About this listing
Pondok (Cottage) Lakshmi is a private designer villa equipped with modern amenities and its own swimming pool.
While providing a great deal of privacy and seclusion it is only 3 km away from the finest restaurants and shops on Ubud main street.
LOCATION AND ENVIRONMENT :
Pondok (Cottage) Lakshmi is a private designer-built villa located merely a 5 minute drive from central Ubud in the very sought-after village of Kutuh Kaja. It is one of the villas within the VILLA VINAYAGA complex. While providing utmost privacy and seclusion it also blends with it an optimal degree of accessibility and convenience. Surrounded by luscious green rice fields and gorgeous tropical jungle terrain views it provides am ambience of utmost peace and tranquility. It is just 3 minute drive to the house where Julia Roberts lived during the filming of "Eat Pray Love".
CONSTRUCTION AND LAYOUT
Built on 540㎡ of land, the 150㎡ single-storey living area has 2 large and well appointed double bedrooms and is equipped with its own private swimming pool. Each room has an en-suite water-closet and outdoor shower room. A large and airy outdoor living room provides ample space for rest and relaxation. The kitchen is well equipped with all your needs for basic cooking. All the dishes and kitchenware are popular Jenggala Keramik brand.
As a villa built by a Japanese, he clearly wanted to infuse a little bit of Japanese taste, and as such a ZEN garden was built by a famous gardener from Kyoto, Japan at the main entrance to the villa.
The villa complex is now professionally managed and marketed by PT People Power International - an international management consulting and marketing management consultancy with offices in Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Colombo.
WINING AND DINING
With effect from the 1st December 2014, a basic set menu hot breakfast would be served to all guests on a complimentary basis. However please indicate your preference (e,g: how you like you eggs cooked and time for service) to our staff the day before to avoid wastage. There are at least 5 international restaurants within 10 min walking distance (Balinese, Japanese, Indonesian, Organic, Pork Rib BBQ) and numerous local Warungs (Cafes), some of which (such as Warung Bintang) have been rated very highly (10) on Trip Advisor. Made (pronounced Maa_day) Becik Warung is another warung in the vicinity which serves excellent local food at a reasonable price. For those looking for a fine dining experience, restaurants such as Mosaic, Bridges, Cafe des Artistes, Indus, Le Arancia, Nomad and many others will not disappoint. For the vegans amongst you please don't miss ALCHEMY at Penestanan. All the food is organic and it is good value for money.
MY TOP DINING RECOMMENDATION
Although only a few days old, WHITE YELLOW on Jl. Sukma (opposite Jazz Cafe) is second to none. If you are looking for authentic Balinese cuisine with original flavours this is a cafe that you must visit. It is open for lunch and dinner. One of their local specialities is Babi Nyatnyat, which is an authentic Balinese dish of pork cooked in a variety of fine spices and served with jak fruit and banana trunk. It is available however only on selected days.
Villa Vinayaga is a villa complex comprising 4 stand-alone 2 BR villas (Lakshmi, Vidyaa, Dharaa and Paraa), and stands on a 1,500㎡ site. While security is not a great concern in Ubud we would rather be safe than sorry and hence the premises is manned at night (10 pm to 6 am) by an appropriately equipped professional security guard who has also hot-line access to the local Police Station. In addition we have recently invested in a state of the art HIK VISION iVMS-4500 closed-circuit (CCTV) security monitoring and recording system for your added protection. Be that as it may we would still encourage you to store all your jewelery and valuables in the safe deposit box provided as we cannot be held responsible for the loss of any unattended items. The safety and security of our guests is our utmost priority.
