About This Listing
Pondok (Cottage) VIDYAA (V-1) deluxe designer villa has 2 AC (double) bedrooms and can accommodate 4 adults. Located within a complex of four villas called Villa Vinayaga, it is just 3 km away from central Ubud with awesome views of rice fields.
LOCATION AND ENVIRONMENT :
Pondok (Cottage) Vidyaa is a private designer-built villa located merely a 5 minute drive from central Ubud in the very sought-after village of Kutuh Kaja. It is one of the cottages within the VILLA VINAYAGA complex. While providing utmost privacy and seclusion it also blends with it an optimal degree of accessibility and convenience. Surrounded by luscious green rice fields and gorgeous tropical jungle terrain views it provides am ambience of utmost peace and tranquility. It is just 3 minute drive to the house where Julia Roberts lived during the filming of "Eat Pray Love".
CONSTRUCTION AND LAYOUT
Built on 540㎡ of land, the 150㎡ single-storey living area has 2 large and well appointed double bedrooms. Each room has an en-suite water-closet and outdoor shower room. A large and airy outdoor living room provides ample space for rest and relaxation. The kitchen is well equipped with all your needs for basic cooking. All the dishes and kitchenware are popular Jenggala Keramik brand.
As a villa built by a Japanese, he clearly wanted to infuse a little bit of Japanese taste, and as such a ZEN garden was built by a famous gardener from Kyoto, Japan at the main entrance to the villa.
The villa complex is now professionally managed and marketed by PT People Power International - an international management consulting and marketing management consultancy with offices in Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Colombo.
WINING AND DINING
Breakfast is available just a 3 minute walk away at the Sugar's Villa Cafe which serves either Western or Eastern cuisine. There are also at least 5 international restaurants within 10 min walking distance (Thai, Japanese, Indonesian, Organic, Pork Rib BBQ) and numerous local Warungs (Cafes), some of which (such as Warung Bintang) have been rated very highly (10) on Trip Advisor. For those looking for a fine dining experience, restaurants such as Mosaic, Bridges, Cafe des Artistes, Indus, Le Arancia and many others will not disappoint.
Villa Vinayaga is a villa complex comprising 4 stand-alone 2 BR villas (Lakshmi, Vidyaa, Dharaa and Paraa), and stands on a 1,500㎡ site. While security is not a great concern in Ubud we would rather be safe than sorry and hence the premises is manned at night (10 pm to 6 am) by an appropriately equipped professional security guard who has also hot-line access to the local Police Station. In addition the premises is also equipped with closed-circuit security cameras for added protection. Be that as it may we would still encourage you to store all your jewelery and valuables in the safe deposit box provided as we cannot be held responsible for the loss of any unattended items. The safety and security of our guests is our utmost priority.
Our staff is our greatest asset. Every single person has been hand-picked based on a combination of honesty, integrity and ability. The overall management is the responsibility of the owner (Shireen) herself who could be contacted on + (phone number hidden) days X 7 days X 24 hours). Shireen is ably assisted (when she is away overseas) by Maria Thomet, a German national who has lived in Ubud for many years and who is available on her mobile ph(phone number hidden) in case of any emergency. Maria speaks German, English, French and Spanish. A friendly Balinese caretaker, YANDE, who lives nearby the villa will take care of anything you need such as rental of car, motor bike, laundry services or indeed any other unique requirement that you may have. He speaks adequate English. To protect your privacy, he does not stay at the villa 24 hours, but is available 24 X 7 on his mobile ph(phone number hidden).
HOUSE-KEEPING AND GARDENING
The villa is cleaned from 10 am-noon everyday, except for the days of Balinese ceremony or upon your request. In the daytime a gardener does the gardening and maintenance. Linen is changed daily but do let us know if you would like to assist us in conserving the planet and want your linen changed only every other day. It is entirely your choice.
We are happy to arrange meeting and transfer services from the Ngurah Rai international airport airport (or any other location in the Kuta, Denpasar, Seminyak area) at a cost of USD 30 EACH way. Adequate notice (preferably 2 days in advance) is required for this service. The vehicles is a 4 seater SUV and hence only has space for a reasonable amount of baggage.
EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES
In this digital day and age it is not always possible to live without internet and international news media.
The villa is thus equipped with modern conveniences like fastest possible Wi-Fi (2Mbps) in Bali, 42 inch TV and international cable TV (58 channels), DVD with many selected movies, and enough power outlets to charge your devices.
Toilets are TOTO shower-toilet type. We can also help you to rent motorbikes, cars, drivers, adventure tours, massage... at reasonable rates so that you don't have to deal with bargaining and struggling to get the best rates. We do not take any profit from such arrangements. Let us take all the stress away for reasonable price so you can just relax and enjoy everything that Bali has to offer.
- 42 inch LG flat TV (cable TV 58ch)
- DVD (movies 30 titles)
- Air conditioner x 2 (in each bed room)
- Automatic washing machine (8kg)
- iron and ironing board
- TOTO shower toilet x 2
- juice mixer
- microwave and toaster
- USB stereo
- a local mobile phone for emergency use and to contact our staff whenever needed
NB: Please note that while every effort is made to ensure stability and consistency of wi-fi and TV connectivity, we cannot be held responsible for 'force-majeure' situations resulting from lack of service by the local service provider.
This villa does NOT have a swimming pool at this stage although we are planning to build one sometime in 2015 if all goes well.
Interaction with Guests
365 days X 7 days X 24 hours communication access (by phone and email) is guaranteed to all our guests. The Owner (Shireen) spends two weeks of every month on site in Ubud and manages the property in a hands-on manner. During the weeks that Shireen is overseas she is ably assisted by Maria Thomet, a German national and a long-standing Ubud resident who handles all guest relations matters. Maria (local mobile numb(phone number hidden)) who is fluent in German, English, Bahasa Indonesia, French and Spanish lives only 5 mts away from the villas.
Why travel to ITALY to EAT, INDIA to PRAY and BALI to FIND LOVE when you can do all three in the most gorgeous village on this planet - UBUD? (with apologies to Liz Gilbert of "Eat, Pray, Love" fame).
Surrounded by luscious green rice paddy fields KUTUH KAJA is an unspoiled rice farming village just 4 km away from Ubud centre.
To be woken up by the chirping of the birds, the crowing of the village cockerels, the croaking of frogs, the quacking of wild ducks and the humming of bees is an awesome experience that big city living just cannot provide.
Whether it is for your honeymoon, a wedding or birth anniversary or indeed just a weekend get-away just to de-stress and relax or meditate there can be no better place that UBUD.
Welcome to UBUD - where peace and tranquility is assured.
Public transport is minimal. Yande could assist you to hire a scooter, motor bike or a car if you give him ample notice. rates are to be negotiated directly with the Driver and settled accordingly.
Other Things to Note
UBUD has a tropical climate and all guests have to be conscious of the conditions in such conditions. While every effort is made by us to eliminate the harmless black ants and mosquitoes by weekly spraying schedules please take every additional precaution (such as anti-insect sprays, eucalyptus oil etc) you may deem necessary based on your individual tolerance threshold.
DRY SEASON - CONSERVATION INITIATIVES
Fresh water is supplied by the local government authorities through the main supply pipeline. In the dry season however (June to October) water level drop and hence supply is restricted. Please assist us by conserving water and avoid the unnecessary use of the washing machine. It is advisable to send your soiled clothes to the local laundry which is both efficient and inexpensive. Our staff could assist you with this. We are however in the process of constructing a bore-well before the end of this year to alleviate this problem.
Please help towards 'SAVING THE PLANET' by conserving electricity (please switch off air-conditioners and lights when not in use) and conserve fresh water as and when possible.
While linen is changed every day, please also let us know if you prefer us to change the linen every other day. The choice however is entirely yours. Every single action helps towards achieving the greater goal.
