Our beautiful 150 yr old Javanese teak house, Villa Melah ,with a private infinity pool overlooks lush tropical jungle and the Petanu River. Just 10 minutes drive to central Ubud, great restaurants, galleries & spas. Comfortably houses 2 - 6 guests.
Here you can experience the magic of Bali from the comfort and privacy of your own antique Javanese teak house.
Entrance to the 150 year old house is from steps at the side which lead up onto the long verandah and through large double doors. The verandah is perfect for lounging and watching the rich bird-life including Java kingfishers, coucals and cranes. A monkey may occasionally pay a visit.
The rustic main house has a spacious loft-like feel with massive carved pillars and a stunning ornate ceiling centre-piece. There is
a king-size bed with a dressing area behind carved panels. There is a dining table seating 6.There are sofas and seating areas, a simple kitchenette along the back wall with a small burner electric hob and a fridge. Furnishings are a mixture of antique and reproduction art deco colonial style and the glazed floor tiles are hand-made Dutch colonial style from Java. The semi - outdoor bathroom has a copper basin set in an antique door and a brass rain shower. We never felt the need to install a bath tub as we had the pool.
There is a flat screen TV with cable channels, an
iPod dock and a DVD player.
Downstairs are a further 3 bedrooms with single beds which our children used - ideal for friends or larger families. Two have ceiling fans , one has an air-conditioner- there is space for extra single beds.A small bathroom with a shower and toilet is shared by these rooms. Sliding glass doors open directly onto the pool terrace. There is no pool fencing so these rooms are not suitable for young children. The infinity edge pool has beautiful views and is sterilised by silver ionisation, not harsh chemicals.
There is a large open-sided pavilion in the garden which can be used for relaxing , meditation or yoga.
Interaction with Guests
Our lovely staff who also look after the other villas are mostly from the local village. They will prepare your breakfast and bring it to the house at your requested time and clean the house daily. The rest of the day you will be undisturbed unless you need something . We can be contacted on the house phone until 11pm. Our friendly security man Ketut is on duty from 11pm to 7am .
Melayang is a traditional Balinese Village where you can stroll down the street and see the beautful family compounds- you will probably be invited in to visit by one of the families, and if you happen to be staying when there is a temple ceremony you will be invited to attend.
You will experience age old farming methods and we can show you walks in the rice fields to see planting or threshing, ducks and cows. There is also a path down to the river where you can swim or just sit by the natural springs.
Just 10 minutes away is Ubud centre, home to art museums, galleries, restaurants and cafes. In the neighbouring villages you can watch the island’s most accomplished painters, stonemasons, woodcarvers, mask makers and silversmiths at work. The market is open every day selling handicrafts, garments, spices and foods, and Ubud even has its own sacred Monkey Forest. Ubud is the seat of the Sukawati Royal Family; the palace is centrally located and open to the public. There are many cultural performances staged here, in particular the famous Kecak dance, the fire dance, the monkey dance and the Legong dance.
We can arrange yoga, meditation, spa treatments and cooking classes either in Ubud or in-house, as well as visits to healers. For the adventurous we can arrange trekking, cycling and white water rafting.
We can provide a pick-up from the airport for USD40 and our car driver can be used for day tours, and sightseeing Ubud for very reasonable rates . Hourly rate in the local area rp 80,000 per car. If you have your own transport we have secure undercover parking.
Other Things to Note
As in all Balinese houses, daily offerings are made. Every morning our local priest presents flower petal and incense offerings inside every building and at the various house temple shrines within the garden.
The Petanu River is considered sacred by the Balinese and a special temple for the spirits of the river is situated on the slope below the house. Particularly elaborate and beautiful offerings are presented during the full moon period. Many sites in Melayang are of great spiritual and archaeological significance. An ancient civilization existed here more than 2,000 years ago. Two stone sarcophagi were unearthed in the village which are estimated to be 2,500 years old and are believed to have contained the bodies of local kings. They can be viewed at the Archaeological Museum in Pejeng.
Included in the rate is
Breakfast for daily and weekly bookings
All taxes & charges
We hope that you will love our house and the wonderful staff as much as we do. We just ask that you treat the house and furnishings with care and please only smoke outside in the garden or on the verandah .
