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, we have employed a full-time Chef in order to make your stay with us even more enjoyable. A set menu hot breakfast would be served to all guests free of charge. 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) 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, NYOMAN MANIK, 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).
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.
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 number (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 UBUD - where peace and tranquility is assured.
Public transport is minimal. Yande could assist you to hire a scooter, motor bike or a car if you give him ample notice. rates are to be negotiated directly with the Driver and settled accordingly.
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!!!
Wow!! Such a great place to stay. The Villas are beautiful, clean and comfortable with a lovely pool overlooking the jungle. The staff are extremely friendly, polite and helpful.
Breakfast was great, Banana Pancakes taste delicious :)
In House Massage therapist is a bonus when you're lazy to go out.
Vehicle with driver is recommended, unless you will drive around with rent scooter.
You should locate Villa Vinayaga instead of Lakshmi, and when you're lost, please approach Mr Kadek at Warung Bintang Bali.
Great value for money!! Thanks Shireen and the Villa Staff for having us :)
Dear Nelly, Thanks very much for your very kind words. We like to 'go the extra mile' just to make sure that the expectations of our guests are always exceeded. It is appreciation such as yours that motivates us and plods us to improve continuously and do better with every passing day. Needless to to say, it was a very great pleasure hosting you and we look forward to your next visit in the near future. Warm regards, Shireen
Close to nature location, we see many live animals in the area. Most staffs are nice and responding. We also appreciate the local mobile and good driver (reasonable price) recommended by staffs.
Areas to be improved: service is not comparable to hotel, the owner is no longer the Japanese designer as advertised...
Sometimes it takes repeated communication to get things done slowly,maybe that is bali style☺ you could also try to find punctual staffs , or to train the staffs to be in time, esp. If requested by customer. The curtain is a bit transparent for lazy people.
Overall we enjoyed the 11 days stay in Ubud this time.
The staff at Villa Lakshmi were very accommodating on arrival. The area is very quiet and away from the hustle of Ubud centre if that is what you are after.
It is a lovely villa, although for 4 people, the living area is a little small. The pool is great but the sun beds are tired. The owners are in the process of doing some renovations which will make it even better.
I have stayed in other villas in Ubud that were better value and a little closer to central Ubud but I wouldn't dismiss staying here again once the renovations are completed.
We had a great time at Lakshmi villa. The villa is perfect, exactly like in the pictures, or even better. The swimming pool is just amazing. We wanted peace and quiet and found it there. Location is about 5 min drive from central Ubud (which means that you always need to contact a driver - approx. 3 euros one way). The staff were very friendly and helpful, always around and ready to assist with any little issue (from arranging transport, to hiring bicycles and ordering food). We were provided with a local mobile phone, which was extremely helpful. One of the best holiday experiences ever!
Shireen is delightful to deal with. She was very prompt with responses and provided helpful information to my queries, especially in helping to arrange for a driver throughout my 5-day stay at the Villa.
The information and pictures that were provided about the Villa are quite true to actual conditions. All in all, the Villa is very clean (with daily housekeeping service) and located away from the hustle and bustle of Ubud town centre. One thing to note - while the Villa is about a 5-7min drive from the town centre, it would probably take at least half an hour to walk the distance (this is just an estimate). On a positive note, we did not have any trouble at all arranging our daily transportation needs with the driver Darsana. He was very accommodating, even with short notice!
One of the most memorable thing that I'll take away is how friendly and helpful the Villa staff were. Kudos to Yande, Darsana and Wayan - there were extremely sincere, friendly, helpful and accommodating!
Hi Tracy, We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and that our staff was helpful and courteous. Our strength is our staff and hence appreciative feedback is always a great motivator.
As you may be aware the weather patterns in SE Asia have been erratic and nothing like what has been experienced in the past few years with heavy rainstorms resulting in torrential downpours. My Husband was there a couple of weeks ago and has identified areas that require additional precautions to cope with the flooding in the garden that such heavy downpours cause and these are being attended to now. Thanks very much for your kind comments.
We had a great time during our stay at the villa and really enjoyed our Ubud experience. The staff was extremely helpful, courteous, and went out of their way to accommodate us as much as possible. The villa is very well maintained and decorated. We highly recommend this villa for those looking for a secluded Ubud experience.
A couple of things to keep in mind:
- It was a bit of a surprise/adjustment for us to deal with bugs/lizards that frequently make their way into the bedrooms, but that is part of indoor/outdoor tropical lifestyle.
- The location is a long (45-60 minute) walk along a narrow road from Ubud city center where most of the stores/restaurants are, so you will almost always need a driver. Villa Vinayaga is very helpful in helping arrange transportation as well as a local cell phone for your convenience.
Shireen had been very responsive whenever I dropped any question. The staff were very friendly and helpful. And with a local phone, it made the whole trip so convenient in getting help. Breakfast was great! The whole stay was really back to nature. There were friendly lizards and geckos around. Dec is a rainy season. The first night that we reached it was raining heavily so there were a lot of termite flies around. Well, that was the whole unique experience when one chose Ubud. :)
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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.