Our staff is our greatest asset. Every single person has been hand-picked based on a combination of honesty, integrity and ability. The overall management is the responsibility of the owner (Shireen) herself who could be contacted on + (phone number hidden) or + (phone number hidden) days X 7 days X 24 hours). Shireen is ably assisted (when she is away overseas) by Maria Thomet, a German national who has lived in Ubud for many years and who is available on her mobile ph(phone number hidden) in case of any emergency. Maria speaks German, English, French and Spanish. A friendly Balinese caretaker, FEBRI PURNAMASARI, who lives nearby the villa will take care of anything you need such as rental of car, motor bike, laundry services or indeed any other unique requirement that you may have. She speaks adequate English. To protect your privacy, he does not stay at the villa 24 hours, but is available 24 X 7 on his mobile ph(phone number hidden) or (phone number hidden). Please send her a (website hidden) message if you are unable to reach her via a voice call,.
HOUSE-KEEPING AND GARDENING
The villa is cleaned from 10 am-noon everyday, except for the days of Balinese ceremony or upon your request. In the daytime a gardener does the gardening and maintenance. Linen is changed daily but do let us know if you would like to assist us in conserving the planet and want your linen changed only every other day. It is entirely your choice.
We are happy to arrange meeting and transfer services from the Ngurah Rai international airport airport (or any other location in the Kuta, Denpasar, Seminyak area) at a cost of USD 32 EACH way. Adequate notice (preferably 2 days in advance) is required for this service. The vehicles is a 4 seater SUV and hence only has space for a reasonable amount of baggage.
LOCAL TRANSPORT WITHIN UBUD AREA OR TOURS WITHIN BALI
We could assist you to rent a scooter or a motor cycle if that suits your local travel needs. However if you require a car please contact Ms. Febri who would be able to assist you in renting one through our approved transport partner company. PLEASE DO NOT USE THE CAR OWNED BY OUR STAFF (DARSANA), EVEN IF HE VOLUNTEERS SUCH SERVICE, AS THIS WOULD MAKE HIM NEGLECT HIS REGULAR DUTIES AT THE VILLA. YOUR CO-OPERATION IN THIS REGARD WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.
EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES
In this digital day and age it is not always possible to live without internet and international news media.
The villa is thus equipped with modern conveniences like fastest possible Wi-Fi (2Mbps) in Bali, 42 inch TV and international cable TV (58 channels), DVD with many selected movies, and enough power outlets to charge your devices.
Toilets are TOTO shower-toilet type. We can also help you to rent motorbikes, cars, drivers, adventure tours, massage... at reasonable rates so that you don't have to deal with bargaining and struggling to get the best rates. We do not take any profit from such arrangements. Let us take all the stress away for reasonable price so you can just relax and enjoy everything that Bali has to offer.
- 42 inch LG flat TV (cable TV 58ch)
- DVD (movies 30 titles)
- Air conditioner x 2 (in each bed room)
- Automatic washing machine (8kg)
- iron and ironing board
- TOTO shower toilet x 2
- juice mixer
- microwave and toaster
- USB stereo
- a local mobile phone for emergency use and to contact our staff whenever needed
NB: Please note that while every effort is made to ensure stability and consistency of wi-fi and TV connectivity, we cannot be held responsible for 'force-majeure' situations resulting from lack of service by the local service provider.
Interaction with Guests
365 days X 7 days X 24 hours communication access (by phone and email) is guaranteed to all our guests. The Owner (Shireen) spends two weeks of every month on site in Ubud and manages the property in a hands-on manner. During the weeks that Shireen is overseas she is ably assisted by Maria Thomet, a German national and a long-standing Ubud resident who handles all guest relations matters. Maria (local mobile numb(phone number hidden)) who is fluent in German, English, Bahasa Indonesia, French and Spanish lives only 5 mts away from the villas.
Why travel to ITALY to EAT, INDIA to PRAY and BALI to FIND LOVE when you can do all three in the most gorgeous village on this planet - UBUD? (with apologies to Liz Gilbert of "Eat, Pray, Love" fame).
Surrounded by luscious green rice paddy fields KUTUH KAJA is an unspoiled rice farming village just 4 km away from Ubud centre.
To be woken up by the chirping of the birds, the crowing of the village cockerels, the croaking of frogs, the quacking of wild ducks and the humming of bees is an awesome experience that big city living just cannot provide.
