Spectacular, gravity-defying hotel with private pool villas perched on the misted terraces of the Ayung River gorge
Within a half-hour’s drive of Bali’s cultural capital, Ubud, you can discover the Hanging Gardens, hidden away at the end of a small lane. As its name suggests, it clings precariously to forested slopes above a deep gorge leading down to the Ayung River.
Its 38 villas, spa and restaurant are perched up and down this extremely steep valley. You needn’t worry about exhausting climbs, its own ingenious funicular links low ground with high. Each villa has its own terrace for secluded sunning, dining and snoozing. All have their own heated infinity plunge pools but the star attraction is the main pool: its curves mimic surrounding rice terraces and its unique design will drop your jaw.
Arrive by day to capture views across to Penataran Dalem Segara temple. Arrive by night to see a glittering ravine with torches marking pathways to the hillside villas. Amidst the sounds of the river and rainforest, you’re in the heart of natural Bali here and in good comfort. A perfect spot for chilling out.
All in all, an inspiring location in the surreal setting.