Villa Kelusa: Unique and Luxurious Private Pool Villa in Ubud

Written by Katherine

January 10, 2024
Last Updated on February 29, 2024

We are back in Ubud again! And this time, we finally stayed at our dream accommodation, Villa Kelusa! Just how special is this place? Well, keep reading as I share everything about this amazing private pool villa with you! ⸜(*ˊᗜˋ*)⸝

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Why We Chose Villa Kelusa?

Hubs and I came across Villa Kelusa in 2018 and were captured by the uniqueness and beauty of the property. The place is unique in that it can be rented as one property if you are coming as a big group or just rent one of the private pool villas if you are a couple like us. The two private pool villas are Pondok Sapi and Pondok Surya. Both look beautiful and are unique in their own way. But what caught our attention was Pondok Surya’s 20-meter infinity pool that leads out into the greenery that is made up of rice paddy fields and jungle. This absolutely stunning design captured our hearts, and we decided to stay at this property! (´ ω `♡)

We initially booked our stay in 2019 and looked forward to staying at Pondok Surya. But as you and I know, something happened, and things came to a standstill. We decided to put our reservation on hold instead of cancelling it, hoping we would return in the future. And we did! Four years later, we excitedly made our way to this beautiful private pool villa in Ubud! ( ´ ω ` )

Journey to Villa Kelusa

Booking a car is cheaper using GoJek when in Bali. But considering the distance and how private the property is, we decided to arrange for an airport pick-up service with Villa Kelusa. It has only been a year since we were in Bali. But it was nice to see life returning to this lovely island again. So many people were in the arrival area that we had to do the spot-our-names game again. Haha! It wasn’t easy, but we eventually found our driver! (ᵔ◡ᵔ)

It takes about 2 hours to get from Bali’s airport to Villa Kelusa, so it was great that we had a comfortable ride to get us there. But sadly, the weather was, once again, not in agreement with us. Similar to the previous time we were in Bali, it started to rain when we got to Ubud! (´-ω-`) I highly think it is an Ubud thing, as the weather was perfect when we left for Sanur and Batu Belig. ٩(× ×)۶

Hello Villa Kelusa. Hello Pondok Surya.

Once we got to Villa Kelusa, the villa manager, Wayan, and the team greeted us at the entrance. The rest of the staff helped bring our luggage to our room while Wayan checked us in. After that, he did a quick walk-through with us, letting us know what we needed to do in case of rain before leaving us to enjoy our time in the villa.

The main entrance of Villa Kelusa and a basin and floral found in that area

During the check-in, we were also served welcome drinks and snacks. In most places, only welcome drinks are served, so it was lovely of them to give us some light snacks after a long journey to the property. I’m not sure if I was hungry, but the snacks, which were spring rolls, were so delicious! ( ´ ω ` )

The decorations at the entrance as well as our welcome drinks and snacks

As I mentioned earlier, the property has two private pool villas. We were staying in Pondok Surya on the property’s left side, while Pondok Sapi was to the right. Pondok Surya is a two-storey private pool villa, the first floor comprising the living area and a guest bedroom. The whole of the second floor belongs to the main bedroom, which is also where we were sleeping for two nights! ⸜( *ˊᵕˋ* )⸝

First Floor of Pondok Surya at Villa Kelusa

Once we walked into the property, the vast outdoor living area was in our view. I have never, in my life, seen so much greenery around me before! The lawn was beautifully manicured, and the trees were nicely trimmed. Everything about the outdoor area is perfect. As if the beautiful outdoor greenery wasn’t enough, there are even steps leading out into the rice paddy fields. We didn’t go down but stood on the lawn to admire the rice paddy up close. These rice paddies were also the little birds’ favourite spots to go to whenever we chill in the pool and observe them in action. ( ´ ω ` )

The rice paddies and the landscaping of Villa Kelusa

Huge Living Area and Cool Weather

The whole living area has an open-concept layout, i.e. everything is exposed. There are no doors for you to pull to separate yourself from everything else out there. Initially, I was worried that hanging out in this area would be a problem due to the possibility of bugs and mosquitoes in such a nature-ish setting. But interestingly, there were none! According to the information in the guest booklet, it was mentioned that it has to do with the environment and the presence of lizards. Whatever it is, we were thankful to have peaceful days and nights here. So, if you hear lizards in the villa, thank them for helping to drive these pests away! (´・ᴗ・ ` )

The living area and the bar counter at Pondok Surya

Besides the lack of bugs and mosquitoes, we also had exceptionally cooling nights here at Villa Kelusa. I’m not sure if it was due to the rain in the daytime or because we were surrounded by so much greenery. We had to wear a light cardigan while in the living area at night. Not that I have anything to complain about! Cooling weather is always a welcoming factor for people like us who live in a country on the equator. (๑˃ᴗ˂)ﻭ

Long Private Pool that is a bit too Deep

Separating the living “room” from the dining “room” is a bridge across the private pool, extending into the villa, making it 20 meters long. We came to Villa Kelusa for the private pool, and when we finally saw it, I was blown away by it. But sadly, there comes a problem. The pool was a bit too deep for us! (´-ω-`)

Typically, private pools that we have been to are around 1.2 meters deep. I think the depth of the private pool here is approximately 1.5 meters. There is no indication of the depth, but since I had to tiptoe to get my head above the water and I am about 1.65 meters tall, I estimated that to be the depth of the pool. And that is DEEP!

