Excellent value at every price
With a tower Rapunzel would feel at home in, neat modern rooms with rice-field views, comfortable bungalows plus luxury villa-style accommodation, Tegal Sari has something for every budget and it's all great.
This long-running Ubud institution set facing the ever-decreasing verdant paddy delivers regardless of your means. The quirky tower rooms are reserved for walk-in guests only or for those in the know (that’s you) and are an absolute bargain. The smaller room is fan-cooled and along with a comfy bed offers a mini built-in desk and lounge and a tiny ensuite hot-water bathroom. Everything is spotless, and the view from the narrow balcony is terrific—perfect to let your hair down. Do be warned that there’s an external staircase spiralling around the building with lots of stairs. The other tower room (in the same building) is split over two levels: an air-con bedroom in one, and a spacious bathroom in the other, however to enter the bathroom you have to go outside and down the stairs, which is not ideal on a rainy night.
Glass-fronted air-con superior rooms sit comfortably within the flashpacker budget too and again are excellent value. Housed in a double-storey block with wide verandas and balconies for enjoying the views, the rooms are spacious and airy while furnishings are stylish and comfortable. Bathrooms have tubs too.
As you move up the price scale, rooms increase in amenities, space and style. We love the midrange wooden bungalows with mosquito netted four-poster beds and wide furnished balconies, and the older style (but very well maintained) duplex room, with a semi-outdoor Jacuzzi.
A modern four-storey block accommodates the newer luxury villas and suites, some with private swimming pools and mini-kitchens. All rooms excluding the smallest tower room are air-con, and minibars and free WiFi are standards throughout. Moving up the pecking order adds safes, hairdryers, coffee- and tea-making facilities, TVs, plus more furnishings and creature comforts.
Room rates do not include breakfast but there are two on-site restaurants to choose from as well as a plethora of nearby eateries. Tegal Sari has two swimming pools: an older shaded pool edging the rice field bookended by an outdoor gym and an open-air massage pavilion, and a newer rooftop pool in the modern block offering sweeping views and shadowed by a yoga pavilion.
Opportunities for cycling and walking tours and cooking classes are offered at reasonable rates. Along with the top rooms and tranquil ambience, the genuine friendly service makes Tegal Sari an all-round winner. The only downside is that the secret is out: You’ll have to book well in advance to score a room. Tegal Sari has two entrances, the main one of Jalan Hanoman, south of the turnoff to Jalan Monkey Forest, and one on Jalan Monkey Forest itself.
By Sally Arnold
Last updated on 17th November, 2016.