Robin Sparks

Speaks english, spanish
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Villa, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

I am a travel writer, who has hand-picked my favorite homes and apartments around the world and The Bali Buddha Villa is my tropical home away from home.

Living in the Bali Buddha Villa is like living in the Garden of Eden with a large lush flower-filled garden, salt water pool, lovely setting, and gorgeous rice paddy and jungle views. It is only a 5 minute drive from the center of Ubud.

The villa: This stately river rock-faced villa is a combination of open-air Balinese and Dutch Colonial with a wrap around veranda, garden with 9x3 saltwater pool, and a renovated traditional Balinese lumbong. The Balinese Lumbong (rice barn) up high in the trees with a charming bedroom with queen sized bed, overlooks the pool and breathtaking views of the jungle and rice paddys. Underneath the Lumbong is a open air kitchenette and lounge area and a lovely open to the sky garden bathroom. The lounge bale can double as additional bed as it has mosquito netting and bamboo shades that can be lowered around the lower bale for privacy.

The villa is well built and features old wood doors, wood framed windows, rock facing, and tile floors throughout. There are carved Balinese statues throughout the garden, and the beds are made of antique Javanese wood.

The kitchen: The just-renovated kitchen is large with a walk in pantry and includes use of a Vitamix blender, a juicer and dehydrator, and barbeque grill. Not to mention a full size refrigerator with freezer, cook top stove, and all other amenities. It is partially open to the jungle and a small courtyard, and the dining room is on a lowered section of the veranda just off the kitchen with jungle views.

Bedrooms: The downstairs floor of the main villa consists of a large air conditioned bedroom with TV (for movies), cushions, and desk and chair. The bed is queen sized and is a traditional hand carved Javanese 4-poster bed with mosquito net - this bed can be used as a couch and the entire downstairs used as an indoor salon if not needed as a bedroom. Walk right out of the sliding glass doors onto the veranda.The adjoining bathroom is very large and features lava rock walls, a large circular open shower, a terrazzo tub, and sink area.

The upstairs bedroom room has a separate entrance, is also large, with high ceilings and open air rice paddy. Enjoy the jungle and rice paddys from the balcony. In addition to the queen sized hand carved teak bed, the upstairs bedroom has a reading area and a lovely wood desk. There is an adjoining bathroom with sink and a terrazo shower/bath combo.

The traditional, just renovated! - Balinese lumbung bedroom has a queen bed up in the trees and its own kitchenette below, garden bathroom, and additional sleeping bale below. It is just a few steps from the pool and has lovely views of the rice paddies and jungle.

This is a 3-bedroom villa including the bedroom in the Lumbong. As mentioned before the lower section of the lumbong can be used as an optional 4th bedroom for larger groups. We also have extra mattresses that can be used in the large bedrooms of the main house. This house is most comfortable for 3 singles or 3 couples, but can sleep up to 8.

Salon: The common living area is on the covered, wrap-around porch, surrounded by the audio and visual delights of the jungle, butterflies flitting in and out, squirrels scampering up coconut trees, and more. There are several seating areas on the long L-shaped veranda and a fish pond with koi at one end.

Laundry room: There is a small laundry room containing a washing machine and dryer which you may use.

Setting: The best part is this villa is its setting on the edge of the jungle with rice paddys on either side, and the jungle to the west, where you can watch wildlife from the comfort a large covered porch. And all within a 5 min drive of town.

The Bali Buddha Villa is the perfect combination of modern and open air Balinese with lush tropical garden. It is a partially open style and I strive to keep it an eco conscious villa with ceiling fans throughout and open windows to provide natural cooling. There is A.C. in the downstairs bedroom for those who must have it. The wrap around covered porch (also with ceiling fans) helps the villa to stay cool and shaded.

In addition: There is a landline telephone and Wifi/Internet.

Pool: Refreshingly free of most chemicals as it is a salt water pool on the edge of the jungle. 9 X 3 meters.