What a divine holiday we had in Villa Melah at Villa Awang Awang. We were blown away with the beautiful location and surroundings, the kindness, professionalism and attitude of all the staff and how helpful everyone was. Villa Melah is a 150 year old Javanese teak house, transported from Java to its new home in Ubud. The carvings are magnificent and staying in this villa was a privilege. As there were only two of us, we stayed upstairs and didnt use the three rooms downstairs. The bathroom coming off the main room upstairs in partly open, which was incredble - it truly felt like having a very private shower in the middle of nature. The pool was gorgeous and we wished it was warmer weather so we could have enjoyed it more! Breakfast was served to us every morning in the villa at the time of our choosing, and we took advantage of the $15 massages - they came to us in our villa!
Every night we had dinner at a different restuarant in Ubud suggested by Ann's staff, and they were all fantastic suggestions. We also enjoyed a day white water rafting, organised at a special cheap price through the villa and were driven around that day by the wonderful Dewa, who impressed us in anwering every question we could throw at him about Bali - culture, work, religion, schooling, you name it - Dewa had the answer!
In short, this was the most amazing, relaxing place to stay, and we will most certainly be back. Thanks to all of Ann's staff for making it a trip to remember!
This place is amazing and gorgeous. There were only two of us, so the extra rooms were unnecessary but I can imagine them being great if you have kids. The view is unbelievable, the service just as good. As two completely unprepared westerners traveling to Bali for the first time, we felt completely taken care of - and the $15 massages on the balcony were the perfect thing to experience after our 30 hour trip!
The staff were also happy to arrange whatever trips and activities we wanted to take, though we were so jetlagged the first 2 days we mostly just enjoyed the space. When we finally did get out, our driver was so fabulous and knowledgable that we hired him to be our driver for the rest of the trip even after we left the villa.
Thank you Anne for giving us the perfect place to land in beautiful Bali!
Stunning view and authentic Bali experience. Very courteous staff. Host was very responsive and accommodating. Good breakfast selection. Pool was amazing!
I was very sad to leave this paradisic spot last night. Stayed there for 4 nights and had such a wonderful and very relaxing time.
The staff from the village and neighbouring villages go out of their way to provide you day and night with the perfect service. Loved the house which exudes the splendour of old days. The pool and the view to the valley are breathtaking.
May the gods be pleased and kind to give me another opportunity to return. Thanks to you and your amazing crew for providing this great place to other people. There are not enough stars to give
We booked 4 nights at Ann's amazing Bali Villa. After our first night I talked to the staff about the weak wi-fi signal that was making it impossible for me to work and they happily upgraded us to the top Villa on the property for only a modestly increased price compared to its regular listing.
Our stay was amazing and I can't thank Ann and her staff enough. Service was first class, they were all friendly, food, massages, swimming, relaxing. It was all outstanding and as good as I've ever experienced.
I highly recommend this accommodation to anyone looking for a get away in the jungle of Ubud - just awesome!
Здравствуйте. Это вилла просто сказка, в особенности второй этаж, там и проводили большую часть времени. У нас был медовый месяц. Очень красивая и уютная. Шикарный бассейн и очень красивый экзотический вид. Кровать с балдахином. Очень вежливый и приветливый персонал, на все вопросы и проблемы реагировал моментально, отдельное спасибо менеджеру. Вкусный и разнообразный завтрак. В номере чисто и опрятно, убирали каждый день. Район очень тихий, на скутере минут 5-10 до центра города. Три раза в день ходит шатл (комфортабельная 7 местная машина) в любое место в ubud и так же 3 раза с ubud на виллу, бесплатно. В меню на вилле можно заказать не только по кушать, но и воспользоваться услугами спа салона. Так же там написано много полезной информации: где супермаркеты, обмен валюты, можно заказать экскурсии и так далее. Нам вилла безумно понравилась! Большое спасибо!
I wrote Ann an Airbnb message before arriving regarding the exact location of the place and didn't have any answer, but when I called on her phone she picked it up and talked to the driver herself explaining how to get there.
We never met her in person, but the staff that takes care of the Villas is amazing, super kind and helpful. There's a free shuttle from there to the Ubud center ( around 10 minutes away). Having breakfast on the Villa's terrace was one of our favorite parts of the day :) The villa itself is very beautiful and cozy, a bit dark for my taste, but it's part of its charm. You will really feel that you are in the middle of the Balinese forest here!
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I fell in love with Bali on my first visit in 1975 and have never lost my fascination for the people , the culture and the landscape . I spend part of the year here and part with family in Adelaide ,Australia , keeping a half eye on 4 adult daughters who come and go. Time in Bali is for inspiration, enjoying interests in art ,Ayurveda , eco-architecture , permaculture , edible and healing Balinese plants and generally just relishing the culture and the wonderful people in our village. You are warmly invited to experience the magic of Bali whilst living in our lovely old Javanese teak house .