Villa Kalisha, Perfect Ubud Getaway

Villa - Entire home/apt · Jalan Raya Tegalalang, Ubud, Bali 80561, Indonesia
Tom And Rene
Your host, Tom And Rene
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The Space

Are you looking for somewhere you will always remember? A villa that is really special? Villa Kalisha is truly something out of the ordinary. Featured in the Periplus book 'Bali Houses' It is a villa that has it all. When you first walk through the entrance you are instantly hit by the amazing views. The villa almost seems to hang suspended above a steep jungle filled gorge. In all directions there is nothing but trees, but 100m below you there are beautiful rice paddies, and in the distance you can see all the way to the ocean.

Furnished by Christopher Noto, the exclusive Singapore furniture designer, Villa Kalisha offers understated romantic luxury, with a strong taste of Asian flare. Night time brings a special ambience when the superb lighting further highlights the villa’s breath-taking location.

Exclusively served by four wonderful staff, Villa Kalisha is perfect for weddings and honeymoons, or just for escaping with loved ones or family.

With 2 huge double bedroom suites, Villa Kalisha is great for couples, but there are also a couple of good quality sofa beds in the lounge, and cots and floor mattresses available as well if families or larger groups want to stay.

Villa Kalisha is located about 15 to 20 minutes drive from the centre of Ubud. This is to some extent on purpose however. Ubud (email hidden) to visit, particularly for restaurants and culture, but it is pretty hot and humid, and increasingly noisy with traffic. We chose to put our villa in a location that means that you can still pop into Ubud easily, but are able to enjoy a relaxing and cool location (it is typically about 24° C / 75° F at Villa Kalisha as it is at a higher altitude) and see more of the village culture that really characterises Bali.

Taxis to central Ubud are easy to arrange though, and only cost Rp 150,000 (about $15) to take you there, wait for you while you shop, and then take you back again to Villa Kalisha.

The Neighborhood

Villa Kalisha is located in a beautiful traditional village setting. The walks from the villa are truly spectacular, and the staff will help you explore them, and the also the fascinating ceremonies and celebrations that occur regularly in the surrounding villas. Villa Kalisha's altitude means that it is a pleasant 24 to 26 degrees centigrade all year round, a welcome respite from the heat and traffic of Ubud.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 7
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 8
Extra people: $35 / night after 4 guests
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
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Cancellation: Super Strict

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  • Great place , very private , friendly and helpful staff, Tom was very accommodating . I highly recomand the place
    For a peaceful holiday away from the daily hustle.

    July 2013
  • Absolutely the best villa experience we've had. The scenery, the staff and the incredible villa itself. We'll be back!!!

    June 2013
  • Great house for people that would like to discover Bali off the beaten track or just chill out. beautiful natural setting. The service was very good to our fullest satisfaction. We loved it.

    April 2013
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Languages
Bahasa Indonesia, Deutsch, English
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Haileybury, Hertford, England
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Kid Friendly Villas (In process of setting up)
About
Our names are Rene and Tom, and although originally from Indonesia and the UK respectively we have lived all around the world as far afield as Azerbaijan and Malaysia. In July 2008 Tom gave up the corporate life and we settled in Bali. Unfortunately it was spectacularly bad timing to try and set (email hidden) as the Financial Crisis hit, and so we went back on the expatriate road again, this time to Bangkok in Thailand. In 2012 we tried again, and this time we were successful in getting out of the corporate rat race and so we now manage our own 4 villas full time, as well as 3 other great villas of friends - so this is now our life! Both of us love Bali and have made several trips together here over the years. Tom is a fanatical diver which drew us first to East Bali, where we decided to buy our first villa close to Candidasa and directly on a white sand beach with a great reef directly offshore that was perfect for snorkeling. We named it Villa Talia Vashti after our little daughter (Talia Vashti). In 2007 we were blessed with a second daughter, who we named Kalisha. We realised we were in trouble now though as she was bound to be jealous that her sister had a villa and she did not. Many years ago we stayed at a villa in Ubud called Villa Uma which we had absolutely loved. Rene had always wanted a place up in the mountains where the temperatures were pleasant and cool all day, but she also wanted to be close enough to Ubud to be able to enjoy the restaurants and attractions of the area. Villa Uma was perfect, so we called up the owner to see if he was willing to sell, and as is the case when you feel fate is on your side he actually had the villa on sale. The villa though was in a bad state of repair, and while the previous owner while had a great feel for aesthetics, he lacked a little something when it came to practicality with the result that the villa had no staff quarters, no storage and the roof and deck were falling apart. We decided to buy it anyway, and then committed to a major renovation. We replaced all the decking by the pool (which had rotted away) and extended the swimming pool to make it a genuine infinity pool. We took away the old wooden railings and replaced them with safety glass so that you could now lie down anywhere in the villa and still have uninterrupted views of the jungle (and it was also safer for kids). We also built an entirely new staff quarters and storage area to the back of the villa. Having started all this work, we realised that the villa itself looked a little old and tired, so we replaced all the bathrooms, installed a new and properly fitted and functioning guest kitchen, and renovated and repainted the entire villa from top to bottom. This would be a major task for any villa, but for Villa Kalisha every single thing we needed for the renovation had to be carried by hand along the path to the villa, and similarly rubble and waste had to be carried back again. Finally 6 months later, the villa was finally finished and we renamed it Villa Kalisha to avoid any sibling arguments later in life. In early 2008 we moved to Bali full time, and bought a great villa in Seminyak that was close to everything - this time to live in ourselves. When we left Bali in late 2009 to go to live in Bangkok, we renamed our home Villa Rene (after my wife) and rented it out with our other villas. We always loved Villa Rene, and it is still my wife's favourite villa, but even we were surprised on how many enquiries we received. Finally the kids said that Daddy needed to have a villa as well. With the money from the corporate job in Thailand, and with income coming in from the other villas, we were able to another villa. We wanted a villa that was totally different again from our other villas, and so this time we chose a villa at the top of probably the highest hill on the Bukit, close to Jimbaran and with spectacular views out over the cliffs. We named the villa "Villa Leana" which is our daughter Kalisha's 2nd name, although the kids still call it "Daddy's Villa". We still find it hard to believe that we could end up owning one amazing villa in Bali, let alone four and so we often have to pinch ourselves to believe that these are really our villas when we stay at them with our little daughters, which we try and do whenever we can. In any case we think they are all really special places and we hope that get as much enjoyment from our villas as we do.
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