Honey Tree Villa- life is sweet!

House - Entire home/apt · Jalan Jempen, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia

Green design villa in rural Bali just 30 minutes from Ubud, 1 hour from airport. Prime location as a base for bicycle tours, trekking, cultural tourism, white water rafting, or just beautiful resting place. Swim in our new natural stone pool, get a massage in the poolside garden house. Central Bali location makes Honey Tree a convenient starting point for car tours to all Bali attractions. Our roads & trails have very little traffic: ideal for exploring on foot or bicycle. Grab a 21 speed bicycle and go off on your own or we can arrange professional guides. Explore mountains, rivers, waterfalls, temples, Traditional villages and farms.

This home is open air design facing the jungle with a green belt river in back. Top floor suite has a spectacular tree-house feel. Its a hide-away kind of place, for a great escape from city life and a chance to meet Balinese and observe their real way of life away from tourist areas.

Please read our guest reviews ... they give a realistic picture of the Honey Tree Villa experience.
In short... Life is sweet at the Honey Tree ! :)


The Space

As you can see from the photos, this home is open air design facing the jungle with a green belt river in back. Upstairs shower has views of lush terraced rice paddies . This top floor suite has a spectacular tree-house feel. You can literally touch the treetops. Beautiful gardens surround our stunning new natural stone swimming pool. Its a hide-away kind of place, for a great escape from city life and a chance to meet Balinese and observe their real way of life away from tourist areas.

All bedrooms have queen size beds with bed net canopy. There are two en-suite bedrooms with private bath. The master suite includes the entire top floor. The second suite is on the ground floor.. Dining room & kitchen are located in the new wing. Both bedroom suites have either a terrace or balcony overlooking the new pool. A "bonus bedroom" we call the Jungle Room is perfect for overflow sleeping. Access is outside in the lower garden. So, kitchen, dining, & living rooms are available for your exclusive use...you are renting the complete property.

For optional $5/day cleaning fee, our staff will clean the house , make the beds, clean up the kitchen, and service the garden and the pool. Only the first 3 days cleaning fee are prepaid upon booking. You just pay for extra service you decide to use when you check-out. Good outside laundry service available at very reasonable local Bali rates.

Our house manager, Kadek, who has a nice car & speaks English well, is available for island tours or basic daily transport. Airport pickup / drop off service ( $25). Local trips cost about $5/hr ( perhaps less when just waiting for you, as you eat in a restaurant or visit a museum, for example). The actual rate depends on distance driven..ie petrol use.

Wireless Wi-Fi available: no problem. When I'm here I work on my computer by tethering to hotspot with a 3g smart phone, The signal is usually excellent because we have a cell tower on our street. I created this listing & other websites this way. We have a hotspot wireless device for guest use that does the same thing.

. Please read our guest reviews ... they give a realistic picture of the Honey Tree Villa experience. Our location is central to everything on Bali ( we are in the geographic center of the island) but you will need some means of transport. We have three multi speed bikes available free for your use. You can rent a car or motor scooter rather cheaply ( we will help you if you want) and drive yourself. The most convenient mode of getting around Bali is to use Kadek's very affordable car & driver/guide service. Its almost as cheap as driving yourself, and much more relaxing.

If you are lucky enough to spend a month or more on Bali, consider using Honey Tree Villa as your home base. Our monthly rate is so affordable, you can go off on overnight trips from time to time, for surfing, scuba, city night life, or whatever adventures your Bali heart desires. :) I do it myself, when I come for two or three months each winter. I like to scuba, for example, so I might go to Amed or Tulamben or Lombok for a few days. After a period of hard play in the sun, its so good to return to the refreshing green oasis of the Honey Tree.

Long stay or short, our staff will help you with any of your needs. Bed linens, towels, kitchen utensils, soap all included in the price. Gardener & pool service included. Every morning the yard is swept clean of leaves that have fallen the night before.
In short... Life is sweet at the Honey Tree ! :)


Guest Access

You are renting the whole property and all its equipment, including 3 multi speed bicycles.BBQ grill. Swimming pool. 3 bedrooms. Whole house and all the grounds.

Interaction with Guests

Guests will have the property to themselves, but staff will be on site morning and evening to provide guest services.

The Neighborhood

Our location in central Bali is a convenient starting point for island touring, instead of fighting traffic for your first hour of touring, as you must do in South Bali, here the beauty of rural bali is all around you from the moment you step outside your door! That's why I bought land here. Its off the beaten tourist path, still authentic rice farming area with stunning terraced rice paddies, green belt jungle, and traditonal village life.

