We spent 10 days relaxing in the Ubud region and the Westin was our homebase. While overwhelmingly positive, I still want to offer a few tips as this hotel might not be ideal for all travelers.
+1 That infinity pool
The hotel is not a beach property. However, the pool (there's only one) overlooks a lush terassed jungle. I spent hours alternating between the shade and the pool while reading course material for school. I was in heaven. The exotic birds flying over the pool, the fragrance from the colourful flowers around the Yoga pavillion, it all added to the experience.
+2 The size of our room
Because of our status (Titanium Elite), we must have received a double upgrade as our room was HUGE. See the pictures in the gallery. Everything was perfect in our room: the bed was comfy, the washroom was well-appointed and the two living rooms and the covered balcony allowed us to have alone time.
+3 The staff
The hotel was on the quieter side during our stay. And the staff went out of their way to make us feel like royalty. I especially loved the blessing every guest receives upon check-in. It really added to the experience.
-1 The location
Don't come to the Westin Ubud thinking it is secluded and quiet. The hotel's pool is built on a cliff overlooking a jungle, but most of the rooms overlook a very busy main street. After our first sleepless night (there are so many noisy motorbikes in Bali), we asked to change rooms. Odd-number rooms on the 8 floor might be less desirable due to roadnoise.
-2 The pool and the gym
The hotel was very quiet during our stay, but even at ultra-low occupancy, there were moments where things felt cramped. The pool is big, but if more than 20 guests are at it, there are few available loungers. The gym is tiny, with only two treadmills. To be clear, we have zero complains about our stay, and if the hotel had been at 40 or 50% occupancy or more, we would have felt a bit less "under the charm".
The Westin Resort Ubud Bali was exactly what I was looking for: a relaxing spot, overlooking rice fields and a lush tropical jungle. If you want to move inland to explore rice fields, lesser-known temples and smaller towns, this hotel can be the right exploration base for you.