Twin bedroomOne sitting area on the verandah. (shared space)
Photographer home in heart of Bali2
Photographer home in heart of Bali2

Private room

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

2 Beds

Private room

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

2 Beds

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About this listing

Twin bed room in the home of photographer Rio Helmi, tucked away in a lush garden w 7m plunge pool; 2minute walk to center of town. Friendly staff, look after you and service the room. (breakfast,twin beds, ensuite bathroom) It's a home, not a hotel! Guests do not have access to the compound kitchen.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Check In: Anytime after 2PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Private room


Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Discount: 14%
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The space

(Please note that our price includes a basic breakfast, served from 7:30 through to 11:00am.)

This listing features twin beds with en suite bathroom. The room is fully air-conditioned.

Set in a building which also contains another bedroom (feel free to view at my other listings on Airbnb), the house also features a living room and a large-ish verandah with out door sitting areas, for you to relax and enjoy your holiday in Bali.

You will find a 7x2meter plunge pool set in a small garden. There is WIFI access, and cable TV access in the living room. The house is located in Ubud town center with just 5 minutes to main road leading to Ubud market.

Variety of shopping centre and restaurants are available, all within an easy walk. Simple breakfast of fruit, eggs and toast, or optionally fruit and yoghurt with granola will be provided. Indonesian breakfast (fried rice/nasi goreng) can also be ordered.

Pool is shared by other guests occupying other rooms in the house. Feel free to message me if you have any further enquiries.

Guest access

Pool, verandah sitting area, living room with cable tv.

Interaction with guests

The house staff are around from 7 am to 10 pm. After that there is a security watch man on duty till the morning.

The neighborhood

The house is tucked away in a quiet garden but it is in the middle of Ubud, a proper neighborhood though busy, with food stalls, bicycle rentals, small shops and even a herb walk specialist. There's a ricefield walk about 5 minutes away.

Getting around

It is just 150 meters from the main road, so it's easy to arrange transport, plus we have drivers on tap. There are bicycle and motor scooter rentals literally just down the road.

Other things to note

While we are happy to help guests with special needs please note that guests do not have access to the kitchen.

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 2PM

No smoking in rooms, no drug use, no late night parties



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.

Safety features
Fire extinguisher
Lock on bedroom door

2 nights minimum stay

119 Reviews

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Mei-Ing User Profile
April 2017
Rio encountered a technical problem at his house a few hours before our arrival, but went above and beyond to inform us and organise alternative accommodation for us. I want to note the problem was caused by external circumstances, and nothing he or his staff could have prevented. He had excellent communication, met us at his gallery, and kindly walked us to a lovely alternate airbnb on the same block, owned by his friend. He even offered us use of his pool afterwards, since the replacement house didn't have one, and stayed in touch throughout our trip to make sure we had everything we needed. Although we haven't seen his house, we can vouch that he is an exceptional host who made sure we got accommodation of excellent value and took great care of us.

Eunmi User Profile
April 2017
I can say that Rio's house is the best place for relexing in Ubud. It is very cozy with kind staffs. Also close to downtown, but not crowded, not noisy. Specially I like to spend some time in he library with photos and enjoy swimming in cool pool during sunny day time. Absolutely I will recommend Rio's house to my friend and family.

Christina User Profile
April 2017
Situated minutes from the heart of bustling Ubud, this beautiful, quiet home gave us the sanctuary we needed to recharge, and from there to explore the surroundings. Rio was incredibly helpful. His local knowledge and contacts were invaluable. His amazing photographs are displayed in the home-stay, and his gallery and cafe are close by. And, the breakfasts are superb! A truly rewarding and satisfying visit.

Lee User Profile
March 2017
Lovely place to stay with a knowledgeable and helpful host.

Joel User Profile
February 2017
Rio and co. were such a welcoming host. The room and outdoor living was spacious. It is a great place to stay if you're wanting to check out Ubud's sights as they are only short walks away.

Ghian User Profile
January 2017
It's the perfect place to stay in Ubud. You won't realise it's only a 5-minute stroll to the town centre considering how peaceful it is! It's homey, clean and seamless check-in/out. The staff are really friendly and make delicious breakfast. Above all, Rio himself is a wonderful host. Couldn't have asked for more really - I would definitely return in a heart beat!

Adelyn User Profile
November 2016
This is my second time staying at Rio's. I picked it as it is a convenient and safe location that is walking distance to most things but yet a quiet oasis once I step into the compound of the house. As always, the breakfast is good and the small pool is a delight on hot afternoons. Pixie, the cat, is also entertaining when she comes by the garden/pool area.

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Ubud, Indonesia · Joined in February 2013
Rio User Profile

Born in Europe in 1954 to an Indonesian diplomat father and a Turkish mother, Rio Helmi has been capturing images of Asia and writing since 1978. His work can be seen in magazines, documentaries and more than 20 large format photographic books. Shows of Rio’s still photography have been held in Bali, Jakarta, Madrid, Miyazaki, Palo Alto, San Francisco, and Sydney.

From the late Seventies to the early Eighties, Rio worked as a photographer/writer and associate editor in the Indonesian media (Bali Post, Mutiara, Sinar Harapan,). Since 1983, Rio has freelanced for many regional and international magazines (Asiaweek, Geo, Harper’s Bazaar, New York Times, Tempo, Time, Vanity Fair, Vogue etc).

Rio has been based in Bali for more than three decades, and speaks five languages fluently: Indonesian, Balinese, English, French, and German - as well as what he describes as a “pretty light smattering of Tibetan”. He writes in Indonesian and English, and also blogs sporadically about a wide range of topics. He has also moderated panel sessions and conducted public interviews at the Ubud Writer’s and Reader’s Festival which is now an annual event of international repute.

His latest book is a retrospective portfolio of Bali over the last 30 years called “Memories of the Sacred” launched early October 2010.

His work can be seen on (URL HIDDEN) - Rio also blogs sporadically for the Huffington Post.

Rio has a gallery in Ubud showcasing his work, with a small cafe attached with the best coffee in town (our clients say so!).
(URL HIDDEN) - Rio has also recently launched a new website dedicated to Ubud whose title "Ubud Now and Then" says it all, given that Rio has lived in Ubud nearly 40 years. The site naturally has events, dining, and other listings but also has an interesting blog roll written by various locals and long term residents associated with Ubud. You will find updated videos and photos . Rio describes the site as "a cosmopolitan small town newspaper". You can also find it on (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) for more chatty and interactive updates. One or two nights is not enough for Ubud!

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