Research Ubud on the interwebs and you’re presented with beautiful imagery of green jungle, rice fields, and playful monkeys. What you don’t see is the congested sprawl in that jungle and the hordes of tourists at the rice terraces and Monkey Forest. Once a peaceful retreat, Ubud has fast become a crowded tourist destination. Justifiable of course as Ubud truly is a gem. But what if you want that peaceful retreat of not-so-long-ago? I found the answer in the Villa Sabandari, an Ubud paradise unlike any other.
Situated on a rice field on the outskirts of Ubud, Villa Sabandari offers getaway seekers just that. At first I was concerned that Villa Sabandari was too secluded for my liking but quickly found plenty to do and see within a 10-15 minute walk from the property. The Villa Sabandari also offers complementary (and super friendly) shuttle service to and from town. This was a moot point once I saw the property I didn’t want to leave it. Can you blame me?
If the gorgeous infinity pool and lounge area isn’t enough to keep you around the Villa Sabandari property, the rooms sure well. My villa was the corner unit and included some seriously Ubud views overlooking the neighbouring rice field and shimmering pool. I watched a lady with a basket on her head walk-through the rice field and a man climbing palm trees and cutting down branches, all while I enjoyed breakfast from my private Villa Sabandari balcony. My favourite memories for my time in Ubud are of sipping Balinese coffee and watching life slowly pass by from this amazing vantage point.
Inside the room you will find plenty of space to relax. Decorated in a clean yet traditional style with many local art pieces, the rooms at the Villa Sabandari are some of the most comfortable and inviting I’ve ever encountered. The sound of water running from the rice field terraces was also nice touch and only added to the relaxation.
A walk through the closet leads to an outdoor bathroom. Although common in Bali, I doubt you will find one with as much character and modern features as those found at Villa Sabandari. Outdoor showers are accented with fresh flowers and some villas include an outdoor bathtub that can be made up in true pampered style.
If the room and surrounding grounds aren’t enough to keep you relaxed and entertained, the Villa Sabandari extras will. Along with the friendliest staff in Ubud you will find a library complete with travel books and lounge chairs. There is also a piano and guitar for those looking to entertain.
Another interesting extra is the Lonely Planet Bali guide book you receive at check in to enjoy during your stay. This is an awesome idea and a 1st for me!
Afternoon tea is served poolside or in your room…which will be the toughest decision you will make while staying at the Villa Sabandari.Then again there’s a choice of in-house spa services to be had…
My stay at the Villa Sabandari provided the peaceful retreat I had always wanted Ubud to be. It was the perfect place to retire to after wandering the crowded Ubud rice terraces and busy Monkey Forest. Better yet, it was the perfect place to laze around enjoy Ubud life.
Ubud Villa Sabandari Good to Know
Room Rate: Check website for latest and greatest rates.
Includes: Bed, breakfast, and total Ubud relaxation.
Don’t Miss: Breakfast on your private balcony, fastest Internet on the island, that pool!
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Although I was provided a complimentary stay at the Villa Sabandari,
the experience, opinions, and total Ubud paradise was my own.