Villa Padi Menari is situated 5km north of Ubud town in a beautiful serene area surrounded by rice fields. Far from the hustle and bustle of downtown, it is a private retreat catering to discerning, independent travelers who seek an exclusive experience rather than a generic hotel one. Development is slowly creeping up and we are no longer as secluded as before. Guests can walk to several shops and food stalls nearby and there are several new houses next door for company now.
* You are encouraged to read the entire write up below before booking to understand our ideology and set your expectations.
Made predominantly of wood and open to the elements, the villa is rustic and can seem weather-beaten. It is not for you if you are looking for a sterile, immaculate house.
Padi Menari is tucked in a serene nook of Tegallalang rice fields, 5km north of Ubud town (approx. 10 mins by scooter). Far removed from tourist trappings, you will require a scooter or a car and driver to get around, something that we can arrange for you easily. 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 paddy fields and coconut groves beyond. Price is inclusive of daily breakfast, 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. Both bedrooms look out onto the lush landscaped gardens and paddy fields beyond. The third room is located in a separate building on the upper ground level and is known as The Studio. It was just renovated in February 2017. The bedrooms are configured to provide privacy and intimacy for individuals whilst the living hall, pool and garden encourages coming together for relaxed, social interaction.
The villa is located in the windy rice field and is very open. We try to keep it as clean as possible but the humidity and residue brought in by winds from the fields makes it a daily battle! We share the land with the indigenous creatures of Bali such as white herons, birds, frogs, tokek (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 minimise the use of harmful chemicals. You may find insect carcasses in the mornings especially if it rained during the night.
Overlooking the banks of the paddy fields is a 4m x 8m plunge pool (approx. 1.7m deep) 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 passion 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: Although we love children and have welcomed many families with toddlers and children over the years, Padi Menari is very much an adult’s getaway and is not designed as a child-safe property due to its open concept and multi-levels. Thus, you will need to be responsible for them at all times.
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 market rate. We can pre-stock the fridge for you with a list of items you require i.e. beer, soft drinks, snacks, etc. A receipt will be given to you for reimbursement of this expense.
Equipped with modern amenities for your comfort including fiber optic wireless internet and a multi-platform music docking stereo player. We encourage human and nature interaction and hence have only one TV with cable TV and DVD player in the entire property. This is located in the entertainment corner in the upstairs bedroom.
We finally have high speed fiber optic 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.
A simple mobile phone with a prepaid local number will be provided for you to keep in touch with our staff and drivers.
Our philosophy of providing equal employment opportunities and keeping it local means that some of the staff are not technically trained in the hospitality industry and may not be as experienced as those in other commercial establishments. Our villa attendant, security man and gardener are from villages nearby and can be quite shy. For what they may lack in skill, they make up for in honesty and enthusiasm. They are constantly learning and improving 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 am based in Malaysia and shuttle between KL and Bali. Though I am not there, my very able team of staff are well trained to serve guests and ensure everything is executed to requirements. I am always available via email, chat and phone calls if you need me. I love to interact with guests and believe in full disclosure and transparency. I will try to provide you with as much information as possible to manage expectations and to help make your holiday hassle-free. I welcome questions on any concerns and general information you require.
Other things to note
The villa's orientation is towards the setting sun and can get quite hot during late afternoons. During this time the air conditioning may not be strong enough to combat such intense direct heat especially since the villa is made of wood. It is better to leave the doors and windows open for the breeze to cool down the rooms. The bedroom upstairs is hottest so try to avoid being in it during this time.
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. 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 reuse your water bottles to help reduce waste on the island.
Do have a look at 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 subak (canal) like the Balinese do! However, when visiting holy places such as temples and shrines, a modest and respectful approach is required. Ladies having their periods are advised to refrain from entering such holy places. If in doubt, don't be shy to ask. You will find that most Balinese are happy to enlighten you on their culture and heritage....often with a lot more enthusiasm and information than you asked for!
Due to the high risk of fire as the villa is made predominantly from wood and filled with many 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 you extinguish your cigarettes completely.
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I am afflicted with wanderlust and constantly need to be on the go. Whether it's for a short weekend getaway to neighbouring towns (always on the road less traveled) or abroad, I love to explore the backwaters of a place. Nature and culture are what I seek. I make it a point to travel to a foreign land at least once a year for no less than a week - prolonged if I could afford the time and money! Through my travels I find that I enjoy South East Asia the most; with it's mystical charms, gorgeous nature and diverse cultures.
I am an amateur photographer, fervent nature lover, amorous furry friend, rapturous music junkie, culture enthusiast, and food & coffee addict. Oh! And I am an avid fisherwoman! Catch and release using baitcaster and top water lures are my thing. Personality-wise, I am very forthright and enjoy witty, open communication. I believe in Karma and "you reap what you sow".
When I visited Ubud a few years ago, I became completely enamoured with it. There was an instant connection, as though I'd been looking for it all my life. And then I found Padi Menari... It is my pride and joy and my little oasis when I get to escape from maddening Kuala Lumpur where I have to be for work. It has been lovingly and personally enhanced with all the comforts of home and then some. Environmental conservation and cultural harmony is the essence of Padi Menari and everything that can be consciously practiced to cultivate this has been implemented.
For my properties, I try to imbue the same standards and quality that I personally appreciate. Five star hotel it is not and there are certain things I won't have because I find it unnecessary and wasteful. Practicality overrules fluff, comfort reigns over extravagance. Of course, nothing's perfect and whilst I am steadfast (most say stubborn!) in my philosophies and ideas, I value constructive suggestions and feedback. After all, we are constantly learning, evolving and seeking improvements right?
Live and love passionately, completely and unabashedly!