About this listing
This is a stunning suite with a huge bedroom, full bath with jacuzzi, semi-outdoor porch, dining room and fully equipped kitchen. It's on a big estate with an 18 meter lap pool, yoga centre and lush gardens. Secluded, but only a 15 min walk to town
The Artist's Suite is part of a large estate measuring about 7,000 sq ft or about 650 sq meters. The estate has an 18 meter lap pool, lush gardens, a yoga room, a ping pong table and a rooftop sit-out.
The Suite itself features a huge and fully airconditioned bedroom, a changing room, a semi outdoor bathroom (which itself is bigger than most hotel rooms) with a jacuzzi and a rainshower.
The suite also has a private dining area which can seat 6, a fully equipped kitchen with butler service if you want it, a private garden and a semi-outdoor porch overlooking the pool.
Beautifully decorated with contemporary Asian art, the suite has hand-made floor tiles and custom-designed furniture.
What is really special about this space, apart from its breathtaking natural beauty, is that it is like a home. You can have people over to enjoy the place with you and even entertain guests to lunch or dinner in a way you could never do in a hotel.
Apart from everything that is in the Suite, you can use the pool, the ping pong area, the yoga centre and the gardens. There is another Suite called The Writer's Suite about 50 meters away. If that is occupied, you would share the pool, but it's very big. But if the other suite is not occupied, the entire estate is all yours.
You also have access to a spa and a restaurant which are both a two-minute walk away from the estate. The spa offers a range of health and beauty treatments including massage at discounted prices for inhouse guests. You can also have massages in your suite or anywhere on the estate if you wish.
The restaurant serves continental, Indonesian and Indian cuisines, the last reputed to be the best in Bali. Wifi is available everywhere on the estate and in the restaurant
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 for tours and trips into town - although you can also walk.
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.
Make yourself at home and be yourself, but treat the property with care and respect. Pets are allowed. Smoking is not allowed in the indoor areas.