CONNECTED - Satellite for internet on roof
LOCATION - 20 minute walk to Ubud.
CLEAN - Voted cleanest village in Indonesia in 2012.
5-STAR NOMINEE - for BEST reviews in Bali.
FRIENDLIEST - Cleaning Lady
The Grand Canyon Eco Villa is a stunning and unique private 2 bedroom house. This eco-friendly house located in Nyuh Kuning Village is a quiet, modern oasis surrounded by a natural pond and lush greenery. The “green lung” of the Monkey Forest separates the village from the busyness of Ubud.
Relax in this fully furnished, NO-SMOKING, spacious-feeling home within walking distance to Ubud. Amenities include:
•Open living room and dining room
•Air-conditioners in BOTH BEDROOMS
•Both bedrooms SHARE ONE bath
•Antique teak wood joglo guest room (shares bath with master bedroom)
•Small desk area in master bedroom
•Drinking water provided
Built by local artisans from Nyuh Kuning Village and features natural, local bamboo, ironwood bridges, teak furnishings and stone with modern terrazzo architectural finishes. All materials were sourced within 50 miles of the house.
It’s minimal footprint living with:
•Sustainable 'rammed earth' walls reminiscent of the Grand Canyon
•Grey water filtered through a tropical sand bed and returned to the pond
•Rain water collected and harvested to the pond
If you're interested in more of the media coverage and green details of the house:
-It was featured in a Singapore-based architectural blog called (website hidden) about green building in Southeast Asia entitled, "A green house of harmony and balance in the heart of Ubud, Bali"
-My house was featured on the blog of the man who I met hiking in the Blue Mountains of Australia in 2003; his book 'Sustainable House' inspired me to build my dream. His website is (website hidden) dot AU and the article entitled "Sustainable house using bamboo in Bali".
- Article about my house on (website hidden) entitled "Gorgeous Eco-Friendly Villa in Bali Built Using Only Local Materials and Labor"
Housecleaning is provided six days per week (not on Sundays or holidays). Transportation from the airport and local sightseeing can be arranged.
The property is very much designed for outdoor living to take advantage of the 75-90 degree year round temperatures. There are 2 bedrooms: 1 is under the main roof of the house and the other is a small antique wooden joglo that serves as bedroom number 2; both rooms have KING sized beds & hotel-quality sheets and bedding.
This rents as ONE HOUSE for one or two couples who know each other well because the bathroom is shared. I have ANOTHER LISTING CALLED TARZANS NEST next door that can accommodate two persons.
It's also in the heart of the Nyuh Kuning village, so it's not hermetically sealed like a five-star room at the Four Seasons so sometimes it's possible to hear a few things above the murmur of the two fountains, e.g. fish splashing in the pool, frogs croaking at night, birds, chickens and the occasional motorbike.
Note: There are ponds on three sides of the living space (reminiscent of being on a boat) that are filled with many, many fish. Some parents must decide if they feel comfortable in a house with so much water around it and whether it is appropriate for their children.
The house is NON-Smoking.
I'm in Seattle and coordinate with the housekeeper daily using WhatsApp. Minimum notice I need to book is 48 hours because of the 15 hour time difference between Seattle and Bali.
My cleaning lady will clean every day except Sunday and holidays from 9 am - until 11 am unless you make other arrangements because you want morning privacy for meditation/yoga. She speaks English pretty well. Several days before arriving in Ubud please let me know what time you plan to arrive and whether you need transportation. I can give you the email addresses for a driver it's about 300,000 Rp. ($26). Also our drivers can do a 6 or 8-hour tour in the Ubud area including coffee/cacao plantation, Titra Empul and Goa Gaja temple and Kintamini village price is about 600,000 Rp. ($52). If want a drop off and pick up for a walk in a rice field, or to see the rice field terraces of Tagallalang with souvenir shopping in Andong about 300,000 Rp. ( $25). A full day to north Bali like Pemuteran and Lovina for dolphins/snorkeling about 900,000 Rp. ($75).
Interaction with Guests
I live in Seattle and will coordinate the guest's stay with you from a distance via email. I am in constant communication with the cleaning lady. Luhnik is great and is one of the main reasons I have a 5-star rating. If she goes out of the way for you, for example: takes you on her motorbike occasionally, cleans for you on a Sunday (her day off), takes you to a temple, goes to the market for you, watches your children, arranges a bicycle tour, helps you rent a third bicycle, or basically does anything special for you please consider giving her a tip of 50,000 Rp. or $4/week, or 20,000 Rp. for petrol for motorbike ride to Ubud or Sukawati market.
In 2013 Nyuh Kuning was named the safest, cleanest village in INDONESIA by the Jakarta government. The rain canals (subak) on the streets are empty and clean of debris and lined with frangipani (jepun) flowering trees. These Balinese residents were voted as having the highest sanitary standards.
It’s possible to walk on the flat, village lane from the house through the small village of Nyuh Kuning to central Ubud on a road that has very little traffic.
