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Secret Tropical Hideaway - Only 5 Min Walk to Central Ubud

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Last updated: 05/26/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:18
  • Bedrooms:5
  • Bathrooms:6
  • Property type:Villa
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Villa, Cabins, Cottages- 7 bd 7 ba, in lush, on secluded 3/4 acre, walk to town

Gorgeous, newly renovated Villa Madu is a secluded tropical paradise, on over 3000 sq meters (3/4 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. The Villa, The Cottages, and The Cabins can be booked together for large groups, or separately for smaller groups.

Please contact us for special discounts when booking the entire property, or for weekly and long term rates.

Luxuriate in the Swimming Pool just steps away from the Villa, 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 5+
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.

***The Cabins
Sleeps 4+
Descend the 30 stone steps into the cool ravine to arrive at the grass thatched teak wood entry way for the 2 antique teak wood Javanese cabins. You will feel miles away from everything in your own private jungle cabin. The North Cabin has two twins that can be separated or joined as needed, and a quaint alcove with 2 single futons and a shared kitchenette. The South Cabin has two twins that can be separated or joined as needed. Both cabins together sleep up to 5.

***The Cottages
Sleeps 4+
Two self-contained one-bedroom one bath cottages, with private gardens and kitchenette, The Vanilla Cottages can be booked together with the villa and two cabins for a total of 7 bedrooms and 7.5 baths.

***Rumah Maduluna (optional add-on - inquire for availability)
Sleeps 4+
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 fiber optic WIFI, which is unlimited and available throughout the property, and is included at no extra charge.

***Our Friendly Staff
Our full time staff of 8 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 16% taxes; welcome drinks; unlimited WiFi; high quality linens and bathroom amenities; free shuttle transportation within Ubud when available; drinking water, Bali coffee and tea; satellite TV service; full time staff of 8.

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


Member since: 2011

Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/26/2017

Property Type

  • Villa
  • 400 m²

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 18
  • Events Allowed:

    loud music must end no later than 11:30 pm...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Unfenced pool and multiple stairways and railings....moreless

  • Pets Considered
  • Smoking Allowed:

    in the garden and outdoor areas only....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Included In Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff


Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18, Beds for 9-18

  • 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...moreless

Bathrooms: 6 Bathrooms


  • Books:

    Library of fiction and non-fictions books available to enjoy during your visit....moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Ping Pong Chess Monopoly Pictionary Scrabble Cards Against Humanity Playing Cards Darts...moreless

  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Botanical Garden
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Mountain View
  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Parasailing
  • Racquetball
  • Rafting
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surfing
  • Swimming


  • Dining:

    additional seating available on the adjoining patio...moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 14 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    The downstairs master berm in the villa has A/C. All other bdrms have ceiling or floor fans & mosquito netting. Part of the experience of coming to Ubud is to enjoy the warm days and cool nights....moreless

  • Covered Parking
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone:

    An Indonesian cellphone is provided for you to use during your visit. It has numbers programmed for various staff members, drivers, and restaurants in Ubud that will deliver to the villa....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Laundry service is available for very reasonable rates. ...moreless

  • Wireless Internet


  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Bicycles:

    bicycles available for hire nearby...moreless

  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


from 25 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $59

Owner's cancellation policy:

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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Last updated: 05/26/2017
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yoga, qigong, salsa dancing, salsa classes, tango dancing, tango classes, drumming, cooking classes, mask makingg, painting, weddings, reunions, family, gay friendly, LGBT friendly


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2001

About the owner: We've seen so many changes in Ubud since we first came here. 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 Unique Benefits at this Villa:
***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.

Contact us

Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/26/2017

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  • Entry way and kitchen

    Entry way and kitchen

  • Balcony overlooking the pool

    Balcony overlooking the pool

  • A place to sit outside the downstairs master suite

    A place to sit outside the downstairs master suite

  • Our specialty - Nasi Tumpeng

    Our specialty - Nasi Tumpeng

  • Upstairs master bath

    Upstairs master bath

  • Charming teak wood jungle bungalow with WIFI.

    Charming teak wood jungle bungalow with WIFI.

VRBO #382484

This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Friday, May 26, 2017

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