It was a bright Friday afternoon. The June’s summer breeze was blowing easily through the trees and the green grass. On the long narrow road we were heading to our four days and three nights get away destination: Banyan Tree Ungasan.
As we drove ourselves to the hotel we tried to go through very carefully every road sign that pointed to the Banyan Tree. I figured, like many other luxury five star hotels, Banyan Tree’s road sign would not be in a big gigantic bright green. It should be small, low profile but classically in style. And I was right. If anyone for the first time going into this direction, there is a big chance that they will miss the signage board because it is so tiny and does not stand-out like any other signage board.
The sun was just about to setting down when we finally arrived. A beautiful landscape welcomed us. Security with guard dog checked our car before letting us in, showing how security and privacy were highly maintained. The pathway to the lobby area was so clean. To the right and left I could see flower, leaves, greens.
We entered the simple and spacious lobby where we soon welcomed by a beautiful young lady in uniform carrying a welcome tray. She handed me a traditional small bouquet and performed a Balinese welcome ceremony to me before she sat us down at one of the white sofa set in the corner. Welcome drinks and refreshment were served immediately along with the cold towels.
Check-in process did not take more than ten minutes. We were escorted to a buggy cart that took us to our amazing room.
It was one of the Sanctuary Pool Villa with two bedroom and ocean view. It was just on the rear cliff. Quiet dangerous for children actually thus we keep an eye very closely at our boys.
Just like the lobby, the room was spacious. So refreshing. It was like entering the other dimension, very far apart from the over-crowded Bali. Very quiet and peacefull. A tranquil sanctuary, that was what it should have been named.
The two bedrooms were separated by a small pathway surrounded by water ponds. It leads to the private swimming pool and the jacuzzy at the backyard. And when I said private swimming pool, it was a real swimming pool and not just a plunge pool like in any other hotel would be.
The view from the backyard was magnificent. I could see the wide blue ocean, borderless sky and green hills in between. It was just adorable. At night, the sound of ocean sang a beautiful song, it seemed that I was in the middle of nowhere when I was actually only 35 minutes away from the airport and from Kuta, the centre of attraction in this God’s Island.
The master bedroom was a jaw-dropper. Elegantly furnished with simple lay out, and the bathroom was luxury!
The next day, we had our breakfast in Bambu Restaurant. It opened for breakfast and dinner serving international and Pan Asian cuisine. The other restaurant was Ju Ma Na which was a fine dining venue specialising in gourmet seafood. There were two bars, Ju Ma Na bar and Pool bar where you can enjoy your cocktail, wine and aperitifs or should you wish to have some healthy and rejuvenating drinks then you can go to Tamarind. As we were only stay for three nights with some friends and family living in Bali, we did not have the chance to enjoy every outlets. Therefore Bambu restaurant was the only restaurant that we have visited. However the experience was far from disappointing.
With friendly staff in professional manner, Bambu restaurant offered a wide selection of breakfast buffet menu from the fresh norimaki to the green salad, selection of sausages, choices of eggs, bread and rolls and cut fruits. I was overwhelmed by the amount of variety displayed that I was not even bothered by the fact there was no fruit juice on offer.
Right outside the restaurant, the main swimming pool laid out. Spreaded in L-shape, decorated with beautiful white small boats floating in one of the corner while series of pool decks in white brighten every eye who looked at them. It was such an unforgettable morning scenery.The kids club called Turtle Club was located at the opposite of Bambu Restaurant adjacent to the main swimming pool, next to the library. My son, especially the eldest one, really loved to play there. However it only offered fun time for children at the age of four to ten where they were allowed to be there by themselves. Children below that age could play on a condition that one of the parent should stay with them. Otherwise babysitting could be another option.
When staying at Banyan Tree, one should not leave without indulging himself on a relaxing spa treatment, the signature activity of the hotel. Therefore I did try one of its Classic Rejuvenation with the choice of Almond Avocado body scrub and Lomi Lomi massage. It was a total remedy for body and soul, I must say.
I was feeling kind of sad when finally leaving the hotel. For the first time my heart was attached and somehow felt connected to a hotel. I was captured by the tranquility of the place and the kindness of the staff. Privacy was surely the number one priority in Banyan Tree Ungasan along with the guest satisfaction level.
This is the place that should be recommended to the world. Thus I recommend it to you.
For reservation or further details you can always go to www.banyantree.com.