Retna and I were checking online for the places to stay in Bali. So we shortlisted to things we like, surprisingly swimming pool was way ahead of beach, so we picked paddy field, nature, walking tour, arts etc. So Ubud fits the requirements for this family holiday.
Looking for the right accommodation which does not cost a bomb, then we started looking everywhere, asking friends, etc. And we found Private Villas Ubud Group, which is owned a group of Australians, who loves either having villas or homes in Ubud, or perhaps, started their own home stay business in Bali, which I think they have done it really well.
We found the website of the owner and we got in touch with them through email, thus some clicks here and there, we are all set for the accommodation.
There are few warring or cafes around the villa, which you can just walk, without having anyone to fetch you, or the need of taxi. But of course the cafe food prices would be much higher when dining at Ubud.
BTW, the villa we are staying is located on the Monkey Forest Road, but we did not see any monkey there.
Try the lady who is selling the mixed rice in the morning, and she sells something like an Ayam Penyet at night. For local, the meal should be around IDR10,000 to 15,000. However, for tourists, she will charge a premium, of IDR20,000 or 40,000 depending.
So, the best way to get food at the local price, ask a local to buy for you.
The Villa Jepun, is not a Japanese theme villa, of which we thought, Jepun is Frangipani in Balinese language. So, we smell the wonderful flower daily.
The villa also comes with a butler, who will come in around 8am, to prepare breakfast, drinks, cleaning, changing of the bedsheets and everything else to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Normally he will leave by 10am, and then comes back again the next day, the same time.
Nothing major breakfast, just simple brown bread toast with jam, butter, and a bowl of fruit salad, which is our favourite. If you can walk about 2-3km to the nearest supermarket, you can buy the additional, and he can probably cook for you, just remember to pay him the extra for his time and effort.
There are also some art galleries around the villa, so can visit them, but to buy them, depending how much you willing to pay, generally on the higher side, prior to the discount, or bargain.
The villa provides everything you need, except no shampoo and shower gel, so you have to bring these along.
It is relatively new villa, only opened to the public for 2 years. So most things are still working fine.
The only drawback, the switch board tripped many times. We have to off some of the electrical appliances to avoid the constant tripping. And I can see that, the circuit board may need some more work, ok, I am not the real electrical expert.
Finally, if you have to check out at 11am and have no where else to go, can head over the owner’s studio to admire his artworks.