Bali, Indonesia

The Purist Villas & Spa

Rates from (ex tax)$165.45

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD200.19), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Remixed treasures, modern pleasures


Verdant village edge

Arching stalks of bamboo, lush tropical canopies and traditional thatched roofs shade the Purist Villas & Spa hotel, a collection of seventeen contemporary suites and villas filled with Indonesian artifacts and treasures. The earth-toned homes effortlessly interweave indoor and outdoor living, so you can simultaneously admire the leafy jungle outside and the hand-carved wood detailing of your living area.

Smith Extra

Get this when you book through us:

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


Photos The Purist Villas & Spa facilities

Need to know


Sixteen rooms, including suites and villas.


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


Double rooms from $165.45, excluding tax at 21 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD200.19), via, using today’s exchange rate.

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.


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

Hotel closed

No check-ins or check-outs are allowed on 17 April 2018, when Bali observes Nyepi Day (Day of Silence), although stays are still possible. Bali’s airport also closes for the day.

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.


The Pool Suite, One and Two Bedroom Villa with Pool and 2 Bedroom Residence 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.


There are a compulsory 4-course dinners on Christmas Eve (IDR650,000 a person) and New Year's Eve (IDR750,000).


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


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 and Drink

Photos The Purist Villas & Spa food and drink

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.

Dress Code

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

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.


Photos The Purist Villas & Spa location
The Purist Villas & Spa
Jalan Tirta Tawar, Banjar Kutuh Kaja, Ubud


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.


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

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. Held throughout the year, the Purist’s professionally guided detox programs allow stressed guests to unwind inside and out.

Local restaurants

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). Well worth the effort of a morning walk through the surrounding rice paddies to Sari Organic, a holistic eatery on stilts above the terraced fields (+62 (0)361 972087). 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).

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). At Clear Cafe (+62 (0)361 889 437) on Jalan Hanoman No. 8, organic, vegetarian and raw food is the focus.

Local bars

Serving coffee by day and cocktails come the evening, Bar Luna is the casual counterpart of Ubud eating establishment Casa Luna. Whether you're an artist yourself, or just an admirer of the arts, drop by their Lit Club (held every week) to watch a varierty of talented writers, artists and musicians from near and far, present their latest work in interactive debates, readings and performances.


Photos The Purist Villas & Spa reviews
Rowena Fitzgerald

Anonymous review

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.

We loved

The quiet and serene surroundings, private pool, constant massages and breakfast in our room. Oh, and the hotel shuttle bus, which was on hand for getting into Ubud and for day trips. Go to Anomali in Ubud for a great cup of coffee.

Don’t expect

Noise - except from the crickets.


Stayed on 12 Dec 2016

We loved

We stayed in Garden Suite 4 and the forest was almost within touching distance. The staff were wonderful and did everything to make our stay even more special. If you can manage to get up early book a yoga session and then float through the rest of the day. We also had a lovely evening at Mosaic restaurant – but book in advance.

Don’t expect

Nightlife. There is a shuttle bus and the hotel will arrange cars to drop and pick up if you want to go into Ubud in the evening.


Stayed on 25 Sep 2016

We loved

The colour and beauty of the place. Absolutely everything has been considered to ensure our comfort and the service was exemplary. Our balcony was perfect for evening drinks and the breakfast, lunch and dinner options at the restaurant were healthy and delicious. It really was a gorgeous haven and only a shuttle ride away from the wonders of Ubud. The Bridge Restaurant and bar - breathtaking evening setting.

Don’t expect

The pools to be heated. We loved the refreshingly cool morning swims to wake us up though.


Stayed on 30 Jul 2016

We loved

Second time in 4-years and it's only got better. Clean, spacious, beautiful, friendly staff, great food and convenient for Ubud. Stayed in the Joglo 2 bedroom residence, so much space indoors and out including the large private pool for our party of 6 (2 adults 4 kids). Ideal for walks through the stunning Balinese countryside, rice fields and sacred temples around Ubud.

Don’t expect

Night noise, except for the wild jungle sounds which are mesmerizing!


Stayed on 14 Jul 2016

We loved

Everything. I really don't have any complaints to make about the Purist. We stayed in a bamboo villa so had our own little house, pool area and sun terrace. The room was beautiful!! It had everything that you need and is very private. I stay in a lot of hotels for work and one thing that really stood out to me at the Purist was the quality of the staff. They were not intrusive in any way - they go in and clean your room while you are at breakfast so you barely see them at all. All of the restaurant staff were also very friendly and took good care of us whenever we ate at the hotel. I would highly recommend this location to anyone visiting Ubud. If i am ever back in Bali again i would be happy to go back and stay in the same room. We went to a fantastic restaurant called Locavore in Ubud - if you are a foodie this is a must. However, i believe you have to book quite far in advance...we were lucky and got a cancellation on the day. I also recommend the monkey forest and the elephant safari. 10/10

Don’t expect

To be in the thick of things in Ubud. If you want to be within walking distance of everything then this is not the place for you. We really enjoyed being out of town a bit and actually the shuttle service that the hotel runs means it's very easy to get into Ubud if you need to.


Stayed on 12 Jul 2016

We loved

Everything about this place! Our villa was incredible, the staff were all friendly, attentive, helpful but not intrusive in any way. The spa was amazing, and their treatments were fantastic. The pools were lovely and quiet, and our villa had it's only private pool too. Couldn't have asked for more! The staff at the hotel offered us great recommendations for where to eat out - but make sure you have at least one lunch or dinner at the Purist itself as the food is fantastic.

Don’t expect

To want to leave - we wish we had stayed here longer.


Stayed on 28 Mar 2016

We loved

The huge outdoor living room, terrace and pool. Recommend Dinner at Locavore

Don’t expect

Nightlife and lots of action


Stayed on 24 Mar 2016

We loved

everything - service / grounds / decor. Our stay at the Purist was perfect. We can't wait to return

Don’t expect

a lively atmosphere - this place is perfect for a secluded getaway


Stayed on 9 Oct 2015

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