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Hotel Highlights

  • Stunning natural location along one of Ubud’s holy rivers shrouded in lush bamboo and palms.
  • Exquisite Indonesian and Mediterranean cuisine prepared with organic, locally produced ingredients.
  • Architecturally innovative and appealing villas, each unique and accessorised with Indonesian artefacts.

Overview

Soaring bamboo stalks and leafy serenity surround The Purist Villas & Spa – a luxury spa resort of seven modern villas (some with pools), which seamlessly blend indoor and outdoor living. Admire the Indonesian cultural treasures that fill these neutral-hued home-from-homes, then explore the verdant jungle surroundings.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking The Purist Villas & Spa with us:

An Anti-Jetlag package for two, including a 30-minute neck and shoulder massage on arrival, healthy mocktail and Balinese offering box.

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

Seven villas, of which two pairs can be adjoined to form larger residences.

Check–out

Noon, but flexible subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $520.00, excluding tax at 21 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast and afternoon tea with Balinese sweets, 24-hour butler service and twice-daily shuttle service to the centre of Ubud.

Also

Plan to spend serious time in the intimate, minimalist spa here.

At the hotel

Spa, yoga pavilion, library, bicycles, gardens, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, minibar, free tea, bottled water, fresh fruit.

Our favourite rooms

The decor in all villas teams Balinese trinkets and soft furnishings with sleek, contemporary furniture and design. We like Timor Villa for its hand-carved rough wood exterior and thick, antique floorboards. Garden Villa comes with the largest private pool. Hill Villa stands out as a quirkily decorated duplex with two bedrooms. For larger groups, the River Villas combine into one large residence, as do the Timor and Garden Villas.

Poolside

The Garden, Hill and Bamboo Villas each have private pools. The remaining villas have direct access to the jungle-fringed main infinity pool.

Packing tips

Anti-mozzie spray is a must in Ubud’s rice-terraced jungle. Take sturdy footwear for trekking through the exquisite terrain.

Also

The ethos here is home from home – so you can dine or enjoy spa treatments at your villa. Butler service is available 24 hours.

Children

Little Smiths are welcome at the Purist and free baby cots are provided.

Eco‐friendly

Building materials at the Purist were sourced locally, and some of the wood is recycled. All food is local and seasonal wherever possible. The Purist has proactive recycling and waste reduction policies.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

An open air Javanese joglo house has been recycled here as the hotel’s dining area, although most guests enjoy dinner at their villa or by the pool. Breakfast brings fresh fruits, pancakes or native nasi goreng (a rice and chicken dish). By night, go Balinese with a salad, grilled fish or curry under the stars.

Hotel Bar

Staff can be called upon at any time to mix drinks in this covered open-air nook, flanked by the infinity pool on one side, jungle on the other.

Last orders

As it’s usual for guests to dine in villa or at the pool bar, dinner is served anytime with room service available around the clock. Place your meal order two to three hours ahead, so that the freshest ingredients can be sourced to order.

Room service

A selection of pan-Asian snacks and Western comfort food is available around the clock, with breakfast served between 7am and 11am.

Smith Insider

Dress code

The high degree of privacy here means no one needs to dress up. Jungle nights can be cold, so pack accordingly.

Top table

For in-villa dining, the jungle-facing outdoor living area of the River Residence is hard to beat. For other guests, the Purist’s bijou bar doubles as an excellent spot to dine in, accompanied by the river and countless crickets.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

The owners worked with some of Ubud’s most talented artisans to create this uniquely artful yet understated ambience. Ask the manager to arrange a bespoke tour to some of their studios nearby. Also worth the effort is a morning walk through the surrounding rice paddies to Sari Organic, a holistic eatery on stilts above the terraced fields. Held throughout the year, the Purist’s professionally guided detox programs allow stressed guests to unwind inside and out.

