About This Listing
Stay at the only property that actually borders the famous Ubud Monkey Forest...! Watch the monkeys play in the jungle right on your doorstep..!
Our cottages are quiet and secluded with no road running past your front door. All of the restaurants and conveniences of Ubud are only minutes away. You won't need a car or motorcycle...simply wander home from a delicious evening dinner and relax and take in the sounds of the jungle.
We have two self-contained cottages (Ganesha and Hanoman), each with their own kitchen; including a full sized fridge and cooking facilities.
With high speed WiFi and "bale bengongs" (Balinese gazebos), you can work, play, or stay in touch with family and friends without having to leave the garden. And our gardener will be more than happy to crack open a coconut for you should you develop a thirst..!
Other Things to Note
Living in Bali doesn't come without it's challenges; including poor infrastructure, high humidity, and wildlife that you might not have to contend with back home. Some of these challenges can be overcome by getting into a few simple habits.
Living close to the Jungle and having views of ricefields is great for relaxation, but no so great for the ants and other wildlife that come with it. Storing all food, plates, and cutlery in the fridge keeps it out of reach of pests and ensures that plates and cutlery are clean to eat off without having to rewash them first. Empty bottles and drink cans should be rinsed if they cannot be sealed with a cap before being placed in the recycle bin provided. The slightest sniff of sugar can bring the ants out. Washing up left laying in the sink will undoubtedly attract vermin. The only alternative is to wash used plates etc immediately. Any unused food should be sealed in a plastic bag and placed in the sealed garbage bin provided.
Another sight that you're bound to encounter in Bali are the chit-chaks and tokays. The chit-chaks are tiny geckos that seems to have found their way into every corner of South-East Asia. They're perfectly harmless and help to keep the mosquito population down. They do however tend to poop everywhere; please try not to take it personally. Their larger cousins, the tokay tend to be a little shy and you're more likely to see them at night. Again, they are harmless enough, though they can give you a start if you close a door to find one behind it. They eat the larger bugs including spiders and cockroaches, hence the reason why despite being so close to the jungle, we don't tend to suffer from those bugs.
Neighbouring the Monkey Forest brings with it the chance to watch the monkeys play, but also brings it's own challenges. The monkeys do on occasion break roof tiles, damage plants, and will given the chance play with any new toys left laying around for them. Mobile phones, keys, wallets, etc should not be left laying unattended outside. The monkey population has skyrocketed in recent years and you can help us to avoid being overrun by monkeys by not feeding them; rest assured, they are well catered for within the Monkey Forest.
Humidity can result in moldy clothes which is unpleasant and unsightly. Ensuring that clothes are perfectly dry before folding, and not leaving damp towels lying around can help. Our cupboard shelving was selected as it allows for air circulation.
Whilst we do everything in our power to provide you with first class services including internet, electricity and water; we are constrained by the infrastructure in Indonesia. Telephone cables are of poor quality, are poorly maintained, and can suffer from high contention ratios (number of users for the given infrastructure). All of our equipment is new and we have cultivated contacts with Telkom Indonesia to help us deal with problems swiftly. We cannot however guarantee the kind of service that you may be used to back home.
The electricity network whilst generally not subject to frequent blackouts, can suffer from voltage drops (or brown outs as they're known). We'd suggest not keeping electronic devices (laptops etc) plugged in beyond what is required to charge them. For your safety, all of our electrics use proper grade cabling and hot water heaters are properly earthed.
Town water is not available in much of Bali and our water is sourced from a well. We have a high capacity water pump that delivers great water pressure, but given that the pump is electric, any power outage will result in a subsequent loss of water. The water in waterways and ground water in Bali is not safe to drink. When used for washing up, plates and cutlery should be dried thoroughly before being stored. Bottled water should be used for drinking, brushing teeth, making ice, and washing fruit and vegetables.
I had the most amazing month here. The villa was much larger than I expected and tastefully decorated. It has a little kitchen with a stove top, ample sized fridge/freezer, enough cooking equipment to make meals when I felt like a night in. Fresh spring water is supplied. The bathroom is a delight, the shower has good water pressure and it has a separate luxurious bath. The villa borders the ravine near Monkey Forest and the views were spectacular with its ancient trees dripping with vines where I would watch the monkeys play. I really felt the nature spirit of Ubud in this beautiful location. It's located in the laid back village of Nyuh Kuning, only a few minutes walk into Ubud thru a meandering path in the forest. The owner is easily contactable via email and ensured my stay here was comfortable. He has great staff working here and they were very helpful in arranging anything I needed. There are good restaurants in the village. The very trendy Bali Bohemia Cafe only a minutes walk from the villa, with its live entertainment a few nights a week and proper coffee, was an every day pit stop for me. I have stayed in many places around Bali and this was by far, the most enjoyable and best value for money.