Whether it is for your honeymoon, a wedding or birth anniversary or indeed just a weekend get-away just to de-stress and relax or meditate there can be no better place that UBUD.
Welcome to VILLA VINAYAGA UBUD - where peace and tranquility is assured.
Public transport is minimal. Darsana could assist you to hire a scooter, motor bike if you give him ample notice. Rates are to be negotiated directly with the rental company or private owner and also settled direct.
Other Things to Note
UBUD has a tropical climate and all guests have to be conscious of the conditions in such conditions. While every effort is made by us to eliminate the harmless black ants and mosquitoes by weekly spraying schedules please take every additional precaution (such as anti-insect sprays, eucalyptus oil etc) you may deem necessary based on your individual tolerance threshold.
DRY SEASON - CONSERVATION INITIATIVES
Fresh water is supplied by the local government authorities through the main supply pipeline. In the dry season however (June to October) water level drop and hence supply is restricted. Please assist us by conserving water and avoid the unnecessary use of the washing machine. It is advisable to send your soiled clothes to the local laundry which is both efficient and inexpensive. Our staff could assist you with this. We are however in the process of constructing a bore-well before the end of this year to alleviate this problem.
Please help towards 'SAVING THE PLANET' by conserving electricity (please switch off air-conditioners and lights when not in use) and conserve fresh water as and when possible.
While linen is changed every day, please also let us know if you prefer us to change the linen every other day. The choice however is entirely yours. Every single action helps towards achieving the greater goal.
UPGRADING AND RENOVATION
We have embarked on a very ambitious upgrading and renovation initiative in order to provide our guests with an even better experience and also to exceed your expectations even more. While every effort would be made to carry out this work when the villa is unoccupied we humbly request your kind indulgence and tolerance should there be any minor inconveniences during this process.
CAVEAT EMPTOR - FORCE MAJEURE
While every reasonable care is exercised to protect the safety and security of our guests, please beware that we cannot be held responsible for any perils, damages or injuries to you or to the property due to 'acts of God' or 'force majeure' circumstances. Please exercise reasonable personal care in all circumstances.
It is not our intention to 'police' your actions and/or impose restrictions that stifle your style and spoil your holiday. Be that as it may, please respect the facilities and our other guests by abiding with the following guidelines.
DRUG & ALCOHOL POLICY
The use or possession of banned drugs and narcotics is a punishable offense in Bali which could result in the DEATH PENALTY. The observance of our ZERO TOLERANCE standards is therefore critical.
NO smoking inside the rooms. It is for your own safety.
NO pets allowed. It could disturb guests in the other villas.
NO loud music and party after 9 PM. Ubud is a very quiet farming village and everybody here enjoys peace and tranquility.
NO glass at the pool and pool area. It for for your own safety
Switch off the air conditioners & lights when leaving the room or not in use.
PLEASE CARRY A PRINTED COPY OF THE PASSPORT FOR EACH OF THE GUESTS AND HANDED IT OVER TO OUR STAFF, AS WE ARE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT THIS FOR COMPULSORY POLICE REGISTRATION OF ALL OCCUPANTS.
It is very important to enjoy yourself!!!
The villa was built on the edge of the land so that it will not spoil the beautiful rice field view.
Nice Villa in Ubud (5 mins by motorbike from city centre). Very available host. Villa is very similar to the photos shown on the website, although some minor unconformities show. Generally speaking the Villa has a great potential and is very comfortable and well equipped especially for long stays, but still needs some improvements especially in terms of maintenance and cleaning.
We didn't have the opportunity to meet Shireen however she was very informative and promt in responding to questions. Darsana looked after us during our stay and was avaliable to transfer us to the village approx 2-3kms away when needed. Excellent kept villa and we would stay there again when we return. Highly recommended.
The villa is located in a great position just out of the busyness of town.
The villa is lovely and the pool a great bonus. It is clean and tidy and we would happily stay there again.
