About This Listing
A room in the home of photographer Rio Helmi, tucked away in a lush garden with a 7m plunge pool yet within very easy walking distance of the center of town. Friendly staff, practically Rio's family having worked here for decades, look after you.
(Please note that our price includes a basic breakfast, served from 7:30 through to 11:00am.)
This listing features twin beds with en suite bathroom. The room is fully air-conditioned.
Set in a building which also contains another bedroom (feel free to view at my other listings on Airbnb), the house also features a living room and a large-ish verandah with out door sitting areas, for you to relax and enjoy your holiday in Bali.
You will find a 7x2meter plunge pool set in a small garden. There is WIFI access, and cable TV access in the living room. The house is located in Ubud town center with just 5 minutes to main road leading to Ubud market.
Variety of shopping centre and restaurants are available, all within an easy walk. Simple breakfast of fruit, eggs and toast, or optionally fruit and yoghurt with granola will be provided. Indonesian breakfast (fried rice/nasi goreng) can also be ordered.
Pool is shared by other guests occupying other rooms in the house. Feel free to message me if you have any further enquiries.
Pool, verandah sitting area, living room with cable tv.
In the middle of Ubud, a proper neighborhood though busy, with food stalls, bicycle rentals, small shops and even a herb walk specialist. There's a ricefield walk about 5 minutes away.
It is just 150 meters from the main road, so it's easy to arrange transport, plus we have drivers on tap.
No smoking in rooms, no drug use, no late night parties
The hotel is very cute and quiet. The room is clean . Ww really like it.
Rio and Kat are really great hosts. They have a beautiful place in the heart of Ubud, near the main Ubud street but still quiet enough for a restful weekend. Their helpers took very good care of us - breakfast is served the moment you appear at the dining area; there is always someone to open the door no matter how late you return; our room was cleaned daily. Rio's photo gallery/cafe is just down the street. I highly recommend you check it out too. He takes beautiful photos. Both him and Kat are available to answer any questions we have about the neighbourhood.
In a word - paradise. Comfortable, well appointed rooms, air con, made up fresh everyday. The complimentary breakfast was simple but delicious, a wonderful start to the day. The grounds are peaceful, the people are so welcoming and friendly. I didn't get a chance to talk much with Rio but what conversation we had was engaging and warm. Location is perrrrrrfect- quiet but a short stroll to the heart of Ubud. Highly recommended.
Again, we stayed at Rio's place
All good as usual and will come back ! :-)
Sorry for the late arrival though
Great location within walking distance to Ubud Palace yet very private and comfortable place to stay like a home, nice and helpful staff always available to serve breakfast and provide help whenever they're needed. Besides being a welcoming and nice host, Rio is also an intelligent and fun person with great stories to talk to which made our stay unforgettable. If you're looking for somewhere to enjoy peace and seclusion in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Ubud with a little taste of its past and present from someone who's known it for decades, this is the place to be.
Rio is a friendly, charming, intelligent and articulate host, offering 2 bedrooms on his property, with a comfy sitting/TV room/library opening onto the garden and pool. The smaller, twin-bed room is basic, but clean and comfortable, with a more than adequate ensuite bathroom. A tasty breakfast was prepared by one of his housemaids each morning, as soon as I made an appearance at the dining area.
The location is very convenient, just a 5 minute walk down a straight road to the market at the centre of Ubud, an ideal situation if you are not familiar with the town.
Rio's library is a wonderful source of information on Bali, past and present, with some beautifully illustrated 'coffee-table' volumes, as well as books on the many countries he has lived in or visited. Perfect to while away a few hours of relaxation after a swim.
On my last evening, I was delighted to share a home-cooked meal with my host, as we discussed World news and events, and Bali's past, present, and probable future.
Thanks Rio, I really enjoyed my stay.
Mein aufenthalt in rios haus -die spannenden gespraeche mit rio ueber ubud...der ruhige ruhige und entspannte umgang, das verwoehnt werden mit einem koestlichen Frühstück:selbst gebackenem brot (yummie) am morgen-sehr zentral u.doch "weit" weg .....eine weitere richtig gute erfahrung-thank you dear rio and thank you to all the nice people in your house i will come back
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About the Host, Rio
Born in Europe in 1954 to an Indonesian diplomat father and a Turkish mother, Rio Helmi has been capturing images of Asia and writing since 1978. His work can be seen in magazines, documentaries and more than 20 large format photographic books. Shows of Rio’s still photography have been held in Bali, Jakarta, Madrid, Miyazaki, Palo Alto, San Francisco, and Sydney.
From the late Seventies to the early Eighties, Rio worked as a photographer/writer and associate editor in the Indonesian media (Bali Post, Mutiara, Sinar Harapan,). Since 1983, Rio has freelanced for many regional and international magazines (Asiaweek, Geo, Harper’s Bazaar, New York Times, Tempo, Time, Vanity Fair, Vogue etc).
Rio has been based in Bali for more than three decades, and speaks five languages fluently: Indonesian, Balinese, English, French, and German - as well as what he describes as a “pretty light smattering of Tibetan”. He writes in Indonesian and English, and also blogs sporadically about a wide range of topics. He has also moderated panel sessions and conducted public interviews at the Ubud Writer’s and Reader’s Festival which is now an annual event of international repute.
His latest book is a retrospective portfolio of Bali over the last 30 years called “Memories of the Sacred” launched early October 2010.
His work can be seen on (website hidden) - Rio also blogs sporadically for the Huffington Post.
Rio has a gallery in Ubud showcasing his work, with a small cafe attached with the best coffee in town (our clients say so!).
(website hidden) - Rio has also recently launched a new website dedicated to Ubud whose title "Ubud Now and Then" says it all, given that Rio has lived in Ubud nearly 40 years. The site naturally has events, dining, and other listings but also has an interesting blog roll written by various locals and long term residents associated with Ubud. You will find updated videos and photos . Rio describes the site as "a cosmopolitan small town newspaper". You can also find it on facebook for more chatty and interactive updates. One or two nights is not enough for Ubud!