About this listing
The master bedroom of photographer Rio Helmi's home tucked away in the heart of Ubud, in a lush tropical garden compound plus plunge pool, a 2 minute walk away from the center of town. Rio's staff, who have worked for him for decades, look after you.
(Please note that our prices include basic breakfast, served between &:30am and 11:00am).
Double bed with en suite bathrooms and an attached study room. 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.
Private study room, private sitting area on verandah, living room with cable TV, plunge pool
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.
No smoking in rooms. No drug use. No late night parties
Rio was extremely helpful, and answered many of my (probably annoying) questions with a smile. We had a great welcome by his housekeepers, who also were very nice and cooked us a nice breakfast every morning. The room was clean and comfortable in a great location, which made it easy to walk around to explore Ubud. Thanks for a great first time in Ubud!
BNB's listing for this accommodation is perhaps understated. Rio's place is uncrowded, well appointed, very comfortable, and the service is impeccable. 2015 was our second stay with Rio and, as last year, we appreciated the quiet and the easy and always interesting walk to the centre of Ubud. Highest recommendation. (A visit to (website hidden) is serious fun.)
Great and quiet location, near the city center. The house was nice and the breakfast excellent. The staff was extremely nice. We had a baby bed, and Rio gave us a very nice contact, Made, who was our driver and guide during our trip. Don't hesitate, go to Rio's house!
I just spent a beautiful month in Ubud at Rio's home. By the end, I was calling my room "home". As a solo traveler, I felt very safe and taken care of at Rio's. Rio and Cat, as well as the staff, treated me like family. Excellent in every aspect. I was in Ubud for a yoga teacher training at the Yoga Barn and because I had to leave every morning at 6am, the staff would pack breakfast for me every morning to take in my bag. I was greeted by someone at any time of night I arrived. As is bound to happen, a very long month can bring opportunity to get into some less than desirable situations that only a local can handle effectively. Rio was there for me and helped me with this, at any time of day. Any traveler's dilemmas you may have experienced will disappear during your stay here. Communication is better than a 24 hour front reception at a hotel. The hospitality is above par. I can go on for pages...
I highly recommend a long or short stay here.
It was a great time at Rio's place, Rio is a very kind and considerate man. He assisted me wherever possible and nothing was too much bother. The accommodation is very close to town and it has wonderful staff, they had breakfast ready for my early starts and always had smiles on. It was a pleasure to stay there and I thank Rio and his staff for making it a memorable stay.
We loved staying at Rio's place, which was just out of the busy part of town so quiet and peaceful, but close enough to the centre of Ubud to make it easy to access. Rio was away when we visited but we were very well looked after by his team of staff, who arranged an airport pick-up which went very smoothly. The rooms were clean, spacious and full of beautiful things; Rio's café down the road is well worth a visit too, and do take a look at his amazing photos!
We loved every minute of our stay at Rio's place so much so that we wanted to stay longer but couldn't because it was already booked. The accommodation is exactly as it is in the pictures. It is very comfortable and clean. The room is centrally located but also has a feeling of seclusion. The staff were very welcoming, helpful and hospitable. We would recommend this accommodation to anyone looking for a peaceful get away that is within walking distance to all the amenities that Ubud has to offer.
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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!