Our stay at Lakshmi 2 bedroom Villa was amazing! Beautiful rooms with outdoor bathroom ensuites, nice lounge area along with stunning large pool with nice garden area. The Villas are around 3km from town centre which is nice to have some peace, tranquility and relaxing. Dasana our local host was incredibly helpful and accommodating and on hand every day to drive us to our destination - whether that be to town or pick up from Spa facilities and offer suggestions of things to see and do.
Unfortunately, I did not have a chance to meet the hosts in my 3 nights stay. The villa is beautiful and I love the pool setting with the banana trees above our heads and clean water. We highly recommend the in-house massage therapist.
A great place to stay! The Villa Laxmi is beautiful, clean and comfortable with a lovely pool overlooking the rice paddies and a jungle. Our kids enjoyed the pool and meeting friendly local people of the village around the villa. Dr. Suresh happened to be in Ubud while we were visiting. He helped us tremendously during our stay. He personally took us to many different places, and gave us tips as to where to eat, what to see etc. In House Massage therapist was a bonus when we were not able to go out. We would highly recommend the villa. Please make sure that you have transportation booked in advance (a car with a driver is recommended, unless you are want to rent a scooter ) as getting a taxi can be a little difficult sometimes.
Hosting a family such as Tibor, Radhika and the cute little girls Malaika and Paloma is every hosts dream. We are delighted that they chose LAKSHMI for their stay in Ubud and would gladly welcome them back at any time in the future when they visit Ubud next. We have no reservations whatsoever in recommending them to all future hosts.
This place is absolutely breath taking, sitting by the pool overlooking the jungle ahead and the rice patties to the right. The rooms is very stylish and clean, with the outside showers a highlight at night.
Shireen & Suresh and her staff were always very accommodating getting anything we needed at any time. Highly recommend staying here, makes the amazing Ubud even more so when at this place :)
Thanks very much Nick. Our efforts become very worthwhile when we get such positive feedback. Suresh said that it was such a great pleasure meeting you both. I am glad that you were able to get your return flight without much delay. Some guests have had to spend a further 7 days in Bali due to flight disruptions. We look forward to hosting you again on your next visit.
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About the Host, Shireen
Hi, I am Shireen - your SUPERHOST at Villa VINAYAGA, a complex of four 'pondoks' (cottages), namely LAKSHMI, VIDYAA, DHARAA and PARAA. Welcome to Ubud. I promise you that I will do everything within my means to make your stay with us a memorable one.
Born in Malaysia, I spent the first few years of my professional life as a Flight Attendant with Malaysia Airlines before venturing into my family business and spending the next 15 years as the Director of Marketing for a diversified group of companies engaged in businesses ranging from food and beverage to printing and packaging, trading etc.
I now divide my time between Ubud and Kuala Lumpur. Why should you travel to Italy to EAT, India to PRAY and Bali to FIND LOVE when you can do all three right here in the "Island of the Gods" - BALI. It was love at first sight for me when I first visited Ubud. I am unable to think of many other places in the world where one could enjoy as much peace and tranquility. To be lulled to sleep by the rustling of leaves and the flowing of water in the stream below to being woken up in the morning by the chirping of birds, the croaking of frogs, the quacking of wild ducks and the crowing of the village rooster is a lifestyle that big city living just cannot offer.
A Mother of 4 teenagers, I manage to maintain a healthy balance between my work and family lives. I enjoy travelling and cooking. My Husband (an Australian management consultant) assists me with my business ventures and I value his support immensely. Our pet - a 2 year old poodle called LILO is very special to us and keeps us all very amused throughout the day.
My passion is to serve the needy and the less fortunate. As an active charter member of the Rotary Club of Seputeh, I am very committed to the alleviation of poverty and the provision of basic needs and life skills to impoverished communities in Indonesia and Malaysia. This business venture is another step towards enhancing my community service work in Bali. My motto echoes that of Rotary International - "Service Above Self".
Welcome to Ubud and do enjoy your stay with us at your "Home away from home". We are at your service at all times.