Enjoying the Private Pool Villa Life in Ubud

Written by Katherine

September 28, 2020
Last Updated on February 29, 2024

Our first trip to Bali was to the beautiful cliffside property by Alila Villa Uluwatu. Then we decided to head back to Bali again and stayed at two private pool villas in Seminyak. And that was when we realised the beauty of private pool villas in Bali. (´ ω `♡) So for our trip this time, we booked ourselves a private pool villa just beside the paddy fields in Ubud! \(^ヮ^)/

BEFORE YOU GO

Why Ubud?

Ubud is a place known for its beautiful rice paddies. The lush green of the rice paddies has always appeared in a lot of photos on social media. That was one of the main reasons we picked Ubud. Since we would be staying at Seminyak as well, we thought it would be good to start our trip with the more laid-back Ubud hence the choice! ♡( ◡‿◡ )

Photo by Frans Daniels on Unsplash

We used to only just Googled for resorts but once we realized the magical Airbnb, there was no turning back. You could find sooooooooooooooooo many beautiful properties being listed there! If possible, I would have wished to stay in every single of these properties. (´・ᴗ・ ` )

Anyway, we managed to shortlist two Ubud properties. Sadly, our top choice was no longer available hence we decided to book a 3D2N stay at our second choice – Umah Sunset. We would definitely be looking forward to staying at our top choice in future! (๑˃ᴗ˂)ﻭ

Journey to Umah Sunset

Flight time from Singapore to Bali is only 2.5 hours. Since we were travelling via Singapore Airlines’ Business Class, we had to enjoy everything we can, including the movie on board. (´ ∀ ` *) But everything on board always feels very rushed during a short flight. Without doing much, we have reached! (-ω-、)

Upon exiting the arrival hall, we spotted our driver waiting there for us! And then we were on our way to Umah Sunset~! ☆ミ(o*・ω・)ノ The car ride to the resort was about 2 hours, with congested traffic along the way. I remembered chatting to the driver and pretty soon, we started to space out and into la-la-land. And then we would wake up and then go back to sleep again. Rinse and repeat the whole process until we were nearing Ubud. (∪。∪)。。。zzZ

Arrival and Check-In

Along the way, we saw a lot of lush green rice paddies. Sadly, before we fly to Bali, our host Ngakan told us that there is a possibility that we will not be able to see the green fields as it is the harvesting period. (ノД`)

Ngakan was there to welcome us when we reached. The villa was actually quite hidden from the outside and requires us to walk a small path before reaching the main entrance. Along the way, we could also see some cocks and chickens hanging out. (´・ᴗ・ ` ) Anyway once we walked through the main entrance, it was clear that we would not be seeing the lush green rice paddies. The farmers have started their harvesting. (。•́︿•̀。) We didn’t know at that time but actually, the harvesting period was rather interesting too.

Anyway, Ngakan’s wife was in the villa waiting for us and served us our welcome drink when we arrived. Ngakan went through the simple check-in process with us and once all was done, it was time for us to explore the villa! (´ ∀ ` *)

Umah Sunset, a private pool villa by the rice paddy field

Huge Living Area and Feeding KOIs!

Umah Sunset is a two-bedroom villa and the whole villa is reasonably big. We kept the second bedroom closed and only use the master bedroom. With just the two of us in the villa, the living room + kitchen area was actually a bit big for us. I think we hardly hang out in the living room. The only times that we were there were probably when we waited for the host to prepare our dinner and after our meals to watch some TV. Otherwise, it was always the pool/cabana area or the bedroom. ( ´ ω ` )

One of our favourite things to do in the villa was to visit the koi pond. The host has left some fish food near the pond so we would feed them once in a while. You know how fishes are. Once you get near to the pond, they started opening their mouth to get fed. That scared me at the start but I soon got used to it. (*´▽`*)

HUGE Bedroom for a Good Night’s Sleep

The master bedroom was reasonably big as well. We could open up two 29″ luggage and there was still a lot of space to walk and jump around. ε===(っ≧ω≦)っ The bed was nice and comfortable as well, though at night we did spot some tiny bugs on our bed. Not sure what they were but we just swiped them away before getting to sleep.

