Photographer home in heart of Bali2

Bed & Breakfast - Private room · Jalan Suweta, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia

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.

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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.

The Space

(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.

Room type: Private room
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Price: $344 /week
Monthly Price: $1377 /month
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • This is my second stay with Rio. It is a home away from home, a peace of tranquility in busy Ubud. The guesthouse is peaceful and lush, even though it's only a 5 min walk to the main (website hidden) is an amazing host, his house staff are lovely making us a simple but delicious breakfast each morning and waiting for us to get back home each night. I will be staying with Rio again next time I visit Ubud:)

    July 2014
  • I truly enjoyed my stay at Rio's house.
    The location is more than perfect with less than 5 min walk from Ubud Palace. The room is spacious, clean and comfortable with a direct access to the swimming pool right outside! The ensuite bathroom is also of great size.
    Breakfast was delicious and I was treated each day with a fresh fruit salad and pancakes or brioche deliciously (website hidden) is a very friendly person who will share good tips about Ubud and the surroundings. He is also obviously very knowledgeable about photography so it was super intesting to hear about his experience.
    He also nicely arranged for a taxi to pick me up from the house to drop me at the airport.

    A very pleasant place that you must try!

    June 2014
  • I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Rio's villa. It's even better than the pictures. The staff were great and friendly, and when I needed anything they were very responsive. I actually stayed one more night than expected as I loved it so much. The location is great, in the centre but away from the hustle and bustle so was very quiet. I definately would recommend Rio's place. Also, Rio has a cafe down the road, which I frequently visited, the staff were great there, so friendly and the menu is great. Thanks Rio for everything!

    June 2014
  • 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 (website hidden)'s home shows his beautiful photography and I loved sitting with him listening to his much so that I'm heading back next week!

    March 2014
  • 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.

    March 2014
    Response from Rio:

    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 (email hidden). 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.

    March 2014
  • 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 (email hidden) 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.

    February 2014
  • 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.

    February 2014
  • 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 (website hidden) is a very interesting person and fabulous photographer! The next time we'll come to Ubud gonna stay in his place again for sure.

    January 2014
  • 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.

    January 2014
  • 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.

    January 2014
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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 (website hidden) 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 (email hidden) 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 (website hidden) describes the site as "a cosmopolitan small town newspaper". You can also find it on (website hidden) for more chatty and interactive updates. One or two nights is not enough for Ubud!
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