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 recently added a shared salt water pool just a 4 minute walk from this property 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....!
We stayed in Alejandra's Cool house for two nights ONLY.
even thought, we didn't have chance to meet in person, but the driver was really nice to guide us to the right place (cause is kind of hidden inside), besides it was really dark and at night was noisy outside from the wide insect t sleep, too dad) we had really nice stayed and unforgetable trip in Bali.
if we have longer vacatin, we would love to stay longer again.
This place was great. My husband, baby and I had a wonderful time. It's down a really neat path and is about a 5 min drive to the center of Ubud.
A lovely house, exactly as in the photos. Complimentary pick up at the airport is great, and a local phone was very handy. Loved the location in Penestanan - wandering the little pathway-streets of the area was my favourite part of staying in Ubud. It's a bit off the main area of the town, but that's actually a good thing, makes you feel part of Ubud more than staying in a touristy area. Best orientation for taxis - Cafe Alchemy, everyone knows where it is. Was great to have access to the pool, even thought it's a bit of a walk from the house, but so nice to dip after a hot day! The recommendations of places to go were fantastic, thanks so much Alejandra. enjoyed our stay!
My friend Shayne and I just could not get enough of the cosy daybed on the balcony of this villa. It was so relaxing listening to the rain and taking a nap after exploring the town of Ubud. Alej was great and accommodating, we got lost walking to the pool and she was kind enough to come and get us. The cell phone provided was very handy. She also suggested we do a bike tour and that was definitely a highlight of our trip. Be prepared for some wildlife and the occasional creepy crawly but that's too be expected when you choose to stay off the beaten path. For sure worth it! What's more it's just around the corner from Intuitive Flow Yoga Studio, I would definitely recommend going to a class there! Cheers for making our first trip to Bali amazing!
Alejandra and her staff were very welcoming and made our arrival extremely easy, with an airport pickup and short orientation of the place. The house is beautiful, clean, and quiet, with nice breezes and gorgeous views of the rice paddies and volcanoes from the upper balcony. We really enjoyed staying here!!
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!
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I am a world wanderer and have lived and designed in many countries. But so far Indonesia, specifically Bali is my favorite.. (12 years and counting). Two years ago my beloved Jaime, who is a psycholgist from Vermont and a passionate meditator, joined me, so now my paradise is much sweeter.
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.