Long term resident, Dee Mytton, is an institution in Bali. Renowned for her sense of style, she has worked hard over many years to create Villa Kubu, adding one by one the villas which make up this charming estate. The result: currently (2012) 15 highly individual villas, capturing much of Dee’s personality and karma.
Elegant tall walls made from cream-toned rock hide deliciously romantic one-, two- and three-bedroom air-conditioned villas each oozing a traditional charm far removed from the modern villa estates popping up all over Bali. Hidden behind the walls through carved wood doors are free-form pools set in small but colourful gardens with sun loungers for tanning and bales for shade. Inside, warm wood accents and traditional furniture scavenged from the antiques stores of nearby Kerobokan sit well with modern flat-screen satellite TVs, WiFi, DVD and iPod players.
Bedrooms are furnished with luxuriously dressed king-size beds, most crowned with majestic mosquito nets, leading to bathrooms that open skywards. Fitted with terrazzo baths and generous showers, bathrooms typically include a massage bed for those looking for an in-room spa treatment (or yoga or meditation session with qualified trainers). Comfortable and colourful lounges spill out onto the gardens. Sprinkled with objets d’art, each villa showcases Dee’s wonderful eye for detail (a wide selection of teas and local music CDs, natural soaps and shampoos to name just a few) creating a delightful homely feel as perfect for a honeymooning couple as for a family or small group of friends.
Compact fitted kitchens at each villa allow for simple meals, drinks and snacks to be prepared, but top-notch hotel-style room service is also available, as are tempting treats and drinks at the estate’s Kubu Café. Alternatively, guests can walk into Seminyak in less than five minutes for a breath taking array of eateries. A series of flags by each carved front door tell the cleaning and service staff if you are out on the town (or in Villa Kubu’s Spa Venus – a heavenly experience!) or if you wish to be left alone to enjoy the tranquillity of Dee’s charming and very unique labour of love.