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Suite Life at Bali Bisma Eight

Be prepared to leave your carefully planned Bali itinerary, because once you have checked into Ubud at Bisma Eight, it is almost impossible to do activities outside of Ubud. It’s as if this hotel has been carefully designed to completely spoil the plans for visiting and captivate guests for the entire duration of their stay. We have also been victims.

As soon as we entered the beautiful Chic industrial lobby, we knew we were in trouble: how are we supposed to do our tour if the hotel looks so awesome?! Upon check-in, our bags were quickly transferred to our room and we were given a Canang Sari (a Balinese offering) to make an offer to Ganesha at the small shrine in the lobby. A nice nod to the Balinese Tradition in this very Non-Balinese hotel.

Living life in the Suite

Bisma Eight consists of 38 spacious suites divided into three categories. We had the pleasure of staying in one of the Canopy Suites on the 2nd floor, a huge 54 square foot Suite with a balcony overlooking the courtyard. The spacious sleeping area can be protected from the living room and the bathroom by large wooden sliders, essentially creating three different living areas.

The interior design seems straight out of an issue of Monocle magazine, a perfect blend of Japanese minimalism, Scandinavian-style furniture and Accessories reflecting traditional Balinese craftsmanship. We especially liked the locally made Ikat pillows and sheets, which add a colorful touch on the concrete and wooden background.

The undisputed highlight of our room was the huge Japanese-style Onsen bathtub in the bathroom. This Canadian cedar bathtub is a declaration of pure pleasure. Due to its size, it will take some time to fill up, but a bath of this caliber is definitely worth the wait. We don’t know if it was some kind of Magic or just a special feature of the wood, but even the next morning we could still enjoy a hot bath in the same water.

Copper Kitchen And Bar

The breakfast was served in the elegant Copper Kitchen & Bar and did not disappoint. Expect dishes that you would order at a trendy brunch bar in the city: chia and coconut pudding, mashed avocado on sourdough toast and waffles with fresh fruit, all cooked to perfection. We also couldn’t resist the freshly squeezed fruit juices.

The copper is also the ideal place for a quick lunch or a long dinner. The chefs serve a mix of Asian-inspired dishes with a modern twist. The emphasis is on local ingredients, most of them coming directly from the hotel’s vegetable garden down the street.

Zero reason to leave

An infinity pool with a view of the jungle is basically expected in all 5-star resorts in Ubud, but Bisma Eight has managed to make hers stand out a little from the others: it is heated! With the comfortable daybeds, the frangipani flowers scattered around and the Pool Pavilion mixing killer Cocktails, this place is the perfect place to relax all day long.

As if the above were not enough to keep us busy, the hotel also offers its guests a number of free activities. Depending on the day of your stay, there will be hatha Yoga sessions on the roof, Balinese cooking workshops, cocktail classes and much more. We love it when hotels go the extra mile to exceed guest expectations, and Bisma Eight has managed to do just that.

Tip

The infinity pool is a success. For the perfect photo (without an Instagram model posing awkwardly on the ledge), you need to arrive early.

The toiletries in the Suite bathroom smelled awesome. If, like us, you would like to order some for the house, you can do so at the reception (but shipping takes a few weeks).

The FOLK Kitchen & Espresso, run by the same group, is well worth the 10-minute walk from the hotel for lunch or a coffee break.

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