Getting around

Our manager Kadek will meet your flight or come to your hotel to trasport you to Honey Tree for $25. Once here, you can hire Kadek by the hour to tour or shop, use our free bicycles, rent motor bike, or rent self drive car. No public transport in the village. But we can drop you in Ubud at bus terminal if you want.

Other Things to Note

Tourist infrastructure, such as western resturants, do not exist in the village. We are it!:) so stock up your kitchen!!
Expect to drive when you want to eat out. Minimart and indonesian restaurants 10 minutes away. Ubud is 20 to 30 minutes away. There you will find thousands of travelers, and hundreds of resturants, shops, and complete tourist facilities of every kind. Bad news. Ubud also has a traffic problem.too much of a good thing. Still fun to visit.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 5
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2.5
Beds: 3
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $395 /week
Monthly Price: $1200 /month
Security Deposit: $100
Cleaning Fee: $15
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • Honey tree villa is set in the middle of the forest near sangeh. I was surprised to know that my friend and I were the first Indonesian guest that have stayed there. The villa is located within a forest like environment and It was very quiet. It is a perfect spot if you want to escape the the busy city life and the crowded tourists area in bali. The design of the villa was "open air" and at night you can hear a lot of crickets singing you to sleep. Bli Kadek was very kind and helpful during our stay. The place is pretty far from denpasar and kuta (more than 1 hour drive) but since we did not want to go there it was fine. Thank You Jack and Bli Kadek for letting us stay at Honey Tree Villa. It was a pleasant experience for us both!

    January 2014
  • Honey Tree is simply a gorgeous property, even more beautiful than the pictures. It's spacious, perfectly designed, and incredibly well constructed.

    Jack and his house manager Kadek could not have been nicer or more responsive. Both were eager to help us with any issue and quick to respond to our questions. Kadek even invited us to a family ceremony, which was the highlight of our week.

    If you're considering a stay at Honey Tree, it's important to understand its unique location. If you're looking for a quite, true Bali getaway, with long walks in the rice fields and quiet wanders through local villages, this is your place. There's no hint of tourism in this little corner of central Bali.

    If you're hoping to go out to restaurants and activities, you should be aware that the villa is some distance from Ubud and other attractions, and that there is no public transport (or any shops or restaurants) within easy walking distance. You'll need to have either your own car, or a working phone so you can call Kadek for a ride.

    One of the great things about Honeytree is that it's completely open to the environment, so that it feels fresh and cool in any weather. At night the nature sounds are delightful. This also means lots of creature encounters, so if you're looking for a sealed, bug-free environment this is not the right fit for you.

    Staying at Honeytree was a truly unique experience, and we thank Jack and Kadek for their kindness and generosity.

    January 2014
  • Jack is a very friendly und caring host - thanks for this. His Honey Bee Villa - a special secret on Bali - lies very hidden from any tourist hype. For people who want to go out for eating or just having a coffee spontaneously or need flower: consider that this is almost impossible unless you have a car or a motorbike or ask this great and always helpful and friendly man on your side Kadek to drop you and pick you up later. The house itself offers much space inside and outside the secret of jungle very close. Behind this wonderful green rice fields expand. you may walk or ride with Jack's bicycle to the next village. I experienced this stay as a challenge during rain season. So I had plenty of time for thinking, meditating, writing, reading, relaxing. Ubud is a nice and vivid town - visit obligatory the museums! - and take time for the market! Jack, thank you very much going through Bali from your perspective!

    January 2014
  • Depending on the type of break that you're looking for this will either be a little slice of paradise or a little too remote. We loved it. Staying in the middle of the jungle was great, the house was lovely and we were very well looked after by Kadek and his family. We hired scooters and ride up to the crater lakes in the north of the island and into Ubud a couple of times (which is about 40 minutes away).

    September 2013
  • The experience at Honey Tree Villa becomes as memorable as any other component of one's holiday in Bali. Kadek, a local Indonesian man, acts as the caretaker, driver and all-purpose guide to Ubud. It's a real pleasure to get to know Kadek and we were lucky enough to experience one of his family's Hindu ceremonies. Putu is an amazing chef who is available to make meals for guests. He was there every morning to make breakfast for us. Last, but not least, there's Jack C (or something like that), the dog with "good Karma," who found her own way to the Honey Tree Villa, and has been receiving love from all the guests who pass through. The Villa is an enjoyable 30 minute drive from central Ubud and is situated amongst rice fields and small villages. It is also situated near the starting point for an number of "eco tourism" adventures - trekking, bicycling, rafting, or the elephant sanctuary. Kadek provides numerous suggestions for daily activities and is able to make all the arrangements. Because of the quiet location and enclosed yard, security was never a concern.

