Review: Alila Ubud (Terrace Tree Villa)

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Nightly rateUS$103 nett (S$138)
Hyatt Privé packageUS$100 hotel credit (per stay), breakfast, room upgrade
Length of stay2 nights
Date of stayAug 2021
Membership level
(World of Hyatt)
Globalist

What to expect when you stay at Alila Ubud as a World of Hyatt Globalist member?

Alila Ubud first opened in 1996 and was last renovated in 2010. It has a total of 74 rooms/villas.

It is a Category 3 World of Hyatt property requiring 12,000 points (worth S$240) per night. Other than the poor Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights, I think it is the cheapest Hyatt Category 3 hotel in the world right now!

The lowest rate at this property that I have seen during this pandemic was US$59++ in July 2021. The Standard rate, which is used for Hyatt Prive benefits, has never gone below US$85++.

Here are some photos posted on our Instagram page:

Location

The hotel is located in Ubud. There were no shops or restaurants within walking distance from the property.

There is a small village outside the security post that was nice for morning/evening walks.

  • 17 mins drive to Ubud Centre
  • 1 hr 10 mins drive to Seminyak Beach
  • 1 hr 10 mins drive to Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS)
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Arrival

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

I had booked the base King room and was pre-upgraded to the Pool Villa one day before arrival as a Globalist member. I was further upgraded to the Terrace Tree Villa, upon request.

I was told that there was only 2 other rooms occupied that day.

Drop-off area
Welcome drinks and towels
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Lobby

Upon check in, a staff member handed me a guide that shows information on opening hours, hotel facilities, activities and shuttle service. There is also a map of the hotel and the surrounding area.

The hotel refused to send me a soft copy of it, so, here’s a low-resolution version of what I received.

Hotel information
Resort map and surrounding area
Walkway to villas 501 to 504

Terrace Tree Villa

Villa 501 is 120sqm / 1,292sqft in size.

Prior to the stay, I shared about this stay on Suitesmile’s Instagram page and received tips from Indonesian travellers that THIS is the villa to get. Not the Pool Villa, not the Valley Villa.

Apparently, there are only 4 Terrace Tree Villas (numbered 501 to 504) and these are the newest in the property.

Room-furnishing was very Alila-like with minimal design language. There is also a lot of wood being used.

Here’s a video tour posted on our Instagram page:

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Entrance to villa 501
Key to villa 501
Balcony
Reversed angle of the Balcony
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View of the balcony from the main door
View of the interior from the main door
Bed
Living area and work desk
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Entrance to the villa
Welcome note and amenities
Hotel information
Beverage area
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Coffee and tea
Storage area
Bathroom
Shower and toilet
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Bathroom amenities
Bath salt
Bath soaps

Afternoon tea

It is always a nice gesture when a hotel offers something extra to staying guests.

Afternoon tea is complimentary for all guests and can be enjoyed from 3 to 4pm daily at Cabana Lounge. The snack being offered is the same every day.

Outdoor seats at Cabana Lounge
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Afternoon tea at Cabana Lounge
Local snacks

Breakfast

Breakfast is complimentary for Globalist members and Hyatt Prive bookings. It is usually served at Plantation Restaurant but has temporarily moved to Cabana Kitchen. Breakfast hours are 7am to 10.30am.

Food quality was good but choices were limited.

Stairs down to Cabana Lounge and the pool
Stairs from Cabana Lounge to the lobby
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Cabana Lounge
Outdoor table at Cabana Lounge
Our picks
Plantation Restaurant

There are slight changes to the breakfast menu every day. Here’s the one I got on one of the days.

Breakfast-Menu-2

Lunch and dinner

I found food at this property to be expensive for Bali and for its overall quality.

The pizza was especially disappointing. The dough looked and tasted like one of those frozen (not freshly-made) flatbread that are served in Moxy hotels. Definitely not worth its price!

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Lunch and afternoon tea
Cabana burger
Nasi goreng
Betutu wrap
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Chicken sambal pizza
Ikan panggang
Crispy fried calamari
Cheese cake

Here’s the lunch and dinner menu at Cabana Kitchen:

Cabana-Menu-and-Beverage

And here’s the in-room dining menu:

IRDMenuDec-2020-updated

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Swimming pool

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The main pool
View Cabana Lounge from the edge of the pool

The monkey factor

This is a real factor in Alila Ubud. I am not calling it a ‘problem’ as we are actually in their home. But if you are not comfortable around monkeys, you might want to stay away from this property.

During check in, you will be advised to keep doors closed and locked (?!) at all times.

From my experience, they are not that afraid of humans. They are only interested in getting food though, not attacking humans for no reason.

During my meals at Cabana Lounge, there was a staff member actively waiting by the trees for any monkeys that may jump onto my table.

In the villa, they are not always around but when they arrive, they would hang around for a few hours and would take peeks into the villa from the roof. It was very cute but quite annoying! It’s like you are always being watched.

I also found it sad that there is a huge balcony within the villa that was uncomfortable to hang out in, because of these monkeys.

When I called the hotel about monkeys hanging out around my balcony, they placed a ‘Barong’ near my door as the monkeys are supposedly afraid of them. I asked if I could leave the doors open with that Barong outside and was told that the monkeys would still enter the villa. 🙊

Barong placed at the balcony

Other facilities

The gym has minimal equipment and no views.

Gym
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Bicycles for free use
Parking area

My ratings

Breakfast8/10
Service9/10
Location9/10
Room furnishing9/10
View
(from the room)
9/10
Peace & quiet9/10
Facilities9/10
Elite member recognition10/10
Value9/10

Bottom line

I enjoyed the beautiful villa and deep pool. Considering how low nightly rates are, getting US$100 credit for a two-night stay was a steal. Also note the monkey factor before deciding to stay here.

4 thoughts on “Review: Alila Ubud (Terrace Tree Villa)”

  1. THIS is the villa to get. Not the Pool Villa, not the Valley Villa
    Hi i’m intend to stay here. can you suggest me why not take pool villa instead?

    Reply

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