The place is fantastic. Private, spacious and very green. There are two cottages on the property. During my visit, one was empty and I had the whole space to myself.
The place is bordering with Monkey Forrest and monkeys are frequent visitors. It took me a bit of time to get used to the monkeys and to start enjoying their visits. Having a slingshot (borrowed from locals) helped my confidence. Slingshot does not need to be used for shooting. When monkeys are too close for your comfort, just pretend to aim, and they step back.
Overall monkeys were peaceful and it was amazing to watch families, with tiny babies rest and play with each other within reach. I felt that they come to seek a quiet refuge from the numerous human visitors in Monkey Forrest :)
Michael is an attentive host, even from a distance. And he has fantastic neighbors. If you are lucky, you'll meet his neighbor and friend Made, he is a wonderful human being!
Overall a unique and unforgettable experience!
The villa is very nice. What I liked most about it was that it was very peaceful and quiet, while being less than a 5 minute walk to downtown Ubud and Hubud. The space was clean, bright and reasonably large.
The Internet was a bit intermittent, but it seems to be intermittent everywhere in Bali, so that doesn't really stand out.
The one thing a visitor should be aware of is that the villa is close to the Monkey Forest, so monkeys are a regular part of your life. If that's fine with you, then this is a great place at an amazing price. If you're not cool with monkeys, then I would suggest other locations.
I feel like I'm rambling a bit, but what would have me come back to this villa is the peace and quiet which is hard to find in Ubud, and being so close to downtown.
I highly recommend Michael's property at Monkey Forest Cottages! Michael made me feel very welcome, arranging airport pick up for me and the place was sparkling clean when I arrived!
The cottages are in a very good location - walking distance to everything I needed in Ubud, yet situated in a peaceful village.
Even though Michael was not locally based, he checked in on me frequently by email to make sure I had everything I need.
Some things to consider in case you are thinking of booking here are - this is a residence, not a homestay or hotel, so you will have to be independent in finding your way around - but if I can do it, anyone can! I would suggest you make sure you have a mobile phone while you're there and introduce yourself to the neighbours just in case you need to ask for any help for simple things, like directions, transportation, etc. Also, I was unaware of the shoddy internet in much of Bali, so it took me a little while to adapt to not always being able to get online. There is a cafe very close to the cottages that has really good reliable and somewhat fast internet, but just don't be surprised if the connection at the cottages is (email hidden)allenging.
Overall, for the price, this place is like a palace in comparison to others out there! and for my longer stay it was a huge necessity to have my own kitchen. A great experience and I would certainly stay here again!
While the location is beautiful and convenient, we could not stay beyond one night out of a planned seven-day stay because the cottage was extremely dirty.
We arrived to find iguana droppings in numerous places around the bedroom - which I'm told is to be expected in Bali, but definitely not what you want to step in just after taking your shoes off at night. The floors in the other rooms felt grimy underfoot.
Worse, the toilet and sink both had solid brown coatings inside, indicating that they hadn't been cleaned in months. The shower stall had cobwebs all over it. The toilet seat had a shag cloth cover - who knows what state that was in. We didn't stick around to find out - it was bad enough that we shelled out for a hotel for the rest of our stay the very next morning.
The host himself was absent throughout the entire booking process. It seems like the management of these two listings has been delegated to a caretaker who lives nearby. He assured us that he had personally cleaned up that very morning, and I wish I could believe that.
This guests are very unhappy to begin with. They think Bali should be like USA where they come from. Everything slick and sparkly meaning is clean. We have taken shower at the house. Everything is as clean as human can clean it...but it is NOT new like he expected because the house is not new. We clean this house very seriously and take serious care of our guests.
Geckos are part of Bali. Few geckos on the wall is part of Bali life. We know they don't have this in USA. So....if you read this review, think again. He simply NOT open minded at all to come to an ISLAND. He did not even give us a chance to fix the problems for him if there is one.
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About the Host, Michael
I'm an Australian guy, who after spending many years travelling and living in South-East Asia has finally got a place to call his own. And it's right where my journey in Asia began...Bali.