leisurely escape

Reviewed July 11, 2012 2 people found this review helpful

Bagus Jati was the perfect place for me to go to rest/ unwind/ have some time for myself. This is somewhere you go to to escape the hustle bustle of cities, and surround yourself in a natural, tranquil environment. Few points I would make:

1- The resort is around 30-40mins away from ubud (you can take a shuttle there 2x a day)- and to be honest, you don't really feel the need to go to the town when you're nestled up in the mountains relaxing

2- It's set on a hill- I was lucky enough to be in one of the deluxe villas at the top of the hill, though the spa/ swimming pool were at the bottom- the walk can be quite challenging (But I enjoyed it as it counted as a bit of exercise everyday!)

3- Staff are lovely- so friendly, very accommodating, always smiling, very helpful

4- Food is absolutely DIVINE. It's all organic and a lot of the ingredients are actually grown on the resort. I took a traditional Bali cooking lesson which was great- all the menus are derived from local cuisine and are very rich in flavor and fresh. The ginger tea at the end of each meal was a delightful ending.

5- Views are beautiful- though keep in mind you are in the middle of a 'jungle'- and that comes along with plenty of insects , flies - ie: you will find dead flies on your bed (even though sheets are changed), but nothing you can do but flick them off- it comes with the territory

6- Yoga. This was the one weakness for me. Morning yoga was calm and a good start to the day- however, note that it is Hatha Yoga (and a very slow form of Hatha focused more on breathing than Asanas). No other classes are offered during the day unless you book a private session ($25), but even that one is Hatha. I suggest they offer other types of yoga as well - vinyasa/ ashtanga so that people can also come for yoga retreats, not just retreats.

7- Spa - AMAZING. Had the best massages, probably ever. The balinese massage works wonders, therapists are excellent- the body scrubs/ wraps left my skin all soft- and it's an experience being wrapped in a banana leaf. Check out the jacuzzi overlooking the green forest outside, close your eyes and listen to the rippling water of the river at the bottom of the hill

8- I would highly recommend the Bike Tour- most of it is downhill but the guide takes you through many villages where you meet woodcarvers, traditional balinese houses, temples, rice fields, white cows, elephants, coconut workshops.. all the locals are so friendly

9- take along your favorite cds! as each room is equipped with a stereo (the cds that are provided are a little bland)

There are plenty of other activities I didn't do but which one can do if there long enough (trekking before sunrise, elephant rides, jungle tour, visiting local temples..... ) But my 4 day stay there was just perfect for me. I left feeling rejuvenated and happy with a newfound love of Balinese food!