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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.
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!
Optional 4th bdrm in bale on ground level of Lumbong: 1 queen
Under the bale, open air, mosquito net and bamboo blinds...moreless
Upstairs bedroom w ensuite bathroom: 1 king
Large room w lg windows, views, desk, seating area, breezy...moreless
Downstairs bedroom w ensuite bathroom: 1 queen
A.C. antique Javanese bed. Lg lava rock bathroom...moreless
Balinese Lumbong Treehouse Bedroom
fan cooled, kitchenette, chill zone, garden bathroom...moreless
King size bed (1) Indonesian sleigh bed, Queen size Bed (2) antique 4 poster javanese bed with mosquito netting downstairs, and new lovely platform bed w mosquito net in the tree tops in the Lumbong. Queen Bale bed on garden level of Lumbong or Single Beds (2) single mattresses available for extra guests. Bedrooms are large so mattresses can be added on the floor., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) large sleigh bed/sofa on porch and extra mattresses that can be put on the floors in the large rooms. ...moreless
Upstairs bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower
Adjoins bedroom with sliding door, large terrazzo tub/shower...moreless
Downstairs Bathroom: toilet, tub, shower
Large roomy bathroom w lava rock walls & high ceiling...moreless
Open sky garden bathroom: toilet, outdoor shower
Open sky garden bathroom, as part of Balinese Lumbong...moreless
Three full bathrooms. Downstairs bath is a large beautiful bathroom with lava rock walls and separate shower and tub. Upstairs bathroom is tile with tub/shower combo. On the ground floor of the Balinese Lumbong is a garden bathroom open to the sky. Shower under the stars under a waterfall shower and admire the lush flowers and plants in your bathroom. This is a full bathroom, not a half bathroom as stated on this site....moreless
3-day minimum rental. Jungle and rice paddy views that are simply stunning. Lavish gardens with wild flowers and orchids too numerous to name. Bamboo trees, coconuts and mangos and lemons and more that you can reach out and touch. Salt water pool for swimming. Koi pond and fountain. This house is like living in a beautiful park. There is a separate traditional Balinese Lumbong (rustic and charming traditional Balinese barn!), just renovated, for use as an extra bedroom. Has small living area, kitchenette, and it's own garden bathroom on the garden level, just a few steps from the pool. The main house was built with river rock facing and teak windows and doors. Two large terrazzo tubs - one in each of the 2 main house bathrooms. The downstairs bath has a large separate lava rock shower with Balinese hand carved statue fountain. The upstairs has a combo bathtub/shower. 5 min drive to town....moreless
Each bedroom has its own lounge/reading area w desk. Communal salon is on the large L-shaped verandah with overhead ceiling fans and views of the lush garden, jungle & pool....moreless
'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
Street parking, with short walking path through the rice paddys to the house. Takes about 2 minutes to walk from the road to the villa's garden gate....moreless
Parking Off Street:
Motorcycle parking area just outside garden gate. Street parking for cars....moreless
Basic herbs and more. We can supply kitchen before your arrival if you email a list of groceries you would like. $10 + cost of food for this service payable to 'Made' when you arrive....moreless
1 large refrigerator in main house, 1 half size refrigerator in Lumbong...moreless
2 burner stovetop. 1 burner stovetop in Lumbong. Small counter-top toaster oven. Vitamixer and more....moreless
4 slice, slots wide enough for bagels and rolls....moreless
Off upstairs bedroom overlooking jungle and rice paddys...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
Deck / Patio:
Covered wrap around veranda with koi pond and fountain. Wonderful teak and bamboo furniture for curling up with a good book. ...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
Lawn / Garden:
Lush lush lush! With flowers and plants too numerous to name and lovely Balinese statues throughout....moreless
Gas grill is stored in pantry, easily moved into garden for use....moreless
Pool / Spa
9x3 meter saltwater pool on the edge of the jungle. Surrounded by coconut trees and flowers. Just a few steps from the house and Lumbong. Not suitable for very young children as it is 4-5 ft deep...moreless
Holidays 2014-15 Dec 16 - Jan 5, 2015 5 night min stay
My Standard Rate 3 night min stay
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Rate is for up to 4 guests. Additional guests are $20 more per night. Rate includes breakfast. Tax is included, tips to staff appreciated. 1/2 total to reserve via Paypal.com to firstname.lastname@example.org + 3.9% Paypal fee.Bank wire on request.Balance due in cash on arrival. Refunds on deposits only if another guest can be found to fill your dates. Travel insurance recommended n case you need to cancel
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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.