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Ubud is often said to be the art and cultural capitol of Bali, a distinction that has continued throughout the long and fabulous history of this area. Our villa is nestled within a private walled garden in the Bali tradition of shaded open air with plenty of windows and doors that open for breeze and light. In the garden is the family temple, where incense and offerings are made every morning, and a luxurious roofed open air bale for reading, visiting and napping.
Our Bali home is on two floors, the upper being a single very large bedroom with a 360 view and private balcony. In one direction is Ubud, barely seen over the rice fields. In the other direction is the traditional village of Penestanan only a foot path away, a five minute walk to its ancient temples and family shops. The bedroom balcony looks directly at Mt. Agung the holy volcano of Bali.
Our villa is atop a ridge that gets the breeze. The ancient Bali irrigation system is everywhere, with small canals in front and behind the house feeding the rice fields. The old Penestanan footpath in front of our gate turns into a wide stairway and descends to the closest road a short block away. When you walk down the stairs thru a jungle-like canopy you emerge at the best of Ubud. Across the street is the old Hotel Tjampuhan with its fabulous spa, pools, and gardens. Owned by the Ubud royal family, the hotel is connected to their river temple by a bridge, where two rivers meet and the road into Ubud crosses the old bridge. This area figures prominently in the ancient origins of Ubud. From there, shops, cafes, and galleries line the streets into town, past the palace, the temples, the market, and Monkey Forest Road. The bridge and its restaurants are about 2 blocks down the road from the stairs. The best of Ubud is a ten minute walk away. You can easily catch a local taxi into town or back if you like.
Our villa was designed to create and honor a glimpse into the old Bali, the people and culture, with all the comforts of the new world. It was created to be a romantic get-away! We have purposely used local crafts people (many of whom have worked on local temples and palaces) and local building materials to retain the old customs and style. We do not have AC but fans and shade and breeze like the Balinese. We do not have TV so that you spend your time enjoying the view, the birds, the rain and the people. But we have luxurious furnishings and bathrooms with plenty of hot water and Wi-Fi access throughout the villa and garden! And the views are the best in the Ubud area!
Ibu Putu’s Warung (local restaurant) is located on the same property as the villa and operated by our Bali family that cares for the villa. Ibu’s place is well-known and very well-rated (aka Ibu Putih’s Warung). In the early days it was visited by the many celebrities who come and go from Bali, including members of the Rolling Stones when Mick was frequenting Ubud. Ibu’s place is open for breakfast, lunch and early dinner and provides you with breakfast as part of our rates. You can have meals served in your private villa anytime or interact with local people and life by eating in the Warung and watch locals and tourists walking by, up and down the stairs. Fabulous fresh fruit juices, salads and Balinese specialties. Don’t miss the spicy omelet for breakfast or the Bali smoked duck for a special dinner!
The mornings start early in Bali. At the first hints of light, the roosters start crowing, and there are many! Paths are being swept, offerings made, and the duck man brings in the ducks to glean the rice fields. Children are heading to school. This is no place for late risers! The family brings incense and offerings to the temple and the best part of the day begins. There are walks and hikes in every direction, best while the morning is still cool! Or take a yoga class mere steps away or a massage just down the footpath. There are pools and spas close in every direction.
Ubud is a 45 minute drive from the International Airport in Denpasar, the island's capitol. You can arrange to be picked up at the airport by our Bali brother Ketut or a member of his family. His car is always a pleasure and his English is very good. The drive thru villages and rice fields is well worth the cost (about US $50 one way depending on time of arrival).
Accommodations - Private Villa: Our Bali home is really built for two, though it can accommodate 2 more if desired. The house is not child proof. It includes one oversized luxurious bedroom upstairs with king bed and 360 degree views from the top of the ridge; spacious living/dining area downstairs with 8 foot couch beds that can sleep 2 more; balconies on both floors; an upper loft accessed by stairs outside the bedroom with full size futon in a 3rd floor tower. Downstairs is an artistic large bathroom opening onto a private garden with an indoor/outdoor hot water shower. Upstairs, the smaller bathroom has toilet and sink (no bath) and a window with amazing views! There is a small kitchen downstairs with gas burners, sink, cooking things and a refrigerator. Wi-Fi is available throughout the villa and gardens, fast enough for email but not for major media downloads.
If you need help with travel plans or shopping, the family is English-speaking and there is always a driver that can be arranged to take you anywhere you desire in an air conditioned car. You have the opportunity to enjoy the privacy and beauty of Bali with the guidance and hospitality of an established Balinese family. Or you may just want to stroll into Ubud and do your own thing! You can spend your days exploring all that Bali and Ubud have to offer but come home to your own Bali style villa where the cool breeze blows. Email or call us in the USA to reserve a piece of paradise.
Another option: If you need a full 2-bedroom house, our Bali family has opened a new home nearby, available starting September 2013 at very favorable rates. Ask about it and our new VRBO listing. Designed in a more modern Bali style, it has TV and Wi-Fi and is easily accessible by car or motorbike. Built on one level, it has an open air kitchen and living area with a pool surrounded by a small garden, two bedrooms each with a full bath and AC. It is very well located on holy temple land of the village of Penestanan. Breakfast is not included in the price but can be arranged separately with the family or you can eat in nearby cafes. This area of Penestanan has been growing with restaurants, bakeries, and cafes.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Price includes breakfast and daily maid service. Transportation and other services paid on-site. Wi-fi is included.
Rates are for 1 or 2 persons. An additional fee of $25 per day will be charged for each additional person. Maximum occupancy is 4. Minimum stay of 1 week for Christmas, New Year's and Valentine's Day.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.