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Historical 1BR Suite Villa Ubud

Bedrooms 1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Villa in Ubud, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 2

In 1995, Made Wijaya wanted a new house to showcase the view and was keen to flex some architectural muscle on a neighboring site. With my partners Gusti Sarjana and Nyoman Miyoga a 'Presidential Villa' was conceived in a style that could be called 'power dressing'. I wanted to do a substantial house that would be a new direction for traditional Balinese architecture and also our office's decorative clout. The land's three gentle terraces were turned into a dramatic two, with a lozenge-shaped lap-pool taking up most of the lower terrace. Three traditional structures were then built on the sizeable upper terrace.

(P.S. A view of the valley and the pool is desperately needed to define the house style and show the reader "one of Bali's seven natural wonders" alluded to).

The main house I now called the Presidential Suite was built in the form of pure Balinese wantilan - the two-storied community halls that host cock fights in the wet season and gamelan rehearsals in the dry. This building was to house the public areas - the living and dining - with the master bedroom above. A staff house was attached to the kitchen section of the main house off the entrance court. Off the far corner of the Wantilan, the valley-view side, we built a 'Royal' bedroom inspired by the large loji pavilions I had admired in the Saren palace of nearby Ubud. We gave this Royal suite a 'Queenslander' tropical bungalow touch by adding a wide terrace accessed through giant louvred doors. There was little garden left on the upper terraces so I wanted the interiors to be 'sparkling': too many 'valley view' houses are drab I feel, once the view 'goes out' at 6 p.m. I enlisted the services of Trompe L'oeil artist du jour Stephen Little and give his florid fantasies full reign. The results were miraculous: he made the Royal Suite feel like a cardinal's bedroom in an ancient Portuguese castle. The tile frieze painted up the wall was like the side wall on a Venetian gondola garage, updated in the 1950s. The bedroom had bold character and wit.

In the main house the maestro created frescos taken from our joint Port Jackson (Sydney Harbor) past. On one sliding door Stephen painted, in nave neo-native fashion, a fresco of a ficticious, operatic First Fleet, arriving at Padang Bai, the port of East Bali. It had been inspired by a similar work on the stairs of the legendary Taj Hotel in Port Aguarda in Goa, India, a snap of which I had produced. Other screens featured hyperreal Trompe L'oeil of coconut-weave walls. On the pewter coloured cement floors of the main living room little painted Taro-card heraldic rugs complete with the corners scuffed up. Harlequin tile patterns, rich wall colours, and high camp decorative touches (Matador lamps astride Javanese rent trolleys) completed the exotic mix.

Our spacious Bali-Modern and Colonial-Classic cottages and villas are intended for those who appreciate nature. Your accommodation is either within a tropical garden or with spectacular river valley and rice field views.

Landscape artist and writer Made Wijaya acquired the land in 1983 and rebuilt the cottages - adding villas, swimming pools and a lobby/library. All villas have lush gardens and most have views overlooking the river valley.

More Details

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
October 15, 2014


Ubud Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Parking
  • Kitchen
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • 1 bed (Real Bed)
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives



Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional


  • Check in after 2:00 PM, check out before 12:00 PM
    Cancellation Policy - Strict: 50% refund up until 1 week prior to arrival (additional cancellation charges may apply)

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