Jakarta. Balinese eco-resort Bambu Indah has been named among the top eight “Over the Top” hotels by leading booking website Agoda.com this year, chosen for its unique and head-turning features.
The hotel, rated three stars, is located amid lush rice paddies in Ubud, and made the annual list of what Agoda calls “properties that push the boundaries of creative accommodation.”
“The gorgeously landscaped Bambu Indah goes to great lengths to present a collection of curios from around the world in a superb Balinese setting. Much of the food used in the kitchen is grown onsite without pesticides, and the entire resort is operated with locally sourced materials and labor,” Agoda said in a release announcing the top eight.
“Guests rave about the home-cooked food in the restaurant and sunset drinks on the deck overlooking emerald rice fields,” it added.
To qualify as “over the top,” a hotel needs to be “one that turns heads, offers unique takes on standard concepts, and makes people want to post photos to Facebook,” Agoda said.
In Bambu Indah’s case, its notable features included the fact that most of the decorations in the rooms –from Ethiopian furniture to Tibetan rugs – “are from the personal collection of John and Cynthia Hardy, who founded Bambu Indah.”
It also cited the “authentic Javanese experience and being surrounded by endless green rice paddies and jungle.”
Bambu Indah is one of four Southeast Asian properties in Agoda’s list this year – two others are in Thailand and one in Myanmar – with all sharing in common the fact “that there is always something unique and memorable for travelers to discover, no matter where in the world they’re exploring.”
The full list is as follows:
- Bambu Indah Hotel (***), Bali, Indonesia
- Vintage Luxury Yacht Hotel (*****), Yangon, Myanmar
- Keemala (*****), Phuket, Thailand
- Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle (*****), Chiang Rai, Thailand
- Charlotte Street Hotel (*****), London, Britain
- Stars Galleria (*****), Milan, Italy
- Hotel Zephyr (****), San Francisco, USA
- Queen Mary Hotel (***), Los Angeles, USA