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). Passiflora is set in the rice paddies of Penestanan, one rice paddy away from our other home, Jazmin, https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/385959. 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 to make sure it is the ultimate in a unique indoor /outdoor living experience ( I am an architectural designer). Staying in these old transformed houses is a one of a kind experience in luxurious simple ecological living (read some of the reviews).
As you walk into Passiflora, 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 Passiflora, 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 Jazmin, 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!
All my secret spots.. and sources and ten years of a love affair with Bali. And my beautiful and kind and helpful staff: Sri, Made and Made.
I love to meeting our guests.. and am so happy when I see a variety of different kinds of people ... who are happy and 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. And we have a very complete list of all things wonderful and a local phone for use of our guests with our numbers in them.
Penestanan now has its very own yoga studio, meditation center, approximately 10 charming restaurants (Indonesian, Japanese, Indian, Raw/Organic, Vegetarian, Vegan) and a cafe and bakery, so you don't even have to get on your motorbike.
We can organize a scooter for you for $5 per day or
you can take an expensive taxi to Ubud $5 per ride.. or you can walk... 20 minutes.. to all things Ubud .
Ask us about:
Our private 3 night/ 3 day yoga, healer and meditation retreat. $450 per person including your stay at Jazmin.
Our private 3 night/3 day private spa for you including your stay at Jazmin. $400 per person.
Our private 3 night/ 3 day rejuvenation/ cleanse $500 per person including your stay at Jazmin.
Our 3 day romantic/honeymoon surprises and adventures for you and your loved one. $650 per person including your stay at Jazmin...
If you'd like a joglo of your own, let us know. :)
My husband and I and our 2 years old son spent a week in Passiflora. The villa is completely uniq and well-appointed. The surroundings are incredibly beautiful. Made and Made make a delicious breakfast. I can only highly recommend the place and we will certainly return. :-) Thank you Alejandra - Martin & Lea
Alej's place was lovely, a surprise retreat from Bali's noisy beaches. We enjoyed getting lost in the padi fields, randomly peeping into the joglos we walked by. The open shower was fantastic - strong, hot water and breakfast was prepared on time by Made and Made. Thank you for the opportunity to experience another side of Bali !!!
Absolutely wonderful villa amid rice paddy fields with very nice architectural details. A close walk to town, yet remote enough from the bustle and hustle of ‘downtown’ Ubud. The host, Alejandra, is delightful and the staff is superb. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and can truly recommend this place to anyone.
Alejandra's villa is pretty amazing and has everything you could possibly need. It's in a great location - really quiet in an area with only walking footpaths yet an easy walk into Ubud if you like. Made's breakfasts were also a highlight. I would definitely recommend this place.
Such a gorgeous house in a tranquil location. Just being here is a destination in itself. No traffic noise whatsoever - just ducks and the odd rice farmer wandering past.
The bedroom is airy and romantic and the outdoor bathtub is incredible. The whole place is like a page out of a design magazine. A truly special place.
Alejandra's place was wonderful and right in the rice paddies giving you an authentic Bali feel. Sri, Made and Made were great help and Alej was lovely and a gracious host. It is worth noting that you cannot take a taxi or vehicle to the villa door and getting there involves walking through some cute rice padies and nooks. We love walking and staying at the villa almost makes you feel like a local in your neighbourhood. We went to the Intuitive Flow yoga place nearby and the Yellow Flower cafe - both are excellent. We would advise avoiding Ubud down town altogether, the traffic and tourists are hectic. There are so many wonderful places in Penestanan and Kedewatan (in the opposite direction to Ubud on the way to Mozaic) and the pace is what Ubud used to be like. We definitely recommend dining at Mozaic (pricey but worth it) and the Elephant which is excellent. All of Alej's suggestions are good too. Anyway we hope to get back to Penestanan in the very near future! Thanks for hosting us Alej! xx
It has taken us a few days to completely digest and be able to put into words our experience at Alej's villa. From the moment we arrived, to the minute we said goodbye everything was simply OUTSTANDING! The villa is beautiful, Alejandra and her staff are amazing and so very kind, and the surroundings give the PICTURE PERFECT introduction to Bali, its culture, and its people.
We instantly felt at home with our surroundings, and wandering the beautiful scenery-- discovering something new each and every day!
