Tibet Garden Ubud - Butterfly Haven

Villa - Entire home/apt · Jalan Suweta, Ubud, 80571, Indonesia

Get closer to nature + culture with a stay at Tibet Garden. Wake up with chickens + butterflies in the garden + sleep with the fireflies. Cook up a feast in the fully equipped kitchen + watch DVD's on the 47" flat screen. Enjoy traditional + modern.

The Space

Tibet Garden is a peaceful haven located in a small traditional village just outside of Ubud town center. The surrounding area is awash in lush green rice fields, patches of living jungle, and Balinese temples that come alive with vibrant color, hypnotic sounds and magical spirit during festival times. You will be greeted each morning in the garden by butterflies sipping nectar from colorful flowers, birds and their beautiful songs, chickens playing and sunbathing, and a general sense of village tranquility. It is a perfect place for yoga, meditation, reading, writing, etc..

The house itself is decorated in mixed Balinese and Tibetan style and has one large main room with comfy bed, a small side "alcove with a view" with extra bed looking out over the rice paddies, semi-open air natural stone and marble bathroom with hot water shower and two small fish pools, as well as fully equipped kitchen. Staying at Tibet Garden includes daily cleaning by a friendly Balinese woman who lives nearby (Ibu Kadek) - and possible delicious Indonesian home cooking by request. Linens are provided, as well as 47" flat screen TV with Indovision satellite channels, Wi-Fi (high speed - recently upgraded!), drinking water, garage space for parking are all included.

Guest Access

You have the whole house to yourself!

The Neighborhood

Tibet Garden is located just outside central Ubud in the small hamlet of Bentuyung Shakti (the same as where Eat, Pray, Love was filmed). It is a very quiet and private setting, with big and lush garden, and surrounded by nature (jungle, rice fields, small river) and traditional village life that will seem a world away from the hustle and bustle of Ubud town center. The house is situated down a small path away from the road and you will hear the roosters much more than any motorbikes!

Within walking distance of the house there is laundry, several small restaurants, and a convenience shop. Every Friday and Sunday night you can see a wonderful dance performance of the unique Jegog Bamboo Gamelan being performed in the local temple. You are also most welcome to join in the village ceremonies (if you are lucky enough to be here on an auspicious day - not every day but they do happen quite often and you are guaranteed to experience it on every full moon!).

If you would like to attend a ceremony or just get involved with Balinese daily life you can tell Ibu Kadek and borrow from us the Balinese traditional dress, or buy your own in town to wear. I can also advise you on great eating places in the Ubud area, walks through the countryside, nearby waterfalls and sacred places, local bird life, and other traditional dances.

Getting around

The house is conveniently located less than 10 minutes ride straight up the road (Jalan Suweta) from the central Ubud Palace in Bentuyung Shakti Village. This is the same village and very near the house where the movie "Eat, Pray, Love" was shot. And when you get here, you will understand why they chose this as their place for the ideal Ubud village atmosphere.

Please note there is no public transportation in this area (just as in any of the villages surrounding Ubud). The best and most convenient way to get around Ubud in general is by motorbike - we can help get you in touch with the rental people with quality bikes at very cheap daily rates. Bicycle would also be practical but you must be fit to do this in the tropical heat. Walking is lovely too, but it takes a while, although the way passes through some gorgeous scenery and Balinese cultural life along the way. Very reasonably priced taxi in and out of town can also be arranged, as can airport pickup and day trips with polite and relaxed private driver for a tour around to see the wonders of Bali. Ubud makes a great and central base for this.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Price: $280 /week
Monthly Price: $1150 /month
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Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Other pet(s)

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  • Tibet Garden is located a little outside of Ubud city center but can be easily reached by taxi within 10 minutes. The house itself is surrounded by a beautiful garden and rice paddies, which create a very special atmosphere and is a nice change to busy Ubud. The interior is rather simple except for the stunning outside bathroom.
    Though not present himself, Shakar was always available via Airbnb and super helpful if questions arose. Ibu Kadek, who lives just next door, helped us a lot organizing our day trips and took very good care of us.
    All in all we had a wonderful time at Tibet Garden and would definitely recommend staying there when visiting Ubud.

    March 2014
  • The house is beautiful and is 5 minutes in motorbike from center Ubud. The best of all is Ibu Kadek, she is charming and help us a lot. Great place, hope to come back someday.

    February 2014
  • Too many people before us mentioned the word "magical" and I thought it was a new age word. It is but at 10:30 PM when we went through Ubud which to us is a zoo, overrun by foreigners, where more people speak non Balinese than Balinese (after the morning market is over by 9 AM) and arrived in Tibet Garden in full moon night, the only word that came to our mind was also magical. For next 4 days we did almost nothing but sat and watched life goes by in the village and in the beautiful garden surrounding the house. Only time we went out was to eat in a local Warungs. One day we took a trip to the island with Kwi. It was fabulous. Kwi is a happy, kind individual. Ibu Kadek is a pleasant woman as well. In Tibet Garden one can actually still discover how Ubud possibly was 10 or 20 years ago. Thanks Shakar for making it possible for us. We appreciated the environmentally conscious mindset of Shakar by providing us with the big bottle of water that can be refilled easily. If we come back to Ubud area, we will definitely stay here, in Tibet Garden. The temples in the village are fabulous and the people are so very kind.

