BeBaliStay was an unexpectedly amazing experience right out of a travel show.
We got in late and the very knowledgeable, kind and patient Kadek picked us up from the airport at midnight. We reached the airbnb, in the middle of the rice paddies in Ubud, at around 1 am.
The first thing that we noticed was the wonderful earthy aromas of the land. The home is located on Kadek and his family’s farm. There was a rushing of a stream nearby. We walked a few meters through a winded path to a beautiful carved door which led up to the villa.
The home is exquisitely made of Balinese wood and complements the environment wonderfully. It is situated in a small valley of sorts on the farm and the view is of tiered terraces of paddy rising up to the horizon. There, at the very bottom is a cute infinity pool with a slightly out of place giant hot pink flamingo float. The building itself is two floored with the ground floor comprised of a huge bedroom and sitting room combined with a King sized bed and sitting area. The bathroom is spotless and has all the requisite amenities. On the mezzanine floor outside, is the well stocked kitchen with all the bells and whistles one would need for a short or long stay. Upstairs, there is large living area with a bar and well stocked fridge. There is also a chalkboard menu of the large list of reasonably priced foods both hot and cold and beverages that you can order or take from the mini fridge. There was complementary tea and coffee as well. We found delicate carved Balinese furniture everywhere and all the spaces tastefully decorated. This living space opens up into a bedroom which has a huge bathroom in the back. The size of the bed is the same and the bathroom has a huge tub to soak in. All of this is supplemented with a wide wrap around balcony that offer unparalleled views of the surroundings.
After spending a peaceful night (we were exhausted from a long day of flying and layovers) we were woken up to a wonderful breakfast of noodles (we requested vegetarian), fresh cut papaya, bananas, jackfruit and mangosteen along with a hot cup of delicious Balinese coffee. This is was prepared for us by hand by the versatile Made, Kadek’s wife who looks after the guests in their home. When asked for a massage, she whipped out her table and gave us a massage there overlooking the fields which was quite lovely.
Afterwards, she recommended rafting for which we were picked up on motorcycles to the rafting spot. The coolest part was when we realized that the endpoint to the rafting journey was right by the villa and Made graciously offered us a massage at the end as we wearily climbed up from the river valley. (Be warned, lots of steep stairs).
All in all, a fantastic stay at BeBali, one that we will remember for a long time and wholeheartedly recommend.
The villa was beautiful and comfortable. Everyone was so kind and helped in any way they could when we needed something. The food was great and cooked with love. The pool area was extremely relaxing and with amazing views of the rice fields. Also the driver was always available and helpful. Overall a great place to stay, would definitely go back!
From the airport our group was promptly greated by Wayan, he gathered our luggage and drove us to Be Bali Stay, during the drive he was able to answer many questions I had as this was my 1st trip to Bali. Pointing out local traditions and places of interest.
Once at the villa we met Made, she was amazing, provided a tour of our accommodations. It was late evening when we arrived and she provided a home cooked Balinese meal. It was delicious and exactly what we needed as we were tired from the flight and excitement.
The place was very clean and had the comfort of a home not a hotel. Our luggage was brought to the house for us and the person waited with the luggage until we decided which room each of us wanted. So nice to have the extra care, I never had to pull or carry my luggage around as they did that for me.
We had full access to a second kitchen, it was only steps away from our house, there I was able to use any items like knives, pots, extra hand towels and codiments.
Every day was started with a Balinese breakfast yummy, and then I would have a massage and dip in the amazing pool, the view from the pool was beyond my thoughts. After my dip in the pool I woulld go for a long walk on the property, each day I explored a new part of the farm, I saw many animals, fruit trees a fish pond and was able to get some great pictures. I walked up to the top of the rice patty field and again saw a view of beauty that was beyond my imagination.
Hiked the steps to the river and watched people going along in rafts having an amazing time.
The Cooking class with Made was so much fun, it reminded me of childhood memories, and tasted amazing. Full written recipes were provided at the end of the class.
Wayan took us to the market and was able to provide an experience with the suckling pig, the use of farm tools in Bali, and ptovided the proper language to purchase items at tge market for fair prices. He also explained the history and importance of the market to us.
