About this listing
Lovingly Designed to Be in touch with Nature. We were featured in the New York Times: Building in Harmony in Bali. And now, Airbnb has selected us as one of their 12 properties in the world for our high standards. Let us pamper you in the Paddies.
Walk 6 minutes or ride a rented motorbike along a tropical river path (and then up 30 steps) to our second architect designed loft-like antique joglo (traditional Javanese teak house). Jazmin is set in the rice paddies of Penestanan, one rice paddy away from our other home, Passiflora: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/58045 and diagonally across from Marguerite our newly remodeled Balinese cottage ,https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/866341. Our village has no car access or car sounds but many sounds of geckos, roosters, frogs and collared kingfisher birds, and it is still walking distance away from Ubud (20 minutes).
Jazmin, like Passiflora is a reclaimed antique joglo brought in timber by timber from Java. Though similar, each of the joglos has its own personality and I have taken care to design every detail ( i am an architectural designer) to make sure that your stay in one these old transformed houses is a one of a kind experience in luxurious, simple, ecological living (read some of the reviews).
And now we have a shared salt water pool for our guests! Yay!
As you walk into Jazmin, you'll be taken by the the super spacious loft -like feel (1000 sq. ft. /90 meters square) with the added pleasure of a antique teak timber roof above your head (25 ft./ 8 meters) and all reclaimed wood panels, carvings and doors! We have re used every board.
The roof is made of handwoven grass. But the sensibility is modern with an emphasis on comfort. There is no villa quite as uniquely in touch with nature as Passiflora and Jazmin in Penestanan.
Read on the daybed on the verandah, have a conversation in the living room then have a nap in the bedroom on the king-sized super comfortable bed overlooking the family temple. The kitchen is perfect for cooking: polished concrete countertops and reclaimed wood cabinet doors. At night, the bedroom locks up for privacy and safety, but the living room stays open for maximum connection with nature. You can practice yoga comfortably in so many spots and later bathe under the stars in the sunken tub. Made and Made will pamper you with healthy breakfasts of our homemade yogurt and fruit or black rice pudding. I'll leave you my list of my favorite secret spots and restaurants. I am also writing up my suggestions for must sees on 3 day stay, a five day stay and a 7 to 10 day stay.
Honeymoon couples love Jazmin, however I also love staying in the joglos by myself and it's also a wonderful experience as a family. We are situated at the end of the path and are protected by Kadek's family in the Balinese compound below. Our homes are the only two in Penestanan rice paddies which are connected to family temples.
Like Passiflora, this is a truly unique experience for FIT folks who want to be in touch with the Bali of rice farmers in the most natural but still luxurious way! Enjoy!
You will have access to our very personal choices of everything we think is absolutely the most interesting, delightful and delicious to experience... and that is ever changing in Ubud... and our amazing staff... Sri, Made and Made.
I love to meet our guests.. and am doubly happy when we have a variety of different kinds of people ... who can make our homes their homes. That is your gift to me. I try to come by the first morning.. but I am traveling and building for clients, so quite busy. I am always available via email and SMS as are Sri my right hand wonderful assistant. And it is nice to know that you have privacy as well, I myself enjoy having privacy when I am traveling as well., And we have a very complete list of all things wonderful!
Our neighborhood, Penestanan, is the Coolest in Ubud now! It's a perfect distance from Ubud (20 minute walk). And we have everything we need here!
You can rent a scooter for $5 per day. If not taxi rides have gotten expensive... $5 to ubud. You may rent a car with a driver for $50 per day.
If you'd like a joglo of your own, let us know. :)
Our saltwater pool is for the use of all of our guests. You will find that you will have it all to yourselves most of the time.
Interaction with Guests
Sri or I will try to be by on the first morning of your arrival. I am traveling and working with clients quite a bit, sooo busy. But I am always available via email or SMS.
Other Things to Note
We will pick you up at the airport and it is included if you stay 4 days or more. If not we will happily pick you up as well. The cost is $28 US.
We have the most wonderful guests. Enjoy Jazmin!
We spent a good portion of our honeymoon here.
Sri, Made, Made and of course Alejandra made us feel so welcome. They ensure we have a ride getting to location, and every morning greeted us with delicious and fresh breakfast. They are very helpful and kind.
The place was out of this world. It was like a dream being able to stay there and away from the hustle and bustle of the world. Although it is located in the ricefield, you are not far from city centre, restaurant, yoga centre.
Because it is very much open-concept, you will be greeted by little frogs, butterflies, geckos, even fireflies! The experience is exceptional.
