Ever been tempted by incredible pictures of Bali..? Well let me tell you I’m about to tempt you a little more. Adults only, 18 suites, an infinity pool, world luxury restaurant awards, shall I continue..?
For years I had heard good things regarding Bali and so I was obviously so excited when I finally got to go. Ok, so admittedly from the uk it is a slightly lengthy flight but it is always an option to combine it with a city stop should you wish. Depending on who you fly with you can spend a few nights in various places. We timed our trip with a 3 night Singapore stop to watch the Grand Prix there (which was fantastic by the way but that’s a whole other story)
Bali obviously offers many options of areas to stay in and I had done my research beforehand. I knew I definitely wanted to stay at least some of the time in the region of Ubud. The resort I found and booked here looked pretty special.
From Dempasar airport Ubud is approximately a 1 hour drive and we had pre-booked a transfer with the resort so that was all easy. The first impressions I got of the area en route were a bit like a step back in time. Lush and green, cute little villages and all unspoilt.
The Balinese people are incredibly polite and welcoming which instantly came across at our resort checkin whilst we enjoyed a cold juice. There was another couple there who were just leaving. The woman looked at me and said ‘oh have you just arrived you lucky things, it’s so beautiful here’ I can’t deny after that I think I had an annoying smug look on my face.
Pramana Watu Kurung has only 18 suits and villas. It is tastefully nestled above the valley of the Ayung River and the decor of it is so fitting with its surroundings. It is peaceful, it feels traditional and it is simply stunning.
We had opted for an Ayung Valley Suite, purely because of it’s location on the resort and the views it offered. At 74sqm it felt very spacious and I especially liked the outdoor terrace which was perfect for sunset watching of an evening.
Pramana also offers pool villas which are very private and equally beautiful however for me it was all about those valley views! Each of the suites and villas are spread out around the main body of the resort which is over 2 levels. The top level is Lembah Ayung Restaurant which is an open sided dining area serving authentic dishes with an emphasis on using sustainable local fresh produce. We ate here all 4 of the evenings we stayed and every dish was superb. Breakfast here was also fantastic with many options both healthy and slightly naughty..!
The below level is the main infinity pool (and the restaurant overlooks this) with spacious wooden sun loungers and decking jutting out over the valley. From here you can also enjoy a lunchtime menu of light bites and drinks, served poolside if you wish.
This resort is somewhere you can do as little or as much as you like. If you are staying put to truly relax them my recommendation would be to make use of the Pramana Spa. I had a stress reliever massage and wished I had time to fit in another. You can also enjoy a Balinese Culture Dinner with an authentic set menu and live performance art dances by a group of local villagers. If you have a special occasion to celebrate then there is no better way than a private candle lit dinner under the stars on the private decking space over the valley, it really is special.
For those who are keen to be a little more active or have more time I would recommend a guided morning walk through the rice fields or a trip to Campuhan Ridge Walk to really get some views.
Pramana will help you with transport and tours to many temples and sights around Bali and they also offer regular shuttle runs to central Ubud so be sure to visit the famous market for all your souvenirs.
It was 4 nights we spent here at Pramana before we moved on to a beachfront stay in Sanur for a further 6 nights. If I was to visit Bali again, (and I hope to!) I think I would do it the other way around and spend the majority of my time in Ubud. One thing is for sure, I wouldn’t hesitate in heading straight back to the paradise valley of Pramana Watu Kurung.