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Speaks: english, french, spanish

Secret Tropical Hideaway - Only 5 Min Walk to Central Ubud

21 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Gianyar Regency Villa Rental Photos and Description

Villa & Cottages, total 8 bd 8 ba, in lush, on secluded 1/2 acre, walk to town.

Gorgeous, newly renovated Villa Madu is a secluded tropical paradise, on over 2000 sq meters (a half acre) of fern gardens, frangipani trees, and jungle, yet only 5 minutes walk to the main street in Ubud. A beautiful setting for a group retreat, family reunion, anniversary celebration, or an intimate wedding.

This unique property sleeps 4-20+ people comfortably, offering privacy when you need it and inviting common areas when you are feeling sociable.

Luxuriate in your own Private Swimming Pool just steps away, with an upper wading and soaking pool with water that cascades down to the larger infinity pool below. In the mornings you may see the beautiful Java Kingfisher whiz by with his brilliant blue feathers and bright red beak, and at night you may see the little flashing green tail lights of the fireflies in the bamboo groves all around you.

***Villa Madu

Sleeps 8+

offers 2 master suites and an additional room with an antique day bed that converts to a charming sleeping space with it's own bath for 2 at night. The villa has 3.5 bathrooms, a large fully equipped kitchen, dining table that seats 10 to 12, and the Media Room with a 47" flat screen TV, satellite service, large DVD library, and plenty of books and periodicals to read during your stay.

***Two Antique Teak Wood Cabins

Sleeps 5

Descend the 30 stone steps into the cool ravine to arrive at the grass thatched teak wood entry way for the 2 bungalows. You will feel miles away from everything in your own private jungle cabin. Bungalow Jahe has a queen size bed, a quaint alcove with 2 single futons and a small kitchen. Bungalow Jeruk has a four poster double bed. Both cabins together sleep up to 5.

***Vanilla Cottage (optional)

Sleeps 2

A self-contained one-bedroom one bath cottage with private garden and kitchenette, Vanilla Cottage is available for larger groups. Please see our airbnb listing #223393 for photos, details and calendar. The cottage can be booked together with the villa and two bungalows for a total of 6 bedrooms and 6.5 baths.

***Rumah Maduluna (optional)

Sleeps 6+

Newly built in an eclectic style, this 2 bedroom 2 bath house features antique Indonesian furnishings and modern conveniences. Downstairs bedroom adjoins the large master bath with outdoor views and terrazzo tub. Upstairs suite with large veranda overlooking the garden and jungle greenery on all sides.


You may decide to put away your phones and computers and just relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings, but whenever you need it, we have WIFI, which is unlimited and available throughout the property, and is included at no extra charge. And it is high speed - for Bali.

***Our Friendly Staff

Our full time staff of 6 is here to make your stay as pleasant and luxurious as possible.

With advance notice, Nurdi, our cook can prepare outstanding local or international cuisine for you if you want to eat at home. She uses locally grown, organic produce whenever possible, and depending on the season some of it comes from our own on-site gardens. She is equally talented with vegetarian or non-vegetarian selections, and can accommodate your dietary requirements. Indonesian, Thai or Indian cooking classes in our large, fully equipped kitchen can be arranged.

***Food Choices

Central Ubud is just minutes away, and offers your choice of many world class cafes and restaurants. Most of them will deliver if you want to stay home.

***Activities & Services -

If you feel the need to work out after one of Nurdi's sumptuous breakfasts, the popular Ubud Fitness Center is only 100 meters away and offers a full-service air-conditioned gym and racquetball court.

***Delicious full breakfasts included in rate the rate, as well as government tax and service, unlimited WiFi, free shuttle transportation within Ubud when available, and satellite TV service.

Private and personalized Spa Services available, including therapeutic massage arranged in suite by appointment

***Valet & Laundry Services

***24 Hour Security

***Bali coffee or tea and cookies (sometimes homemade) any time.

~WiFi (high speed for Bali)

~Satellite TV

~Drinking water, bali coffee, tea

~Ping Pong Table

~Projector and 2 Meter Screen

~Darts, Cards Against Humanity, Monopoly, Scrabble, Pictionary, Playing Cards

Optional -

***Transportation & Guides

Airport pick up, drop off and other transportation can be arranged.

For large groups a minibus can be organized.

Day trips can be booked with optional guides that speak English, French, German, Spanish, Indonesian & Malay, Russian, Japanese or Mandarin.

***Massage and Spa Treatments

***Yoga & Salsa

Private instructors can be arranged for lessons at the Villa

***Child Care

Qualified babysitters are available at very reasonable daily and weekly rates.

***AIR-CONDITIONING & FANS - Our location next to a stream, lush jungle surroundings, great architectural design in terms of cross ventilation and efficient ceiling fans over the beds, makes the temperatures at the villa very comfortable. Air-conditioning is available in the downstairs villa master bedroom, and all the rest of the rooms have ceiling or floor fans. While in some months of the year it can get hot during the day, the pool, the fans and the evening breezes are normally enough to keep people comfortable, especially at night.

