Bamboo bungalows in the paddy
As more and more hotels and villas squeeze into the small streets of central Ubud, it’s refreshing to find somewhere still with a rice-field view. Biyukukung Suites and Spa offers a range of standard double-storey brick bungalows and on the opposite side of the paddy some quirky double-storey bamboo bungalows.
In all bungalows, the bathrooms and outdoor living spaces are downstairs, with bedrooms upstairs. The brick bungalows come in standard, deluxe or suite options.
Bedrooms in all are similar: smallish and furnished in a classic style with comfortable mosquito-netted beds with glass doors opening to a private balcony overlooking the paddy. The bathrooms are much better in the deluxe rooms, however, adding a tub, while the suite adds a Jacuzzi and a bale for outdoor living.
Rooms are clean, and while some are looking a little tired and worn, renovations were underway when we visited in November 2016. The simpler (and newer) bamboo bungalows are our pick—charming and traditionally crafted, even the walls and stairs are made with bamboo. It creaks and wobbles a bit when you walk, and has a great natural smell (we love it) but it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Due to materials, it’s not as soundproof as the brick; great for listening to the sounds of frogs in the rice fields, but perhaps not so for listening to your neighbour's TV.
Here the upstairs bedrooms don’t have a balcony, but are surrounded on three sides by windows, making the rooms very bright—maybe too bright first thing in the morning. The decor is simple and modern, with pale wooden furniture. Beds are comfortable, however they don’t have mosquito nets. Bungalows of all varieties come with mod-cons including air-con, WiFi, a safe, TVs, kettles and a fridge.
Biyukukung has three smallish swimming pools to pick from, all in excellent positions for contemplating the crops. Breakfast is included with a choice of two restaurants. An on-site spa means you don’t have to leave at all, although plenty of restaurants and spas are nearby.
The peace of the natural environment makes Biyukukung Suites and Spa a solid choice and when we visited the rice was tall and green, but be aware, it does get harvested... so may be a brown field when you stay. Walk-in rates were less than the published rates, but these were discounted again on booking sites when we checked.
Other nearby hotels with a similar bucolic outlook include stylish Ubud Lestari Bungalow and Ubud Tropical Garden.
Address: 89 Jalan Sugriwa, Ubud
T: (0361) 972 562; (0361) 972 562;
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º15'49.34" E, 8º31'0.28" S
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Room rates: 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
Bamboo, limited view, also 800,000 rupiah.
|800,000 rupiah||800,000 rupiah|
|Deluxe double room|
Bamboo, rice view, also 900,000 rupiah.
|900,000 rupiah||900,000 rupiah|
|Suite||1,000,000 rupiah||1,000,000 rupiah|
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