Wayan also dropped us off at any location we planned and would pick us up at the end of our day, which was often really late. No matter what time we called he always provided transportation for us.
If we ever needed anything we just asked and it was promptly provided to us. Extra towels, coffee & tea etc. There was never any push for us to do activities, to me it seemed as though Made, Wayan and the rest of the crew there only wanted is to feel at home and enjoy our time there.
As for the construction, this was minor and often I did not even know they were working. They dont use machines, I would watch them sift gravel by hand and use ropes to move items up and down. Plus each worker was very respectful and only talked to me when I would make the first contact
Thank you Made, Wayan, grandpa and the massage ladies for a truly relaxing fun experience. I will return to Bali and definately be back to Be Bali Stay.
To be honest, the view might have been amazing, but there were noisy construction works held right next to the villa, of which we were not previously aware and got no apologize for till the end of our stay. Made welcomed us uppon arrival and showed us around the villa, which at first sight looked good. Right after she found out there will be just 2 of us she asked us to decide which floor (there was one bedroom on each floor) we want to use and wanted to take the keys from the other one. We however payed for the whole villa so naturally kept the keys from both floors. My question is why was she even trying?
This was not the worst to be mentioned. As the biggest negatives we see mainly complete lack of privacy since Made, her helper and their grandfather were almost all the time somewhere in the villa or in the garden (it was normal that we were changing clothes in the bedroom and suddenly saw someone passing around the window). I would say this is completely inappropriate place for a couple which needs their privacy. Second biggest negative was Mades "kindness" which to us is by many missunderstood and in reality is just very pushy sales praktique trying to sell some turistic activities from which she of course has profit. If you expect you will have a private villa with functioning kitchen, you are very wrong. There is not even a proper knife to cut some fruit just to buy all the food and drinks from her, since she offeres this service.
!!!!AS THE BIGGEST NEGATIVE WE SEE THE HYGIENE!!!! No words needed just look at the pictures.
Our expectations towards the accomodation were quite high, due to high ratings and pretty high price (the price is comparable to the 5 star hotel in Ubud). The only outstanding quality however remained the wonderful view.
This house was absolute perfection. Looks exactly like it does in the pictures, if not better. Mattie, the lady of this house was a dream! Her cooking was the best food I had in all of Asia. She handled everything (tours/pickups/ drop offs/cooking) swiftly and with such kindness. I would recommend this to anyone going to Bali.
Side note: the bed and pool were amazing!!!
From the moment we were greeted by Kadek and Ni Made we knew we were in for a real treat. The home itself absolutely surpassed our expectations and the photos do not do it justice. It is simply magnificent and that view to the rice paddies just takes your breath away (every single day) We were there during harvesting so it wasn't as green but still amazing. It did become a little smokey at times, which I understand is part of the harvesting, it didn't bother us too much, but if we were asthmatics it may have been a problem. Made's service and housekeeping is second to none, and you simply can't go past her home cooked meals, which we ate every night. Our family of 5 all stayed on the top floor because we felt that with no internal stairs our children (7, 5 and 3 y/o) were too young to sleep alone. They slept in the Day bed in the front room, it doesn't have airconditioning but it actually stayed a comfortable temperature throughout the night. Would highly recommend the market tour, and cooking class. Our kids had a fun time feeding the pigs, cows and fishing from the little pond. They particularly liked playing with Ni Mades children and although they didn't speak the same language, it was a lovely experience for them to meet Balinese children their own age. From the very first moment we felt so comfortable and completely relaxed at BeBalistay. It is a true glimpse into the traditional Balinese lifestyle that you would not be able to experience any where else. A home stay with a touch of resort style living and service. Thank you so much for having us Ni Made, Kadek and family, we look forward to returning again soon. :) :)
Such a pleasure to stay at this beautiful hidden oasis!! The staff was extremely attentive and kind and the views were indescribable!!! Rooms were very clean and had a/c. Food was great and fully stocked mini fridge was lovely.
We will definitely stay here on our next trip to Bali! Thank you!