• 2 double BEDS + 1Bed Teenagers + 1 single bed (sofa)
• KITCHEN, well equipped
• FREE BREAKFAST
• WIFI, unlimited
• Quiet Private garden with terrace -- Garage
• Cleaning service
• AMAZING VIEWS: JUNGLE + RICE FIELDS
• Just 2Km from UBUD
"SHAKTI", our Colonial-Style House, is 3Min away by scooter from city Center (Ubud Royal Palace); the house overlooks JUNGLE, RICE PADDIES and GARDEN, Views on both EAST AND WEST --
It has been recently renovated in a COLONIAL style: white washed wooden walls give a cool feel.
ORIGINAL ART and sculptures from all over the archipelago decorate the place, all hand picked.
Comfortable, luminous, close to nature, fitted with stylish teak wood furniture and antiques.
Although the Lounge is an OPEN space, Privacy is retained with “bedeg” (white washed woven bamboo panels and blinds, hand made in our village).
SHAKTI sleeps up to 5-6 people.
It is under VIDEO CONTROL -
GARDEN FLOOR --
- Kitchen, equipped, Dining area
- NOOK for 2 people.
- SOFA sleeps 1 pers -
HALLWAY opens up to the
- BATHROOM with a JUNGLE VIEW that lets a lot of natural light in. Equipped with cabinets.
- Separate toilet. Shelvings. Book Collection
- MASTER BEDROOM -
QUEEN SIZE teak bed with mosquito net
- WORKING AREA : large table, Telephone (incoming calls ONLY)
- lockable cabinet, fan.
- TWELVE WINDOWS:
West / sunset over Rice fields
East / sunrise: over JUNGLE & GARDEN.
- VERANDA: overlooks Jungle, garden, rice fields -
sleeps 1 (light weighted person, Teen ager or 2 children), fitted with mosquito net.
WE PROVIDE :
- WELCOME FRUIT BASKET upon arrival
- Basic BREAKFAST (TEA, BALI COFFEE grown in KINTAMANI, SUGAR, CREAMER, CEREAL portions)
For extra foods (Eggs, butter, jam, ham, bread...): Upon request, our house keeper can do your errands
- Extra SNACKS AND DRINKS in the fridge (at marked prices)
- NATURAL SPRING MINERAL WATER: 20 LITER JUG, blessed by the priest, 25,000Rp (2USD)
- Personal laundry pick up/drop off service
- Essential oils
- telephone (incoming calls only)
- ON-CALL massage or Reflexology -
- ON-CALL SCOOTER Rental, Car and Driver or OJEK (taxi-moto if you dont want to drive)
FOLDER in the house: Where to eat, what to do, Yoga and arts, performances, spas... and MAPS.
Guests are given FULL ACESS to the house.
GARDEN slopes down towards the JUNGLE and ravine: Balinese shrines, heliconia, orchids, rain forest fern trees, frangipani, banana, papaya & coconut trees...
GARAGE for bikes
INTERNET service provided
SWIMMING POOLS: at Villa Sugar; in SAYAN: At Bali Wood, Sayan Terrace, in PENESTANAN VILLAGE: d'Omah Bali. ALL for a small fee (about 2USD/day)-
Interaction with Guests
We prefer to give you privacy, and management will only interact as needed, based on your request or if there is some sort of issue that requires attention.
Want a massage? a Scooter? Car Transport? Infos about activities?
Just contact us
TWO Km downhill Walking distance to town for convenient access, yet far enough from the busy crowds to enjoy the peace of the natural surroundings.
BOTANICAL GARDEN in Jl Tirta Tawar
YOUR NEIGHBOURS: a Balinese family, our 'guardian angels', protecting the house and caretakers of the rice fields.
UBUD is a MOOD...
its traditional healers, shamans, painters, sculptors, musicians and dancers, kite makers, mask carvers, furniture, fashion and jewellery designers.
We take you to our "SPIRIT JOURNEYS", visiting traditional healers, shamans and clairvoyants. Have a look at the site: UbudSpiritBali page Spirit Journey -
if you are interested, please register online.
MUSEUMS: ARMA, Neka, Lukisan, Blanco, Rudana, Mask & Puppets and many art + antiquities galleries.
UBUD has been named “BEST DESTINATION IN ASIA” by Conde Nast and the area is popular with yogis since “Eat, Pray, Love”: many yoga studios here.
