Review: Believe in the magic at Maya Ubud Resort and Spa

Review: Believe in the magic at Maya Ubud Resort and Spa
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    Nestled in the laidback town of Ubud, the Maya Ubud Resort & Spa is the perfect place to enjoy some rest and relaxation while travelling in Indonesia, and now, thanks to a range of renovations, the time for a visit has never been better!

    The Maya Ubud has just completed an extensive range of renovations on site, including the complete transformation of its River Cafe, which now features a number of Italian-inspired favourites.

    The refurbed Ceremonial Plaza is also set to shake up the wedding game in Ubud thanks to its stunning views over the forest, while the new kids club and permaculture farm help make this hotel fun and fitting for the whole family.

    The Ceremonial Plaza, all set for a wedding. (Supplied)

    Whether exploring the magical island as a family, a couple, or a group of friends, or even if a wedding or meeting needs to be catered for, this spectacularly designed hotel and its impressive 18 hectares of grounds have everything covered.

    Look & Feel

    The resort is situated at the edge of Ubud, the charming and throbbing cultural heart of Bali, by a stunning and dramatic tropical river gorge, ensuring that every part of the hotel has a vista worth lingering for.

    Relaxation… Imminent! (Supplied)

    It is easy to see the hand of famed architect Budiman Hendropurnomo, as part of the Denton Corker Marshall group, in the effortless contours of the infinity pools, the yoga pavilion in the tree canopy, and the flower-strewn spa rooms complete with baths that reach out into the riverscape.

    A breathtaking Ceremonial Plaza, the comfortable Mayasari restaurant and outdoor seating area with Amphitheatre, as well as the sweeping Tree Bar Terrace, also mean that larger events can be effortlessly facilitated, and dream weddings with a view that no one will ever forget can go off without a hitch.


    There are 48 suites in the main building that surround the restaurant and outdoor courtyard and 60 villas that either have a private pool or jacuzzi.

    Lush outdoor jacuzzi. (Supplied)

    All the rooms have been meticulously redesigned and refurbished over the last couple of years and include charming elements such as repurposed railway sleepers upcycled into tables, and fishermen’s baskets turned into lampshades.


    A plethora of activities and walking trails can keep visitors as active as they want to be.

    There is complementary yoga and rice paddy walks, tennis courts, forest trails mapped out, as well as cooking and Pilates classes to sign up to.

    There is also the option of secluded romantic dinners under the stars up on the terrace, or chefs who can grill a candlelit multicourse extravaganza in the exclusive seclusion of the private villa.

    Romantic dinner for two. (Supplied)

    Spa & Facilities

    The spa menu is second to none offering a range of treatments such as jet lag recovery or tropical rejuvenation with pevonia.

    Relaxation at its best with the flower bath experience. (Supplied)

    The hotel provides a free shuttle service into the centre of Ubud throughout the day, and staff are unfailing in their efforts to give everyone the holiday they are looking for or back on site, outdoor concerts and performances are held every evening in the hotel’s amphitheatre.

    The Maya also recently opened a new kids club and a dedicated under- 6 pool will keep little ones happy as well, and even better, two children under 13 can stay for free!

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