Sthala Resort in Ubud, Bali by Marriott

Sthala Resort is a nice luxury resort in Ubud, offering great sunsets, nice pools and comfortable stay. It is unfortunate we got to spend only a night here. Nonetheless, here's a short review and photographs of this luxurious property. Full name is Sthala-A Tribute Portfolio hotel. But we will stick to Sthala for simplicity. The name Sthala means "place"

Located right next to the river, Sthala has some 8 floors of guest rooms, with lobby at Level 5. We got a long welcome dance that lasted more than 5 minutes. If you're interested, watch the video below.


The Sthala Ubud campus:
Located on a hilly terrain-like most resorts in Ubud- Sthala makes a good attempt to optimize the landscape for best views from rooms as well has optimal positioning of public features like the pool and the bar.

On level 3 there's an infinity pool overlooking the valley

On level 7 there's an outdoor bar and viewing deck- perfect for viewing sunset and another nice circular deck

On level 6 there's another small pool with more space to lie down and relax
Restaurant is at ground level, with outdoor seatings right next to the river

The rooms:
My room was in Level 7, with a nice balcony overlooking the swimming pool in Level 3 and the valley. I got nice sunset view from my balcony. The viewing deck on Level 7 was right across. Upon check-in I got escorted to my room with a detailed walk-through of the facilities there (except the ladder!). Rooms at Sthala cost upwards of INR 6000 per night.

A ladder was kept in the balcony- reportedly to dry cloths.
Below is the sunset view I got from my balcony

Rooms were standard like any 5 star hotel- all essential facilities and luxury well packaged. Also I noticed that rooms are only on one side of the walkway. Many properties squeeze in rooms on both sides to maximize capacity. Rooms in Level 8, particularly 801 to 805 might be having the best possible view in my opinion. Rooms at level 6 or below may not have a great view because of other obstacles in the way.

Breakfast
Breakfast had a few Indian items and adequate veg options, so happy on that front. We tried their morning walk activity, which was a nice experience visiting nearby village, home, rice fields etc.
Resort offers free cycles for its guests. Room was nice, spacious and had all facilities expected in its category.
Activities at Sthala Resort, Ubud
1. Free cycling: Bicycles are free to rent at Sthala Ubud. You can borrow one and ride around the town.
2. Ubud morning walk: Need to sign up previous evening- morning walk starts at 7AM, takes you to Ubud village, rice fields etc and back to resort. We are glad we did this activity.

Above: Myself during the morning walk amid paddy fields
Below- Playing with a random puppy during morning walk- both clicks by Ami Bhat

3. Brunch on the river: An opportunity to experience your brunch on a floating raft on the river.
4. Village visit- Right across the river is a village that you can visit at your convenience
5. Swing- we saw a giant swing nearby.
6. Several banquet halls and other public places

Points to note:

  • Please be sure to close your window curtains for full privacy, as most rooms are viewable from the pool area/outdoors.
  • Marriott Bonvoy members get extra benefits- like a scoop of ice-cream for kids!
  • A bit of nudity here and there on the art work.

Also check- Padma Ubud

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