About this listing
Nestled in some of the last preserved rice paddies of Penestanan, our transformed joglos (100 year old teak structures) are carefully designed to be in touch with nature. If Passiflora is full check Marguerite https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/866341
Walk 6 minutes or ride a rented motorbike along a tropical river path (and then up 30 steps) to our first architect-designed loft-like antique joglo (traditional Javanese teak house). Passiflora is set in a rice paddy, which we have kept, partially intact, as part of our commitment to this agricultural tradition. Across the rice paddy is our other joglo, Jazmin, https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/385959. Marguerite, our freshly remodeled house https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/866341 is across the walking path. We have also recently added a shared salt water pool for the use of our guests!
Our area has no car access nor motorbike noise, but many sounds of geckos, roosters, frogs and collared kingfisher birds, while still walking distance from Ubud (25 minutes).
Passiflora is a reclaimed antique joglo brought over timber by timber from Java. Each of my joglos has its own personality. I carefully design every detail to make sure that staying in these transformed traditional structures is a one of a kind experience in luxurious but simple ecological living.
As you walk into Passiflora, you'll be taken by the spacious loft -like feeling (1000 sq. ft. /90 meters square) with the added visual pleasure of antique teak timber beams and carved wood panels. The roof is made of handwoven grass known as "alang-alang" here.
I have combined traditional elements, but the sensibility is modern with an emphasis on comfort. There are no villas in Ubud quite as uniquely in touch with nature as Passiflora and Jazmin.
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, Made and Kadek will pamper you with healthy breakfasts of Bali Buda bread, Bali Coffee and our homemade yogurt and jam. No breakfast would be complete without a plate of tropical fruit. I'll leave you my list of my favorite secret spots and restaurants.
Honeymoon couples love Passiflora, however I also love staying in the joglos by myself. Our houses are the only two in Penestanan which are connected to traditional Balinese 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 from a ten year + + love affair with Bali. And my beautiful and kind and helpful staff: Sri, Made and Made.
I love meeting our guests and am doubly happy when I see the 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 that are must dos.. and a local phone for use of our guests with our numbers in them. Very handy.
Penestanan has become hip... and 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 . You can also hire a car with a driver for about $50 US.
If you'd like a joglo of your own, let us know. :)
We leave you a list of our most updated favorite suggestions for delicious meals, secret special spots to visit and walks. We have our favorite spa to recommend and our own masseur who comes to the house. We provide a local phone with preprogrammed numbers and a little credit. Our homemade laminated map is a great help for navigating your local adventures.
Interaction with Guests
Sri will generally greet you unless you arrive in the evening. The next morning one of us will stop by to say hello and offer suggestions for making your stay memorable. You can always contact us via SMS or email.
Penestanan is the now the hip section of town. Interesting little restaurants have opened up: Yellow Flower (3 minute walk), Alchemy, Element, Wayan's Juice, Made's Warung. We have a wonderful yoga studio: (3 minutes walking) Intuitive Flow. Cantika Zest, an outdoor spa set in a jungle like setting, is a 15 minutes walk. Because Ubud center is crowded now, it's wonderful to escape to our village and still be a twenty five minute leisurely walk away.
You may rent a motor scooter for 5 dollars per day. Taxis to Ubud are expensive (5 dollars per ride). Walking is a wonderful healthy alternative. If you would like to hire a car with a driver for the day, the cost is about $50US.
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 $ 30 US.
We have found that most guests who stay with us are extremely appreciative and respectful of our houses.
My husband and I stayed at Alejandra's Villa for 4 nights. It was our fourth trip to Ubud and have to say the best we have had. The Villa was perfect, gorgeously appointed and the staff were lovely, Sri was so helpful in arranging our transport for us. Set in the rice paddies we spent many hours just relaxing and enjoying the calm of the space. The location was great, walking distance to yoga, wonderful local spas and restaurants. Alejandra was a lovely host really helpful and gave us lot's great of tips. We would definitely stay at the Villa on our next trip and would highly recommend it to those seeking a complete experience. Thank you Alejandra and team we look forward to staying again!
