Review: Element Bali Ubud (Punyan Suite)

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Nightly rate
(that was booked)
IDR 400k nett (S$37)
Nightly rate
(after 15% off Marriott eGiftCard)
IDR 340k nett (S$32)
Length of stay8 nights
Date of stayMay 2021
Membership levelTitanium Elite

Element Bali Ubud opened in 2017 with 152 rooms. It is a Category 2 Marriott Bonvoy property requiring 10,000 to 15,000 points per night for award stays.

Location

The hotel is located in Ubud.

  • 7 mins drive to Ubud Centre
  • 1 hr 5 mins drive to Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS)

Arrival

Upon arrival, we had our temperatures taken and were assisted with our luggages before being directed to the reception.

I had booked the base room and was pre-upgraded to the Punyan Suite one day before arrival. It was a lovely surprise as my stay was 8 nights long and the hotel only has 5 of those suites!

I was told that the hotel offers complimentary shuttle services to Ubud Centre but I did not use it during my stay. That’s because I had visited Ubud Centre during my stay at Sthala Ubud and found that around 90% of shops were closed because of the pandemic.

Lobby
Corridor

Punyan Suite

Room 311 is 64sqm / 689sqft in size.

The suite felt very modern and spacious as there wasn’t any wall separating the bedroom and living area. I’ve always preferred open suites like these.

The bathroom wasn’t huge but it was well-designed to provide great privacy and peaceful view of the forest.

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Bedroom and living area
Reversed angle of the bedroom and living area
Another angle of the bedroom and living area
Universal power ports by the bed
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Welcome note and amenity
Beverage area
Closet and luggage storage area
Entrance to the bathroom
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Sinks
Bathtub
Reversed angle of the bathroom
Toilet and shower
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Balcony
Balcony

Puri Penthouse

Room 702 is 127sqm / 1367sqft in size.

A reader had booked this room category while I was staying in this hotel and had very kindly invited me to get some photos of it!

Living room
Reversed angle of the living room
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Balcony
View from the balcony
Work desk in the bedroom
Bedroom
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Bathroom
Reversed angle of the bathroom

Breakfast

Breakfast is complimentary for Platinum members and above and was served as à la carte buffet at Andong Teras Restaurant from 7am to 10.30am.

I had the option of having breakfast sent to my room and went for it throughout my stay. Food quality was very good and delivery was always on time.

Andong Teras Restaurant
View from Andong Teras Restaurant
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In-room breakfast

Breakfast menu:

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Dining in the hotel

Food at Andong Teras Restaurant are of good quality underpriced! Platinum members and above get 20% discount off any menu item when dining in the restaurant (no discount for room service).

I received 20% discount for takeaway meals though!

Food menu:

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Swimming pool

Swimming pool
Andong Pool Bar next to the pool
Lower pool
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Pool access rooms
View of the lobby and Andong Teras Restaurant from the swimming pool

Rooftop platform

Access to rooftop platform on level 7
Rooftop platform
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Rooftop platform at sunset
Privacy issue: Guests on the platform can look into Punyan Suites on level 5 and 6.

Other facilities

Gym building
Gym
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Reversed angle of the gym
Koi pond near the gym
Garden area

My ratings

Breakfast9/10
Service10/10
Location9/10
Room furnishing9/10
View
(from the room)
10/10
Peace & quiet10/10
Facilities9/10
Elite member recognition10/10
Value10/10

Bottom line

It’s hard to believe that I could get better value than my stay at Courtyard Seminyak. Although I preferred the location and service at that hotel, I cannot ignore the fact that this hotel costed 20% cheaper, has an underpriced F&B menu, better bathroom and offers a better view from the room.

This was yet another high-value stay in Bali. It does not get any better than this, surely?

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