Even though Nyuh Kuning village is about 600 meters on the other side of central Ubud there is no road for cars to connect the two only a walking/bicycle/motorbike path. As a result, Nyuh Kuning is the quietest and closest place to Central Ubud.
My house is a 15-25 minute walk through this safe quiet road (or 5-10 minute bike ride...there are 2 bicycles) away for dining, shopping, etc. Note that walking involves going through the Ubud Monkey Forest which is safe but not well lit at night so you need a flashlight/torch if walking (I ride my bicycle with a headlamp...the monkeys are sleeping at night :-)).
From my house to Yoga Barn is an 8 minute bike ride there for me and it is roughly 1 km. (6/10 of a mile) between the epicenter of central Ubud to my house.
Other Things to Note
Bali VISA ON ARRIVAL: Effective July 3, 2014 fee increase from $25 USD to $35 USD. If you are coming to Bali as a visitor to Bali for less than 30 days (and don't already have a visa for Indonesia in your passport obtaineed from your home country), you are required to buy one on arrival before getting into the Passport Control queue.
FOOD: There are no meals included in this price, but with one day notice Luhnik (housekeeper) can make breakfast at the villa e.g. fresh squeezed juice, coffee/tea and banana crepes or spring roll 45,000 Rp. She can cook lunch or dinner my favorite is her yellow coconut chicken with vegetable curry 60,000 Rp. or with tempe/tofu 45,000 Rp.
FOOD: FYI, I live in Seattle and can eat much healthier and more affordably in Ubud/Nyuh Kuning where all ingredients are locally-sourced.
Down the street is Warung Coconut (cheap/excellent/new/special health drinks using raw chocolat and turmeric/bubble (tapioca) drinks), DeWarung (local) or for an awesome Japanese food experience that is real Japanese with no sushi but with Soba/Udon (I ate here for the first time yesterday and found out it was one of the first restaurants in Ubud always owned by japanese chef, the food and kitchen are super clean, the menu is true Japanese and the country of origin for each item is on the menu, e.g. fixed price lunch for terriayi chicken with rice, miso and mixed vegetables was 50,000 Rp ($4.25) Wow! It's called Kagemusha and is about 8 minute walk from the house.
In Ubud at several places expat organic/hippie places like Kafe at the Yoga Barn, Clear cafe, Down To Earth or Bali Buddha for less than $5.
There are many places to eat in Ubud, i tend to favorite ones that offer local, organic and healthy choices but not all visitors like that style. Also on Jalan Nyuh Kuning there is a japanese-owned buffet to have nasi campur called Warung Sopa where you can select local organic red rice and pick 5 buffet items like curried banana flower, fern tips, tofu, beet salad, bittermelon, sweet tempe. Down to Earth in Ubud is all vegetarian and super healthy/fresh. The Ubud working coop center with hyper fast email for expats who work in ubud called Hubud near the monkey forest also has a salad bar and vegan food. Healthy comfort food can be found at Little K cafe inside the Yoga Barn or Kafe or Clear Cafe or Bali Buddha. Taco Casa has awesome tex mex food and is one of the top five local restaurants in Ubud. Jalan Monkey forest road has the majority of tourist/western food choices. Higher end is Mozaic...for a 6 course meal with the best service in bali is $75 per person where the chef trained at the French Laundry in Napa Valley, CA and it's awesome. Indonesian/western blend food at Janet deNeff's Casa Luna is a nice place as is Terrazzo for Italian. There is an awesome new Indian restaurant a few doors down from the main Palace.
There are more touristy foods with western food like Nomads or for pretty good and definitely reasonably priced French food i like Cafe Des Artistes.
Check in after 2pm but before 10 pm on the day of arrival and check out is by noon. The house is normally fully booked. The housekeeper needs the full 2 hours between guests to prepare the house. If you would like to request a late check out contact me several days in advance and i will let you know if it is possible based on if another guest is arriving on your check out day. Perhaps you could leave your luggage at the house if no guests are arriving on your departure day if you are doing a tour. Otherwise, if you are not checked out by 1 p.m. a fee of one night's stay will be charged. If leaving before 9 am, please tell Luhnik, the housekeeper, the day before to arrange how to return the key to formally check you out. Please don't take the sheets they are custom-made hotel quality and cost $150 each, don't take the towels or soap (hard to believe I have to mention this but it's common that guests have taken them). If you spill soft drinks, red wine, cranberry juice or tomato sauce on the terrazzo floor please clean it up immediately and tell Luhnik because other guests have not and the entire floor in the house has needed to be refinished.
No smoking. No sub leasing allowed. We know the price could be higher but we want it to remain affordable for people who appreciate the design and are eco-conscious.
POWER CUTS / WATER CUTS
Occasionally, there are power and/or water cuts. We apologize for any inconvenience, this is due to the shortage of electricity/water in the island. It's only happened once at my house.
