Hoshinoya Bali is a resort village nestled in a Balinese jungle that flourishes atop a hill, which drops off to a sacred river flowing below.
The god Indra is said to have created the famous spring of Tirta Empul when he thrust his sword into the earth and drew water from the ground.
These holy waters flow into the Pakerisan River, nurturing the jungles of Ubud that grow along its banks.
Its booming roar echoes throughout the premises, while its waters turn into mists and rainclouds that constantly replenish the lush sheen of the resort’s trees and plants.
One defining characteristic of a community is the sharing of water from the same source.
You can see this in the subak, an irrigation system that has for more than 1,000 years nurtured a spirit of cooperation among the Balinese while sustaining the island’s renowned rice terraces.
The pristine waters that run through Hoshinoya Bali come from subaks; they shape the very design of the resort.
By sharing this water, you, too, become a part of the community, partaking in Ubud’s philosophy and culture.
All guest villas have private access to one of three strikingly beautiful, palatial canal-like pools, offering aquatic bliss to all those who enter their waters.
Japanese-style tiered rooftops of the villas sit alongside thatch-topped gazebos (made from sacred Balinese alang-alang tree) and punctuate the tropical flora that runs through.
The size means plenty of secluded spots to read a book or enjoy the pervading views in peace. In particular, the seven Café Gazebos – couch-lined cages that jut out into the valley, give the feeling of hanging among the treetops.