We know that Denpasar can be quite hectic sometimes so we chose Graha Cakra Hotel as our first stop in Bali because it is just outside the city and at only 20 min by car from Ubud. It is at about 35 minutes ride from the airport and, for us, the best way to get around the city was Uber. A free shuttle to Sanur Beach is available three times a day.
The hotel has a nice, authentic Balinese style with very spacious traditional rooms and a lovely garden. There is no gym but you can use the tennis court and you can choose between 2 pools: one beside the restaurant and one at the back of the garden.
We enjoyed the pools almost every day, especially the longer one that is surrounded by lush vegetation and has 3 pretty cool stone bridges. We used to hang a lot on these bridges, they offer a great view over the pool and they’re a good spot for taking photos and observing the divers while doing their training. Yes, it is a scuba diving training pool and is 120 m long and 4 m deep ☺ Most of the time we had the pool pretty much to ourselves.
The open space restaurant offers a combination of local dishes as well as a few western choices. We liked it because it was quiet during the day and it was nice to use it as a working place. The view towards the green garden and the chirping birds helped a lot with our state of mind ☺
The staff was very friendly and they were always making sure we had everything we needed.
Also within walking distances, you will find a few shops where prices are not that outrageous as in the most touristic areas of Denpasar. We actually purchased a SIM card at half the price that it was sold in Seminyak or Kuta.
Overall I would recommend this place for people who are looking for a quiet place to relax while still be around at a reasonable distance from most attractions in Denpasar and Ubud.
I was offered a complimentary stay at the Graha Cakra Hotel in exchange for a review. As always, all opinions expressed on raulcaramizaru.com are my own.