Bali can get quite unnerving to say the least with its ever-growing popularity as a holiday destination. Being a sought after destination, the city can get quite crowded and after weeks of partying, there comes a time to wind down and just relax without the hustle-bustle.
Ubud in Bali has the reputation of being the quaint and relaxed neighborhood which appealed to the older part of me (age is catching up!). Even though I have been to Ubud before, we were quite excited to stay at Dwaraka The Royal Villas.
All we read about the place before arriving was – Dwaraka The Royal Villas Ubud is inspired by the legendary Hindu Kingdom of Dwaraka that was built by Lord Krishna. There’s so much more to this unique boutique hotel though.
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First Look At Dwaraka The Royal Villas
As we turned from the main street to the narrow walk/driveway laden with beautiful plants around I knew that we were in for a treat. A huge Ganesha (Hindu God of Prosperity) statue at the entrance of the hotel welcomes everyone with folded hands. The architecture of the lobby where we were greeted with fresh towels and healthy welcome drinks was a respite from the torrid rain outside.
The beautiful design of the lobby reminded us of old Hindu temples of India that has been quite intricately inculcated onto the property along with Balinese designs. The Dwaraka Royal Villas is the brain-child of one of the members of royal family in Bali who launched the property in September 2015.
Accommodation Types at the Villas
Dwaraka The Royal Villas offers three distinct types of villas and a total of 9 units (yes nine) only:
One-bedroom pool villa (4 nos)
Two-bedroom pool villa (4 nos)
Four-bedroom pool villa (1 nos)
Along with these there is also the Royal Balinese House that is occupied by the owner when he comes visiting.
We were accommodated in one of the one-bedroom pool villas that is closer to the lobby, restaurant, etc. The villa we stayed in is named Vidharabha and boy is it amazing. The moment I stepped inside the traditional Balinese gate (yes there is a proper gated structure to the villa), I was spellbound by the harmony of the place.
The rich colors that imbibes with the surroundings along with the décor and design is elegant while not being over the top. The private pool with the gazebo that overlooks the rice fields is spectacular while being quaint and tranquil.
As you can see from the pictures, this private pool was surely my favorite part of the villa.
In the Vidharabha villa, we found marble floors, brand new appliances, Balinese designs, artwork and bay windows that added beautiful natural light while maintaining privacy
The Vidharabha villa consists of a king-size poster bed with luxury linens, smart television, WiFi, minibar, tea/coffee making facilities, etc. The management makes sure that their guests have the best stay in their property.
The bathroom deserves a special mention as it must be one of the biggest ones we’ve ever been into. The bathroom area is separate from the living quarters as per Hindu traditions and is a massive one with separate shower area, sink area, a stand-alone tub, an outdoor shower and an outdoor toilet. With herbal and soothing toiletries in the bathroom it was hard not to shower more than once every day 😊.
Amenities at Dwaraka
Dwaraka The Royal Villas does not like to keep things simple and this reflects in their top-notch choice of amenities to treat their guests as royalty. They can even arrange tours on request like the epic Mt Batur trek.
- Three course breakfast every day
- Daily turndown service (twice)
- Room service
- Mobile phone
- Daily newspaper
- Minibar (soft drinks are restocked daily)
- Slippers & Robes
- Locally sourced toiletries
- Housekeeping service
- Air conditioning
- Concierge desk
Dwaraka Royal Villas has one restaurant within the property that is beautifully named Yashoda Kitchen. Yashoda was the name of Lord Krishna’s mother. Being the only restaurant and bar on the property, they kitchen staff takes great pride in dishing out food that is appetizing and delectable.
The breakfast here is an affair in itself, with a wide choice of eatables to choose from the menu; that will be prepared from scratch is assurance enough that the food will taste divine.
The eggs Benedict and eggs Florentine were just lip-smacking good and deserves a special mention.
Rejuvenating Spa Services
The spa in Dwaraka Royal Villas adores the name Radha Spa after Lord Krishna’s lover. The spa is located right next to the public pool and is nestled between the trees and greenery around. We were invited by the management to experience a complimentary Balinese massage and it was splendid.
The soothing music along with the tranquil vibe and design of the spa is enough to make anybody feel relaxed in no time. With ever-smiling staff at the spa it was difficult to get out of the massage table in the end.
Balinese hospitality is wide-known for its impeccable service and attention to details but the staff at Dwaraka Royal Villas takes it to a whole different level. They are always dressed to the tee with a smile on their beautiful faces, ready to tackle any request or demand that comes their way.
Although the center of Ubud is barely 10 minutes’ walk away from the property, they provide their guests with a shuttle service. The mobile phone that is handed to the guests at check-in comes in quite handy to arrange for a pick up from the designated spot until 10 pm every night.
The property also has bicycles outside the lobby for guests to use at no extra charge (first come first serve). As the weather can be quite erratic in this part of the world, umbrella stands can be found strategically placed all around the property.
Activities at Dwaraka The Royal Villas
With a drive to make guests aware of traditional Balinese culture, Dwaraka Royal Villas does arrange for quite a few activities:
- Balinese cooking classes
- Tour of Ubud rice fields
- Yoga classes
- Afternoon Tea
- Balinese Offering Lessons
- Balinese Dancing Lessons
- Petulu Tour
- Traditional Kite Making Lessons
A few of the activities are available for guests free of charge while a few of them are chargeable depending on various conditions. Please check with the reception desk for more information.
It can be safely said that we had a gala time in Dwaraka Royal Villas and the people working here made sure that we were well taken care off.
It was quite difficult to say bid adieu to this spectacular property that epitomizes royal luxury living.
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Disclosure : We were guests of Dwaraka The Royal Villas and our fanciful stay was just as exciting and unbiased as this review.