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Had an AMAZING time here with Kadek. She is wonderful, and the location is a piece of private paradise tucked away amongst some quiet rice paddies. All the best!
Dr. Philo Art Villa was a nice little place tucked back in the rice field. Very simple, quiet and in nature. Kadek, the host at the villa, was great and made me feel right at home! Would definitely go back here upon a return trip.
Kadek is a great host, very polite and trustworthy. The place was clean and nice, but you should ask about specific conditions. We had a shared bathroom outside our chamber, kitchen also shared, and the room was fairly small, about 3x3. For the same price you can get much better accommodation in regular hotels.
We were pleasantly surprised at the size and furnishings of our accommodation. The rooms looked smaller in the photos, and there's a desk and chair in the bedroom, and a fridge in the kitchen that weren't featured on the website at all.
The view from the large terrace is lovely, and the sounds of frogs, birds and roosters are hard to beat. We spent most of our time when at the villa on the terrace.
Kadek, the housekeeper/part-time caretaker, makes incredible breakfasts. Ask for the delicious Balinese style breakfast of mixed fruits and sticky rice treats and you won't need to eat again till dinnertime. She speaks good English, is very congenial, and is happy to help with advice and tips on the local culture.
The internet connection at Villa Sawah was excellent at all times, and very fast.
The small pool is in a shady area, so always cool, and is kept very clean.
The walk into Ubud's centre is about 20 minutes, partly through rice paddies and a quiet village, and partly along a busy road, but if you can't be bothered walking, taxis (or motor bike hire) are plentiful and cheap.
We found Borge the owner, to be very pleasant and accommodating, and we really enjoyed our time at Villa Sawah. We would recommend it to anyone wanting good-value, basic accommodation in a quiet area outside of Ubud's busy centre.
Susan and Sean.
It was my own fault as I should have read the description of the place better and asked before for more information. But in a hurry due to a bad/slow internet connection and reading the nice reviews of the place we booked this place one or two night before arriving and I guess we messed up, we should have booked the room on the upper floor instead of the gazebo (which I wouldnt call a garden house). Therefore, upon arrival we were very dissapointed (although Kadek was very nice indeed, we didnt meet Borge) . The gazebo was not bigger than a small double bed (no sheets but quite old blankets) with lockers beneath it to keep all your stuff (dont leave anything outside Kaded warned, as the dog might take it). There was little privacy as the garden was quiet small (no wind, so extremely hot that day) and the gazebo is only a few feet away from the (shared) pool overlooked by the rooms from the house. Only if you stood on your toes at a corner of the garden you could see a ricefield. And as of the heat we were used in Bali to get up early, but breakfast couldnt be served before 9.00-9.30. No problem due to the heat but to let you know, there was no hot water in the bathroom.
As a solo traveler on a limited budget who likes weird bedrooms this place would be lovely - if the price was a lot lower. We paid by hinsight a ridiculous 35 euro a night, but left the same day as we didnt see us sleeping in the small, glass gazebo and found a nice cool, big room with a view nearby for less money. Probably the other room available is very nice so try to book that one.
As the cancellation policy is very strict we didnt get any of our money back so make sure you know what you book. There is much better value around in Penestenan (nice neighbourhood!).
Ubud Bali, what a great destination to explore. Upon arrival at the Dr. PhiloArt Villa Sawah. I was greated by a warm gental, Borge. We shared many great life stories. Borge introduced me to the local ways and off I went. Madek, Borge's staff was also beautiful and obliging, with breakfast in the morning and tips on where and how. Thank you for a kind and friendly stay. March 2013
Great place with ricefield view, pool, and garden. The owner and housekeeper are wonderful.
The housekeeper is very helpful and cheerful.
And they have a great dog that´ s fun to play with. : )
The villa was the cleanest and most beautiful place we stayed in Bali. The owner was so kind and helpful for all of us. My children were delighted to play in the comfortable swimming pool together with him. We loved the beautiful dog, too. The paintings were amazing. We enjoyed taking a walk around the villa where there were almost no barking dogs on the paths. I was happy to cook looking at the top of coconut trees. The wi-fi was reliable enough to use (website hidden). I should have taken more photos of the organic garden. The stay at this villa was one of the most precious experiences for us in Bali. Thank you, Borge! We are looking forward to seeing you again!
Hi, we went to ubud very spontaneously, but everything worked out great. We stayed at Borges place for 2 night. Although it was kind of hard to find it at first, it was worth the search. We stayed in the little gardenhouse I would call it, which was very cute and cosy and we're surrounded by rice fields. The breakfast is incredibly good and at the end of our stay even the little home dog stopped barking at us. Thanks for letting us stay, highly recommendable:)
Borge's place is the perfect spot to stay in ubud. you'll be staying in the middle of the rice fields. when we arrived borge was so nice to upgrade our booking and he also gave us a discount because we were the only guests at this time :) his staff kadek is super cute and her breakfast is so yummy... thank you kadek and borge for letting us stay at your place and made it one of our coolest bali-experiences next to the rice fields listening to the ducks, frogs and ricefarm workers :D