GREEN SCHOOL is now a world reference in terms of their BAMBOO building technique and education system; their campus is built on hectares of beautiful land using a most inventive architecture of bamboo —this IS a "MUST SEE" !
GETTING AROUND THE LOCAL AREA
The preferred method of the locals is an automatic scooter. we can arrange that upon request and recommend Mr Nyoman, a reputable company
Otherwise, hire an OJEK (scooter taxi)
or a rented car/driver.
Best to have an International Driving License; a personal insurance is obviously important.
GETTING HERE FROM / TO THE AIRPORT / ANY PLACE IN BALI
OUR DRIVER will pick you up, he has been transporting our guests for years, speaks great English, communicates well via EMAIL, mobile CELL phone and WhatsApp. He is safe, reliable, knowledgeable: our guests adore him!
Please send your Flight Details / or address in Bali asap
IMPORTANT = please PRINT OR SAVE the ''ITINERARY" sent to you with all details for a SMOOTH ARRIVAL !
Other Things to Note
please check out our other houses..
==> ONE BEDROOM APARTMENT, SPACIOUS TERRACE OVER JUNGLE ("SOLO")
==> TREE TOP LOFT JUNGALOW GARDEN http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/286363
Overlooking Jungle, Ayung River Valley, direct access to the river banks
==> TREE TOP APARTMENT JUNGALOW (2nd floor) by Ayung River Valley, direct access to the river http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/286033
==> WORLD TRAVELER STUDIO #3 http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1457940
==> WORLD TRAVELER STUDIO #4 http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1610472
BOTH for Budget travelers and backpackers, 100m from River, jungle - great WIFI -
==> GUEST ROOM AT WRITER'S VILLA, GARDEN & Terrace (MAYA): For Solo Female Traveller
A FEW WISE AND USEFUL ADVICES HERE FOR ALL OUR GUESTS:
[apologies for caps!]
GETTING HERE: FROM & TO THE AIRPORT (OR from-to ANY PLACE IN BALI…)
allows you a smooth arrival; he HAS THE KEYS! — He has our PRIVATE NR — he knows all the short cuts -
We ADVISE to book with him, whether you arrive in the DAY TIME or SPECIALLY if you ARRIVE LATER than 4PM (our Staff is then OFF) —
— AirBNB Hosting does NOT offer services like a regular Hotel: NO RECEPTION OPEN 24/7! -- Our staff have a Schedule and days OFF to be respected and honoured! --
— PLEASE NOTE:
1/ BALI does NOT have STREET NAMES at every junction! —
2/ HOUSES SELDOM HAVE CLEAR & VISIBLE NUMBERS! —
3/ EVEN & ODD NUMBERS (LIKE IN WESTERN COUNTRIES) ARE NOT A CONCERN HERE! SOME STREETS SHOW TWICE THE SAME NUMBER! OR Nr 24 will be followed by Nr 103 ! —
4/ LATE ARRIVALS MIGHT FIND NO STREET LAMPS WORKING PROPERLY & A DESERTED AREA WITH NO-ONE TO HELP -- OR PEOPLE WHO NEVER HEARD ABOUT THE PLACE! —
5/ CELL PHONE SIGNAL AND INTERNET CAN BE 'PATCHY' AND UNRELIABLE (this is Bali!) - WE APOLOGISE FOR NOT BEING ABLE TO GUARANTY AN ANSWER TO SMS, CALLS OR EMAILS PAST 8PM —
6/ A DRIVER found in Denpasar, Kuta or Seminyak - MIGHT BE UNABLE TO LOCATE THE PLACE, TAKING YOU UP AND DOWN THE ROAD IN VAIN (experienced by one Guest who said: “Cheap deal with a Driver found in Kuta turned out to be a "cheat deal” ! It was well past 11Pm and he proved to be unable to locate the house and drop us safely!"
-- 7/ OWNER & Employees DO NOT LIVE ON-SITE — therefore, for OBVIOUS SAFETY REASONS, WILL NOT give to an unknown driver INFORMATIONS ABOUT THE KEYS..