Staff: 'Made' my house angel, comes for 5 hours per day, six days a week to prepare breakfast and clean. She can also help with shopping, laundry and cooking for a small additional fee that I let her negotiate with you. She speaks English and can help you with your every need including ordering restaurant delivery, drivers, tour guides, car rentals, mobile phone sim cards, etc.

There is a gardener who comes 3 times a week to keep the garden gorgeous. He is quiet and usually comes and goes without notice early in the morning.

We have several wonderful drivers at your disposal. They all speak English and are incredibly helpful and very reasonably priced.

Property Management Company: There is a property management company in town who can help with anything that can’t be handled by the onsite staff.

Transportation and tours: Airport pickup and drop off can be arranged for approximately $30 each way as well as shuttles into town. We can also provide you with driver/guides for any trips you may wish to take to other parts of the island. If you would like to have a driver on call, this can be arranged for a reasonable fee.

Scooter rental (highly recommended!) is $5 per day. Auto rental about $25 per day. Car rental + driver averages about $25 half day, $50 full day, and about $3 per trip into town.

For more stories and photos see a selection of my travel stories on my website which (since they won't let me include a web link here is: the normal 3 'w' prefix, plus a dot, followed by my name robinsparks, add a dot + 'com' :)

See you at the Bali Buddha Villa in Ubud, Bali! This villa has amazing energy that I have not found anywhere else in Ubud!

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Robin Sparks (Owner)
Advertiser since 2006
Speaks english, spanish

About Robin Sparks

I am a travel writer who writes about the nomadic community of expats and about the things that connect us wherever we live on the globe. I have a company called Oneworld ltd in Turkey that is a vacation rental business. This home in Ubud, Bali is my personal home which I rent out when I am in the States visiting family or in Turkey working. It is a large home with separate entrances, so I sometimes rent out the downstairs and/or Lumbong separately when I am here.

I love Bali and I cherish the peaceful beautiful vibe that is my home here, and I am certain you will too.

Robin Sparks purchased this villa in 2010

Why Robin Sparks chose Ubud

I chose this neighborhood because it is the perfect combination of what I seek in a home abroad. Near town and authentic ( not a McMansion or concrete condo plopped in the rice paddies as so many new villas sadly are!), central location, jungle and rice paddy setting, and living that combines the indoors and the outdoors with beautiful views. There is amazing energy here!

It stays cool due to its location and the wrap around porch.

Mostly though I love this house for its serene, off-the-road setting, and easy access to Ubud. The salt water pool is wonderful and the garden lush.

What makes this villa unique

A saltwater pool and eco friendly home. 'Made' can make delicious fresh healthy juices and food. Fresh juices and/or smoothies or bowl of fresh fruit with muesli each morning if you like. Lunches, dinners, and/or picnics can also be arranged with Made.

We've just added A.C. to the downstairs bedroom, altho with ceiling fans and shady verandah, it is rarely needed.

Beauty beyond belief combined with easy access to central Ubud, just 5 min drive away.

Guestbook comments from the owner

So glad we decided Not to stay in a hotel -I live in a house full of Buddhas and persian carpets etc so feel completely at home here! When I got here I was actually overwhelmed by how beautiful the villa and surrounds are I had tears in my eyes! All has been wonderful we love your villa- exquisite -and everyone has looked after us so well. - Michelle Cleary
Sep 2014
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Peaceful, lovely villa+ pool+lush garden+ B Lumbong only 5 minutes from Ubu
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 18 reviews
Peaceful, lovely villa+ pool+lush garden+ B Lumbong only 5 minutes from Ubu
Ubud Bali

