Have you heard of Alas Harum Bali? Situated amidst the picturesque landscapes of Tegallalang Village, this lush resort is a must-visit when in Ubud.
Tegallalang rice terrace is on the bucket list of many people visiting Bali. And, while you’re there, we highly recommend making a trip to Alas Harum.
Explore its vast rice terraces, delve into authentic Balinese culture, and embark on thrilling adventures that promise a Bali experience like no other.
Here’s why you need to add it to your Bali bucket list…
What is Alas Harum?
Alas Harum is a stellar resort that combines a dayclub, multiple restaurants and cafes, and plenty of thrilling activities to get involved with. The centrepiece is undoubtedly the rice terraces that stretch as far as the eye can see, intricately carved into the hilly landscape.
Beyond its natural beauty, Alas Harum is steeped in Balinese culture. The name “Alas Harum” itself is a tribute to Bali’s traditions, with “Alas” meaning “forest” and “Harum” translating to “fragrance.”
You can book a ticket in advance with an entrance fee of 50K Rupiah. Or, you can turn up and get a ticket on the door. Security is pretty strict, so you won’t be able to take any outside food or drink into the resort (we saw a few people getting their water bottles confiscated).
Top Things to do at Alas Harum Bali
For most people, the main draw of Alas Harum is Cretya Ubud. This is a combination of a day club and restaurant, serving up a unique tropical experience. Here, you can sip toothsome cocktails as you lounge around on nets while being mesmerised by the leafy backdrop.
As you can imagine, this spot is incredibly popular, so the pool area can get quite busy. Arrive early in the morning to snag your spot.
Tegallalang Rice Terrace
The entirety of Alas Harum is set on the fringes of Tegallalang Rice Terrace – this was our main reason to visit. Picture cascading emerald-green paddies that form a tapestry almost too beautiful to be real.
As you make your way through the rice fields, you’ll get to spot locals tending to the fields, as well as an abundance of shrines and statues dotted around. Don’t forget to bring your camera; it’s seriously one of the most picturesque spots in Bali.
We were also excited to experience the adventures on offer at Alas Harum Bali. The resort boasts an impressive array of ziplines, and if you’re a fan of this high-flying adventure, you’re in for a treat.
In fact, there are so many ziplines that it can be a little overwhelming at first. However, there’s one standout among them all – the Flying Fox. This zipline stretches across the entire resort, offering panoramic views of the lush rice terraces.
Fancy exploring the resort from a different perspective? Alas Harum’s sky bikes add another layer of adventure to your visit.
You have the option to choose between a regular bike for a more relaxed ride or, for the truly adventurous at heart, a giant sky bike. Both take you along narrow paths high above the ground.
One thing you’ll notice in Bali: whenever there’s a beautiful spot, there’s a photo opportunity. So it’s not exactly surprising that the photo swings were, without a doubt, the most popular attractions at Alas Harum.
Expect to queue up for your turn on these giant swings. Get your photo taken in a long dress (you can rent these from the resort) as you soar high above the green rice paddies.
Need an extra thrill? Book onto an ATV ride during your time at Alas Harum and you’ll be able to zip your way through the rice fields. Just be warned that this can get pretty muddy – don’t bother wearing your fancy dayclub clothes.
There’s no need to book this in advance, you can just turn up (the earlier, the better) and head to the activity booking centre.
Where to Eat at Alas Harum
There are a few places to eat at Alas Harum, but we opted for Cretya Lite (mainly because we had spotted the colourful cocktails from the other side of the terrace.) The drinks were impressive, though they leaned towards the pricier side – a rarity in a destination where most things come with budget-friendly price tags.
For food, we both ordered a bowl of chicken ramen. It wasn’t great, to be honest, and we wished we had stuck to Balinese food. The real showstoppers were the tantalising selection of picky bits – think chips, dips, and sushi rolls.
We didn’t eat at Yudistira, but we had a little peek at the space and it is truly beautiful with classic wood and rattan furniture.
This restaurant specialises in authentic Balinese cuisine, prepared with an emphasis on traditional cooking techniques and locally-sourced ingredients. Chow down on the likes of flavourful rendang, satay chicken, and aromatic nasi goreng, alongside a variety of mouthwatering seafood and vegetarian options.
Yudistira also hosts cultural performances, which take place during your meal. Traditional Balinese dancers and musicians entertain you, totally immersing you in your dining experience.
Practical Tips for Visiting Alas Harum Bali
How to get to Alas Harum
It takes around 20 minutes to drive from Ubud to Alas Harum. The easiest way is to catch a Grab or a Gojek there, unless you can drive yourself. You’ll be dropped off at the door, though if touts ask you to pay a fee for a ticket to Tegallalang rice terraces, you should ignore them and head to the Alas Harum staff instead.
The best time to visit
Bali’s weather is generally pleasant year-round, but the best time to visit Alas Harum is during the dry season, which falls between May and September. The skies are clear, and the rice terraces are at their greenest.
Is Alas Harum worth visiting?
If you want to spend some time relaxing and some time seeking thrills, you’ll love Alas Harum. It’s one of the more unique dayclubs in Bali. Make sure you alot at least a couple of hours to exploring the surrounding rice terrace.