us with fruit juice and towels to freshen up and chatted to us about the resort and things we could do whilst in Ubud. He gave us recommendations about activities and things that we could do in Ubud over our three day stay. The whole retreat only has five rooms but this really helps to achieve the relaxed, homely atmosphere that it’s aiming for.

Pool and gardens at Ubad

Adi then helped us with our bags to our room. Before even getting inside we were greeted with a massive porch for us to sit and sunbath on and a massive window that let the sunlight stream into our room. As we walked in, the room was very bright and modern. There was a flat screen TV on the wall above a table that also had a number of books and magazines for us to read. In the corner of the room was the wardrobe and a shelf with complimentary bottles of water, tea and coffee. Then, walking into the bathroom you are greeted by what was a very comfortable but somewhat small bath, and then a shower at the end of the room. There was also bottles of shampoo and shower gel and two toothbrushes just incase we had forgotten such necessities.

The bedroom

Once we had checked into our room we decided to relax by the pool. The pool was rectangular in shape and probably about ten metres long with enough comfy loungers for all the guests at the retreat. The pool is surrounded by the rooms and there are plenty of plants and trees to continue that relaxed feel. When we were visiting there was building work that was being carried out. However, Gillian and I hardly noticed it and even fell asleep at one point whilst lounging by the pool. Adi even told us that as soon as anyone booked to stay at the retreat, he would email them to let them know about the construction work next door so there were no surprises on arrival and the booking could be canceled if desired. I would have thought that a lot of places would keep quiet about such a thing to keep customers coming in so this seemed like excellent customer service before the customer had even arrived.

Later on we decided to make our way into Ubud town centre to do a bit of exploring. The retreat is about a three kilometre drive from the town centre which means that it’s peaceful but is still close enough that we could get there in a ten minute drive. These shuttles to and from the resort are complimentary so there were no extra fees to pay to get there.

The next morning we awoke from our unbelievably comfortable bed and made our way to have our complimentary breakfast. The retreats restaurant was nestled in amongst the trees and was very peaceful. We sat down and were handed the menu and were offered either tea or coffee to start. Both Gillian and I went for the American breakfast which was both filling and tasty and also came with a starter of fresh fruit and fruit juice of your choice. There was also a continental breakfast and traditional Balinese breakfast to choose from. The menu wasn’t as large as other resorts we had stayed at but we were safe in the knowledge that the food was being made fresh in a nice restaurant. As strange as it sounds, the breakfast did seem homely. Even the lemongrass for Gillian’s tea was plucked from the gardens before our eyes.

American breakfast

For the rest of the day we ended up in the town of Ubud and were shuttled there again by the helpful staff at the resort. Later that night when we had arrived back we asked for a lift into the town again for the following morning for our departure to our next location and the staff were more than happy to help. The staff were constantly like this, always having a laugh and a joke and ALWAYS smiling! It was this friendly service and relaxed atmosphere that made our stay so enjoyable. I would recommend ‘Ubad Retreat’ to anyone who wants to get away from the parties of Seminyak and Kuta. Instead, here you will find a very peaceful resort hidden away in the beautiful outskirts of Ubud. Here, the lovely staff will be more than happy to welcome you ‘home’. – and that’s just how it feels!

Gavin Cameron