Family of 8

  • 4 of 5
Set back from the main road, this villa feels like home, complete with cat, traditional furnishings, artworks and even musical instruments. We loved the outdoor bathroom and I really appreciated the various, fresh flower arrangements around the villa, all using plants from the garden. Great views from the upstairs bedroom balconies and plenty of flexibility in terms of number of guests and space, given the option to make use, or not, of the Lumbong. The 2 main bedrooms are large enough that an extra single mattress can be laid out on the floor if needed. It is a perfect location to enjoy the tranquillity Bali is so famous for, yet only a 5 minute ride to the centre of town and all the attractions Ubud has to offer. We watched the farmers planting rice right outside the villa and were able to enjoy ceremonial processions passing by en route to the temple. On our arrival, it was lovely to be greeted by Made and a tray of homemade ginger drinks - refreshing and delicious, and served with straws made of bamboo. Within no time at all motorbikes were organised on our behalf and we able to set off and explore! Hope very much to return one day.
  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Peaceful, lovely villa+ pool+lush garden+ B Lumbong only 5 minutes from Ubu
Ubud Bali
Buenos Aires, London, Thailand .

Bali Buddha Bliss!

  • 5 of 5
Robins villa in Ubud , Bali exceeded all our expectations. It was nothing short of perfect! Aesthetically pleasing, quiet, cool, set in a most stunning location in between rice fields and the lush green jungle.It's hard to explain the ambience here. So calming and the energy is beautiful. It's quirky and all the rooms are different , yet equally lovely. The bathrooms alone are worth staying here. The patio / living areas are super comfortable with many spaces to choose from to sit and relax or do yoga and meditation . Made, the house maid was so sweet and helpful and efficient. It was just perfect and we didn't want to leave at all! I will definitely be recommending this villa to friends and if I'm back in Bali...I would love to stay again. It's amazing. Thank you Robin for creating such a beautiful place with so much care and love and with all the authentic Balinese touches and uniqueness. It's actually not so easy to find somewhere quite like this, believe me, we tried! If you want bliss in Bali....this is it! A delicious , homely peaceful retreat a short distance away from the hustle and bustle of Ubud town. You will LOVE it!
  • Submitted: May 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Peaceful, lovely villa+ pool+lush garden+ B Lumbong only 5 minutes from Ubu
Ubud Bali

Like a Sanctuary - An Oasis we never wanted to leave

  • 5 of 5
Email received today, Jan. 12, 2014, from guest staying there now.

Dear Robin,

I wanted to write you an email to tell you how absolutely incredible our stay at your villa was. We expected good things obviously from the listing, but we were more than blown away by the entire complex. The location is unbeatable, and the ambience you've created is like a sanctuary - an oasis we never wanted to leave! Your recommendation of the Cantika spa was breathtaking - a highlight of our stay in Ubud.

Made was such gem!! She was so sweet to our kids, we really enjoyed our time with her - she recommended the Sari Organik rice paddy walk/warung - I have never seen or ate at someplace more amazing!!

Honestly, I could write a small book on how much we loved the place. No complaints about Wayan and the Gardener - both very nice.

In a perfect world, I would like to see less ants around...but not sure how possible that is in the ...perhaps leaving citronella candles would be a nice touch...and perhaps a poster bed upstairs with netting..

Either way, thank you for your easy transactions, quick replies to all our email, great staff and having us stay at your beautiful home.

All the best,

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Peaceful, lovely villa+ pool+lush garden+ B Lumbong only 5 minutes from Ubu
Ubud Bali

