About this listing
Villa Padi Menari is my home when I am in Bali. When I am not in residence, it is rented out as a private retreat for like-minded travelers seeking respite from the touristy, commercial experience.
Padi Menari is tucked in a serene nook of Tegallalang padi fields, a mere 7km north of Ubud. Consisting of 3 bedrooms with ensuite bath, all bedrooms come with air-conditioning, king-sized double beds with the finest hotel quality bedding and linen. A private pool with lush tropical garden overlooks a spectacular view of padi fields and coconut groves beyond. Price is inclusive of breakfast, daily housekeeping, fresh water and night security.
Padi Menari means Dancing Rice Stalk in Bahasa Indonesia. This very intimate property is on 600 square meter split-level land with the main villa sitting on the lower level of the rice terrace. The main villa is approximately 250 square meters with an ensuite bedroom on each floor, providing privacy and intimacy for individual couples whilst the living hall, pool and garden encourages relaxed, social interaction. Both bedrooms look out onto the lush landscaped gardens and paddy fields beyond. A third room is located in a separate building on the upper ground level and is known as The Studio.
The villa is located in the windy rice field and is very open. We share the land with the indigenous creatures of Bali such as white herons, birds, frogs, tokeks (giant gecko), field mice, spiders, green snakes and all sorts of insects. For the most part, they avoid humans but occasionally you may encounter a curious creature seeking refuge. Mostly harmless, may be pesky at times but hey, this is nature. Pest-control and fumigation treatments on ants, mosquitoes and bugs are done occasionally but we prefer to keep it to the minimum to minimise the use of chemicals.
Overlooking the banks of the paddy fields is a private 4m x 8m plunge pool that will tantalise you to take a dip after a hot day out. You will be tempted to spend your mornings lazing around watching the farmers at work and balmy evenings relaxing with a cool drink in hand so don’t attempt to cram your days with activities.
Padi Menari is a retreat from the world that will return you to yourself. It is a realm that will evoke your emotions and sensations, come with an open mind to embrace all possibilities.Whether you are a group of friends seeking to be free and adventurous, a mature family coming together to reconnect and rejuvenate or a couple reigniting passions and romance, be prepared to indulge in liberating yourself from all inhibitions. It is where artists, yogis and weary city dwellers find solace and peace with nature and oneself. And it is where we hope you will too.
Note: Padi Menari is very much an adult’s getaway and is not child friendly due to it's open concept and multi-levels.
You will have private use of the entire Villa. Additional services such as cook to prepare meals, massages, laundry, driver & guide, sightseeing tours, cultural shows, cooking classes, etc. can be arranged at uninflated market rate.
We have wireless internet which works well most of the time. However, internet reliability is still a frustrating problem in Bali and is at the mercy of weather conditions and power outages. Fiber optic lines are slowly being laid and has come to Ubud town. We are praying that the infrastructure will be coming to our village area soon but in the meantime, you may experience slowness or downtime occasionally. A good alternative is to get a prepaid local number with data line so you can be connected even when on the go!
Our philosophy of providing equal employment opportunity to the local villagers means that the staff are not formally trained in the hospitality industry and may be lacking in ability compared to the more qualified staff at other commercial establishments. Our housekeeper and villa attendant are from a village nearby and can be quite shy. For what they may lack in skill, they make up for in honesty and enthusiasm. They are still learning to improve their communication and English skills and we hope you will not find them lacking too much. They are eager to please and will try their best to meet your needs so please do communicate with them on whatever you need.
Interaction with Guests
I love to interact with guests and provide them with as much information as possible to make their holiday hassle-free. I welcome email correspondences sharing advise, tips and just general knowledge tit-bits.
Our Villa is not only surrounded by luscious sawah (paddy fields) on all sides, it sits on a fertile plot with paddy growing right in front. At the height of maturity, you will hear the paddy rustle and dance in the breeze. The view is always different at various times of the crop cycle, from green, fresh shoots newly planted to yellowing gold when the crop is ready for harvest. There is a special window of 2-3 weeks when the fields have been cleared of all harvest, ploughed and waiting for the next planting. This is a magical time when all you see is waterlogged fields which reflects the sky and gives off a sense of living by endless ponds. If you are lucky, you can see the farmers planting the shoots or harvesting their crops. You can even try your hand at the task if you happen to catch the farmer on a good day.
It is advisable to prearrange transportation with us for transit to Padi Menari whether from the airport or any other part of Bali. This is to avoid your taxi driver getting lost in the labyrinth of Tegallalang rice fields!
Bicycle and motorcycle rental can be arranged for you. It is an easy 10 minute ride to downtown Ubud. A private car with a friendly, knowledgeable driver and guide can be at your disposal throughout your stay to take you for tours and sightseeing around the island.
Other Things to Note
Padi Menari’s philosophy is based on a deep and enduring love for the natural environment and surroundings. We are concerned with the overall long-term impact of tourism on the island and thus, we strive to promote sustainable practices whilst remaining true to the spirit and culture of Bali and Ubud in particular. To this end, we try to promote the use of locally produced, ecofriendly products such as organic produce, soaps, detergents, etc. and through actions such as usage of recycle bags, energy saving bulbs, waste management, etc. where possible. Purified Aqua water is supplied for drinking and cooking and we encourage you to refill your water bottles to help reduce waste on the island.
Do have a look through our Welcome Book & Information Guide placed on the entrance counter of the Villa.
Appreciation and consideration for Bali's natural surroundings and culture should always be observed. On the most part, dressing and behaviour is very open and you can bathe naked in the river for all they care! However, when visiting holy places such as temples and shrines, a more modest and respectful approach is required. Ladies having their periods should refrain from entering such holy places as well. If in doubt, don't be shy to ask. You will find that most Balinese are more than happy to enlighten you on their culture and heritage....sometimes with a little too much more information than you asked for!
Due to the high risk of fire because the villa is predominantly made from wood and because of the many highly flammable materials, the bedrooms are designated as no-smoking and no-open flame zones. Large ashtrays are provided in the living area and poolside, please make sure that you extinguish your cigarettes completely.