Local restaurants

Expect French fine dining and an impressive wine list at Mozaic (+62 (0)361 975 768), where you can eat on the terrace or in the tropical garden. The food is as beautifully presented as the open-air, conservatory-style dining room is elegant at modern Japanese restaurant Minami (+62 (0)361 970 013). Across the Tjampuhan River, Indus (+62 (0)361 977 684) serves Indonesian and Western dishes – sometimes with Latin dance evenings or, at Full Moon, accompanied by jazz. At Clear Cafe (+62 (0)361 889 437) on Jalan Hanoman No. 8, organic, vegetarian and raw food is the focus.

Local cafés

Bali Buddha, on Jalan Jembawan, is a thatch-roofed café above a shop, serving home-made, largely vegetarian fare (+62 (0)361 976324). A Full English breakfast and Balinese tapas exemplify the diversity you’ll find at Ubud institution, Nomad, at 35 Jalan Raya Ubud (+62 (0)361 977169).

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The Purist Villas & Spa

Jalan Tirta Tawar, Banjar Kutuh Kaja, Ubud, Bali, indonesia

Planes

Fly into Ngurah Rai International Airport, south of capital Denpasar, served by carriers including Garuda, Singapore Airlines, Jetstar, Air Asia and JAL. If you need one, visas can be bought on arrival, so have cash with you if necessary. The drive to the hotel should take 50 minutes.

Automobiles

There’s valet parking, but a car isn’t essential as Ubud is within walking distance.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Rowena Fitzgerald , Press and PR priestess

Trust Mr Smith and me to arrive in Bali at the same time as a megastar. Indeed Megawati Soekarnoputri, the former Indonesian president, has chosen today, of all days, to kick off her party’s pre-election campaigning on the island, and she’s brought along quite the entourage. As is often the case in Bali, the traffic has come to a grinding halt, and we’re only a hundred metres fro…
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The Purist Villas & Spa

Anonymous review by Rowena Fitzgerald, Press and PR priestess

Trust Mr Smith and me to arrive in Bali at the same time as a megastar. Indeed Megawati Soekarnoputri, the former Indonesian president, has chosen today, of all days, to kick off her party’s pre-election campaigning on the island, and she’s brought along quite the entourage. As is often the case in Bali, the traffic has come to a grinding halt, and we’re only a hundred metres from the airport. The happy-go-lucky nature of the Balinese means no one really seems to mind, but for this seasoned commuter, sitting in traffic is no way to start a holiday. Then I clock the giant posters of Mega’s face beaming down on streets lined with banners and flags – girl power! – and can’t help but smile back and surrender to the chaos. At least we have air-conditioning.

When we finally arrive in Ubud my cheery holiday vibe is restored: the Purist Villas define serenity. Set on lush tropical hills on the outskirts of town, there are just seven private villas, making this one of Bali’s smallest boutique hotels.

As luck would have it, Mr Smith and I are staying in the smallest hotel’s largest villa – an antique house transplanted from the island of Timor. Its carved timber panels have been extended upward to include a mezzanine level that is now the master bedroom, starring a king-size four-poster bed. As our butler Agus shows us around, it becomes apparent that the boudoir is not the only place suitable for a lie-down.

Every area of our Hill Villa has been designed to ensure maximum horizontal enjoyment, whether that’s lazing on a sunlounger on the deck overlooking the main swimming pool, or slothing on the more secluded day-bed by our own pool. Inside, the living room’s sofas offer the perfect vantage point for gazing up at the villa’s alang-alang roof, and the second bedroom, with doors that open to the private pool, has two single beds that scream ‘siesta’. Then, of course, there’s the indoor/outdoor bathroom with a stone tub, perfect for soaking beneath the stars. ‘We’ll be making the most of that,’ says Mr Smith.

