I’ve talked at length about the value of renting private villas in Bali, so I won’t go into all of that again. Suffice to say, the experience was so excellent the last two times that we were in Bali that we did not hesitate to book a private villa again on this trip. For £120 per couple per night I didn’t even slightly hesitate to pull the trigger on this one.
The arrangement here was a little more hands off than villas that we booked independently such as:
All of those villas came with a full complement of staff: including driver, chef, groundskeepers, security and butler. Here we were greeted by the Villa manager upon check-in and then pretty much left to ourselves (although the little hamlet of villas does have its own security guards and we booked a driver via the villa owners for 450k IDR per day).
Given that we were planning on sightseeing all day and eating in our favourite restaurants in the evenings, we really didn’t miss the butler and chef though.
In the mornings, breakfast was brought to us by the villa manager from a local hippy organic cafe. The price was $30 for 4 of us per day and it was all really good!
The main thing that drew me to this villa was the design. A beautiful mixture of Balinese architecture, with the traditional high ceilings, whilst maintaining modern touches like the AC, huge private pool and clean, minimalist interiors.
Whilst the interior of the villa is undoubtedly beautiful, the biggest wow factor comes from the private outdoor pool, which runs the entire length of the property and looks out onto a spectacular rice paddy, fringed by giant palm trees. In the mornings you’ll see one or two people tending to the rice, taking their ducks for a walk or cycling to school.
At this point you may well be thinking that this looks like an absolute piece of heaven for an incredibly reasonable price. So what’s the catch? Ubud is in the middle of the jungle, this means that you are one with nature. This includes ALL types of nature.
At this point you may well be freaking out. Understandably so. One awesome fact about Bali though, is that none of the spiders here are poisonous. They look absolutely savage but their bark is a lot worse than their bite (and believe me, some of the spiders are big enough that they could conceivably bark).
Still, despite knowing this we spotted one particularly massive octopedal warlock of nightmares above our bed one night, which led to this sorry spectacle:
As I mentioned earlier, breakfast was brought to us each morning by the villa manager at a fixed cost of $30 for the four of us. This included a main course, fruits, dessert and a giant bottle of juice per person.
The stay was fantastic and I can’t say enough good things about the decor, the pool and the privacy of the location. The villa is a little way out of town as tends to be the case with a lot of villas near Ubud. Given the cost of hiring a driver though, this really isn’t an issue and makes for a nice contrast from the crazy backpacker bustle of the town centre.
The bugs take some getting used to but they’re going to be an issue no matter where you stay, in this part of Bali.
Overall, I highly recommend a stay at Villa Kerasan and hope to return here in the not too distant future.