Heavenly sojourn

  • 5 of 5
We just came back from Bali, having spent 2 weeks of most enjoyable holidays staying at the Bali Buddha villa in UBUD; this charming little town is most conveniently situated on the island, allowing easy discovery trips both to the seaside and the hinterland.
the Bali Buddha villa is a lovely retreat surrounded by paddy fields, offering a most comforting rest after a long day exploring the island.
Made, the maid and Wayan, the driver, provided us with an ongoing assistance for an easygoing life, always smiling and joyful, as most Balinese are, in fact.
It is worth noting that while the house, indeed, accomodates 6 adults with a satisfactory level of comfort and cleanliness, only the ground floor bedroom is air-conditionned, while the upper room and the one in the Lumbong have fairly steep staircases and only have ceiling fans; this did not bother us, given the season.
The garden is a jewel, the gardener taking good care of it as well as of the swimming pool several times during the week. All in all, we certainly warmly recommend the Bali Buddha villa to all who whish to stay in a very pretty house in a natural environment, close enough to the city while far enough to not be subject to the city traffic and noise.
We, for sure, would be happy to go back there some day.
  • Submitted: Dec 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
Owner's Response: We recently installed an AC unit downstairs in the main villa because it does not have as much cross ventilation as the other rooms in the villa. The upstairs has many windows, cross breezes, and ceiling fans. In fact, most of our guests never even turn on the AC downstairs. The Lumbong has a ceiling fan, and with walls made of woven palm leaves and a roof from ylang-ylang - the Lumbong breathes and stays quite cool. Most villas in Ubud do not find AC necessary as it is cooler here than on the coast.
Peaceful, lovely villa+ pool+lush garden+ B Lumbong only 5 minutes from Ubu
Ubud Bali

Colorado traveling family

  • 5 of 5
Oh my! I'm not sure where to begin...Wayan, our driver (sooo much more than that!) picked us up at the airport promptly. When we arrived, Made (housekeeper, again, a very inept description) greeted us with a refreshing drink of ginger and lime juice. We had arranged for 3 massages upon our arrival, and were not disappointed. We walked to Café Bintang, just down the road, for dinner later and it became one of our favorite places. Over the next 7 days, we experienced a local wedding, a funeral (a celebration through the streets of Ubud), Goa Gajah's Elephant Cave, Mt. Batur, 3 traditional dances, ALL the shopping, the Spring Water Temple, the silver center, a walk through the rice paddies to an organic farm and restaurant, an entire day at Blue Lagoon beach, golfing and most importantly, getting to feel just a portion of the beauty of the people on this island.
The villa was the the foundation of our trip. Our 21 year old daughter had the run of the Lombong. Great for her to escape mom and dad when she needed to have her own "me" time, so we could stay connected through the rest of our time together. My husband and I awoke early each morning to the cool dawn, strong coffee and the sounds of the island on the veranda couches. We relaxed and read awaiting breakfast created by Made, fresh local fruit, smoothies and banana "crepes". Made was a dream. Our daughter wanted to pack her in a suitcase and bring home her island best friend! Made walked with us to the organic farm and pointed out all the plants, answered questions about life and culture around Ubud. Her smiling and serene face will be one of our greatest memories of the trip.
Wayan was our driver and guide. That sentence does him a disservice, though. He helped us decide where to go, took us the "less traveled" path that we were longing for. He went in to many areas with us and gave us the history and culture of the places and ceremonies we were seeing. He asked us questions about our lives and where we lived. He was our main connection to Ubud and Bali, why we were able to experience so much more than we otherwise could.
Bali Buddha Villa was the experience of a lifetime. Made and Wayan made it the memory of of a lifetime! We are eternally grateful to both of them! Thank you, Robin for placing Bali Buddha Villa on VRBO. Namaste
  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing
Peaceful, lovely villa+ pool+lush garden+ B Lumbong only 5 minutes from Ubu
Ubud Bali
United States

Great place to stay and enjoy Ubud

  • 5 of 5
After a very long day of travelling, it was so nice to finally land in this gorgeous and comfortable home. We dropped all of our luggage and just sat still for a moment and took everything in. Made greeted us with a refreshing fruit drink, the girls quickly put on their bathing suits and jumped into the pool, and our vacation officially began. The villa was very comfortable and full of amenities. We really enjoyed the pool, the views, and being off the busy streets of Ubud. Thank you, Robin for making this place available. -Jake
  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Ari's Warung
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Padang Bai
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Cafe Bintang
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
Sanur & a beach before Padang Bai
Car: not necessary

Very close to Ubud (2 km), and just far away enough and off the road on the jungle's edge to provide a peaceful, paradise-like setting. There is a Japanese cafe and an Indonesian (with international food too) about 5 minutes walk, a coffee shop even closer, and numerous restaurants a 5 min drive up the street.

