Hide in the heart of Ubud and find your inner peace...
It has only been three months since Alaya Resort Jembawan offi cially opened in the heart of Ubud, yet this new addition to the Alaya Hotels & Resorts has already touched the hearts of health enthusiasts. Located on Jalan Jembawan, Alaya Resort Jembawan offers a different kind of stay compared to its sister’s properties, Alaya Resort Ubud and Alaya Resort Kuta, as this resort gives extra attention to their guests’ health. Alaya Resort Jembawan is more than just a place to stay. It is a healing sanctuary that places wellness as a top priority.
It was 2 p.m. when the hotel’s shuttle service dropped me off at the alfresco lobby. “Welcome to Alaya Resort Jembawan,” one of the hotel staff greeted me as I stepped out of the car. He helped me with my baggage, and led me to the reception area where I sat on one of their comfortable sofas. He returned with a fresh towel and a welcome drink, and assisted me with my check in. It was only a couple of minutes later that he escorted me to my room.
Alaya Resort Jembawan has three types of room – Deluxe Room, Alaya Room and Alaya Suite. I stayed at the Alaya Room on the third floor which, just like the Deluxe Room, is a full 50 square-meters big. The Deluxe Room and Alaya Room are similar, except the Alaya Room has a bathtub. As soon as I stepped into my room, I noticed an artwork depicting palm trees is displayed on the wall above the bed, which reminds me of the room at Alaya Resort Ubud. But the most breath-taking part of the room is the balcony. As I opened the floor-to-wall glass doors that connected the room to the balcony, I could see the view of the hotel’s infinity swimming pool that lies on the ground floor.
Even from my balcony, the swimming pool looked inviting, so I didn’t waste more time. After changing into my bikini, I went to the ground floor and found that this resort has two swimming pools, both overlooking the valley across from the resort. Although the location of the resort is not far from the center of Ubud, Alaya Resort Jembawan is quite hidden from the crowd. I could hear almost nothing but the sound of birds chirping while I was lounging by the pool.
Alaya Resort Jembawan is boutique in size – this resort only has 37 rooms in total – which makes it the perfect place for everyone who wants to escape from the crowd for a while. Not only does the staff pay detailed attention to your general needs, their attention to guest health adds one more point to Alaya Resort Jembawan. This resort is designed to be a healing retreat, and that is shown on their healthy menu, be it at their in-room dining or their restaurant, the Herb Library.
Located at the front of the resort with the view of the resort’s yoga pavilion, the Herb Library offers an all plant-based menu or, to quote their writing on a blackboard near the entrance, “vegan food with omnivore choices”. Meaning, the restaurant is focused on vegetarian menu, yet they still have options for those who are up for some meat like chicken, beef and seafood.
The Herb Library also gives a new meaning to vegan food as their dishes are flavorful – my favorite is The Cheese Sambal, three grilled tempe (Indonesian traditional food made of fermented soybeans) sandwiches with oozing parmesan and cheddar cheese, shredded cauliflower, lemon basil, fresh herbs, spring onions and tomato sambal. It has a bold flavor that made me forget that it is, in fact, a vegetarian dish! Another favorite is the Laksa Lemak, a vegetable curry with coconut and oriental herbs with a rich flavor. It is also served with noodles, poached lemongrass chicken and curry prawn. All the foods at the Herb Library are designed by Diana von Cranach, the island’s food personality, who also ensures that no dish is being fried.
As a healing retreat, Alaya Resort Jembawan offers three retreat packages for guests to choose from; Wellness, Stress Relief and Slimming Package, each with options from two-to 21-night stay. These packages allow guests to consult about their health with Doc Suresh (the in-house wellness practitioner) and Diana. Together with the resort team, the duo will personally design a wellness itinerary for the guests – Doc Suresh will determine the yoga, pranayama and meditation classes, while Diana will design the healthy food for daily breakfast, lunch and dinner.
These retreat packages are inclusive of other privileges, such as daily afternoon tea, return airport transfers, daily resort activities, and a choice of Ayurvedic and spa treatments, and more. All of the foods and activities are personally customized to suit the guests’ needs. And with the serenity that the area offers, I’m sure everyone who takes the retreat package at Alaya Resort Jembawan will feel anew when they leave the resort, like I did on the day I went home.
Alaya Resort Jembawan
Jalan Jembawan, Ubud
By Risty Nurraisa