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Ubud and the surrounding villages have long been the art and culture capitol of Bali. This is our family home in Bali that we open up to guests. On two floors with an upper loft, the villa is built on a dramatic ridge with good breezes and 360 views. The lower floor opens on a private walled garden in the Bali tradition of shaded open air living 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, napping and massage.
The upper floor is a single very large bedroom with a 360 view, private balcony, and newly renovated half bath. In one direction is Ubud, barely seen over the rice fields. In the other direction, down an ancient footpath (!) is the traditional Balinese village of Penestanan with its ancient temples and small family shops. In another direction, the bedroom balcony looks directly at Mount Agung, the holy volcano of Bali.
The 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 on the road that leads immediately into 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 a river temple that was renovated in 2014. It is built on a sacred and ancient spot, where two rivers meet. You can see some of the river temple by going down the road into Ubud and turning left just past 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 when you like.
The 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 (a 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 (look up Ibu Putu’s Warung, Ubud). 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 really 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 downstairs on the futon couch. The house is not child proof with open balconies and stairs. There is one oversized luxurious bedroom upstairs with king bed and 360 degree views from the top of the ridge; spacious living/dining areas downstairs with 8 foot couch beds that can sleep 2 more; balconies on both floors; and an upper loft 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 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.
We (couple) stayed in the villa for 5 nights in July. The villa provides very comfortable accommodation and is well placed to explore the areas around, including central Ubud, on foot, while being far enough removed to provide peace and tranquility. Plenty of good places to eat within walking distance. The villa is located high on a ridge with great views in all directions. Ibu Putu, Ketut, Wayan and family looked after us very well, including pick up and drop off at the airport, a day trip by car, and breakfast every morning. Not to mention carrying our bags up the stairs! All up, we can totally recommend the villa, its location, and the support given from the time you arrive at the airport until you leave.
We are a couple who spent two weeks in the villa as first-timers in Bali. Overall impressions were positive. Booking experience was convenient. We highly recommend arranging an airport pickup to avoid hassles with taxis. Ibu Putu and family were delightful. The property is beautiful and nicely decorated. As others have noted, there are nearly 100 steps from the main road up to the villa; we were prepared for this, but other travelers with physical limitations would be advised to consider alternative accommodations. In our opinion the villa is best suited for a couple; the downstairs couch wouldn't make comfortable sleeping arrangements.
There were a couple of minor shortcomings with our experience that could easily be remedied. Supplies such as toilet paper and bar soap were not adequately stocked during our stay; we had to ask for extra TP more than once. The major drawback of the villa, as another reviewer has noted, is the darkness at night due to a lack of functional lighting. A floor lamp on each floor could easily solve that problem.
We had no issue with road noise, as another reviewer did. But those with sensitivity to smoke should take note: farmers regularly burn leaves and other plant matter in Bali and the smell of smoke occasionally carries into the villa due to its elevation and proximity to the rice fields of Penestanan.
During high season Ubud (and Bali in general) gets crowded, but it's lively and fun. We really enjoyed Bridges restaurant, especially the "Bridging Tables" dining experience on Saturday evenings where you get matched up with other groups for a dinner-party over a three-course dinner. Ubud is also close to many nearby villages, each with its own traditional specialty handicraft.
We would recommend this villa, but travelers should bear in mind some of the above considerations.
Thank's Patrick and Ketut with his family for such great stay! The villa is gorgeous - 15min walk from Ubud centre, in a quiet suburb. It's very spacious, with amazing views from bedroom. Ketut was very helpful - great company, great advices, trips... the only thing we missed - we found out he is one of the best fisherman in Bali, unfortunately too late to taste freshly caught tuna :).
We spent a week at this villa in late April/early May. It is simply spectular! The villa is beautiful, spacious, clean and has unbelievable views. Ketut picked us up at the airport as arranged despite the fact that our plane was late. Ketut and his wife made cetain we had a great time. We enlisted Ketut to show us around the island and saw amazing scenery. His mom, Ibu, runs the warung by the villa. She is kind, sweet and an exceptional cook. We did manage to eat away from the warung but Ibu's satay cannot be beat!
Indeed, the villa sits at the top of what seems to be about a hundred steps. We used this as our exercise and never had a problem. Ketut's sister and neice carried our luggage up and down these steps with utter ease...on their heads! A previous post mentions the road noise. We had trouble hearing the road noise for all the birds and wildlife which was immeasureably entertaining. Night is quiet, peaceful and romantic. This is paradise and we were lucky enough to have it for a week. We hope to return!
Well, the pictures look great but one important factor is missing... The villa is near a very busy road and you will hear traffic from 5:30am until 10pm NON-STOP. Unfortunately Ubud has become highly populated and is visited by many tourists. A big dissapointment as it is dificult to relax when hearing the sound of motorcycles, cars and trucks all day long.
Also, the villa is approxiamtely 100 steps from the road i.e. for those of you with physical challenges, you should consider the climb.
The staff was wonderful and the breakfast was great. The villa was nice yet very dark in the evening. A flashlight is required to go upstiars, it is difficult to read and do any work as it is so dark. The bathroom in the master bedroom is also very dark.
In terms of comfort, the master bedroom is good, the kitchen is functional and the main floor is comfortable. The sleeping arrangements on the main floor offer very little comfort.
So, if you don't mind road noise (the main issue), the place is ok. The lighting issue was mentioned to the staff.
PS THe center of Ubud is more than 10 minutes away by foot.
This villa is a great stay. For 12 wonderful nights we were captivated with both the structure and the views. This is a three storey villa. The ground floor has a large living-dining room (with two large sofas that can convert into beds) plus a fantastic indoor-outdoor bathroom and shower room, and a small kitchen. The stone circular stairway leads to the second floor, which is one very large bedroom with windows around and a balcony, plus second bathroom. The third and top floor is accessed via an outside stairway that leads to a small square room that has windows all around. My wife and I would get up each morning to climb to this top room to watch the tropical sunrises accent the volcanic silhouettes and cast morning rays of sunlight on the rice paddies below. The villa sets atop a high hill overlooking the valleys just outside of Ubud. The Villa was cleaned and was cleaned daily by the family that takes care of the place. A gated-walled garden surrounds the villa. Breakfast was included and was served a warung (small restaurant) just below the villa. A great stay!
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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.
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