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Villa di Abing
Ranked #176 of 622 Specialty Lodging in Ubud
Reviewed June 4, 2013

I agree with Erica Z - she has written the description so well :-) We spent the best 7 days of our entire holiday at this amazing Villa. From the second we arrived until the time we left, our stay was perfect. Each of the bedrooms has its own unique charm and all with luxurious bathrooms. We were looked after so well by the staff - what beautiful, gentle people they all are. Their help with bookings and places to eat was greatly appreciated. If you are thinking of staying in Ubud - you couldn't do better than Villa Di Abing! It is within easy walking distance to almost everything! We are already planning our next trip.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

If you're traveling to Bali, it really doesn't get much better than Villa di Abing.

LOCATION: Right on Jalan Jembawan, a 3-minute walk to Sang Spa, Radiantly Alive Yoga, the post office, and Bali Buddha restaurant and health food shop, there's really no need to wander far. But then again, just 2 more minutes and you're on Hanoman and Monkey Forest Road and the Main Road, enjoying the chaotic exciting beauty, shopping, restaurants, and must-see tourist attractions that Ubud has to offer. This place is right in the heart of the action, but set back from the road, so it's quiet when you just want to relax.

ARCHITECTURE: This place is a jaw-droppingly beautiful Shangri la, and features really interesting and beautiful Balinese architecture. The common area is something straight out of Dwell magazine, with a day bed looking out into the trees.

DECADENT YET PRACTICAL: The accommodations are well appointed and comfortable, again, like something out of a magazine, with a big Buddha statue, silk-encased pillows, lotus flowers in bird baths, and hard wood furniture. The open air bathroom in the suite we stayed in was just amazing, and the stone bathtub was luxurious. We loved jumping in the pool after walking around in the hot, sticky Balinese sun, and lounging in the little gazebo nearby.

PRACTICALITY: The owners have done a good job of balancing Balinese aesthetics with an understanding what it is that vacationers want on a practical note: air conditioning, privacy, natural soap and shampoo, hot and cold running water, a pool, a safety deposit box, a comfortable bed, big fluffy towels, etc.

STAFF: The staff are adorable and pleasant and skilled, striking an excellent balance between being helpful and intuiting your needs, without invading your privacy or being overly chummy. They (and the owners) honor their culture by leaving offerings around the villa every day, which adds to the cultural experience of staying here. The breakfast is simple but tasty, with a plate of fresh tropical fruit every morning.

Our stay at Villa di Abing was like a vacation within our vacation, and if we ever find ourselves in Bali again, we will certainly be booking here again with no hesitation whatsoever!

Room Tip: All of the rooms are simply amazing. The banana room is the smallest, and you have to climb up some...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

Rather than repeat the many praises of prior reviewers – with whom I emphatically agree – I’d like to point out an underemphasized attribute of Villa di Abing: the brilliant design and execution of its architecture. Simply put, Villa di Abing is an architectural gem. It seamlessly combines elements of traditional Balinese architecture with modern design and materials to create a harmonious and organic whole.

The villa displays numerous aspects of traditional Balinese architecture. It consists of several closely spaced buildings connected by short breezeways, stone steps, and trellised walkways – echoing the multiple buildings and pavilions of a Balinese residential or temple compound. As befits its tropical environment, the villa’s spaces blur the line between indoors and outdoors. The family room/dining room and adjacent mezzanine sitting room are a modern version of an open air Balinese bale, having polished stone floors and no walls, their roofs supported by wooden posts. Both are elevated above the surrounding lush jungle foliage, creating a treehouse-like effect. The roofs of Villa di Abing are of sculpted tile and traditional alang-alang thatch. The interiors of both of the two thatched roofs have been left exposed – as they would be in a traditional structure – and this is a great advantage as each is a tour-de-force of craftsmanship and a delight to the eye.

