You'll walk a few minutes on paved footpaths to reach our Cool House. There's no car access here which creates a lovely green community feeling. Our villa is the only house in a small Balinese family compound, but still quiet and private. Relax!
Airbnb has just selected us as one of 12 properties in the world, on their site, to be highlighted for our high standards. To enter the house you walk through a compound with a super friendly golden retriever, Milo. This makes the house very safe and provides a taste of Balinese compound life. The house is two-story and larger than most in Penestanan (120 m square; 1200 square ft). I am an architectural designer and have attended to many small details that make the space super comfortable for lounging. The downstairs is loft-like with (10ft/3+ meter high ceilings), an open kitchen and a natural outdoor stone and wood bathroom. Large sliding glass doors easily open the living space to the lush outdoors. The master bedroom is spacious and connects to a large balcony with a 9ft. (3 meter) long daybed (very romantic). We have also just added a salt water pool nearby for the use of our guests (check the photos)!
Made and Made will make you a breakfast of fruit and yogurt breakfast.
Jampi, my masseur, comes for $15 per hour to the house or walk to Eve Spa or Lala Lili Spa just a block or so away. Airport pickup (but not drop off) is included for stays of three days or more. For stays of less, we are happy to pick you up for US $30. Our driver can be hired to take you to some of my lesser known favourite spots. Or we can help you rent a moped. Fabulous world class fusion dining is walking distance and the center of Ubud is about a 20 minute leisurely walk. Bring your laptop and access our high speed wifi. Enjoy!
I'll leave you my list of my spots and favorite restaurants at the moment. I am putting together some sample itineraries for 3 day stays, 5 day stays and 7 day stays with side notes for designers, the sporty, yoguinis, the spiritually oriented. I know how confusing it can be to arrive and be faced with so many choices. After 10 years in Ubud and my design experience, I have narrowed down the choices to the best of the best. :) Allo or Made (another one) can take you there!
We are also happy to organize a trip to healers in Ubud and the surrounding areas as well as to special ceremonies at the Water Temple for the Full Moon. And we have an excellent friend who can organize a juice fast or a healthy eating experience, complete with a raw cooking class. In fact, she can be hired to work up a private spa experience for you... complete with health rice paddy walks, private yoga...
We provide our guests with the use of a Bali phone with Sri's number and mine, programmed into it.
Interaction with Guests
On the first morning, Sri our angel will come by to help orient you. I will be by once during your stay and can always be contacted by phone or email.
Penestanan now has an intimate yoga center, Intuitive Flow, just 4 rice paddies away. We have ten or so charming little healthy food restaurants: Yellow Flower (3 minute walk), Alchemy (4 minute walk), (Indonesian, Japanese, Vegetarian Organic/Raw, Indian, Two fabulous bakeries) within the equivalent of five blocks away. A Bintang supermarket is a 10 minute walk. In the morning wake up to the sounds of geckos, roosters, and cooing spotted turtle doves while taking in the view of 3 volcanoes.
There are overpriced taxis to take you into town and back. ($5) Or you can rent a motor scooter..
or hire a driver for a half day or full day. Walking is quite wonderful as well!
Other Things to Note
If you have kids, there is a pond in the back and the staircase railing is open and not kid proof (see photo #6)... but having said that many families absolutely love staying at our house. It's Bali... imperfect and delightful .
Treat our house as you would your own... enjoy... relax....!
This home was beautiful and we enjoyed our stay at the Cool House. Alejandra and her staff were extremely friendly and helpful. We loved the breakfast in the morning and staff was helpful with getting us to and from the airport. A very pleasurable experience and I would book again with Alejandra in a heartbeat.
We had such a lovely time staying at Alejandra's house and felt very sad to leave.
The house is in a beautiful location in the middle of the rice fields, but there are some gorgeous cafes nearby and it's only about a 15 minute walk to the Bintang supermarket. The location also means that it's very easy to get a taxi into the centre of Ubud.
The house was really spacious (we didn't realise it was on two floors when we booked it). We loved the upstairs day bed and the outside bathroom was beautiful.
Sri, Made, Made and everyone who helped make our stay so special are such gorgeous people and nothing is too much of a trouble. They helped us with lifts and gave us lots of advice about the area.
We will definitely try and stay here again when we come back to Ubud- a little piece of heaven!
Love, love, love the comfortable and authentically beautiful atmosphere of the home. The warmth and loveliness of the owner and all the staff involved, especially Sri :) , shines through ensuring we will return again & again!
Dreamy stay in a little paradise. The house was beyond my expectations and totally luxurious for me—VERY spacious, clean and an oasis of calm in a peaceful neighbourhood. Every morning at 6.30am a little group of ducks wanders into the rice paddy below the house to eat bugs, very cute. Alejandra's hosting is exceptional. She had left food in case I needed it for my late arrival, arranged a mobile phone to contact her or Sri with questions. The airport pickup was easy as were my communications with the gorgeous Sri and Made, who helped arrange a scooter hire and laundry service and gave me directions when I needed them. Alejandra's home was highly recommended to me for good reason. Her written description of Ubud's highlights from her own experience was invaluable— I thoroughly enjoyed all the recommendations she made, including meals and drinks at Yellow Flower Cafe, Clear, Black Beach, Minami, a full hair and body treatment at Nellys and a visit to Tirta Empul (water temple) for a purification ceremony, which was the highlight of my stay in Ubud. Would love to stay here again if I return to Ubud!
Nice place to stay! It looks exactly the same as the pictures which displayed. Great location. Me and my parents have a great time here! Thanks again, Alej!!!
it has been a pleasure to stay in your house. It is really beautiful and we really loved to stay on the terrace or reading downstairs, listening the frogs and the water fountain. Sri was really kind and all the girls that were coming in the morning were really nice. The house is fantastic and I will recommend staying there also to my friends. We did some yoga classes close to your house, and the lessons were perfect. The neighbours around the house were super kind.
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I am an architectural designer and world wanderer. I've lived and designed in lots of countries, but so far Bali is my favorite and I keep staying... 10 years and counting. My passion is making spaces a delight for the senses: visually poetic, dream-friendly, a few nice spots for kissing, a simple table for the sharing of food, a comfortable spot for intriguing conversation, a moon viewing corner.
In the last years I've been having a love affair with old 120 year old teak structures from Java called joglos and limasans. I go to Java myself and select the structures in the villages. Then we bring them back and start working on a design that works within the limitations of these extraordinary structures.
If you have a love attack and would like a joglo of your own in Bali... let me know...
we can show you what we are working on...
I'm Argentine-American. Hablemos en español, français, italiano.