A visit to the Lokha Ubud hotel on the outskirts of Ubud was just what we needed after a busy few days exploring Jimbaran, Seminyak and Uluwatu, the hotel almost forces you to slow down and relax. Located just a 20 min walk from the craziness of Ubud the hotel is surrounded by jungle and reached only by a winding road by car. It’s a perfect place to simply recharge your batteries or a lovely home to return to after a busy day of exploring. Here’s what we thought of it.
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The Location of the Lokha Ubud
It’s over an hour in a taxi to Ubud from Ngurah Rai International Airport and will cost you around £12. Traffic can be horrific around the airport and as you get closer to Ubud so make sure you give yourself plenty of time. We hired a car and arrived at night so we missed most of the beautiful scenery on our way in. The hotel is just outside the Ubud, up a fairly unforgiving road through paddy fields and a small town. It takes the same time to walk to the hotel from Ubud as to drive due to the short cut by the main entrance. If you have a scooter you can use this path in about ten mins.
The hotel looks out into the jungle and has a beautiful river running through the bottom.
The Rooms and Hotel decor
We stayed in a one bed pool villa and couldn’t have been happier with it. The huge four poster bed was covered with mosquito nets (a must during rainy season in the jungle!). It looked out onto our private patio with shaded areas and a plunge pool which was freezing but didn’t stop us having a dip!
There is a large bathroom with a shower overlooking the patio and plenty of storage space to unpack. On arrival they gave us fresh fruit and plenty of tea and coffee. Ants were a bit of a problem so I guess they could have deep cleaned a bit more, nothing to put us off though!
The villa and hotel is decorated in a traditional style and although perhaps a little tired still very beautiful. Everywhere you turn there are beautiful features from the main lobby to the steps down to the restaurant.
The Friendly People
Everyone we met was keen to help and happy to chat. Even though we arrived late they were quick and efficient checking us in. Offering room service as the restaurant was closed and a drink in the lobby bar. The restaurant staff went out of the way to help my daughter choose her food. And the spa staff were professional and highly skilled.
We took part in the village walk on the morning of our final day. The guy leading us was extremely informative and happy to answer any questions we had which totally made it worth the early morning start.
Special Features for Kids
The hotel doesn’t specifically market itself to families but there is still plenty to entertain the kids. The main infinity pool is a perfect place to cool down and our daughter spent a few happy hours perfecting her technique. Although again it was freezing, she didn’t seem to mind too much.
When you arrive the Lokha gives you a schedule of daily activities planned for the week. Most of which are free to attend and range from colouring to a basic Indonesian lesson. My daughter and I also had a trip to the spa for massages. We were able to get in a room together, always a bonus. It was brilliant, the therapists were friendly and our massages were great value.
Included in the price of the room is daily afternoon tea, held in the hotel bar which Piper loved. There were nuts and a small selection of cakes which made for a great mid afternoon snack.
The hotel is so peaceful I did worry at time that my daughter was being too noisy. But it didn’t seem to be a problem for anyone else.
The Food at the Lokha Ubud Hotel
There’s only one restaurant in the hotel which is open for a big buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Breakfast was good, they had a lovely egg station where you could get a fresh omelet. Also a nice selection of local specialties.
As part of our package dinner in the restaurant was included for one night of our stay which was lovely. We had a buffet style BBQ feast where we chose our meat or seafood and marinade and it would be cooked fresh at the meat station. Delicious!
On our first night we just fancied a snack so ordered satays from room service. Again they were very nice and reasonably priced.
We spent an evening in the bar and the staff were happy to create some cocktails for us as requested by Mr AWTYK. Although they didn’t have all the ingredients they did a great job suggesting substitutions
The Infinity Pool
The pool is always where we spend a huge part of our time in any hotel. So it’s always a huge part of our hotel choosing process. It’s always exciting to see it in the flesh so to speak. The Pool at the Lokha is simply gorgeous! Looking out to the jungle with just a few sunlounger it was deserted for most of our stay. Mr AWTYK and Piper spent hours sitting at the infinity ledge spotting what wildlife they could find in the trees. It’s truly breathtaking but oh my gosh was it cold!
We also had a small plunge pool at our villa which again was verging on icy. We still had lots of fun jumping in and out and cooling off after days of sightseeing.
Value for money
I thought it was great value, around £100 per night for the villa, breakfast and dinner on one night. We booked directly with the hotel which seemed to be the best rates available.
Wifi at the Lokha Ubud
Included in the price and fast enough for me to get my instagrams posted and blogs uploaded. Most importantly for Piper to catch up with her favourite youtuber!
Have you stayed at the Lokha Ubud or anywhere else in Ubud with kids? We would love to hear what you thought. Just leave me a comment below. For more information on travelling to Ubud with kids try this Ubud travel guide, a fantastic book all about Bali, packed full of hints and tips to help you get the most out of your trip.