Plataran Ubud was my third stop in Bali. My first impression was that of a comfortable, relaxing hotel that you can retreat to and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. A welcoming and warm place that feels easy to stay at. It is much bigger than some of the other places I’ve experienced with 51 rooms plus one residential accommodation and one villa. There are also two pools, a gym, a big reception area with a restaurant opening up to the street (you’ll find afternoon tea here), and another restaurant at the back of the hotel where they serve an amazing and massive breakfast buffet.
Having two pools means they’re never crowded. I went for a swim many many times, always being the only one in there. My favourite times to go for a swim were at dusk or at night when I had the whole pool to myself - so good to relax my busy mind.
I loved getting up around 6am, go to the gym, then jump in the pool for a few laps (or more), head back to my room to shower, then enjoy an amazing breakfast overlooking the other pool and rice fields (and replacing the calories I had just burned twice. ;)
I absolutely loved that Plataran also had a gym! It was the most beautiful gym I’ve been to yet with glass walls all around and beautiful restrooms. How nice is it to look out onto a pool and see some greenery while working out?! This was also one of the only places I stayed at that had a gym at all, which was great. So good to get a proper workout in. Two pools and a gym was exactly what I needed after six days of (what felt like) non-stop eating.
As Plataran is a bigger hotel, there are also a lot more staff. Nevertheless, I got greeted personally, and Fisson, the front of house manager, was always around and ready to help, checking in with me and many other guests to make sure everything was great.
It was interesting to see and experience the different types of accommodation up until that point - bungalows, villas, hostel vibes, hotels.
Plataran didn’t feel as private and intimate as Korurua did for example, but the service and accommodation was still great. Just a very different atmosphere.
As with many other hotels and resorts, Plataran has an evening service. It was such a nice surprise and gesture to find a leaf with handwriting on it on my bedside table, wishing me a good night, along with a couple of cookies. Reception also called in to check how my room was and if everything was ok. Very attentive!
Finally, I have to mention just how comfortable the bed was! Soooo comfy! That’s what it all comes down to in the end really, the actual reason for staying at a hotel is to spend the night somewhere nice and wake up feeling refreshed the next day.
After checking out, Fisson organised transportation to my next stay for me, rather than having to get a shuttle bus from Ubud Palace - such great service! This really completed the positive experience I had at Plataran. All the small details and incredible service are what makes a stay so much better! Service is at least 50% of the experience, it’s so important in my opinion.
Edi, one of Plataran’s drivers, then even offered to stop by a coffee and spice plantation on the way, which was so kind of him. On the way he shared details about his life, family and Balinese culture with me, and we’re still in touch now. I love the personal experience I had at all the places I stayed at in Bali.