Many people don't realize what they are missing when they spend time in a closed, tightly sealed air-conditioned room. You don't hear the frogs chirping in the pond, the approach of a monsoon rain, or the gentle breezes rustling the leaves in the trees.

We really want our guests to enjoy the real experience of life in Ubud and in Bali, so we chose not to put A/C in all the rooms. We also feel it is important to do whatever possible to try to reduce our carbon footprint.

Guests may worry about being too hot because they make the comparison with living in a big city during the summer months without A/C. But of course, there is no comparison being in the rain forests of Ubud.

It is seldom that we receive a complaint from a guest about being too hot, and it is not unusual for a guest to request an extra blanket at night.

***CREATURES – Living in a rain forest, surrounded by the jungle, you will be sharing the environment with other members of the animal kingdom. We have regular guests like geckos which are harmless, but will happily eat as many mosquitoes as it can catch; a variety of frogs and toads will serenade you on rainy nights; and you may be visited occasionally by a monitor lizard or a monkey. There are snakes on Bali, however being very shy, they do not make an appearance very often. One should be aware, though, and avoid stepping on anything that looks like one.

****RABIES - The situation with rabies has generally been under control in the Ubud area. A local organization called BAWA has vaccinated all the dogs in the surrounding villages with great success. We rarely get a stray monkey at the villa, and so far there have been no reports of rabies in the monkey population. We have two lovely, clean and friendly (and of course vaccinated) dogs at the villa that keep local strays from wandering onto the property.

****MOSQUITOES & DENGUE FEVER - In the ubud area, dengue fever has always been much more of a concern than malaria. We do not use anti-mosquito fogging at the villa because of chemical concerns and also because fogging contributes to the eradication of the beneficial insects. We have also found that it is not effective for more than 24 hours anyway, and even less if it rains. We have many plants in our garden that help repel mosquitoes, and all the beds have netting. The use of a fan at night helps and we will light mosquito coils if you wish. While we do not have many mosquitos at the villa, it takes only one so it is best to be vigilant with the mosquito repellant and apply liberal doses as a preventative at dusk and also in the early morning when they like to feed. We have plenty for you to use at the villa, or you can bring your own preferred brand with you.

Keywords: bungalow, villa, estate, resort, hideaway, secluded, paradise, jungle, garden, cabin, view, pool, group, yoga, retreat, tropical, rainforest, gay friendly, LGBT friendly

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  • Events Allowed
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, spanish

About The Owner

When I first came to Ubud in 1984, I never imagined I would one day live here. It's now been 20 years since I pulled up stakes from my home town in the SF Bay Area and moved here.

I've seen many changes since then. We didn't have baguettes or cappucino, and often didn't even have electricity. The rice paddies on Monkey Forest Road have been replaced with glass fronted air-conditioned Polo shops, and there are no more fireflies.

But the heart of Ubud is still here, and all the reasons I've loved it from the first are still to be found. There is, of course, the stunning beauty of the physical surroundings, mouthwatering cuisine, and the clement weather, but it's really the people, always gracious and full of smiles, and as beautiful and inspirational as ever that have made this truly my home.

A life long dog lover, I have two charming beasts, Monkey and Alfie, who will greet you with wagging tails and, if you're lucky, a gift of the perfect leaf or stone, selected especially for you.

The Owner purchased this villa in 2001

What makes this villa unique

***A PEACEFUL ENVIRONMENT – While we have a large TV monitor and cable service, we don't have TVs or phones in the rooms but have tried to create a truly peaceful and natural environment.

Enjoy cooler temperatures and breezes as soon as you step into the compound from the road. The villa and cottages are situated on over 1/2 acre of lush, tropical gardens, and overlooking a small ravine, but in just a few minutes you can walk to central Ubud.


based on 21 traveler reviews

Secret Tropical Hideaway - Only 5 Min Walk to Central Ubud
average rating of 4.8095236 based on 21 reviews

Great first impressions but...

  • 2 of 5

We stayed in early July for four nights with another family. We had four adults and three children aged between 5-7 years. We booked for three families, however one family of two adults and a child were unable to travel. The pluses were staying in a traditional Balinese villa, excellent breakfasts, helpful staff and great location.

We booked the villa given that it could accomodate our 10 people. Unfortunately there are only two designated bedrooms on two levels in the main house, only one with air conditioning. We needed to use a daybed with mosquito net for 2 children to share and another bed was needed to be made up on the floor in the room with air con for the other child. The only available space for the third family, if they had been there, would have been in two separate 1-bedroom /bathroom bungalows below the house, reached via many steps and situated on a steep bank. We feel it is really important that people understand that while the villa is advertised to accomodate 10 people, it doesn't on a practical level for families with young children needing to sleep in close proximity. Given the rate we paid per night, we feel the villa was not adequately described.

