Gayatri – an art hotel that exists for the sake of beauty and represents a heritage experience in the heart of Ubud, Bali's capital of culture, while retaining the purist's attitude to sustainable, ethical, and cruelty-free business practices.
Room 01 – Ekalaya
This popular ground floor detached unit has air-conditioning, a minibar (refrigerator), safety deposit box, and a private porch with a sofa set and a great view directly facing the swimming pool and the rice fields beyond. En suite bathroom is brand new – the renovation was completed in February 2018. Free wi-fi is available in all rooms and the breakfast can be served directly to the porch if you wish, or to the eating area by the swimming pool.
Room 02 – Laksmana
This room is great value for money at Rp 725,000 per night and is often chosen by travellers who stay in Ubud for longer than just a few days. It has air-conditioning, a safety deposit box, and a private porch decked with a table and two chairs facing the lotus pond. Its close proximity to the reception makes it ideal for people who have a lot of questions and feel more secure in the knowledge that their is always help at hand.
Room 03 – Aum
This room has a view of the lotus pond and garden in the inner courtyard. It has air-conditioning, a safety deposit box, and a private terrace with a table and two chairs. Its close proximity to the reception makes it ideal for people who have a lot of questions and feel more secure in the knowledge that their is always help at hand.
Room 04 – Graeme
This room was renovated in 2014. The bathroom comes with a hand-painted ceramic tile mosaic, which covers the west wall and most of the floor. Hundreds of small tiles were painstakingly put together to complete the different geometric patterns and they provide a pleasing contrast to the understated cream and dark mahogany interior. The room is on the ground floor, has its own porch and sitting area, and is fitted with a 43 inch flat screen television with Indonesia's most comprehensive channel package, which includes 183 different international and national channels.
Room 05 – Draupadi
This room was renovated in 2014. The interiors are inspired by the figure of Draupadi from the Hindu epic, the Mahabharata. She is the princess of Panchala, so the room is rich in flowing purple fabrics with gold brocades, decorative woodcarvings, and a cream marble floor. In Hindu mythology, her husband Yudhistira loses her in a bet to his arch-enemies, the Kauravas, who then bring her to their palace and attempt to disrobe her. When they pull at her sari, Draupadi turns her eyes to the heavens and prays to the Lord Krishna, asking him to save her from the ordeal. Lord Krishna hears her prayer, and as the Kauravas tug at the sari cloth, and pull it from her body, to their amazement more of it appears. The more they pull, the more cloth appears. The curtains in the room, from the red window curtain with a brilliant red brocade to the peach divider before the bathroom, provide a similar sense of overflowing fabrics. The stonecarving feature outside the window depicts the miracle of Krishna.
Room 06 – Venky
The renovation for this room was completed in 2015. The floor is antique grey marble, and the room has a unique wood and looking glass panelling spanning two walls. The energy of the room provides a more "masculine" counterpart to Room 7 – Nata on the same floor on the other side: the lines are strong and perpendicular, the lampshades are square and minimalist, and the custom designed bedcover and pillowcovers are a combination of matt grey with pinstripes and silver. The washbasin is black marble from a local stone art dealer and the tap a minimalist Italian design. The bathroom combines the wood panelling and grey natural stone from the interiors before leading to a contrasting cream marble shower room complete with a rain shower, glass door, and toiletries.
The name of Room 6 is Venky. He is the character who inspired the design, and it was built in his image. He is a half Madurese and half Irish full-of-life, always on-the-go, New York-dwelling, ultra-connected freelance writer. He is a faux intellectual and likes to dabble in "serious" topics such as feminism and the environment but he actually earns most of his commissions from light travel pieces and has been known to mix drinks when times have been tight. He is in Ubud because he loves the art and the bohemian vibe, but don't expect him to stick around for long; the tagline of the room – "Can I call you back?" – embodies this transience.
Room 09 – Dirk
This beautiful newly renovated room has a cream-coloured marble floor, bluewashed walls to mimic the sky, bird portraits, and cloud motifs running through the fabrics as a tribute to the Dutch ornithologist who was the inspiration behind the room.
The bedframe rests against a trademark Gayatri large mirror and decoration combination, in this case carving in dark wood, and the bathroom has a rustic cave feel with two different kinds of natural stone on the walls and a huge mirror as a relief feature.
The room has air-conditioning, a ceiling fan, a safety deposit box, and a private second floor balcony with a table and two chairs, from which one can enjoy the cool breeze and views of the raveen down to the small river nearby.
Room 10 – Luv & Kush
Room 10 is called Luv & Kush. They are the twin sons of Rama and Sita. The room is a Double Double Room, meaning there are two identical queen-size beds in the room, hence the twin name. The bathroom uses grey marble and green granite to create the kind of natural hues reminiscent of the caves they might have played in when they were growing up in the jungle. The chrome fittings in the bathroom give a masculine edge to the room, which is befitting of the boy twins and their love of wrestling, playing, and archery.
Room 18 – Ayu
This room is the quietest of all of our rooms. It also has the most privacy. It is in a building with a shared, fully equipped kitchen and large dining table so it is ideal for people who are looking for long-term rental in Ubud, such as, but not limited to, people doing a yoga course.
Room 17 – Garuda
It is a sensational room combining the finest elements of Balinese style architecture, namely intricate stone carvings and beautifully finished hand-carved and painted traditional wooden doors and windows, with 270 degree panoramic views of the centre of Ubud (river valley to the west into which the sun sets, the pool and permaculture garden to the south, and the city centre to the east), a large private balcony with a dinner setting for two and private sunbathing facilities. The shower is open air and the rest of the bathroom feels like it because of the glass roof. Perfect for couples, honeymooners, or anyone who wants privacy and the best views in the centre of Ubud.
Gayatri is a small, locally owned boutique hotel located in the centre of Ubud, Bali.
We have eighteen rooms, ranging from old style double rooms through recently renovated, custom designed double rooms to our family-sized Double Double Rooms. The rooms range from Rp 725,000 (US$ 50) to Rp 1,450,000 (US$ 100) per night.
We also have a beautiful round-edged palimanan stone swimming pool, the finest in the whole of the Ubud centre, which acts as the focus point of the property from the guests' point of view, and is where people lounge, convene, and enjoy foods and drinks overlooking the plantations beyond.
The property is decorated with ornate Balinese stonecarvings throughout, room doorways have exquisite woodcarvings complete with handpainted gold details, and we have ample gardens of frangipanis, hibiscuses, and coconut trees.
When it comes to sustainable and ethical business practices, we are absolute purists. We recycle all of our organic waste through our on-site composts and use the resultant soil as fertiliser in our permaculture and flower gardens. None of the staff, even the most junior, fresh-faced, just-graduated new employee is on minimum wage; everyone is on a decent living wage and that is just their basic salary, on top of which they receive a service fee (five percent of our gross income divided equally amongst all the staff), petrol money, food money, and money for religious holidays. We also believe that no innocent being should be harmed, exploited or killed gratuitously and as a result as of October 2018 we have turned into a one hundred percent vegan business: you can call it cruelty-free, whole food plant-based, pure vegetarian or whatever you like but the point is that if it contains animal, we will not use it or subsidise its production. We like clean living and want to offer you a truly nourishing experience, physically and spiritually in this little oasis we have created in the heart of Ubud.