IDENTITY DOCUMENTS: Please give the staff a Photocopy of your passport (or the cleaning lady can make one for you if you give her 20,000 Rp ($1.50). We are required to give a photocopy of your Passport to our local Indonesian police.
Due to the increase of tourism on the island we are sorry to not be able to guarantee complete silence; village life is busy. Noises from ceremonies, roosters, dogs barking, motorbikes are possible and unpredictable and to be expected in Bali outside of a Hyatt or Four Seasons resort property this cannot constitute a valid reason for canceling.
DOs and DON'Ts (here): Alcohol is ok but unless you want to end your life in an Indonesian jail, don't be silly and bring drugs. No crazy parties - but then you wouldn't be choosing Ubud if that's what you are after.
As in any developing country or big city in the world it's always best to keep your valuables, cash, cameras, laptops, etc. on your person at all times. The small wooden joglo bedroom at my house has the most secure western style lock on the front door possible, but keep all valuable possessions with you at all times.
DOs and DON'Ts (temples):If you plan on going to a temple, make sure you bring (or borrow) a sarong and sash, and - if you are a woman - a blouse that at least covers your arms to the elbow. In some temples this is not compulsory, but in all cases, it will show your respect for our local Hindu people's values and beliefs.
Truly exotic! The house is a showcase of how bamboo can be chic. The village around the house is stunningly colourful and quiet. This is a place for those who want to experience Ubud away from the usual crowd.
Michael made efforts to establish warm conversations even before we arrived, that already made us feel welcomed. There was an issue in the check-in logistics but Michael was prompt in giving solutions. Luhnik the housekeeper was very helpful.
We had a wonderful month long stay at the Eco Villa. Our arrival was greeted by Luhnik. The very efficient housekeeper, always smiling, she keeps the Eco Villa clean and neat, The tropical setting is lush with flowering banana trees, heliconia dripping with blooms, and ponds with beautiful fish to watch as you relax after a hectic day roaming Ubud and the surrounding areas.
It's a lovely combination of Eco-Modernism and traditional Balinese. The Joglo was built by a local craftsman whose wife is a master batik artist. Check her out at Jogjo Art Batik on the next street.
Nyuh Kuning is the perfect place to stay. Enjoy the traditional way of life in Bali, while being less than a mile from bustling Ubud. A short walk around or through the famed "Monkey Forest" brings you to the center of Ubud.
Host Michael couldn't be more accommodating. He attended to our every concern weeks before we ever even got there. He was helpful with every aspect of our trip and stay at his Eco Villa. He gave us contacts to extend our visas, take silver jewelry classes, an agro tour of an organic coffee plantation, and where to see the most beautiful rice terraces.
If that's not enough, there are two bicycles and helmets for your use. We had a great stay!
We had a lovely time at the villa- it's walking distance to some nice restaurants and very close to the sacred monkey forest. Michael was a great host and helped us organize a ride from the airport.
perfect Eco hide-away, great location. We may of been slightly unlucky with the rainy season and active frogs throughout the night. The villa is like sleeping under the stars. Michael was great at communicating from the start all the way through to check-in. He has a lovely cleaning lady who is more than willing to help with any requirements.
Michael is very attentive towards our queries before our stay. The housekeeper, Luhnik, is a friendly and helpful lady.
The villa is extremely unique and we love it.
Michael is a communicative and gracious host, and his villa is a lovely find in a perfect location. The Nyuh Kuning neighborhood is beautiful, and it's a short walk to the Sacred Monkey Forest (or around it) to get into town. Had a lovely stay.
Michael was a great host. Even though there is a huge time difference between the US and Indonesia, he managed to help us out remotely with every issue we had. Luhnik is also a great person whom you can fully trust, she is the jewel that makes this place great, for real...
We stayed there for an entire week over Christmas and did enjoy our stay overall. We had some issues with the water pump and the internet at the beginning which were resolved throughout our stay. The house is in good condition with some smaller problems here and there where one can notice that nobody really lives there. Nevertheless, it is spot on clean and the ponds full of fish around the house are lovely. Beware of mosquitoes and hard rain as water might filter through the Bamboo. The rooms stay dry though so don't worry about it much.
The village where it is located is definitely amazing and the Sacred Monkey forest is very near. The bicycles are in excellent condition and can take you anywhere. Make use of them, they will let you enjoy Ubud and the neighboring villages the most.
Our stay was pleasant overall, don't expect luxury though, be ready for a retreat.
It was a pleasure to host you and your family Santiago. Thanks for your patience during the onset of the rainy season and the water pump that needed to be replaced during your stay. The leak in the roof was fixed yesterday, the first dry day in three weeks, i'm sorry your book in the living room got wet.
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I am an internal audit manager and spend time in Seattle, USA, and Ubud, Bali.
I also teach Office Yoga in Seattle. I'm writing a book about funny things that happened to me as a corporate audit road warrior.