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Published August 20th 2018
Banyan Tree Ungasan is a luxurious, secluded paradise
I recently booked a 5 day holiday to Bali after an invitation to a destination wedding. I don't say no to destination weddings as it gives me an excuse to unwind and be off the grid for a few days. High up on the cliff in the southern tip of the island of Bali, Indonesia is a luxurious resort called the Banyan Tree Ungasan, which is my ideal paradise and a secluded hideaway with many shades of lush green and blues from panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.
I chose to stay at Banyan Tree Ungasan as I had previously stayed at their sister hotel Banyan Tree Phuket in Thailand last year and loved the service, comfort and natural settings it offers. Banyan Tree Ungasan was a welcome respite from the high rise city life I'm used to back home in Sydney.
Banyan Tree Ungasan is located 70 metres above the sea level, surrounded by natural plantation, and located on the tip of Bali's southern peninsula. It is close by to Uluwatu Temple, famous for its monkey residents. We arrived late in the evening on a Qantas flight and the resort is about 30 minutes by car (without traffic) from Denpasar Airport and longer if there is a traffic (up to an hour journey in some cases).
Our villa was huge with uninterrupted views to the Indian Ocean and was bigger than my own home with the bathroom being the most impressive room with its glass panels where all you see during daylight is lush green plantations and the rain shower is absolute heaven. The bedroom was moodier with dark woods and hand-carved panelling with the villa pool just one step away from the door and overlooks the Indian Ocean.
The service staff of the hotel were always helpful and friendly making you feel welcomed and comfortable. Every time I called and needed service, whether it was to arrange for pick up via gold buggy for luggage or to order early breakfast because of an early morning tour, the service desk was always quick to respond and their English was very good. Your villa is serviced twice a day so it is always clean.
What to see, taste and do
Here are some things you can see, taste and do in and around the Banyan Tree Ungasan:
1. Melasti Beach, which is a short drive down via golf buggy and walk from the Banyan Tree Ungasan
2. Tegalalang Rice Terrace (we went with a local Balinese guide, Wayan of Saba Bali Trans who I found on Tripadvisor)
3. Cepung Waterfall (Saba Bali Trans) is visually stunning and probably one of the most Instagrammable waterfalls
4. If you are lucky enough, a destination wedding at the Ocean Wedding Chapel above Uluwatu Temple which is inhabited by monkeys
5. Bamboo Forest (again, we went with Saba Bali Trans)
1. In-villa floating breakfast at the Banyan Tree Ungasan
2. In-villa BBQ dinner on the outdoor terrace of your villa amidst lighted garden torches, floating candles and flower petals where your personal chef and waiter create a memorable dinner evening.
3. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Bambu Restaurant – try the Balinese congee for breakfast and Chocolate lava as dessert for lunch or dinner
4. Indonesian street food, which I tried on a day tour with Saba Bali Trans to Cepung Waterfall.
5. Lunch and mocktails at the bar by the hotel poolside
1. Balinese purification 'Melukat' ceremony at Batu Pageh Temple which is inhabited by hundreds of bats. This can be organised by the Banyan Tree Ungasan.
2. Tropical Rainmist Treatment at the Banyan Tree Ungasan spa where you are given a foot wash, massage, bath in honey milk and then a steam to purify your skin, a scrub and then a trickling rain shower allowing the peaceful flow of water to relieve tension.
3. Swim in the infinity pool at the Banyan Tree Ungasan
4. Shop at local markets in Ubud
5. Nothing. Just chill in the spa in your intimate villa retreat with lush green private gardens and pool or swim at the resort's infinity with magnificent views of the Indian Ocean whilst sipping signature cocktails or mocktails.
6. Learn how to make Nasi Goreng in the cooking class run by Banyan Tree Ungasan's Bambu restaurant.
I stayed for 5 days and found it hard to pack my bags when it was time to go or think of staying at any other resort for my next holiday after staying at the Banyan Tree Ungasan. If you want to spoil yourself once in a while and have the budget for high-end luxury for special occasions, the Banyan Tree Ungasan is a stay to remember.