Right down the road from the Monkey Forest, on the edge of rice fields, in a quiet little corner of Ubud, lies a villa that I would return to in a heartbeat. Alam Jiwa is its name.
Alam Jiwa means ‘soul of nature’ and it reflects the philosophy behind this retreat. It belongs to a family of small villa hotels where harmony with nature is valued. Traditional Balinese design and the natural setting blend beautifully together.
We loved Alam Jiwa because it was down to earth. No over-the-top boutique pretense. It was simply peaceful, clean, and beautiful – yet still luxurious. Even better, it was extremely good value.
The staff were so lovely. Genuine loveliness. They organised transport, extra food, and anything else we needed help with.
Part of the concept of being simple and peaceful means there are not too many modern intrusions – like TV. This didn’t worry us at all. More time in the pool. More walks by the rice fields. More reasons to relax.
Inside our villa I had an incredible view from my bed. At this point in our journey I spent many hours in that bed trying to shake bronchitis and an ear infection. I still don’t know how I managed to enjoy our time in Ubud so much despite being so ill. I rested, got little bursts of energy, and pushed on. I think our comforting stay at Alam Jiwa really helped to rejuvenate me.
Do you remember how I love outdoor bathrooms?… This one was quite special.
The kids counted the animal statues built into that wall every single time they showered. Hours of entertainment! And though it’s hard to see here, there were fantastic views of the rice fields from that arch above the shower.
Coming up: Part 4. To the beach! A week at Jimbaran Bay.