With two days of intense relaxation ahead of us we set ourselves the arduous task of choosing a favourite resting place. In the heat of the day, that’s our private pool. As we splash about, Mr Smith declares a cocktail the only thing missing from this idyllic scene. Two mojitos are promptly ordered – it is mid-afternoon after all. Not so promptly, the mojitos arrive. We don’t really mind for we are now in total relaxation mode. While we sip contentedly, Agus asks us if we’re dining in that night, as anything from the kitchen must be ordered well in advance to allow the staff time to prepare.

The ingredients for almost every dish are sourced from the local market, which means produce that’s fantastically fresh, but it also requires anticipating your food mood and appetite up to three hours before you eat. With this in mind, I figure it wise to order another round of mojitos, too, correctly predicting an ongoing thirst.

Mandi Lulur might sound like the name of the latest teen sensation to storm the charts, but it’s actually the flower bath treatment Mr Smith and I have booked at the spa. It’s one of the hotel’s signature pampering pleasures, originally devised in the 17th century for royal Javanese brides-to-be. A double treatment room means our bodies are pummelled and tweaked in unison before being rubbed down with a richly spiced, house-made body scrub to exfoliate the skin. We’re then covered in detoxing yoghurt (mojitos, be gone!) before the session ends with a soak in a deep, warm bath topped with flower petals.

Muscles refreshed and skin silky-smooth, we return to our villa in a delightful daze just in time for dinner. We’ve decided to eat in the comfort of our new home (a wise move given our spa-sedated condition), but there’s also the option of heading to the Living Room, the common dining area. The food is amazing and keeps us alert until dessert has been devoured. We crawl upstairs and crash before our plates are cleared, falling into the deep, otherworldly slumber usually reserved for children and the recently massaged.

While I pick over breakfast in the sun the next morning, Mr Smith jumps straight in the pool. Between his splashes, we decide today is all about adventure and braving Ubud’s famed Monkey Forest. In fact, we are feeling so ready for action we resolve to travel there on motorcycles, exploring local rice paddies and villages along the way.

The thrill-seeking, however, is short lived. Channelling Casey Stoner, I give the throttle a few revs and drive straight into a nearby fence. Agus runs to my rescue, pulling off the bike and helping me from the ground. More amused than alarmed, Mr Smith tries to stifle his laughter, cursing the missed opportunity to capture the whole thing on film.

Cuts and bruises attended to, Agus arranges a driver to take us to the Monkey Forest. We spend the day communing with primates and exploring Ubud’s art and craft markets before returning home to the villa. Wonderfully weary, we slide into the pool, bottles of Bintang in hand, to escape the heat and watch the sun set behind jungle-covered hills.

‘We should come back to Bali next year,’ says Mr Smith. I give him an approving nod: ‘That should be enough time for me to get my motorcycle licence.’
 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in The Purist Villas & Spa's Guestbook below.

 

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the villa decoration, designer furniture, jungle setting, great cuisine, awesome private pool at the Garden Villa and personalized service.

Don’t expect

I would've liked a more frequent shuttle service to Ubud, and increased villa privacy (the private pool area was visible by people passing by).

Rating: 9/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Rooms were very comfortable and well appointed. Service was excellant and discreet. The pool was very relaxed and pleasant. The whole design and use of carved wood and stone was both interesting and pleasing, internally and externally. The provision of cars and drivers was very efficient and the drivers were informative and very helpful in every way.

Don’t expect

Building of the extensions next to Timur Villa was noisy; privacy was inadequtely provided in respect to the shower and bath area. Breakfasts were excellent but hot food came at the same time as cold, which meant either cold hot food or eating out of order (it also seemed that some items were missing each morning though this was rapidly corrected). This is really a very minor criticism of what was in every other respect a very lovely place to stay.

Rating: 7/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The sense of complete privacy. It was bliss having our own courtyard pool and the service was incredible.

Don’t expect

WiFi access was a bit erratic: ok in the courtyard common areas but not always reliable in the villa. An iPod docking station in each villa would be good; they only had two between the seven when we stayed. But, within minutes of asking, a portable stereo with dock materialised that was ours for the stay!

Rating: 10/10 stars