This house is on the same street where all the village's main evening traditional Balinese performances are held and on the same street as Ubud's main palace. Best to rent a scooter or car for easy access into town, and bicycles can also be rented - or we can arrange a driver of either a car, and/or motorcycle taxi to be on call for you. Note that Ubud is not much of a walking town and there are no walking or bicycle lanes. There are however, numerous paths through the rice paddys near the house but they are mostly for ambience and pleasure as opposed to actually getting into town.

We provide a list of drivers, massage places (even one who will come to the house), guides, restaurants that deliver, and much more. My house manager can help you with all your desires...rice paddy walks, tour guides to take you anywhere, car and scooter rental... She is there 5 hrs per day to prepare breakfast, clean and can be hired to also cook additional meals and do laundry at very reasonable rates.

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Ubud Villa Rental Rates

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September 2014
Sep 1 2014 - Sep 30 2014
3 night minimum stay
Holidays 2014-15
Dec 16 2014 - Jan 5 2015
5 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

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Notes Bank wires also possible. Ask for details.
Rate is for up to 4 guests. Additional guests are $20 more per night. Rate includes breakfast. Tax is included, tips to staff appreciated. 1/2 total to reserve via to + 3.9% Paypal fee.Bank wire on request.Balance due in cash on arrival. Refunds on deposits only if another guest can be found to fill your dates. Travel insurance recommended n case you need to cancel
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Ubud Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Upstairs bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Adjoins bedroom with sliding door, large terrazzo tub/shower
    Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , Large roomy bathroom w lava rock walls & high ceiling
    Open sky garden bathroom - toilet , outdoor shower , Open sky garden bathroom, as part of Balinese Lumbong
  • Three full bathrooms. Downstairs bath is a large beautiful bathroom with lava rock walls and separate shower and tub. Upstairs bathroom is tile with tub/shower combo. On the ground floor of the Balinese Lumbong is a garden bathroom open to the sky. Shower under the stars under a waterfall shower and admire the lush flowers and plants in your bathroom. This is a full bathroom, not a half bathroom as stated on this site.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Optional 4th bdrm in bale on ground level of Lumbong - 1 queen , Under the bale, open air, mosquito net and bamboo blinds
    Upstairs bedroom w ensuite bathroom - 1 king , Large room w lg windows, views, desk, seating area, breezy
    Downstairs bedroom w ensuite bathroom - 1 queen , A.C. antique Javanese bed. Lg lava rock bathroom
    Balinese Lumbong Treehouse Bedroom - fan cooled, kitchenette, chill zone, garden bathroom
  • King size bed (1) Indonesian sleigh bed, Queen size Bed (2) antique 4 poster javanese bed with mosquito netting downstairs, and new lovely platform bed w mosquito net in the tree tops in the Lumbong. Queen Bale bed on garden level of Lumbong or Single Beds (2) single mattresses available for extra guests. Bedrooms are large so mattresses can be added on the floor., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) large sleigh bed/sofa on porch and extra mattresses that can be put on the floors in the large rooms.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
3-day minimum rental. Jungle and rice paddy views that are simply stunning. Lavish gardens with wild flowers and orchids too numerous to name. Bamboo trees, coconuts and mangos and lemons and more that you can reach out and touch. Salt water pool for swimming. Koi pond and fountain. This house is like living in a beautiful park. There is a separate traditional Balinese Lumbong (rustic and charming traditional Balinese barn!), just renovated, for use as an extra bedroom. Has small living area, kitchenette, and it's own garden bathroom on the garden level, just a few steps from the pool. The main house was built with river rock facing and teak windows and doors. Two large terrazzo tubs - one in each of the 2 main house bathrooms. The downstairs bath has a large separate lava rock shower with Balinese hand carved statue fountain. The upstairs has a combo bathtub/shower. 5 min drive to town.
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