What makes Ananda Cottages special, in my view, are the gardens. The entire complex is built around fertile working rice paddies and lovely rural views.Paths meander through dense foliage and exotic flowers.
The creator and force behind this evolving paradise is Mrs. Paglia, the owner of Ananda Cottages. Each morning and evening she can be seen wandering the gardens directing her team of gardeners and planting another exotic find. She has grafted various varieties of Frangipani so that one tree can have three different coloured flowers. She tends small areas of moss with the same intensity as the large rare ferns.
One of my true delights on arriving at Ananda Cottages is to join Mrs. Paglia on her morning or evening walk, and even though her English is limited we have found the language of the garden is a universal one.
A little bit of Ananda history
In the 11th century, the great Hindu priest Markandya Rsi, was on pilgrimage from Ubud to the great Mother Temple of Bersakih, on Mount Agung. On the way he noted some sacred places and one of these was the holy hill where Ananda Cottages now stand, a happy and holy place. Ananda means Bliss in the ancient Sanskrit language.
In 1972 I Wayan Pageh, the owner of Ananda Cottages, built a home here for his wife Nyoman Suryani. He was then an assistant to the King of Ubud, as his ancestors before him. Nyoman was the local midwife. Later they built the family temple and the first guest rooms in the family compound, as friends visiting Ubud needed somewhere to stay.
From this Ananda Cottages grew over the decades to the family hotel it is now. New bungalows have been added through the gardens and the rice paddies, with halls for Yoga retreats and pools. There are now 3 generations of Wayan’s family at Ananda Cottages. His children Wayan ,Dewi and Yani have taken over the day to day running of the hotel, with Wayan and Nyoman looking after their 7 grandchildren.
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