These traditional textures of stone and thatch are perfectly balanced by thoroughly modern (and relatively recent) construction and materials – and by a clean, minimalist décor throughout the villa. This is particularly evident in the ultra-clean and fully modern kitchen and in the lovely bedroom suites – which are fully enclosable as needed. I say “enclosable” because each bedroom can be opened via windows or sliding glass doors to the outside or closed up and air-conditioned as desired. The bathrooms are simply masterpieces – each partially open to the outdoors with abundant filtered sunlight, ultra-modern fixtures, stone steps, sunken oversized tubs, and numerous plants. One feels one is outdoors but with complete privacy. The effect is of bathing in a fern-filled grotto at the base of a waterfall – magical.

The use of sustainable building practices is much in evidence throughout Villa di Abing. There is extensive use of local stone – both volcanic basalt and light colored sandstone – and of composite and polished-stone finishes. High density coconut timber has been employed throughout the project – structurally as support posts for the common areas, in much of the traditional roof-work, and extensively in the gorgeous built-in cabinetry. This locally available, sustainable, and durable wood is both environmentally friendly and beautiful.

Lastly, there is an unmistakable spiritual dimension to Villa di Abing that is appropriate to its location on “the island of the gods”. This comes forth in the form of flowers, the scent of incense, several images of the Buddha, and most of all the presence on the property of four padmasanas – small shrines to the unseen essence of the divine. These simple altars are not mere décor or collector’s pieces: they daily receive the villa staff’s offerings – a bit of rice, incense, fruit, flowers – as is done at similar altars in tens of thousands of homes and temples across Bali every day. Combining luxury with a sense of place, Villa di Abing successfully captures the spirit and traditions of Bali.

Special note: Abundant thanks to the staff at Villa di Abing during our stay. Iluh, Putu, Ngurah, and Gede each went out of their way to make my family and I comfortable and welcome!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

Right off the main drag, but situated for privacy, this place was amazing! From the incredible architecture, the excellent service, and the relaxing evenings by the pool, we had an incredible time at this jewel of Ubud. All I can possibly say is do yourself a favor and plan to take your group of travelers here for one of the most amazing locations you can stay in Ubud.

Room Tip: All of the villa is amazing, but sleeping in the open air bed can be a bit noisy if the roosters in...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

I stayed at Villa di Abing during my trip to Bali and it was the MOST amazing place I'd ever stayed. The villa itself is a masterpiece! The staff are helpful and sweet. I love being close to Ubud! If you want the most memorable experience in Bali, stay here!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

Villa di Abing is a very beautiful, luxurious, sweet place to stay. There are just a few rooms so it keeps that really cozy and homey feel at the same time feeling like royalty, with the marble floors, fancy architecture and stone work. The design and the layout is great, with an open air dining area and the nicest little gourmet kitchen I have seen, with all the things you need in it to cook. Although you may not want to because the staff loves to serve and help out however they can. The location is optimum, right in the heart of Ubud, down the (quiet) street from Bali Buddha, yoga studios, Down to Earth health foods, etc. but you feel like you are in the country, amazing!

Room Tip: Princess Room has the flight of stone stairs to go down, next to the pool. The other rooms are up t...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

Thank you so much to Michael and Ketut for hosting at the fabulous Villa di Abing. Such wonderful hospitality, beautiful rooms and the sweetest staff. Highly recommend a stay here. Also, ask about their raw food options while you are there. The food is delicious!! There is a full kitchen one can use while staying as well as a beautiful pool. Om swasti astu.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Villa di Abing

Address: Gg. Rinjani Jl. Jembawan | Padang Tegal, Ubud 80571, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Ubud
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #176 of 622 Specialty Lodging in Ubud
Price Range: $230 - $350 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villa di Abing is a 3-story, 3-bedroom, fully-staffed, private luxury villa, in Central Ubud, offering bed & breakfast.This open Balinese-style villa is luxuriously appointed, and has a beautiful pool hugging the contours of a lush stream. Privately nestled with jungle views, this Bali villa is within walking distance of the shops and restaurants you will long to return to. Visit Villa di Abing, relax, and let our staff spoil you in Balinese style. ... more   less 
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Villa Di Abing Hotel Ubud
Villa Di Abing Ubud, Bali

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