The gardens are beautiful, as is the fish pond. The kids loved seeing the turtles and feeding the fish. The pool was ok for the kids who could swim, but the jets in the spa pool did not work. Mosquito repellent cream was made available in the villa as there were many mosquitoes around the site. However, even with the repellent and the coils that were lit in the late afternoon, everyone had bites. Unfortunately, on our return, we have had 3 of us diagnosed with dengue fever. It is important that people when booking accomodation are aware of risk of bites in tropical settings, particularly in accommodation that is not completely enclosed and air conditioning unavailable throughout the entire accommodation.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Perth Western Australia


  • 4 of 5

I stayed with a group of friends it was a girls week away.

All the staff are amazing and very accommodating, Nudi is the best cook her breakfasts were awesome!! they even organised massages for us each day in our villa.

Only drawback is only 1 bedroom is conditioned all other rooms have fans, the pool is great and view is just amazing you would think you were a million miles from anywhere

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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superb famiyl vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 13 all ages were greeted at the airport by the staff fot the beginning of a exceptional vacation. The first view of the lushly planted compound, with its multiple terasses, severak koi ponds, many private spots to hide in and several sleeping cottages in addition to the main house was quite stunning. It was only later that we discovered the 6 staff members who took such good care of us. Sumptuous breakfasts of local food masterminded by the cook who produced joy on a plate. Arrangements made through them to visit local attractions were uniformly excellent. White water rafting recommended did i mention house visits by local , excellent masseuse. And then there is Ubud itself. Lots to see and explore. Lots of shopping. And the Oops bar to cool down

We have taken many family vacation over the years, this is one of the best. And for the practical, rooms immaculate, located 10 minutes easy walk fromUbud center, pools perfect for dipping lounging. A caution . even in winter it is warm

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

Love At First Sight

  • 5 of 5

I spent a week at Villa Madu with a group of old friends. We'd been working for months to nail down a place for our reunion and, as it turned out, we could not have made a better choice! The space at the Villa is perfect for allowing for privacy when needed and also plenty of group "hangout" time. The rooms and bathrooms are spotless (and gorgeous!), the staff is amazing and the location is perfect. When you're at the Villa, you feel completely private and yet you can be in the middle of Ubud after just a few minutes walk. The food was delicious, there was a convenient (and reasonably priced) laundry that did pickup/deliver, massages were available at the Villa ... it was just fabulous! I have every intention of returning here, as soon as possible.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Las Vegas, NV


  • 5 of 5

My husband and I made this recent trip to Ubud as a getaway before the arrival of our baby in September. Villa Madu was the perfect backdrop for everything we could have possibly needed and wanted. The villa is surrounded by gorgeous greenery with a magical ravine down below. The rooms are decorated with beautiful artwork and the bathroom of the downstairs bedroom is amazing! You are literally taking a shower outside! The staff was more than welcoming and made me feel even more special since I am pregnant. We had fresh fruit and smoothies every morning and Nurdi, Wayan, Dewa and Jurro would regularly check in with us to see if we wanted anything else. We ate and ate and ate! In the 8 nights we were there, my husband had 2 massages that were set up for him in the serene garden at the property. I have been to Ubud many times before but this was my first time back after 16 years and although Ubud has changed tremendously and become a yoga Mecca open to tourists and shopping, Villa Madu allowed my husband and I the opportunity to enjoy what I remembered from so long ago in every comfort imaginable. I would absolutely recommend Villa Madu to anyone and everyone. Would go back in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Villa Madu is the best value luxury villa in Ubud. It's also GAY FRIENDLY!

  • 5 of 5

This is actually my second visit to Villa Madu. I have stayed at many villas in Ubud over the years but if I am with a group of 4 or more people, this is my absolute favourite. It is 5 mins walk to Ubud Central Post Office and Ubud Market. However, when you are within the grounds of Villa Madu you really think you could be in a beautifully manicured jungle. The view is beautiful from every room in the house and the little Joglos at the bottom of the property.

The staff were wonderful. Dewa and Wayan are always ready to help with any requests no matter what. Nurdi the wonderful cook was so happy to accommodate us with friends' sometimes odd dietary requirements.

The photos on this site don't do the villa justice. It really is a very special place with that old time bali feel but with all the modern comforts required.

I definitely recommend this place for families (modern and traditional) and for groups of friends. I'd like to have my next birthday event at the villa.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

yoga, qigong, salsa dancing, salsa classes, tango dancing, tango classes, drumming, cooking classes, mask makingg, painting, weddings, reunions, family, gay friendly, LGBT friendly


Rates & Availability

Gianyar Regency Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Peak Season
Jun 30 2016 - Sep 4 2016
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $39 per night, per additional guest
Peak Holiday season
Dec 15 2016 - Jan 9 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $39 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 15.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Gianyar Regency Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 400 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Covered Parking
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
  • 6.5
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Villa Downstairs Master - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Jahe Bungalow - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Jeruk Bungalow - 2 twin/ single
    Villa Upstairs Bedroom - 1 queen
    Upstairs Alcove Bedroom - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • 5-6 bedrooms - Queen size Beds (3), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (6), Extra Twin Beds Available (4) For larger parties there are two more houses available on the same property. Vanilla Cottage has one bedroom in a quiet, enclosed garden space, with a daybed on the veranda. Sleeps 2 Rumah Madulina has 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, with ample space for more guests on extra beds. Sleeps 6
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming

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