—) FOR ALL THESE REASONS WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND OUR DEAR GUESTS to rather travel with OUR OWN DRIVER. A SAFE, RELIABLE & SMOOTH WAY TO ARRIVE. HE KNOWS THE ADDRESS! HE HAS THE KEYS! HE HAS OUR PRIVATE NUMBER. HIS FEE is THE SAME as ANY OTHER DRIVER (29USD = 350,000RP from Airport to Ubud, paid directly to him). -- PLEASE contact us AHEAD OF TIME to ARRANGE YOUR TRANSFER --
OUR ADDRESS = JALAN SUWETA, KM 2 - Rumah Pak KARTA - Banjar SHAKTI-BENTUYUNG – UBUD - 80571 GIANYAR REGENCY - BALI -- INDONESIA --
— DIRECTIONS, Distances, LANDMARKS (given with CARDINAL DIRECTIONS as used by ALL BALINESE PEOPLE):
— Our LANE is marked by a LARGE VISIBLE SIGN with our LOGO: a BIRD & a HEART (Black & White) on the RIGHT side (East) of SUWETA Street —
— LANDMARKS & DISTANCES = EXACTLY TWO KM from the UBUD ROYAL PALACE - AT KILOMETRE 2: You will reach "WAPA DI UME RESORT" Large place on your LEFT HAND side, YELLOW WALLS, WELL MARKED and known by all locals — keep going 200 Meters more North, past "KUDOS HOMESTAY”: OUR LOGO is quite visible on the OPPOSITE SIDE of Jalan Suweta ( another landmark is "PAULA'S CAFE”, opposite side of street, 800M North, so you’ll know you went too far!) --
Enter the cemented LANE marked by the LOGO BIRD AND HEART -- WALK UNTIL THE VERY END, TO THE LAST HOUSE =
''SHAKTI" is marked by a SIGN POINTING AT IT —
IF you have any problems while in transit to the destination, delayed plane, etc,
—) CONTACT ASAP :
1/ OUR DRIV(phone number hidden) (Cell + WhatsApp) --
(phone number hidden) (OFFICE 9AM - 5PM) --
4/ EMAIL: (email hidden) --
Our main and only rule is...... "MINDFULNESS IS HAPPINESS"......
Yet, experience being a teacher … we have to set up a few points here, PLEASE READ carefully ….:
— COMPULSORY UPON ARRIVAL: Police declaration for ALL foreigners requires a HARD COPY of your passport
- SPRING MINERAL WATER, 20L JUG: 25.000RP (2USD) — or bring your own Bottle (yet, more plastic to dispose of, and 1Liter costs about 4.000Rp in any shop!) —
— LOST KEYS are charged 20USD
MINDFULNESS - is about RESPECT and CONSIDERATION of OTHERS and of the ENVIRONMENT --
Please share our ECO-FRIENDLY approach:
— Switch OFF LIGHTS AND FANS before going out !
— Be conservative with your use of WATER, a very precious resource here. --
— SMOKING allowed OUTSIDE only. Please dispose your cigarettes in an ashtray, thank you--
KEEP YOUR VALUABLES inside the CABINET, rather than in plain sight - (we feel this goes without saying, but would like to mention it anyway).
— Bring a FLASH LIGHT with you if you will be coming or going after dark. --
— BABIES and children: MUST be fitted with nappies at all times. Besides: we request PARENTS to bring a RUBBER SHEET to protect the mattress - This is meant to prevent any annoying issues due to the risk of soiling the bedding.
— OUR BEDDINGS are in very good state. STAINED Mattress, Pillows or cushions will be charged accordingly.
— sorry, NO EXTRA GUESTS are allowed in the House UNLESS requested by you IN WRITTEN, ahead of time.
— "MINI BAR” : SNACKS and DRINKS (provided in your fridge) pls leave yr payment in the Kitchen (for our House Keeper) Thank you.
— BREAKFAST: Provided by us consists of : Two varieties of TEAS, Bali grown Coffee, Creamer, Sugar, Cereal Mix portions, “Welcome Fruit Basket” - For any other EXTRA FOOD (Bread, butter, eggs, milk, ham, yogurt, etc) Kindly please ASK US before arrival date. Our House Keeper will do the shopping, charged at local price.
— PETS: We LOVE them. Yet We reserve the right to ALLOW them on the property. TALK to us first, TKS --
— SAFETY: OPEN FLAMES (candles, incense, oil burners..) : make sure to put them on a metal/glass plate. NEVER leave them unattended for obvious safety reasons, for yourself as well as others - also valid for the GAS COOKER.
