Away from the hustle and bustle of Ubud town, set amidst the rice fields, we spent two glorious nights in the grounds of Sandat Glamping Tents. Glamping, a relatively new concept which has become more and more popular, is camping while still being able to enjoy the comforts of a nice bed and other amenities. We walked in the reception area and were warmly greeted by the friendly faces of the Sandat Glamping staff. An immediate sense of calmness and serenity comes over you as you take in everything around you. The stunning bamboo structures, the endless rice fields, the immaculately designed main dining hall which had a wall which was covered in mirrors in various shapes and sizes.
While I could have stayed and admired the main dining hall of Sandat Glamping Tents for ages, we were eager to see our glamping tents. Although I’ve never been glamping before, I am familiar with the concept and had a general idea on what to expect. However, nothing could have prepared us for what we saw the moment we walked in our tent doors.
The Sandat Glamping Tents
Nestled in the privacy of your own little garden compound, we opened the doors of our luxury tent and was amazed to see a fully functional luxurious room complete with a bed, wardrobe, lamps, and lounge chairs. If it weren’t for the steady breeze blowing in and the low but methodical hum of insects around you, I could easily forget that I was camping. As you walked in the room, you could even see a fully set up bathroom which had a toilet, sink, and hot and cold shower. The entire place was spacious and well designed, taking luxury glamping to a different level.
Featuring various tents that are designed differently, this luxury boutique hotel already exceeded our expectations the minute we walked in. Outside our tent, we had a small dipping pool and two sun loungers where you can relax and swim in the comforts of your own privacy. Staying true to their commitment of providing you with a way to detach from it all and relax, there are no TV’s or telephones in the room. Instead, you have small little musical instruments which you can play in order to call the staff. Your only connection to the outside world would be an iPod dock for music and wifi if you needed it.
Between the private dipping pool overlooking the lush garden area and the charming vibe that the safari-style tents gave off, we spent a beautiful day basking in the sun, swimming in our pool, and reading in our gorgeous porch. Heck, we were so relaxed that we both took a midday nap, something we both haven’t done in years! As the night time fell, we were lulled to sleep by the sounds of nature. It was truly an exceptional experience.
The Lumbong Rooms
After spending one night in one of five luxury tents that are available, we moved to one of the Lumbong Rooms which was located in the same compound. These barn like structures were as beautifully designed as the glamping tents except here, you get two floors of living space with the top being your bedroom and balcony while the bottom floor was decorated with large couches and mats on the floor where you could lounge. There was also a larger poolside area which was shared between guests of the three Lumbong rooms. Originally built to store rice, these structures were so unique and the use of traditional materials to decorate it just added to its overall feel and vibe.
The Sandat Glamping Tents Experience
Every day, we woke up to the peaceful sound of nature and were treated to the most divine selection of bread and other baked goods for breakfast. At first glance, the breakfast station looked pretty basic compared to other hotels, but as soon as you delve in, you will be surprised at the selection of bread, pastries, and fruit. It was a delicious European spread with homemade jams and baked goods. During our two day stay, we decided to take a break from the online world and went on a self-imposed digital detox. We were celebrating Tom’s birthday and wanted to just take the time to disconnect and reconnect with each other and with nature.
The entire experience was so relaxing that we didn’t even leave the resort grounds despite the free shuttle to Ubud town that the resort was offering. Activities like private yoga classes, massages, rafting, and trekking were also available to guests who want to enjoy more of Ubud’s adventure activities. For us however, we made the most out of our time there by swimming in the pool, getting massages, and gorging in their delicious meals. To anyone that wants to relax, getaway, and experience the hospitality of this unique concept, I urge you to make your way to Ubud for a glamping experience that you won’t forget.
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Please note that some services from Sandat Glamping were complimentary, however, as always, all opinions are ours and remain completely unbiased.