    February 2014
  • Tibet Garden was magical. The house was very clean and comfortable, surrounded by beautiful gardens. Many hours were spent enjoying the tranquility of the butterflies in the garden and the roosters, chickens and chicks strolling through. Our host, Shakar, and Itu Kadek and family (that live at the front of the property) could not do enough to help us and make us feel welcome. Kadek organised a scooter and we spent days getting blissfully lost in the surrounding countryside. Kadek also arranged for a driver (Nyoman) to take us on the next leg of our trip, and we can highly recommend him. A thoroughly enjoyable stay, and we will definitely return! Many, many thanks.

    January 2014
  • Tibet Garden is a magical place. It offers a comfortable but private space where you can enjoy the luxury of a beautiful, large and spacious room with a great wooden bed and pillows, surrounded by Tibetan artwork, high-speed wifi, TV, DVD, fantastic speakers while at the same time being close to nature, living alongside birds, cocks, butterflies, geckos, etc. I loved feeding Shakar's fish early morning and seeing the friendly toad in his kitchen. The bathroom is also amazing.
    Kadek, the lady who cleans, is very sweet and happy to come and do as much or as little as you want. She helped me to rent a scooter off the guy down the road who later on my holiday was kind to me seeing I had a cold and recommended some nose drops from his shop in the village. The ride to the main street is only about 10 minutes and you can't really go wrong. I liked being out of town and getting a taste of village life - women washing clothes outside, dogs barking and people going about their daily business. Everyone was very kind and helpful. I felt 100% safe at all times.
    I also visited both of Shakar's shops and bought some beautiful items (Tibetan singing bowl and a thangka and a yoga top). I loved being in this house and garden and would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone.If you have the opportunity to take advantage of Shakar's beautiful home and his great hospitality, I would take it!

    December 2013
  • My friends and I considered this to be the most relaxing place we stayed during our 6 week trip to Indonesia. Finding it was difficult, but only because our cab driver didn't know where he was going. Once we were there, shakar (the home owner) gave us very easy directions into town. He also provided delivery menus so we could get food, and the maid helped us get a great deal on tickets to a bali show, motorbikes, cabs, and fast boat tickets to the gili islands (most places wanted 120usd-140usd round trip. The maid and her friend got them for us for 80usd round trip) the house it's self is very spacious, and the outside bathroom is amazing, not to mention shockingly clean! There's also cable and great wifi (great wifi is a must when backpacking since you never know where you'll be next, and need to book something quick!) all in all, from them moment we arrived to the moment we left, we all felt comfortable and at home. You would have to be a fool to pass on this house if you're staying in ubud. Sure it's not as close to town as some other places, but you can't beat the price, the people, the beauty, and especially the maid and her amazing connections!!!

    September 2013
  • Best place I've stayed. :) Just so good.
    Nice, quiet and peaceful and far away from tourists.

    July 2013
  • Nous avons vécu une expérience unique et magnifique!
    Tibet Garden, est un lieu magique où nous avons pu flâner, lire, écouter les bruits de la nature, et profiter d'un jardin luxurieux, offrant des senteurs et des couleurs envoûtantes.
    Nos hôtes ne sont que gentillesse et bonté.

    May 2013
  • Very good value for the price. The house was great, gardens superb and the host great with communication. Proximity to Ubud was great, I really enjoyed the scooter ride each day to and from Ubud. Overall great value for money.

    March 2013
  • Staying at The Tibetan Garden in Ubud is the perfect destination for travellers on a budget looking for an authentic balinese experience.

    The exterior of the house is divine. The house is surrounded by rice paddy fields, chickens, roosters and neighbouring locals. The interior of the house is simple in design with two open rooms matched with a double bed, air con, fan and TV. The bathroom and the kitchen are located outside of the house and all utilities work really well. By scooter, it takes 10 minutes to get to the Ubud centre and is an area in which a scooter is an essential!

    Our experience of the house was beyond expectations! The local maid was so generous with her time and helped us out with any problem! Shakar was extremely responsive to any questions and leaves local numbers of the maid and a friend if any extra help is needed.

    All in all, if you are looking for a basic place to gain some serenity, peace and quite in Ubud. This house is ideal!

    February 2013
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Middlebury College - English/Eastern Religion Joint Major, Minor in History of Art and Architecture - National University of Singapore, Master of Arts in Southeast Asian Studies
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Hello and welcome to all those planning a trip to this beautiful village of Ubud. I have been living here already 9 years, and in that time I have also traveled extensively around the world. But I can honestly say that "home sweet home" is right here, surrounded by nature, art, and culture, on the island of Bali. And there is no better place to experience all this than right in the heartland of Ubud. My life here is basically all about arts, culture, and nature. I enjoy taking part in many Balinese cultural ceremonies, and if you come and stay here you will be most welcome too, with traditional clothing to wear available to you. My house is close to the people in the village, but also in a very private setting with only jungle, rice paddy, garden around you. It's a simple and beautiful life. If you come and stay at my place, I will also be happy to tell you all the good info about places to see around the island, amazing and delicious foods to eat, and whatever other insider knowledge I can offer to you. I love nature activities such as bird watching and exploring the undersea world, and I can let you know the best spots. But it may well be that you never want to leave the house because it is just so peaceful and delightful in these natural surroundings. Looking forward to welcome you.
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