Bisma 8 doesn’t possess any of the traditional Balinese architecture that you’d usually associate with a hotel within the culturally rich Ubud. The boutique hotel is a contemporary establishment that feels somewhat out of place, however, you’re soon reminded you that you’re somewhere exotic when you walk to your room through their bamboo walkway.
The garden suite bedrooms where we stayed are spacious with separate quarters given for the seating area and bedroom, and you simply have to make time to try out their wooden barrelled Japanese soaking bathtub. It takes at least 40 minutes to fill so make sure you plan ahead. I stayed on the ground floor and personally felt there was a slight invasion of privacy while the door needed to be firmly closed behind me or else it wouldn’t close, so in retrospect I would have preferred to have stayed on the first floor or in their Forest Suites.
The Forest Suites are aptly named as their private veranda opens out to a mass of jungle green and the view that the bed faces out towards makes it a romantic room to stay in. I loved this room and to be able to sit out on the veranda with a coffee in hand in the morning enjoying the natural elements is such a treat. I was surprised to learn that the Forest Suite is actually only available to guests who stay a minimum of four nights and this is because it is intended for honeymooners.
Keep following Bisma 8’s bamboo framed path through the inner garden and it’ll eventually open out to an infinity pool where the stretch of water blends into the lush tropics. The palm trees and sheer drop into the jungle makes for a gorgeous backdrop and I found it to be an inviting place to lounge while enjoying drinks from their poolside bar as I built up the required energy to explore Ubud.
The hotel is located down a lane about a 10-15 minute walk from Ubud’s centre. Bisma 8 offer a shuttle service to its guests at different times of the day with the last shuttle bus finishing around 5pm. It’s a very walkable distance but if you don’t feel like walking or if it’s raining, Bisma 8 offer a taxi service 24/7 to guests for 50.000, which will collect you from anywhere within the Ubud area.
One of the perks that Bisma 8 offers its guests is the complimentary yoga activity, which usually takes place on the open aired decking. The free class gives you that fresh and proactive feeling that you can carry straight through for the rest of the day. Especially when I could follow it up with their amazing breakfast at their award-winning Copper Kitchen & Bar, which is recognised as one of the best restaurants in Ubud.
The restaurant’s large windows, open terrace and view of their verdant courtyard makes for a dreamy setting to have a meal at any time of the day. Their ala carte breakfast is included in your stay at the hotel and the food is so good that I would recommend eating at Copper Kitchen & Bar to anyone travelling to Ubud. The menu contains plenty of tasty, and healthy, options and their expert baristas makes a quality coffee that will rival anything you will get at a café. Plus, their lattes even come with a bamboo cup holder – it’s the little attention to details that you remember and Bisma 8’s attention to detail ensures that you have a relaxing and memorable stay.