Africa & Asia Travel

Best Hotels in Bali: My Experience in Hanging Gardens of Bali

Even though Bali is mostly known for its cliffs and beaches, it is certainly not restricted to it. Two hours away from Denpasar Int Airport lays the town of Ubud, home to lush rainforest, iconic rice fields and the center of arts & crafts in Bali. Here is also located the World’s Best Swimming Pool according to Trip Advisor and Conde Nast Traveller, the twin-tiered cascading infinity pool of Hanging Gardens Hotel. I had seen many pictures of this hotel, and had my  mind set in visiting this amazing place. The whole idea of such a luxury pool in the middle of the jungle captivated me and there was no way we were going to miss this place during our stay in Bali.

As you may have read in my previous post, my family and I visited Bali this past March and we decided to divide our stay between 3 amazing properties in 3 completely different areas of the island of Bali. Our first stay was in Ayana Resort in Jimbaran ( you could read all about it on my previous post), then we stayed in a private villa in Tabanan (will write about it in my next post), and we ended our Bali adventure in Hanging Gardens of Bali.

The drive from Tabanan to Hanging Gardens turned out to be more than 3 hours because of traffic and road closures since the road there crosses every village and town and its not a highway. The journey there was hectic and exhausting but once you arrive and you are greeting by this…

well, its well worth the wait.

Since the moment you walk in to this place, everything feels unique and magical. I have visited many beautiful infinity pools and hotels, but this hotel offers a very unique experience.

The hotel facilities are quite small and everything is centered around the pool and the jungle. The rooms are all very specious villas with your own infinity pool overlooking the jungle, nothing short from spectacular.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, in the morning the wild monkeys pass through the hotel, swinging from villa to villa and taking stops along the way. About 8 or 10 of them decided to stop by our terrace  in the morning and we were lucky to be able to snap some pictures of these beautiful animals. My little one was over the moon about it and was just totally blown away.

Unfortunately we were not able to enjoy any of the other hotel amenities other than the pool or participate in some of the daily morning walks that the hotel offers ( that are supposed to be amazing!) since our stay was very short. This gives us an excuse to return – not that we need one! We had to prioritize our time, so we spent most of the time hopping from the twin-tiered pool to our pool in our villa and munching away in the hotels restaurant by the pool. Fortunately for us, they had vegan pizza and veggie burger so lunch wasn’t an issue. My little one was the only child in the hotel, since it is very romantic it is mostly couples -especially since at night, they decorate the pool with candles, and its just like a dream, taken out of a magazine- but they were able to accommodate him with a pizza and vegan smoothies.  The vegan options in the dinner menu, unfortunately , did need improvement, but the chef kindly replaced our meal for something else.

Hopefully next time we visit Bali, we will be able to visit this place again and stay a little longer to be able to enjoy it to the fullest.

Claudia Zeeba Life

  • Sylvana Ayala


    Wow never heard about this place. Thank you for sharing and amazing pictures !

    1. Claudia


      Thank you :)

  • Guillermo Salez


    Is this is the same place from your picture in Travel Channel? I saw it on their instagram account and wanted to know what hotel it was in.

    1. Claudia


      Hi Guillermo, the picture that was featured in Travel Channels Instagram is from a private villa in Bali. I will be posting about it this week :)

  • Ashley M. Jhonson


    Hi Claudia, I am in love with your green racerback bikini and can't find anything like it online. Can you please say where its from? Thnx!

    1. Claudia


      Thank you Ahsley I will be posting about it soon :)

  • Bertha


    I see, I suoppse that would have to be the case.

  • Krista


    Bali just look incredible, its very high on my list of places to visit! Absolutely stunning and these hotels look amazing! Ill keep them in mind for when I make a trip there someday!

    1. Claudia


      Thank you Krista! Hope you can visit Bali soon and be prepared to take lots of pictures!

  • Agness


    Stunning pictures! Bali is magnificent!

  • Darlene | PS+W


    Amazing photos! I can definitely see why this is a popular spot in Instagram. Although I did also stay in a luxury resort in Seminyak, I would certainly want to go to back to Bali to experience this!

    1. Claudia


      Yes, we went all the way to Ubud just to visit this property and do not regret it. We loved our stay but regret it was so short. Hope you make it back!

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