- ELECTRICITY, Water, and Internet service: while these are all currently active in the listing, from time to time there can be a lapse in their accessibility due to the more primitive infrastructure of services on the island (remember, this is Bali!); there is nothing that can be done about a lapse in service and does NOT constitute a valid reason for cancelling with the expectation of a refund. We appreciate your understanding regarding this.
— SCOOTER RENTAL --
We recommend MR NYOMAN, a reputable company. Consider $5USD/day - UPON REQUEST, ahead of time, please, it will be delivered upon arrival, with Helmet and raincoat; payment and contract settled directly with Mr Nyoman upon delivery. BRINGING with you ALL DATA RE your HEALTH INSURANCE is obviously IMPORTANT.
— FOR ANY TRANSPORT REQUIREMENTS please let us know AHEAD OF TIME, we can help you get organised with our safe reliable local drivers (Car or “Ojek” Taxi Moto).
— Please be considerate and avoid "last Minute'' requests, Bali is on a SLOW pace, and not up to Western criteria!
— Thank you very much for caring ! -
Our experience was fantastic in Colonial House. It is out of town and right in he middle of the rice paddies with jungle right behind. We even heard a coconut fall which we collected and ate! I recommend that if you are going to Bali, to stay here, the experience is priceless.
A couple of things, make sure you hire a scooter, as the walk into town is fairly long, about 2 kms. Plus the experience of riding a scooter in Bali is amazing.
Also make sure you bring some DEET. There are not that many mosquitoes actually, but just around dusk you will find 2 or 3 floating around the house.
If you are looking for air conditioned comfort, this is not the house for you, but if you are looking to hear the jungle sounds during the night, and see the gekkos running through the house during the day, then this house is for you.
We had a problem with the water while we were there, and Marie the owner was right onto it and had it fixed right away.
The service by Tini the housekeeper was great, and she even bought some supplies for us like milk, bacon and yogurt, just to get us started when we arrived. (Just be sure you organise this in advance)
A great stay.
Thank you ROB for your appreciation, and fr acknowledging our efforts to give best possible service and immdiate response to any maintenance problem.
YES, our house is located between jungle and rice fields, -- and of course, one can expect nature to come inside, some visitors, ants, lizards and else, as this is not DisneyLand but Bali, a tropical country and very alive...
La casa es preciosa y esta bien equipada, solo mejoraría una mayor limpieza. No está en el centro de Ubud, si lo que buscas es tranquilidad es perfecta. Para ir al centro es un bonito paseo andando de 25 minutos colina abajo, la vuelta a la casa mejor en taxi pues es una cuesta de subida enorme (40000 rp). Esta ubicada en plena jungla, rodeada de naturaleza salvaje y preciosos arrozales pero si no quieres insectos (grandes arañas, mosquitos, geckos) no es tu sitio pues es una casa totalmente abierta sin cristales en las ventanas. De los dias q estuvimos alli hubo un corte de agua y de luz, y al ser fiesta no pudieron solucionarlo. Por normas de la casa, hay que pagar 25000rp por el agua potable (en supermercado es mas cara) y 25000rp por persona las tasas de policia, nos sorprendió mucho. Hay bebida y snacks en la nevera con suplemento. No tuvimos el placer de conocer a la anfitriona pero estuvo localizada por email todo el tiempo y nos dio buena información de la zona.
nice, simple & peaceful house. it felt like staying in the middle of the jungle. we enjoyed our stay a lot.
Stefan, his wife and their two lovely daughters were a pleasure to serve.
respectful and considerate people, we were happy to help you find a meal near by for the little family.
After you left, we have refurbished the house: painted / white washed the walls, repaired the damages caused by the rain, installed a OPTIC FIBER Internet system that works GREAT, added more items to the kitchen equipment and an extra fan, etc....
Come back soon ! ;- )
Felt disappointed with the Overal experience! ( Host and place! ) I've travelled trough Asia before and I know things don't always work the same in different countries but I didn't enjoy our stay! Place felt unclean and we had a lot of resident insects, lizards and frogs living inside the villa!!
And host made communication hard as we would contact through air bnb and they would reply via email or text ect so if we didn't check all possie ways of communication we assumed they didn't reply (our phone was broken)
Wouldn't recommend / stay here again which is sad! First bad review!
Mr Scott staid 3 nights at our House in Ubud, Bali - with friends, all together FIVE people.
Upon their leaving the House-Keeper found the place so messy that she called for a 2nd cleaner to help and they both spent twice more time cleaning than usual.
