About this listing
Spacious, airy upstairs bedroom overlooking the rice fields of Penestanan. En Suite bathroom where even the shower has a view of the palm trees. Your own private balcony off the bedroom.
Early morning sunrise over Mt Agung ......Year round breezes.
Penestanan is set up on a ridge 20 minutes walk from the bustle of Ubud township and has long been known as the artists village. The main road to Ubud is 300 metres away, via a pathway and steps - 20 minutes walk to Ubud or 4 minutes in a taxi from the bottom of the steps.
Intuitive Flow Yoga Studio is 4 minutes walk from our door.
In the other direction we are close to the main venues for the Ubud Writers Festival, supermarket and many galleries and designer shops.
We are on a quiet walking path surrounded by ricefields and local and expat community life.. Nearby is an organic cafe, local warungs (casual eateries), western restaurants, art galleries, a yoga studio and local supermarket.
It is a SAFE area for women travelling alone.
If you are a person travelling alone, please let me know and I will arrange a special rate.
The house itself is set in a lush private tropical garden with a pool and large outdoor living space. There are pool towels available for when you use the pool.
Guest accommodation is like a private apartment - a large upstairs bedroom with a 4 poster queen size bed and mosquito net and an ensuite bathroom where even the shower overlooks the palm trees. The bedroom opens to a private balcony overlooking palm trees . There is a small frig and tea/coffee making items on the balcony. Drinking water is complimentary.
Your room opens onto a large private balcony with table and chairs and a daybed for you to laze away the hours, meditate or catch up on your emails. We serve breakfast on this balcony.
Interaction with Guests
I live downstairs with my two Bali cats , one sociable and responsive to visitors and one timid and hardly seen when other people are here.
Airport pickup and drop off can be arranged and I have contacts with massage and beauty therapists and a renowned Balinese healer/shaman and can help you arrange shopping or sightseeing with my local drivers.
This is an idyllic corner of paradise for serious rest and relaxation and a wonderful base to explore the island.
I had a fantastic time at Ruth's place. Everything was very uncomplicated and relaxed. Ruth was a great source of information and was patient with my many questions. I appreciated staying in the village rather than in the centre of Ubud as it was peaceful and quiet, and it felt more authentic. Ruth also took me along to a village celebration where I got a glimpse of Balinese traditions. Using her driver, Nick, made arrival and departure really easy, too.
Ruth's place is indeed a gem, the room is spacious, and cozy as well, the bathroom is perfectly clean with a good shower. The balcony is the ideal place to relax and enjoy the tranquility of Penestanan. Make sure your travel plans allow enough time for this truly lovely place! Ubud is close, just a short walk, but much noisier - this part of Penestanan is car-free and always had a fresh breeze.
Ruth is a most polite and kind host, giving helpful advice to make the best out of your stay.
Wir waren eine Woche bei Ruth. Sie gibt sich alle Mühe, dass man sich sehr wohl bei ihr fühlt. Das Frühstück mit frischen Früchen und Bananenpfannkuchen war das Beste im ganzen Urlaub.
Sie unterstützte uns bei allen Aktivitäten die wir unternommen haben, lies uns dabei genug Freiraum und Privatssphäre.
Die Lage des Hauses ist perfekt für ein bisschen Ruhe abseits des touristischen Ubud, trotzdem ist alles in Laufnähe.
Auch mit ihren drei Katzen haben wir uns sehr gut verstanden.
We spent a week at Ruth's home . She did everything to make us very comfortable her home. The breakfast with fresh fruits and banana pancakes were the best in our whole holiday .
She supported us in all activities we have undertaken , on the other hand we had enough space and privacy .
The location of the house is perfect for a bit of peace away from the tourist Ubud , yet everything is in walking distance .
Even with her three cats , we got along very well .
I had a nice time at Ruth's accomodation. It is very comfortable, quiet and I had everything I needed (Yoga, massage, restaurants and a supermarket) in this enviroment.
Ruth is very friendly & helpful. I like her cats too - unique was pussy (the mother cat) she was very lovely and helpful for me.
Every morning this beautiful views over the rice fields, is like meditation.
I can recommend this place to women who want to travel alone.
Although one night was cut short due to take-off weather in the US, Ruth was extremely accommodating in her beautiful home. Everything was amazing from the view and peacefulness right down to the banana pancakes in the morning. She even arranged a car (Nick) to pick us up from the airport. It might have been a tad higher than negotiating your own price at the airport (not by much), but it's definitely worth it due to the fact the house is located in back alley's instead of right off the main road. Nick knew exactly where to lead us and it was a godsend for the first night.
The location is just outside of the center of Ubud and a small walk (3 mins) to the closest taxi stand for those not wanting to make the 20 min walk into town. The supermarket is 3 mins by foot away, and the ridge walk - just below 15 mins. There is also a few warung's, yoga, and massage studios within a few mins as well.
We had such an amazing time staying with Ruth (and her 3 cats) and we will surely stay with her the next time we find ourselves in Ubud!
I stayed with Ruth for about a month. I decided to use her driver which made it much easier for me and he even brought my luggage to my room (2nd floor)! The room is exactly as pictured with a spacious balcony area that is great for breakfast and lounging on the daybed to read. Bathroom is spacious as well. There is a great breeze through the room which is great. Ruth herself was extremely helpful. She gave me tips for where to go, restaurants, and directions in the Ubud/Penestanan area. She helped to arrange a place to stay when I left her and she helped me extend my visa as well. In general, it was an amazing trip and definitely made my first trip to Bali unforgettable. Thanks Ruth!
Above the Palms was everything we hoped it would be. Comfortable, relaxing and quiet. Lovely room, balcony and plunge pool. Good bathroom and shower!
Ruth is a wonderful host. She made us feel really welcome and took the time to share recommendations and stories about living in Ubud. She was particularly great when I needed to go to a doctor after a small bike accident and rang the clinic for me without hesitation, which I really appreciated.
The location on one of the small pedestrian paths in Penestanan is exceptional - the charming Yellow Flower organic cafe and Intuitive Flow yoga school further along the same path. Easy access on foot to everything around Penestanan and a 10 min walk to Ubud centre.
We really enjoyed our stay at Above the Palms and would gladly return. Wish we could have stayed longer.
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About the Host, Ruth
I’m a permanent resident originally from Australia (actually born in England but lived most of my life in Aus) with a love of Bali, its people and its culture. I love good food and In Sydney some years ago I had a cafe.
I enjoy having guests in my home and helping them get the most out of their stay, but I also respect people's privacy.
I’m into yoga and meditation and being healthy (as much as I can with such a love of food) . I’m passionate about colour and design, love travel, love sharing the things I know about and work towards balance in my life.
Here I am fascinated by the culture - continually learning more about the ceremonies, special occasions, and temple decorations. I love the gentleness of the Balinese people and how they are always smiling and willing to talk and help people. I am also grateful for the peace and tranquility living here offers - it really is a magical place.