Alej has left a very useful and candid guide that she has put together herself that shares many secrets (restaurants, spa's, etc.) in the area. If you can't find what you are looking for, Sri will make it happen! The driver and his team (recommended by Alej) are wonderful! They are dependable, safe, and we strongly recommend you hire them for a day or two to explore the island and its endless beautiful sights.
A beautiful feature of Alej's house is the location. You are surrounded by beauty and nature... yet away from the hectic pace of central Ubud. Many hip and popular cafe's and restaurants are just a minute or two away on foot! Central Ubud is no more than a 15-20 minute walk, and a huge Bintang supermarket offering local and western favorites is less than a 10 minute walk away. It is an IDEAL location, and an IDEAL setting for a peaceful and relaxing holiday!
The villa is immaculately maintained by Sri and her team (Made and Made,) and equipped with all the comforts you need... wifi, bottled water, hot shower, fully equipped kitchen, etc. Alej's taste in decor has left a true designer mark on this villa! The place comes alive at night when you turn on the beautiful lighting both inside and out.
Our favorite memory of our 10 day stay was our true connection with the village. They make you feel so very welcome, and are truly dedicated to making your stay a memorable one. From the touching offerings that are placed outside your entrance every day, to the amazing neighbor Kadek who will come by to say hello and welcome you, or our friend who came by every morning with fresh coconut and duck eggs, and even the rice field workers passing by who will smile at you and say hello. Or the amazing Whisky and Brindie (Kadek's dogs) who "patrol" the fields making sure all is safe!
It was so hard to say goodbye at the end of our stay! We truly had made some amazing new friends and been left such a beautiful impression. We will be forever grateful to Sri, Made, and Made who took such amazing care of us during our stay! We still think about all of the amazing breakfasts, dinners (deliciously prepared by Sri,) and that home-made pineapple jam made with love by Made!
We cannot wait to come back! A truly unforgettable experience!
Thank you! Gracias! Terima Kasih! :-)
We were there for nearly two weeks and had a P E R F E C T time soaking up the atmosphere, reading books, wandering the neighborhood. Fabulous! Alej was a great host and couldn't have done more to make our stay better. Plans to return, maybe for longer are in the pipeline.
I am so glad I stayed at Alej's joglo in Penestanan; I only wish I could have stayed longer! We kicked off our Bali/Lombok vacation with three lovely nights at Passiflora to explore Ubud and its surrounding villages. Allo picked us up from the airport and took us to the joglo. As it was already dark by the time we arrived, Allo was kind enough to wait for us to put our stuff down, get a little bit organized, and then walk us to a neighbourhood restaurant (Yellow Flower Cafe, a cute organic place a few minutes' walk from the joglo) so we could grab dinner. Made came by every morning to make us breakfast, which consisted of a good assortment of fruit, yogurt, toast with butter and jam, and coffee or tea. Alej's "secrets" were great as well. We really enjoyed the food at Lala and Lili - one night we even got it to go so we could have an early evening dinner back at Passiflora and enjoy the view of the rice fields in front of the living and dining room.
If you are considering going to Ubud, I would absolutely recommend Passiflora. It is a beautiful, comfortable joglo and Alej has obviously taken great care in decorating it. I really liked that it is an open air house (and really loved the outdoor bathroom!). I found the surroundings (both sights and sounds) very peaceful and a nice respite from the noise and crowds of Ubud's city center. It's only about a 15 minute walk away from the center of town, so it's extremely easy to get there to explore. I would recommend getting up early one morning to enjoy sunrise and then head to the early morning food market in Ubud.
One other thing - bring a good flashlight or headlamp so you can get around easily at night. Alej provides one for guests to use, but it can't hurt to have at least one per person.
A quick note on Alej herself - she is a fantastic host. She was really responsive and helpful with my seemingly endless questions prior to my arrival in Bali, and she came over to say hello the night we arrived. Once we were there I knew she would respond to any questions we had without being intrusive at all.
Writing this review is making me miss Passiflora even more. I hope to be able to return!
What can we say....the place was amazing. Well maintaned, great location, beautiful, wonderful staff, everything you need at your fingertips. Loved every minute of our stay. Thanks so much alej for welcoming us so graciously.