    For something closer to the real Bali or Indonesia, we would highly recommend Ubud and its surrounds, and Honey Tree Villa as surely one of the best places to spend your holiday at, even if it's just a place to lay your head each night.

    August 2013
  • A lovely place, situated in a small village right at the edge of a beautiful forest. The service is outstanding with Kadek: guide, housekeeper and driver. And Putu the cook who served wonderful sushi and chicken curry- delicious. Upstairs there are no windows, so you get direct access to the forest live and a feeling of being a bit part of it.

    July 2013
  • Hi Jack! thanks! we had a beautiful experience. Putu is an amazing chef and a sweet boy. He always cooked for us refined dishes and yummy. KADEK supported us in all our requests and was always amenable. they invited us to their private ceremony. We appreciated very much, they are special people. jack thanks again to you, for your beautiful home. the room above is gorgeous, so sleep outdoors is a must-do experience. and then I like is structured just like home, if I could I'd do in Rome in the same way. I can only thank you all for an unforgettable holiday, because then there's also talk of Bali, I could talk endlessly ... including our scooter rides around unfamiliar streets ... wow fantastic. I hope we see again soon. Terimakasi Jack, Kadek, Putu

    July 2013
    Response from Jack:

    That's great to hear Barbara! Truly I feel the same way about the place even after 10 years building it. Guests like you, so full of joy for life, are very special to host. Happy Travels!

  • Myself and two friends recently stayed at Jack's Honey Tree Villa, and we couldn't have had a better experience.

    The villa is set in a quiet and serene location, and waking up to the sunshine every morning, and being completely surrounded by nature was such a unique and incredible experience. The villa was impeccably clean, and the staff really made our stay an unforgettable one. They were so friendly and always made themselves available to help tend to our busy travel itinerary. Most importantly though, both Putu and Kadek made us feel comfortable, safe, and at home.

    Jack, we were so thrilled with our stay, and thank you and your team for your utmost hospitality.

    We very much look forward to our next visit to Bali, and our next stay at the Honey Tree Villa!


    June 2013
  • Mes enfants Jules (12 ans) et Lorène (16 ans), mon mari et moi-même avons passé une semaine formidable dans la maison de Jack ! Dormir sous une moustiquaire dans une chambre sans fenêtres au milieu de la jungle restera une expérience inoubliable ! La maison est isolée mais située dans un très bel endroit où la nature est luxuriante et j'ai adoré les balades à pied que l'on a faite en partant de la maison, les rizières juste à côté, la rencontre avec les enfants du village et aussi la famille de Kadek ! Pour se déplacer les services de Kadek, le chauffeur, sont indispensables car Ubud est situé à 30 minutes. Kadek est un homme merveilleux qui restera dans nos coeurs. Il a toujours été là, prêt à nous aider, à nous faire découvrir Bali, sa vie, sa maison, sa famille... Putu nous a préparé de très bons plats, toujours avec le sourire et une grande gentillesse. Je recommande également la balade à vélo avec Dewa que nous a proposé Kakek, c'était magique ! Si vous souhaitez connaître le Bali authentique, il faut aller dans la jolie maison de Jack ! Merci à Kadek, sa femme Madé, son adorable fils Pico et merci Putu !

    August 2013
  • Nous avons passé 4 jours merveilleux avec nos 2 enfants (5 et 8 ans) dans la Honey tree villa. La villa est confortable et étonnante: complètement ouverte sur la nature luxuriante de Bali. Sur place, nous avons été guidés par un chauffeur très sympathique (Kadek) qui connait bien la Région. Nous n'oublierons jamais les fabuleux repas indonésien préparés avec générosité par Putu, un cuisinier émérite de la famille de Kadek. Ce choix nécessite un moyen de transport pour visiter la Région où les services du chauffeur-guide. C'est un excellent choix pour une famille qui souhaite visiter le Centre de Bali.

    July 2013
    Response from Jack:

    Thank you Sharon for your kind review. I'm so glad your holiday at Honey Tree Villa was a good experience. My staff told me it was a great pleasure to serve your wonderful family. Best wishes from us all!

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Split my time between mid-coast Maine & my house in the village in Bali. Been traveling since age 5. Grew up in South Pacific & S.E. Asia. Active as a real estate broker & small business consultant. Hobbies include adventure travel, kayaking, cycling, photography, learning about Bali & blogging about it. ( (website hidden) ) I've seen a lot of the world, and for me Bali is as good as it gets. Enjoy making new friends & sharing what I have with them.
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