Bisma Eight: a review of this boutique hotel in the heart of Ubud, Bali

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Bisma Eight is a boutique hotel located within walkable distance to the center of Ubud, the zen capital of Bali. Despite its proximity to the hustle and bustle of tourists wandering around the center, the sounds of animals and the green landscape around the property will give you a sense of isolation, even though you are in one of Indonesia’s top tourist destinations. Read on for my honest review of the hotel Bisma Eight.

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Location

The hotel Bisma Eight (book here) is located within a 15-minute walk from the center of Ubud, which allows you to explore many attractions the city offers on foot, among them the Ubud Market, the Saraswati Temple.

By staying in this boutique hotel in Ubud, you will also be very close to the many vegetarian and vegan restaurants and cafes around the area.

And if you are not very keen on walking, Bisma Eight also has a shuttle service that departs every hour (from 9 am to 5 pm) to the Puri Lukisan Museum and from there continue walking around Ubud.

Facilities & Services

One of the main highlights of this boutique hotel is the infinity pool overlooking the Ubud forest. By the pool, there are sun loungers and beds to relax and enjoy the day, and you can also order food and drinks from the pool bar.

And if you want to swim until nightfall, don’t worry – the water is heated.

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Bisma also offers guests free yoga classes every morning at 8 am, and other free activities that vary throughout the week, such as cooking classes, Balinese offerings workshop, Balinese dance classes, etc. Just be sure to register for these activities in advance.

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Accommodation

Keeping the main characteristic of all boutique hotels, Bisma Eight has only 38 suites that are divided into 3 categories: Garden Suites (overlooking the patio with bamboo walls and outdoor seating area); Canopy Suites (which are located on the second floor, above the Garden Suites); and Forest Suites (these are the suites closest to the pool, overlooking the Ubud forest and that have a balcony with table and chair to enjoy the soak in the views).

We stayed in the Garden Suite that was very spacious and featured a small living room with TV and sofa separated from the bedroom, and bathroom with Japanese style tub.

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Restaurants

At Bisma Eight, you will also find a restaurant called Copper, a rooftop restaurant where breakfast is also served,  a coffee shop, and a pool bar. In addition, guests of this boutique hotel have discounts at Folk Bar, a bar with an awesome pool, and two other establishments that are also part of the group – No Más and Liap Liap.

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Other amenities at Bisma Eight

Upon arrival at the Bisma Eight, we were greeted by the staff with a welcome drink and we were given a Balinese offering to be placed by the statue of Ganesha (which is in a small grotto at the hotel entrance) while making a wish.

Unfortunately, the hotel does not have a dreamy spa, but it is possible to schedule in-room massages. On the other hand, breakfast can be ordered in the room at no additional cost.

Book your stay at Bisma Eight Ubud.

Tips for your stay at Bisma Eight and your Bali itinerary

  • The best time to visit Bali is from April to October.
  • Always carry some cash with you, as some places do not accept credit cards.
  • In Canggu, you can get Grab and Go-Jek (apps that work like Uber). In Ubud and Uluwatu, the apps don’t work (because of local disputes), so you’ll have two options: rent a motorcycle, or negotiate with taxi drivers to take you to the places you want to go. There is also the option of booking a car with a driver at the hotel, but it can end up being the most expensive option if you don’t plan to travel a lot.
  • Travel Insurance: I recommend purchasing travel insurance for every international trip, and the same applies to Bali. My recommended and used travel insurance resource is SquareMouth, a platform for searching for the best option amongst travel insurance companies. It allows travelers to instantly purchase a travel insurance policy from every major provider in the US and it also makes clear each policy’s COVID-related coverage.

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