Taman Harum Cottages traditional Balinese hospitality

The Taman Harum Cottages are located in Mas, which is one of the eleven villages in the Ubud area.

There are 17 cottages in all, sequestered away in peaceful gardens.  I found the rooms to be comfortable and clean, and the hotel was very traditional, but also very quiet.  There is not a lot to do in Mas except to wander around looking at the many galleries.  Mas is famous for its wood carvers, and there are also some clever glass sculptors in the town as well, and their work is interesting to view.

This is not the place to stay if you are after pubs, nightclubs and heaps of shopping, it is just too laid back, and just a little bit too far from the centre of Ubud.  It is a great place to relax, though.  Because it is a very traditional style hotel it would appeal mostly to people who are interested in soaking up the Balinese culture.  The staff were very obliging,  I booked directly through the hotel, and they included a pick up from Denpasar airport as part of their tariff.  They do not have an extensive menu, but the food is tasty, and they do very good satays and other Indonesian dishes.

I’ve stayed in a number of hotels in Bali, and have stayed in or around Ubud on several occasions.  This is one of my favourite hotels in Bali – but I am a culture vulture and realise that the Taman Harum Cottages will not appeal to everybody.  If you don’t mind authentic accommodation and a bit of peace and quiet chances are that you could like it here too.

My somewhat amateurish video gives you a look at the hotel – but if you foget about the quality of the video and concentrate on the pictures of the hotel, you may glean some information from it.

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