This place is hard to find, so they offer an inclusive pickup (certainly if you stay 3 nights, anyway). This is usually from Denpasar airport, but they were happy to swap this for collection from our Candidasa hotel. In fact, it is located just a little north of Payangan, which is a few miles north of Ubud. Because of traffic, the journey to Ubud can take 40 minutes each way; although we never used a local taxi for a single journey, expect to pay $10 (which we negotiated). It is often better to just hire a car and driver for the day - Villa Wastra's (independent) preferred driver charges around $50 for an 8-hour day.
The place itself is essentially a private mansion. The owner is a lovely lady, who told us how she built the property with her husband in 2009 to encourage her children (who work overseas) to return to Bali for holidays. I believe that family still use rooms when they visit, and, in fact, email correspondence for booking is actually with the owner's son who lives in Canada.
The rooms are massive and luxurious, as are the ensuite shower rooms (no bath tub). Each room has a sitting area, kitchenette and balcony. The balcony overlooks the valley (the house is at about 1200m elevation, I believe). I think it is actually the other side of the same valley as Ubud Hanging Gardens (which is reasonably close, but not worth the trip for the bar - Ubud is much better, and only a little further in total travel time). The height means no A/C is present, but it isn't needed at all (certainly during July 2012 anyway).
While it is feasible to make food in the kitchen, there isn't a lot of utensils provided, so I wouldn't recommend doing that, unless staying for a long time. Maria's (owner) cooking is excellent, and she just needs about 12 hours notice for dinner at $10 per person. She also adjusts menus depending on preferences of her guests staying at the time, Nevertheless, I personally only had dinner there 1 night, going into Ubud for other 2, which I would recommend. Breakfasts are very nice - and plentiful.
I can't recommend this place enough. It's brilliant for couples and families alike. Just go.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A secluded private bed and breakfast estate north of Ubud, set amidst lush tropical greenery. Villa Wastra offers luxurious suites and rooms, all decorated in traditional Balinese textiles. Each suite offers rich natural wood tables, a heavenly bed with high quality linen and private ensuite. Guests can recharge and return to nature by indulging in a variety of physical out door activities such as outdoor hikes and walks. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Wastra Bali/Payangan