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.
I headed to Rio's beautiful home for 5 nights. Arrived late at night and in the morning was greeted with sunshine, the beautiful pool and a wonderful light breakfast of fruit and scrambled eggs with coffee.
The home is perfect if you wish to have space, quiet and time to sit either simply just to be, write, read or catch up with e-mails and life. Comfy sofas, Wi fi, good showers, super clean and spacious room allowed me to ease from a long journey into Ubud life. Rio's home shows his beautiful photography and I loved sitting with him listening to his stories....so much so that I'm heading back next week!
Rio was great in responding and organised taxi to pick us up from airport. Anything we asked, he was very helpful and tried to assist. Room was clean and beautiful, and all you need for short stay. Location is perfect. Breakfast and smiling staff were heart melting! Great stay for first time visiting Ubud, but after staying in Ubud a month I realised it is overpriced.
We are glad that you liked the stay and in fact enjoyed your complany, but are a little puzzled at your statement that "after staying in Ubud a month I realised it is overpriced.". Firstly, you only stayed with us for one week, and that was discounted - if you had stayed a month you would have gotten a bigger discount. We try to price ourselves in the middle of the range but make sure things like security, cleanliness, and service are always up to scratch. There are plenty of places that offer what we do that cost twice the price and are not so accessible, and there are of course others that are cheaper but perhaps offer less.
I booked two weeks at Rio’s and stayed for three – I felt so at home that I didn’t want to leave! Rio and staff are friendly, warm and very welcoming.
The home is just a short, enjoyable walk to the centre of town (a few minutes to the Palace and main market along a safe and friendly street); yet it’s far enough away that it’s still incredibly peaceful and private which enables you to unwind around the pool by day and sleep soundly at night.
The rooms are clean, comfortable and nicely decorated - you’ll really know you’re in magical Bali once you let the mosquito net down! The air conditioning (along with the pool) was a godsend on hot days and as a self-proclaimed shower connoisseur, I was more than satisfied with the water pressure and hot water supply. Wi-Fi was reliable and strong (#2 on my priority list after showers); and as always, it’s the little things that impress – like finding a universal adaptor in your room when you’ve forgotten to bring your own.
You’ll wake to the most delicious breakfasts too - what I loved most about these is that everything was homemade; from the gluten free bread with my scrambled eggs to the strawberry jam for my pancakes - or was that pancakes for my strawberry jam? I’m with Jeni below, the jam was THAT good! Either way, make sure you don’t miss the day’s most important meal. Then, if the smell of freshly baked brownies wafting from the kitchen don’t entice you to pop in to Rio’s café/gallery for morning tea on your way in to town, his jaw dropping photographs hanging in your room and other areas of the property will. Just don’t be surprised if, like me, you leave having purchased a little more than a sweet treat and a cup of coffee. You don’t need to know your art to know he is good at what he does. Additionally, he knows Bali down to a T (once you see his website called Ubud Now & Then you’ll know what I mean) and as we all know, local knowledge makes a world of difference when you’re exploring a foreign land.
Overall, my time at Rumah Rio was incredibly enjoyable and wasn’t just a place to lay my head after a day filled with yoga and meandering (you’ll do that if you come to Ubud, whether you like it or not); but a memorable experience made all the more special by the host and his wonderful staff.
What a great way to kick off my Airbnb journey! Highly recommended. If only I could have stayed for longer.
What I most appreciated about staying here was that I was 24 hours late and Rio let me defer my payment for one night even though I couldn't get in touch with him. That is real service!
I loved the space, appreciated the breakfasts, good coffee, fruit and yogurt and eggs.
The place is also really well located as well. Right down town.
Thanks Rio for his hospitality! We spent 4 amazing days in his nice quite place in Ubud centre. Apartments are really cozy and comfortable with lovely swimming pool. Rio is a very interesting person and fabulous photographer! The next time we'll come to Ubud gonna stay in his place again for sure.
We enjoyed our 10days stay, house location is very close to the center in 5 minutes, breakfast is delicious and healthy, green garden and swimming pool provide private and free to relax, clean and tidy living room with good lighting and air condition facilities. We had indeed good time in Rio's house. Highly recommended.
We enjoyed our 4N stay, very close 5min walk to centre, private area, delicious banana pancake breakfast by caretaker bu Wayan, swimming pool to relax, good lighthing at room to read, and interesting books at living room, also many cable channels to view.
We can park our car and motorcycle easily in the complex so it's convenient especislly during rainy season in Dec. Highly recommended.
Rio's place is fantastic and he is a wonderful host. A quiet sanctuary in the bustle of town; I cannot recommend it more. Breakfast is delicious, and we were helped with organising transport and laundry - the ladies that work at the house are so gracious and helpful. 5 stars.
Wir haben unseren Aufenthalt bei Rio sowie dessen Gastfreundschaft und Hilfsbereitschaft sehr genossen. Rio organisierte uns u.a. Fahrer für Tagesausflüge und gab uns Tipps für Ausflüge in der Umgebung. Das Grundstück liegt nur einige Gehminuten vom Zentrum entfernt. Die Räume sind sehr gepflegt und auch der Pool ist für einen Schwumm in der Hitze sehr willkommen. Zum Frühstück gab es abwechselnd selbstgemachte Crepes oder Rührei, beides mit Früchten.
It was a pleasure to stay in Rio's place. Everybody was very kind, always keen to help us out with anything. The room was very clean, airco was working properly, shower with hot water working fine and the beds were great. The swimming pool was very refreshing and the different breakfasts every day were delicious. The warm welcome, especially the time we came back to sleep in this room for our last night in Bali, made us feel at home. I would recommend this place to everybody!
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.