우붓 여행에서 가장 기대했던 곳일 만큼 기대가 컸지만 기대했던 만큼 충분히 만족스럽고 행복한 경험이었습니다. 곳곳에서 발견하는 섬세한 디테일은 우붓여행을 더욱 즐겁게 해주었습니다. 4박 이상인 경우 무료픽업 서비스가 제공되어 편안하게 찾아갈 수 있었습니다. 아마 처음부터 혼자 찾아가려면 조금 어려움이 있으리라 생각합니다. 숙소가 위치한 Penestanan 지역은 우붓에서도 가장 아름다운 지역이었습니다. 우붓센터와 적당히 떨어져 있어 조용하고 평화로운 분위기는 상상했던 우붓 그 자체였습니다. 빌라는 침실을 제외하고는 오픈된 공간이라 자연 속에 들어와 있는 기분을 느낄 수 있습니다. 밤에는 여러 가지 자연의 소리가 들려옵니다. 가끔은 개구리 소리가 조금 시끄러울 수 있는 것이 단점일 수도 있겠네요. 넓은 데이베드와 거실 공간은 이 집의 가장 큰 장점이었습니다. 책을 보며 쉬거나 일하기에도 아주 좋았습니다. 어떤 차이가 있을까? 궁금한 마음에 빌라1과 2에서 모두 지내보았는데요. 둘 다 훌륭하고 대부분 비슷하기도 합니다. 다만, 빌라 2는 서향으로 선셋이 아름답고 빌라 1은 동향으로 아침에 해가 들어옵니다. 빌라 2가 약간 더 시원스런 느낌이 들어 조금 더 마음에 들었습니다. 마지막으로, 호스트와 스탭들 모두 친절했습니다. 지내는 동안 별다른 불편함이 없었습니다. It was great experience. It felt like I was living in nature. every beautiful details make me happy. Villa located in Penestanan which is lovely place. Alejandra and all staffs were very helpful and kind. I love to visit again with my family.
This villa is absolutely beautiful!! 3 days definitely wasn't enough- we loved falling asleep with the sound of the frogs and crickets every night. Some really great small cafes and restaurants around the Penestanan area and only a 25 minute walk into central Ubud. Alejandra and Sri made the stay really easy and Alejandra recommended a couple of really great 'hidden gems' of places to go. Already planning our next trip back!!
Had a wonderful time staying at Alej's place. It was absolutely gorgeous and everyone was very welcoming. Can't wait to get back to bali again and make it an annual trip as a retreat from the states. Highly recommend.
My boyfriend and I stayed at villa 1 for 2 nights and wish we had booked it for longer! We were greeted by the lovely Sri and her husband who gave us a local phone to use during our stay and ensured all our questions were answered. The villa itself was truly beautiful - every room was simple yet absolutely stunning and the overall atmosphere was so calming. We loved the outdoor bathroom! Breakfast was lovely, too, and we took advantage of the local restaurants and rice fields. We would highly recommend this villa to anyone wishing to relax in a serene, beautiful environment which was peaceful and quiet yet walking distance to the centre of Ubud!
Great, quite place, however, not as remote as the description might suggest (the next door villa is about 10m away).
We enjoyed a peaceful and relaxing two-night stay at Passiflora. I'm already dreaming of a return visit!
We arrived in Penestanan late at night, but Nyoman (Aleja's welcoming driver) called ahead and arranged a takeaway dinner from Made's Warung (highly recommended!).
Traversing the steps up to the villa in the dark feels adventurous, but is not too difficult. We were struck by the stillness and peace of the area, the sound of the nearby river and frogs croaking.
I woke up in the comfortable canopy bed to roosters crowing. The lovely staff served a delicious breakfast of tea/coffee, Bali Buda bread, fresh fruit and yoghurt. It's a treat to eat breakfast with a view across the rice paddy, exchanging smiles and "salamat pagi"s with the Balinese neighbours going about their day.
The villa is truly gorgeous -- beautifully designed with such attention to detail, and at complete harmony with its natural surrounds.
The outdoor bathroom is my favourite space. I recommend a sunset soak in the sunken bathtub, set under a frangipani tree. Or for a proper swim, there is a small refreshing saltwater pool just around the corner.
The practical side of things is as peaceful as the villa itself. Aleja has provided a mobile phone, hand drawn map and many suggestions of things to see, do and eat. We tried Yellow Flower (just around the corner and a great view), Lalalili (fresh fresh fruit juice and organic Balinese chocolate). We walked 20 mins into Ubud to see a traditional dance theatre performance, then had a lovely dinner at Murni's Warung (food and staff are wonderful!).
Friendly Kadek took us on a great walking tour of the rice paddies, which is the perfect introduction to the local area.
Sri, the manager, is on hand by mobile phone (thoughtfully provided) or via email. We had a brief power and water outage, and Sri came by to check on us. She also helpfully arranged our onward transport to Seminyak.
Our only regret is that we didn't stay longer! Thanks to everyone who made our stay so lovely.
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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.