“Luxurious boutique hotel with excellent spa and restaurant set in lush tropical gardens outside Ubud - exceptional design and tempting private pools”
Despite the resort’s relatively compact footprint, every suite and villa at The Purist feels wonderfully private. Not only that, no two spaces are alike. Each is imbued with a pleasing mix of contemporary flavour and individual characteristics - perhaps alang alang roofs, stone walls, pebbled flooring or use of traditional carvings to blend old and new.
For all-out indulgence and architectural wonderment, the Two-Bedroom Residences can’t be beaten. We stayed in Limason, an ancient teak structure revived by statuesque glass panels, and were blown away by its beautiful styling and grand proportions. The circular rose quartz-hued granite bathtub was big enough to swim laps in, but there was no need thanks to the stunning infinity pool outside.
In fact, most villas have their own pool. Of these, we felt the spacious yet super-private Jungle Pool Villas and Bamboo Pool Villas were particularly suited to couples, while the Garden Pool Suite offered all-round great value.
Note that Garden Suites and River Villas lack pools, but with 2 shimmering communal pools nearby this is no great hardship. Regardless, all bathrooms are stunning with solid stone freestanding tubs and basins or, in the case of River Villa 1, an enormous open-air rainshower.
Ubud is renowned for its tempting restaurants, and The Purist's Balisimo is no exception. Overlooking the main pool, it serves up fresh and tasty east-meets-west fusion dishes on a daily basis. The chic décor and peaceful setting lend themselves to romantic candlelit dinners, during which dishes might include crusted coconut prawns and baby pork ribs, followed by chai-spiced crème brûlée.
Come morning, we were blown away by the creative and indulgent breakfasts. Refreshing watermelon juice alongside healthy fruit, yoghurt, granola, chia and honey followed by a richly spiced corn cake with roasted tomato, ripe avocado, smoked salmon and lemon dressing. If you’ve got a big appetite, the hearty ‘American Breakfast’ is a must. Expect everything from fresh fruit with yoghurt to a tasty bread selection and cooked eggs with bacon, mushrooms and tomatoes. You can also enjoy daily afternoon teas and make use of a full room service menu.
Beyond the resort, Ubud’s myriad offerings await. The team can make recommendations and book tables - you'll be spoilt for choice.
Children are very welcome; there are no real communal play areas beyond your villa but staff are very friendly.
Babies (0-1 years), Teens (over 12)
The Hill Pool Villas are the best choice for families with 1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom and a private pool; the Two-Bedroom Residences can also sleep 4 although their layouts are better suited to older children.
Babysitters can be arranged.
Smaller kids' portions are available.
The monkey forest nearby is good to explore, as is a stroll through the paddy fields and birdwatching.
The main infinity pool drops over an edge into the jungle all ages should be carefully supervised. The canal 'river' can fill quickly and flow vigorously in the wet months.