Taman Rahasia (Bali Secret Garden), Ubud Indonesia, Bali
Taman Rahasia (or Bali Secret Garden) boutique hotel is situated just outside the city of Ubud, Bali’s culture capital in the southern foothills of Bali’s volcanic mountains. This intimate eight bedroom room hotel offers a real oasis to the hustle and bustle of city centre Ubud. This hotel is perfect for those looking for a quiet and peaceful retreat set amongst tropical surroundings.
Built in an old bamboo and coconut grove Taman Rahasia’s beautiful gardens still retain many of the tropical trees and vegetation once farmed there. The traditional architecture, along with the diverse collection of antique and contemporary Indonesian decorations throughout the hotel, adds an authentic Balinese charm to the place. Each brightly decorated and comfortably furnished room has a private veranda or balcony overlooking the tropical gardens or natural stone paved pool.
With Ubud only a twenty minute walk way guests have the opportunity to explore its vast array of cultural and historical sights and activities. The walk itself passes through picturesque rice fields and surrounding countryside, although cheap taxi services are available for an easier and quicker journey. The rest of Bali’s cultural and natural attractions remain within easy day trip distance as well.
The hotel has its own Spa where guests can relax and be pampered after a busy day of sightseeing. The staff are exceptionally friendly and accommodating, both in the Spa and throughout the rest of the hotel. It must be noted however that the Taman Rahasia only serves breakfast, so for other meals a taxi ride or stroll into town will be necessary.
Superior - This is what we would describe as our standard category. These will be decent 3/4* hotels providing a really good level of service. We would generally expect them to be providing a little something extra, in terms of character, guest experience or facilities too.
Six great and amazingly different hotels - we would happily recommend any of them. We had three excellent guides as well. And we lost track of the number of "Wow" moments. In addition to the obvious, including Paramban, Borobodur and Bromo, we would add our tour of the markets + rickshaw ride in Malang, and having coffee with Mr Rai at the Agung Rai Gallery in Bali. Our guide in Bali, Otok (?) was excellent at explaining local culture, and we left an offering at his family shrine.