Other than that, everything was great though but warned about the wake-up call from the early riser, the cocks. 。゚(TヮT)゚。 I have to say this was a brand new experience for us. We have NEVER been wakened up by cocks before but oddly, this cock also kept crowing at weird hours in the day so… Haha!

Oh no, an Outdoor Shower!

The bathroom comes with an indoor bathtub as well as an outdoor shower. I am honestly not an outdoors shower person, especially not when there is a possibility that there are bugs lurking in corners waiting for me. But like, what can I do right? We have to bathe so we usually try to avoid bathing late at night to avoid those bug issues. Σ(°△°|||)

Experiencing Ubud

Raining ASHES~!

While we were settling into the villa, we tried to shift the sun loungers’ umbrella and SUDDENLY, we were snowed with ashes! I was like WTF. Σ(・口・)

So Mount Agung had erupted a few days before our arrival and we were actually quite lucky that we arrived AFTER it happened. Since our villa was 32km away, ashes reached our villa as well. Our host had tried to clean up the whole area before our arrival but well, apparently they left a surprise for us! Haha! Now I can say I have experienced ashes from Mount Agung before. (*/ω\)

Private Pool by the Rice Paddy Fields

As mentioned, we did not get to have our lush green rice paddies as it was the harvesting season for the rice paddies beside our villa. So can’t say that I am not disappointed that we would not be getting those Instagram-lovely photos on our social media. (ノД`)

But after hanging out a bit in the private pool or the cabana, we have come to appreciate the beauty of the harvesting season. We watched the farmers doing their threshing right across our villa while in the fields. And then there was also someone leading a herd of geese in the morning while we were having our breakfast.

We even saw the villagers’ kids playing with kites every evening, be it drizzle or shine. During the hot afternoons, there was even a resident cat who would climb up to our pool and hang out under the shade. Being city dwellers, these are the kind of things that were an eye-opener to us and we absolutely love watching them taking place in front of us. So even without the lush green paddy fields, I think we have taken away a lot more than expected. (๑˃ᴗ˂)ﻭ

Home-Cooked Local Food

Our stay came with breakfast and we had the option to select from a few simple Indonesian foods – omelette, nasi goreng (fried rice) or mee goreng (fried noodles). Since breakfast was being prepared by the host, Ngakan would ask us the day before about what we preferred to have for our breakfast so they know what to bring over to cook us our meal.

We also opted in for dinner prepared by the host, at an additional cost, for our second night there. Ngakan asked us what we don’t like so the main thing we told them was no beansprouts, my total nemesis. Other than that, we left it to them to prepare the meal for us according to what they felt worked best for the meal based on the cost. And boy was it a feast for the night! The dinner came with fried squid, satay, vegetables, meat and white rice. So much so that we could hardly finish all the food!

For our remaining meals, we had one lunch at the Plantation Restaurant at Alila Ubud and one dinner at the fabulous Latin-Japanese fusion restaurant The Sayan House. You can read all about them in the post here:

While in Indonesia, DO NOT miss out on trying Go-Jek, which I will, hopefully, share in another post soon! <( ̄︶ ̄)>

Overall Experience

Overall we love our stay at Ubud and especially so with Umah Sunset. Though the location is in a quieter part of Ubud we do appreciate being able to chill at such a peaceful location. Not forgetting how we were also able to enjoy the “hustle and bustle” that is happening in the fields. So location-wise, we were actually quite happy with where we chose. (´,,•ω•,,)♡

Service by Ngakan was also exceptional. The meals were great. The housekeeping was great. Ngakan and his wife were so lovely to us as well. Ngakan even took the effort to drive us to and fro The Sayan House the first night for our dinner as well as to Alila Ubud for our spa. He was also the one who drove us to our Seminyak accommodation. He shared that he actually loves driving around so we were relieved that the long-distance driving helps him to relax as well.

All in all, it was a pleasant stay with Ngakan and we will definitely be back to visit his other villa in Ubud in future. We also highly recommend staying with Ngakan if you ever came by his accommodation listing. (o´▽`o)

Information about Umah Sunset

UMAH SUNSET

☎️ Phone Number: +62 812 3781 9346
🔎You can find out more about Umah Sunset on Airbnb

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