The shower experience was great. Because it doesn't have a roof, you can look at the stars or birds as you are taking a shower. Once, it started raining while I was in the shower, what an experience!
Our most value experience was the in-home cooking class. Alejandra and Sri has connected us to the owner of a lovely D'Waroeng, and we fell in love with Balinese spices and food. Kadek, the owner of this warang is a very lovely lady and an exceptional teacher! Thanks so much for introducing us to a new world of spices!
Thank you so much for allowing us stay at the Jasmine. We loved every single moments there.
This is my third stay with Alejandra and I am so happy to report this little paradise gets better and better every year. This time, an amazing pool is located close to the joglo and perfect for a sub soaked afternoon. Thank you Alej!
My husband and I had an amazing 4 night stay at Villa Jazmine on our honeymoon and we loved every second. The villa was AMAZING, the pool was perfect and we really enjoyed the cool bathroom and daybed to read in. The staff were wonderful and the breakfasts were exciting to look forward to each morning. We both had great in-villa massages by the talented Mr. Jampi and went with Kadek and Made for a stunning 3 hour guided walk through the rice fields. We recommend doing both of these things and we highly recommend this villa to couples or families. It was hard to leave and we hope to be back very soon !! Thank you to all the staff for making our honeymoon experience so special :)
Thank you for sharing your beautiful place Alejandra. A place with no borders, where living space and nature blend together. It was a feast for all our senses. Best wishes to all!
Alejs houses in Ubud are out of this world. As I type this a butterfly is drifting through the kitchen. The gardens and rice padis that surround the house are an impossible lime green and EVERY little detail is perfect and interesting and an homage to beautiful, simple design. It's very still and very open. Two things we love. It's VERY hard to leave paradise when you find it. Thank you, Alej, Jim, Sri, Made, Made, Effa, and the rice farmers. We will be back as soon as we can! Lush and Aurora xx
Alejandra's house was beautiful. The pictures of the house are accurate and it's almost more beautiful in real life. The tiles in the bathroom and teakwood around the home were my favorite! I loved the open design, which meant warmth, bugs and animals were also welcome into the home. The frog noises put me to sleep and the roosters woke me up in the morning! There was a lock on the door to the bedroom and a safe in the room and all of my valuables felt safe. The bathroom was gorgeous, there was plenty of hot water for a bath and a warm shower. I never met the women who cleaned the house daily since I was always out, but the house was always clean when I came home. And the giant bowl of fruit and the bread and jam (plus other small snacks) in the fridge was good to have on hand. This house is isolated in the rice paddies and is about a 15-20 minute walk from central Ubud. If I stayed longer I would have rented a scooter, but I truly didn't mind the walk multiple times per day. Alejandra left some great notes about the area; things to do, places to see and the Wifi was pretty fast. Alejandra was so sweet, she welcomed me my first night and chatted with my about the area. Make sure to eat at Yellow Flower Cafe, right up the path! I didn't do any yoga at Intuitive Flow, but it's so close! Also, take the advice of using their driver for your first visit, especially if dark. It's off the beaten path, that's for sure! If I were to visit Bali again, I 100% would stay in this amazing work of art again.
What can I say about Alejandra's beautiful villa that hasn't already been said? This is definitely one of the most lovely places I've ever stayed - a gorgeously designed, peaceful villa, set in one of the most stunning corners of Ubud.
We enjoyed such a wonderfully restorative few days - surrounded by (email hidden)e only downside is that we couldn't stay longer!! I can't wait to come back!
A warm thank you to Alejandra and her wonderful team - I hope to see you again soon.
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About the Host, Alejandra
I am a world wanderer and have lived and designed in many countries. But so far Indonesia, specifically Bali is my favorite.. (12 years and counting). Two years ago my beloved Jaime, who is a psycholgist from Vermont and a passionate meditator, joined me, so now my paradise is much sweeter.
My passion is making spaces a delight for the senses: visually poetic, dream-friendly, a few nice spots for kissing, a simple table for the sharing of food, a comfortable spot for intriguing conversation, a moon viewing corner.
In the last years I've been having a love affair with old 120 year old teak structures from Java called joglos and limasans. I go to Java myself and select the structures in the villages. Then we bring them back and start working on a design that works within the limitations of these extraordinary structures.
If you have a love attack and would like a joglo of your own in Bali... let me know...
we can show you what we are working on...
I'm Argentine-American. Hablemos en español, français, italiano.