Bali has been constantly on my mind ever since I visited last year. There’s just something so magical about the island that completely draws me in. There was no reason for me not to come back, which is why I returned for the second time to celebrate my 30th birthday a couple of months ago. One of the main reasons why I came back is to see more of its cultural hub, Ubud. Ubud has no shortage of incredible places to stay. It is home to some of the best hotels and resorts in the world. And it just so happens, I had the privilege of staying in one of them. Tucked away amongst the lush wilderness and rice fields lies this luxurious getaway. Let me introduce you guys to Ubud’s hidden gem, Chapung Se Bali.
My husband, my best friend and I left early in the morning from Seminyak to explore some parts of Ubud before checking-in. After getting most of our sightseeing done, we arrived three hours before sunset. The lobby, adorned with Balinese decor, was spacious and inviting. From here, we saw a glimpse of the resort including a breathtaking view of their very own rice fields. I don’t know about you guys but I thought that was pretty impressive. Checking-in was swift and easy. It’s always a plus when they try to get you to your room as soon as possible. They gave us cool towels to freshen up before we descended down the lobby stairs to our one bedroom pool villa.
One Bedroom Pool Villa
Behind the wooden double doors was an exquisite one-bedroom pool villa. I was taken aback by how enormous the villa was. The outdoor living area complete with a bar, large couch and dining table opens up to a verdant garden and a lap pool. Having spent the whole morning hiking and exploring Ubud, I was eager to jump right into the pool but decided to save it for later as we needed to check out the rest of the villa. I love that they kept the decor cohesive throughout the resort by maintaining the same simplistic look, highlighting the earthy tones and Balinese design, just like they did at the lobby.
Right next to the outdoor living area was the bedroom, huge enough for 3 people. The room was beautifully decorated with midcentury modern furniture and floor to ceiling windows, which kept the space bright and airy. We continued towards the bathroom where a large bathtub sat nicely beside a sliding door that opened up directly to the pool outside. In addition to these amazing features, it also came with a huge sink, vanity area, separate rain shower and toilet and a huge walk-in closet designed with built in shoe shelves. Talk about dream closet!
Shortly after our villa tour, they delivered our luggages plus some welcome drinks that were quite refreshing. And since the pool was calling for us, we decided to take a dip before heading out to dinner. We played some music using their bluetooth speaker and had the most amazing time chatting and hanging out by the pool.
Di Abing is their in house restaurant located above the pool deck and river. This is where we had dinner throughout our whole stay at the resort. The servers were very knowledgeable about the menu and explained in great detail what we ordered. Their menu consists of unique fusion of Mediterranean and Asian cuisines inspired by local ingredients harvested straight from Chapung Se Bali’s gardens.
What we ordered:
- Appetizers: tempe bacem, crab and smoked duck with quinoa salad.
- Entrees: crispy pork belly, grilled seafood curry, charsio chicken steak, rib eye steak, prawn wonton rice noodle and grilled citrus tuna steak.
- Desserts: valrhona chocolate fondant, coffee choux and meli melo sorbet.
- Everyday from 6 pm to 10 pm.
After dinner, we headed towards The Blind Pig, a hip speakeasy bar located right smack in the middle of the resort. Surrounded by organic gardens and rice paddies, the bar is devoted to free flowing, handcrafted cocktails and delectable tapas-style bites. I loved the decor and overall vibe of The Blind Pig. It reminds me of some of the bars in New York. James and I competitively played a game or two while Alex enjoyed her mojito, watching us from one of the colorful velvet couches strategically placed around the focal point of the bar, the pool table. It was such a nice spot to hang out for a few hours before we finally decided to call it a night.
- Everyday from 6 pm to 10 pm.
Jungle Fish Pool Bar
The next day we checked out the famous Jungle Fish Pool Bar for breakfast. Instead of having room service, we opted to dine here since we’ll be spending the whole morning and afternoon lounging poolside before moving to our next suite. I honestly couldn’t believe how stunning this place was. The pictures seriously don’t do it justice! I mean look at it. Isn’t it just the perfect spot to relax and unwind? Not every hotel has a 35 meter infinity pool facing a rainforest/jungle.
Things to know:
- Day passes are available for purchase. The entrance fee gives access to the pool facilities + towels.
- 150,000 IDR/$10+ per adult, 75,000 IDR/$5 per child
- Everyday from 7:30 am to 10:30 pm.
Their breakfast menu consist of Asian and American style dishes. They also have a breakfast buffet although it’s only limited to pastries, juices and cereals. It’s kind of mediocre but their lunch menu on the other hand was pretty good! Their spicy lime seafood penne is honest to God one of the best pastas I’ve tasted! And their smoothies were so delicious too. We ordered 3 smoothies: strawberry cookies, chocolate choco chips and mango.
Deluxe Pool Suite
As much as I loved Jungle Fish, I was really excited to check out our new home for the night. I’ve seen pictures of the Deluxe Pool Suite but nothing could’ve prepared me for what I was about to see. As I walked inside, I caught a glimpse of our view and was immediately floored by the breathtaking sight of the Balinese jungle right in front of our room. We hastily dropped our luggage and went straight to the pool outside. The pool is visibly smaller than the one in the villa but the grand view sure made up for it. I seriously couldn’t get enough of it! I wish I could bottle it up and take it with me back home.
After blatantly ignoring the room, I finally came to my senses and was able to take a closer look. Keeping up with the theme of the resort, the earthy colors and textures as well as the midcentury modern furniture (which I’ve become accustomed to) were once again prominent in the deluxe pool suite. Glass windows stretched out from floor to ceiling, allowing the light to enter generously. Another favorite of mine is the bathroom, all decked out in black marble and stone walls. It has a soaker tub, mosaic glass mirror and separate toilet and rain shower with the best feature – direct access to the plunge pool outside.
After that grueling hike to Nungnung waterfalls, we were in dire need of some pampering. We originally wanted to do the spa on our first day but it was fully booked. Thank goodness we were able to score 3 spots on our last night at the resort. Each of us booked a 90 minute Swedish massage plus a 1 hour Skin focus facial. We arrived 10 minutes before our appointment and was given some tea and cool towels while we filled out a form. Shortly after that, we were escorted down to the massage rooms where we had to change into robes and disposable underwear.
The entire experience was so relaxing. My massage therapist was so nice and often asked if the pressure was okay. I’ve had massages in Asia before but this one was definitely one of the best. The setting really made the experience unforgettable. All I could hear were the sound of the river below and birds chirping from a distance. The wind eventually joined in, which ultimately lulled me to sleep. If you guys ever find yourself in Ubud, I highly suggest a visit to Chapung Spa.
90 minute Swedish Massage: 600,000 IDR/$43+
1 hour Facial: 400,000 IDR/$28+
Our experience with Chapung Se Bali was nothing short of amazing. From the impressive rooms with breathtaking views of the jungle to the kind and helpful staff who made sure we had everything we need, the resort is truly one of the best places I’ve stayed in Asia. Thank you Chapung Se Bali for making my birthday trip memorable.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post and was written in collaboration with Chapung Se Bali Resort and Spa in Bali. As always, all opinions are my own and unbiased.
Chapung Se Bali
Address: Jl. Raya Sebali – 80561 Keliki, Ubud, Bali
Telephone: +62 361 8989 102
Reservations: Click this link -> Chapung Se Bali
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