Bisma Eight: The hip new hotel display a opposite side of Ubud

Concrete competence not seem a apparent choice of building element for a hotel amid a sensuous immature hills of Bali, yet that’s partial of Bisma Eight’s captivate – it combines a normal with a unexpected.


Designed by Singapore designer Jasper Chia, a building is unapologetically grey and blocky – we won’t find any thatched villas here, yet there’s still copiousness of Indonesian charm. Art exhibitions and low-key soothing furnishings are a ideal foil to a bony lobby’s tender petrify walls – as is a tabernacle to Hindu elephant-god Ganesh, to that guest are speedy to make an charity of flowers during check-in. Yes, it’s a bit Eat Pray Love, yet a good hold all a same.

Adjoining a run is The Library, a coffee emporium portion glorious prosaic whites surrounded by shelves of books we can steal and swap.

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Meals are served upstairs in Copper Restaurant and Bar, that boasts vast terraces if we imagination dining outside. There are mostly special dining practice with set menus – on my revisit this meant a farm-to-fork theme, with smoothly baked dishes like tuna sashimi and aubergine with tamarind relish.

Every Friday a bar hosts a giveaway cocktail hour for hotel guest – apparently to give them a possibility to lift any gripes with a managers, yet in existence a good possibility to sip a lychee martini and have a few canapés on a patio as we watch a sunset.

Bisma Eight’s many fantastic feature, though, has to be a forever pool, that – interjection to a hilly plcae – comes finish with views over a jungle-clad hollow below. All we need is a uninformed coconut from a poolside bar and you’re vital a pleasant holiday dream.

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Location

The hotel is a 10-minute travel from a heart of Ubud, a bustling traveller city that – for now – is only a right side of commercialised. The hotel also offers a giveaway transfer, yet given a trade this can mostly take longer than walking.

If we wish to collect adult some souvenirs, elephant-print trousers or inexpensive sunnies, a outrageous marketplace should be your pier of call, yet if we have an hatred to tat and you’d rather shun a crowds, it’s easy to do so by bike or on foot.

There’s a brief signposted loop by a rice terraces, that starts down JL Kaleng. Stop off along a approach for a uninformed extract or a break during Sweet Orange Warung, a poetic alfresco cafeteria in a fields. Prefer some-more thespian views? Opt for a somewhat longer Campuhan Ridge Walk.

For dinner, Warung Biah Biah is inexpensive and cheerful, with a relaxed, accessible vibe and shining food – try a lawar sayur (vegetables tossed with coconut and spices) or tempe satay.

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Comfort

The entry-level Garden Suites and Canopy Suites disremember a hotel grounds, while a incomparable Forest Suites come with unconditional views of a jungle-clad hillside. Interiors are traditionally-inspired, yet modern: consider dim timber and rattan-panelled cabinets alongside low-rise sofas and matter lamps. Carved shifting doors apart vital room from bedroom, and bedroom from bathroom. Speaking of a lavatory – a outrageous wooden tub of a bath is an astonishing addition, and one that’s really value perplexing once. we contend once, since it’s so large it takes around 45 mins to fill.

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Essentials

Bisma Eight, 68 JL Bisma, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia (00 62 361 479 2888; bisma-eight.com). Doubles from £160, BB. STA Travel (statravel.co.uk) offers one-stop flights from Gatwick to Bali Denpasar starting during £349.

Wifi: free

Access: 28 wheelchair-accessible rooms

Rooms: ****

Service: ***

Value: ****

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