Workouts and Evening Cookies at Plataran Ubud
Plataran Ubud was my third stop in Bali. My first impression was that of a comfortable, relaxing hotel that you can retreat to, 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, and another restaurant at the back of the hotel where they serve an amazing and massive breakfast buffet.
Having two pools means neither one is ever 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 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 second pool and rice fields (and replacing the calories I had just burned twice). ;)
I absolutely loved that Plataran 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.
It was interesting to see and experience the different types of accommodation in Bali up until that point - bungalows, villas, hostel vibes, hotels. Plataran didn’t feel as private and intimate as Korurua did for example, yet the service and accommodation was just as spot-on. Just a very different atmosphere. 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.
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 my bedside table, wishing me a good night, along with a couple of cookies. Reception also called to check how the room was and if everything was ok. Very attentive!
Finally, I have to mention just how comfortable the bed was! Soooo comfy! Obviously one of the most important things about a hotel. ;)
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 details and incredible service are what make a stay so much better -service is at least 50% of the experience, it is so important.
Edi, one of Plataran’s drivers, then even offered to stop by a coffee and spice plantation, which was super kind of him. On the way he shared details about his life, family and Balinese culture with me, and we’re still in contact now. By the way, Edi isn’t the only one I’m still in touch with - I love how great so many of the Balinese people are at staying connected!