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
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.
Rio was an excellent host. His guesthouse was terrific, close to the main area, comfortable and attractive. Rio was an extremely genial host who was very knowledgeable on many (website hidden) was also great to talk to someone who knew the area well. It was easy to sit and chat over breakfast.
Thank you Rio
Rio’s home is truly an oasis in the centre of Ubud. It’s only a few minutes’ walk to the best cafes and eateries, the farmers market, the palace and the Monkey Forest, but being tucked away on a quiet residential street gives the impression that you are far away from the hubbub of Central Ubud. The room is tastefully furnished with beautiful Balinese furniture, Rio’s staff are lovely and very helpful, and the garden and pool provide the perfect setting in which to escape the afternoon heat. Rio’s amazing photography is scattered around the house and Rio himself, having lived in Bali for decades, is akin to an encyclopaedia of the local culture. He is also very easily lured into breakfast conversations about the arts, politics, travel and countless other topics. I had a fantastic stay here and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone.
This place is a little oasis from the hustle and bustle of Ubud. Within 5 mins walking distance was probably a bit too close for me, but once you entered the compound you felt completely closed off from it all which was amazing.
The staff were so lovely and breakfast
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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!