UPGRADING AND RENOVATION
We have embarked on a very ambitious upgrading and renovation initiative in order to provide our guests with an even better experience and also to exceed your expectations even more. While every effort would be made to carry out this work when the villa is unoccupied we humbly request your kind indulgence and tolerance should there be any minor inconveniences during this process.
It is not our intention to 'police' your actions and/or impose restrictions that stifle your style and spoil your holiday. Be that as it may, please respect the facilities and our other guests by abiding with the following guidelines.
DRUG & ALCOHOL POLICY
The use or possession of banned drugs and narcotics is a punishable offense in Bali which could result in the DEATH PENALTY. The observance of our ZERO TOLERANCE standards is therefore critical.
NO smoking inside the rooms. It is for your own safety.
NO pets allowed. It could disturb guests in the other villas.
NO loud music and party after 9 PM. Ubud is a very quiet farming village and everybody here enjoys peace and tranquility.
NO glass at the pool and pool area. It for for your own safety
Switch off the air conditioners & lights when leaving the room or not in use.
PLEASE CARRY A PRINTED COPY OF THE PASSPORT FOR EACH OF THE GUESTS AND HANDED IT OVER TO OUR STAFF, AS WE ARE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT THIS FOR COMPULSORY POLICE REGISTRATION OF ALL OCCUPANTS.
It is very important to enjoy yourself!!!
우붓 센터에서 차로 5~10분 걸렸습니다.
침대가 편한해서 충분한 숙면을 했습니다.
하지만 숙소 옆에 마굿간이 있었는데 새벽에 비가오니 1층 방에서 마굿간 냄새가 나서 조금 힘들었습니다.
그리고 저녁에 형광등을 키면 벌레가 날아들어서 벌레를 무서워 하시분들은 조금 고려해야 할 것입니다.
부엌이 있어서 아침에 간단하게 우리가 준비해간 음식을 먹기에는 아주 좋았습니다.
그리고 주변에 야자수 나무 숲과 논의 경치는 너무 멋있었습니다.
Séjour de 8 jours pleinement satisfaisant ! Les photos sont conformes à la réalité, les villas sont simples, fonctionnelles, lumineuses et "à la campagne", au milieu des rizières. Pour nous, la situation était parfaite: à 5 mn du nord d'Ubud en scooter par une route agréable et peu fréquentée (contrairement à d'autres accès à la ville à la circulation très très chargée). D'ailleurs, si nous revenons à Ubud pour une longue durée prochainement (projet en cours de réflexion), il est très possible que nous revenions là car c'est vraiment très pratique...
Ketut, le caretaker, est super sympa, extrêmement serviable et ne recule devant aucun sacrifice pour satisfaire les clients (Ketut, encore merci pour le prêt de ton scooter personnel !). Une perle !
C'était notre 1ère expérience Airbnb, et elle a été vraiment satisfaisante.
The villa is very nice. Close to ubud center. 5 minutes by motorbike and in the middle of the forest and rice fields which makes it unique. Very easy and reliable to book. Clean and safe. The only cons was our transfer for Gili, since Ketut the caretaker booked tickets for us but when we arrived at the harbor we realized it was just a voucher and so we skipped the first boats. Apart from that i really recommend this villa!
Great value for money. So close to Ubud centre but we enjoyed the quitness around the villa. Ketut is a very friendly and warm person, helping you out with everything. We rented some scooters and that was the perfect way to travel to and around Ubud. Thanks again Ketut for your hospitality, kids are already missing you!
Yoshi’s villa was fantastic! For the first part of our trip we stayed in his villa with the pool and then transferred to this villa.
This villa was very comfortable, relaxing and clean. We just wish it had a pool.
- The villa is very well decorated and clean
- Everything is private and you don’t have to worry about anyone bothering you or seeing the other guests staying in the other villas.
- All of the local restaurants and warungs deliver to the villa. Just take a look at the numerous menus that are left for you and dial. Warung Bintang is right up the street and even had live music!
- The outdoor showers are fantastic! Showering outside and under the stars was so relaxing.
- Ketut the caretaker is very kind and willing to help you with anything.
- The kitchen is well stocked and great for cooking. We even had a cooking class!
