The staff is incredibly welcoming and friendly. We loved stepping out of the taxi onto locally sourced and designed tile floors, and shaded sitting areas surrounded by lush gardens and koi ponds.
The rooms are spacious and elegantly designed. The balcony overlooks lush jungle surroundings and is big enough to fit a medium-sized coffee table, chairs and small couch comfortably. It's a great place to sip coffee or tea and take in the beautiful surroundings.
Our favorite part of Padma, hands down, was the ginormous infinity pool and swim up pool bar. The tranquil blue water was lukewarm and overlooks a sea of green forests. I'd go as far as saying it was the nicest pool I've ever been in. And the swim-up pool bar with the garden rooftop was the cherry on top. The bartenders had great personalities and they have 2-for-1 Happy hour. You have to try the Mango Mojito. We actually met new Aussie friends at the pool bar and even booked the hotel's private sunset BBQ dinner with them the following night. The food and atmosphere was exquisite. We all sat down at sunset and didn't leave for about 3 hours. Definitely one of the highlights of our stay.
The hotel has a few restaurants on-site, serving up everything from western to asian to italian bites. Our favorite was the restaurant on the fourth floor. The view and food was fantastic. Your stay includes an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet with a ton of selections, great way to start your day.
Another pleasant surprise at Padma is their 2km jungle trail out back. It's quite peaceful and a little steep on the way back, but it felt great to walk after devouring a huge breakfast (see all-you-can-eat above).
We also did a sunrise yoga session. So good. I'd highly recommend it. And we didn't have time to try their spa, but a few other guests told us they had a great experience.
Luxurious, elegant, and not too large or overwhelming, you'll love every second of your stay at Padma Resort Ubud. We had a fabulous time at Padma and I know we will be back again one day... sipping an iced mango mojito at the swim-up pool bar with new friends, watching the Bali sunset gently escape behind the jungle.