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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.
Private Decks, Balconies, and a Beautiful Walled Garden, Master bedroon and tower Loft with 360 Degree Views of Rice Fields and Volcanoes, Some Cooking Utensils Provided, Wireless internet Access and Excellent Small Restaurant (Warung) nearby, Meals Can Be Served in the Villa, Daily or Weekly Maid Service Available, Transportation Arranged from Airport and for Touring, No Smoking Inside, No Pets...moreless
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WiFi in the house, internet access via voucher, about $12 for entire stay....moreless
There are 2 balconies, the larger coming off the living area, the smaller off the bedroom upstairs....moreless
It is really called a bale, and it is the traditional outdoor lounging spot of choice!...moreless
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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.
We accept all major credit cards and PayPal. Reservations are booked upon receipt of 25% deposit, nonrefundable but dates are changeable, with the remainder due 30 days prior to check-in.
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