- The location is about a mile from the main road, so you’re away from the crazy tourists and feel like you are somewhere exclusive and very private.
- Anything you want can be taken care of. We had our laundry picked up and dropped off (very inexpensive), we rented a scooter for the week, we were able to hire a driver to take us around.
- If you need a driver to pick you up from the airport or take you around on a tour, Made is very friendly and affordable
- The location felt very safe
- The wifi is pretty slow but does work. Just don’t expect to stream anything or make calls from your computer.
- There are a ton of bugs. Honestly after the first hour, we got used to them and it was no big deal…your in the jungle so it’s to be expected.
Thank you so much to Yoshi, Ketut and Made. You made our stay wonderful and we can’t wait to come back!
We've stayed in Yoshis Place for about 10 days as a family with two kids. It's a nice and calm place, rice fields in the front of the house, and palms and a jungle feeling in the back. A very relaxing and tidy place.
It's a bit outside of Ubud, that means that it took us a 30 min walk to come to the center of Ubud. The nice thing about being a bit outside, is, you see more of the traditional way the Balinese people live. Because in the center, there are lots of Tourists. (Of course, it is also easy to take a quick and cheap drive to Ubud, if you don't want to walk)
Our housekeeper Ketut is a wonderful person. He took very good care of us. And we could always come to him with any question we had.
Also our friendly driver Made, who was recommended by Ketut brought us always safe to all places we wanted to go to.
Our "second home" during our stay was the "sugars villas", a place very close by, where you could find a good breakfast and the nice pool.
We've been there often as the kids enjoyed the pool and we enjoyed a cool (email hidden) and a nice talk with the neighborhood.
Yoshi's Villas are a wonderful place to stay, if you want a nice and quiet place, while you are in the center of Ubud in just a 5 minute drive.
Lovely! Communication was great! Directions very clear. Ketut was waiting for us and showed us around. He is so nice and happy! He provided us with a mobile phone with his number and a drivers's number.
The villa is a gem! Between rice fields and a jungle! What a great value for money. You will need transportation to get into Ubud but Ketut is so helpful. He arranged motorcycles and any other requests we had.
Thank you for a lovely stay!
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About the Host, Shireen
Hi, I am Shireen - your SUPERHOST at Villa VINAYAGA, a complex of four 'pondoks' (cottages), namely LAKSHMI, VIDYAA, DHARAA and PARAA. Welcome to Ubud. I promise you that I will do everything within my means to make your stay with us a memorable one.
Born in Malaysia, I spent the first few years of my professional life as a Flight Attendant with Malaysia Airlines before venturing into my family business and spending the next 15 years as the Director of Marketing for a diversified group of companies engaged in businesses ranging from food and beverage to printing and packaging, trading etc.
I now divide my time between Ubud and Kuala Lumpur. Why should you travel to Italy to EAT, India to PRAY and Bali to FIND LOVE when you can do all three right here in the "Island of the Gods" - BALI. It was love at first sight for me when I first visited Ubud. I am unable to think of many other places in the world where one could enjoy as much peace and tranquility. To be lulled to sleep by the rustling of leaves and the flowing of water in the stream below to being woken up in the morning by the chirping of birds, the croaking of frogs, the quacking of wild ducks and the crowing of the village rooster is a lifestyle that big city living just cannot offer.
A Mother of 4 teenagers, I manage to maintain a healthy balance between my work and family lives. I enjoy travelling and cooking. My Husband (an Australian management consultant) assists me with my business ventures and I value his support immensely. Our pet - a 2 year old poodle called LILO is very special to us and keeps us all very amused throughout the day.
My passion is to serve the needy and the less fortunate. As an active charter member of the Rotary Club of Seputeh, I am very committed to the alleviation of poverty and the provision of basic needs and life skills to impoverished communities in Indonesia and Malaysia. This business venture is another step towards enhancing my community service work in Bali. My motto echoes that of Rotary International - "Service Above Self".
Welcome to Ubud and do enjoy your stay with us at your "Home away from home". We are at your service at all times.