Besides, Mr Scott requested a pick-up service from the Airport, we organised this with our Driver, a Professional Balinese gentleman who has been working with us for over seven years, excellent communicator who CONFIRMED the service, received a positive response from Mr Scott but waited for the group for over 2 hours, in vain. They had simply taken another taxi.
The reason being that Mr Scott did not have with him the ITINERARY and HOUSE RULES sent by AIRBNB, giving our FULL DETAILS: Driver waiting for them with a large visible sign showing our logo (described), address, directions, landmarks, distances etc-
We were awakened at midnight by their call but DID nevertheless answer. We had quite a few exchanges via SMS, from our Cell to their AUSTRALIAN Nr, never heard a mere 'Sorry' . Yet the Taxi driver (probably from Denpasar and having no knowledge of UBUD) failed finding our place, yet well MARKED by a large sign on the Street.
Mr Scott and friends NEVER offered to compensate our own driver (we had to ask on his behalf) who had blocked his schedule for them, refusing other clients: a loss for a small local family business.
Last but not least, upon checked out, they took the KEYS with them... therefore creating an other issue for us and for the next Guests... We had to change the locks as the keys didnt get back to us on time.
All in all ? our first "Do not recommend" Review..... :\
We had a great stay in "Shakti". There is plenty of space, it's a beautiful open space and the perfect place to absorb the sights and sounds of Bali. You can look out over the rice paddies and jungle while you hear the faint sound of gamelan from a distant temple.
Everything was in order, the wifi worked perfectly, we had plenty of clean towels and drinking water.
The driver, Made, was very friendly and reliable. So he also comes recommended!
The house is a 30 minute walk out of Ubud, it's quite a nice (and downhill!!) walk into the village. But we definitely recommend you get a taxi back. Which is easy enough, it usually cost us about 40,000 rupiah.
When we met Marie, she was very kind and wanted to make sure that we had everything we needed.
Thank you for a great stay.
HAPPY that SHAKTI made you happy, a great space where to relax, and very close to UBUD center.
Between rice fields and Jungle, closeness to nature brings a soothing feeling, and although of course some little frogs, geckos lizards, dragonflies etc live out there and at times venture inside, thats is also what people like...
It is our pleasure to give you all infos you need to enjoy your stay and we hope to host you again, Isabel!
Shakti Villa looked exactly like it did on the pictures here.
A beautiful and uniquely decorated space where you can recharge in peace and quiet.
Of course, as Marie always say.."it's a real jungle, not jungle a la disney"
so there's always the odd insects, tiny frogs, and such.
but nothing to worry about.
bathroom is clean and spacious.
hot water runs perfectly.
wifi is quite stable (enough for radio streaming and web browsing simultaneously)
nyoman & tini were wonderful.
friendly, communicative, and very helpful.
also did the spirit journey with Marie and had a wonderful time.
THANK YOU Fransiska for your positive comments about our COLONIAL HOUSE SHAKTI -
You have actually yourself done two wonderful jobs that we much appreciated:
- A report answering our questions about the house, WIFI, etc
- a magic way of connecting with the neighbors Labrador dog, Sissi, taking her for walks and your 'dog-whispering' talents have brought a wonderful change in her life!
We highly recommend you to any future hosts...
Safe travels to your next project, Fransiska --
THE SHAKTI TEAM
Beautiful stay in shakti house, the perfect location to lost yourself in the Balinese culture and close enough to town to enjoy restaurants, activities.
The house is really well decorated and the lounge facing the garden a great asset !
The staff are really lovely and i recommend booking your scotter with them.
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I am a Balinese woman married with two young sons; I supervise our Staff, also work as a Cook &House Keeper, and i am a Masseuse - so that keeps me busy...
NYOMAN, my husband used to work on cruise boats, his English is quite good and he takes care of the on-going maintenance. We are a great Team!
We have a friend, she helps us w/organisation & on computer.
We like to make our guests happy, making sure the house is clean and comfortable, the garden trimmed, transport organized safely.
Whenever Guests ask us to bring papayas or fresh coconuts, we prepare them on site for perfect freshness.
We provide extra services: interesting things to do in Ubud, ceremonies, On-Site Massage/reflexology, healing by local Shaman/Spiritual healer, Scooter Rental, Airport Pick-up, downhill cycling tour, Yoga & art classes, trekking along the river, Museums, food specialities....
Just tell us your needs: we are more than happy to be of service