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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.
The listed rate of $240 per night is for up to 4 guests. Each additional guest is $20 more per night.
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!
'Made' or 'Wayan'can get a local sim card for your mobile phone & set up to make calls in Bali for $10 . If the local sim card does not work in your phone, she can buy you a mobile phone for about $25...moreless
Bicycle rental can be arranged for a reasonable fee. Scooters can be rented for only $5 per day- the most fun & efficient way to get around Ubud. Drivers are cheap as well, and tours easily arranged....moreless
Get out of the sun in the open air living room under the traditional Balinese rice barn in the garden. Nice chaise lounges around the pool, and outdoor seating on the wrap around covered porch....moreless
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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.
Year Purchased: 2010
About the owner: 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.
Why the Owner 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.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
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.
Main house, Balinese Lumbong, saltwater pool
Made - Bali Buddha's angel, caretaker, housecleaner, cook, and all around help
Seating areas on wide L-shaped veranda
Beautiful home facing the jungle with rice paddies on 3 sides
hand carved king size bed w wraparound views & vu terrace. Mos net was added
Sunrise from upstairs bedroom terrace
Queen bed upstairs in guesthouse. Overlooks the pool, rice paddys & jungle.
Chill zone next to pool can convert to bed. Kitchenette on left.Bamboo blinds.
Bdrm w antique Javanese 4 poster bed, desk,lounge,TV, lgbathroom w tub&shwr
roomy kitchen w pantry, fridge, Vitamix blender, dehydrator, dishes, pots.
Bali Buddha Villa awaits you
Garden & pool, many varieties of flowers. Walled off on 3 sides, jungle on other
The view from upstairs of rice paddies next door
The yard with Balinese Lumbong (guest house with its own garden bathroom) & pool
Upstairs bedroom with seating area and writing desk. Wraparound views and deck.
terrace off upstairs bedroom looks into the jungle
Guest house w bedroom up, kitchenette, chill space & garden bathroom below.Views
Garden bathroom under Balinese Lumbong has waterfall shower, toilet & sink
Chill zone below guest house next to pool. Garden bathroom door on the right.
Lg downstairs bathroom w lava rock walls. Not shown are terrazzo tub & sink
pass through kitchen to bromeliad lined courtyard. Spiral stairs lead up to bdrm
Entrance and salon on wide wrap around verandah. Wonderful and peaceful!
Cleopatra, our lovable housecat. She keeps the critters away & very affectionate
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