You don't get just a hotel room, not even just a suite. You get a whole estate to yourself. Two huge and luxurious bedrooms, full kitchens, lap pool, lush gardens with flowers and fruit trees, a yoga room, table-tennis area, butler service and more.
Another view of the estate at night. The Artist's Suite is on the right and the Writer's Suite is on the far left
It's a whole estate, not just a room or a suite.
You can swim in the lap pool or do some yoga in the yoga room; have your breakfast served to you by a butler in the semi-outdoor dining area (or cook it yourself - there's a fully equipped kitchen), relax and read in the porch or the gardens, play a game of ping pong or badminton, have an evening drink on the rooftop terrace, order food from the inhouse restaurant which is a two-minute walk away, have a massage at the inhouse spa.
You can entertain guests - the dining room can seat six - or even have an outdoor party. This is a place to live, like a home that.offers an experience no hotel can match.
Two beautifully appointed villas, each with hand-made floor tiles, custom-designed furniture, an outdoor porch, a dining room that can accommodate 6 and a fully equipped kitchen. Also an 18 meter lap pool, a yoga room, manicured gardens, a ping-pong table and a roof-top sit-out overlooking lush rice fields.
If you take both villas (each can accommodate three, though two is ideal), you have the whole place,with all its facilities, all to yourself.
There is an inhouse restaurant called The Banana Leaf a two minute walk away from the estate, which serves Indonesian, continental, Mexican and Indian cuisine - the last being the best in Bali. There is also a spa called Kama Sutra which offers a range of massage and beauty treatments at discounted prices for inhouse guests.
Interaction with Guests
I live in Singapore (although I visit Bali frequently) so I will likely not be there in person. But there is a team of 22 staff who are wonderful, friendly and helpful. They will be happy to help arrange tours and activities for you, or if you prefer, they will leave you alone and respect your privacy.
The neighbourhood is quite charming. The estate is located in little hamlet called Penestanan in Ubud, which is the artistic and cultural capital of Bali. Penestanan is famous for an artistic tradition called the Young Artists Movement which was pioneered by a Dutch artist Arie Smit in the 1960s. It remains picturesque and unspoilt, with lush rice paddies and narrow winding paths, dotted with rustic restaurants, art galleries and yoga and meditation centres. It also has the cutest new-age village you will see. All of this is walking distance from the property.
Although secluded, the property is also central. It is only a 15 minute walk (or five minute drive) away from the centre of Ubud, a charming and lively little town with bars, boutiques, markets, restaurants and art and craft galleries - and a monkey forest. All of this is worth exploring.
No cars are allowed in the part of Penestanan where the property is located, so it's quieter and the air is cleaner. But the drop off point is about 200 meters from the property. We have golf buggies to pick up and drop guests - although some don't mind the short walk. We can also order taxis for guests at any time. If there is a large group, we can arrange a shuttle bus.
Other Things to Note
The property adjoins the much-loved Villa Nirvana (see the reviews), but is separate and distinct. The spa and restaurant located at the villa are both a two minute walk away. They are also open to outside guests - although inhouse guests get a 20 percent discount. There are lots of activities that can be arranged for guests, including temple visits, golf, white water rafting, cooking classes and visits to traditional dance and music performances. We can also arrange for dancers and musicians to perform at the estate.
Guests should just be themselves and enjoy the property, but treat it with care and respect. Pets are allowed. Smoking is not permitted in the bedrooms (which are air conditioned), but is okay in the outdoor and semi-outdoor areas.
Hello, I'm a writer and I own Villa Nirvana, which is a boutique hotel in Bali. It is professionally managed (I could never do it myself!) and the team, led by seasoned hotelier Dean, does a fabulous job . I like meeting people who have a love of life and great stories, wherever they might come from . I travel moderately myself, preferring to stay in small boutique-type establishments that have a unique charm, rather than the conventional five star chains.
I don't live in Bali, so I will not personally be your host at Villa Nirvana - though I'll be lucky to be visiting while you're there. But the staff are wonderful and will treat you like family - check out the site for what other guests have had to say. Hope you do go and have a great stay.
My life motto: we're here to learn about ourselves, through our lives and the lives of others.