A view of the private pool from the second floor as well as a plant at Pondok Surya, Villa Kelusa

Since I am not good at swimming, I usually move around the pool by walking in it. But here at Villa Kelusa? It was a challenge! I had to tiptoe in it, and since the pool was long, it was tough to reach the end of it. Haha! Honestly, I love the pool’s design, but I wish it were shallower. For swimmers, you might relish having such a long and deep pool to use. But if you are coming with kids, it’s better to be careful!

If you don’t do silly things like we did, this next thing might not be an issue for you. We were trying to take my signature pose, and I didn’t want to walk on the ledge as it looked a bit scary. So, I ended up sliding my way over and had an abrasion against the side of the pool tiles. It seems like the tiles facing outside are not smooth, so I got scared. Gaaaah. (×_×)⌒☆

My signature pose at the end of the private pool at Pondok Surya and our view of the private pool and greenery from the second floor

Guest Bedroom with Outdoor Bathroom

We booked Pondok Surya without knowing that there was a guest bedroom. So I was surprised to find a guest bedroom on the first floor. Haha! The room is smaller than the main bedroom, but you can admire the greenery through the windows. The bedroom also comes with an attached outdoor bathroom. In case you are wondering, the bedroom is enclosed. Only the bathroom is outdoors, including the toilet.

The work desk and the bed at the guest bedroom at Pondok Surya, Villa Kelusa

The outdoor bathroom has two doors leading to it, one from the guest bedroom and another from the living area. As such, it is advisable to lock both doors when using the bathroom in case someone walks in accidentally. When I first saw the outdoor bathroom, I was worried that this would be the main bedroom’s bathroom. Thankfully, it was not! I always feel vulnerable to bugs in the open, so it was a huge relief not having to shower or use the toilet in the open. Phew.

The open bathroom of the guest bedroom

Kitchen with a Walk-In Storage

The kitchen in Pondok Surya is reasonably big. Probably because this property can sleep up to four people hence the need for such a big kitchen. Hubs and I hardly use this area since we do not cook there. We thought the villa’s chef would be cooking here for our meals, but it turned out they didn’t as well. So, I wonder how many people will use the cookware. (・・;)ゞ

Anyway, the kitchen has everything, including kitchen cookware and utensils. There is even a walk-in storage area where different kinds of glassware are stored. Coffee and tea are available off the counter for us to use if we need a drink. Another good thing about Villa Kelusa is the presence of a water dispenser in the kitchen! We usually buy big bottles of water for our consumption when in Bali. But over here, there is so much drinkable water we don’t need to worry! (ᵔ◡ᵔ)

The kitchen area with the water dispenser and walk-in storage at Pondok Surya, Villa Kelusa

Canned drinks and alcohol are also found in the fridge, which, even though it comes at an additional cost, was convenient for us to grab a cold drink. Also, in the refrigerator, there is lots of ice already prepared in case we need to use it for a colder drink. I like how everything is readily available to us! (@´ー`)ノ゙

The drinks and ice in the refrigerator in the kitchen

Time to Check Out the Main Bedroom!

It is time to check out the second floor of Pondok Surya at Villa Kelusa! As mentioned, the whole second floor is occupied by the main bedroom, which comprises the bedroom and bathroom. Everything is enclosed, but you can open the sliding glass doors to connect with nature. We, of course, made sure everything was nicely closed. Haha!

Big Terrace to Enjoy the Greenery

Once we came up the stairs, we were greeted by a spacious terrace where we could chill. This was a lovely space, as the view from the second floor was exceptional. We could see the whole lush green scenery enveloping our villa. We even spotted the mountains peeking out from the cloudy sky, which was beautiful. Too bad, this moment only lasted a while before the clouds came back to cover everything. We didn’t even get to see the sunset. (´-ω-`) That being said, the view was still beautiful.

A view of the rice paddy fields and the terrace space on the second floor at Pondok Surya, Villa Kelusa

Before Wayan left us to enjoy the villa, he mentioned that if it rains at night, we will have to put down the blinds on the terrace so the area will not be wet. In case you are wondering why the staff can’t do it, that is because we could lock up a door at the end of the stairs on the first floor. So once that is locked, the staff cannot come upstairs. I was actually quite happy that this door exists, so we know we are safe upstairs. (ᵔ◡ᵔ)

Huge Bedroom and Bathroom with Beautiful Bathtub

The bedroom was spacious with a lot of walking space. We could easily open up our two big pieces of luggage, and there was still a lot of room to move around. A king-sized bed lay in the middle of the room, and mosquito netting was installed around the bed. Since we were sleeping indoors, we didn’t think this was necessary. For those who prefer to open the doors at night, this might be good to keep the bugs from entering the sleeping area. It was a peaceful two nights with a comfortable bed and pillows. ( ´ ω ` )

Some decorative items and the bed at the main bedroom

Walking into the bathroom, we were greeted by a beautiful bathtub. According to Villa Kelusa’s website, this bathtub was hand-carved from a single giant tree! Tell me, when will you ever have a chance to soak in a tree-made bathtub!? Anyway, the bathtub was so massive that it could easily fit both of us in it. And because it is so big, we were sliding around a lot in the tub. Haha!

The tree-made bathtub and the basin area of the main bedroom at Pondok Surya, Villa Kelusa

The shower is just beside the bathtub so we could climb out of the bathtub and straight into the shower. I vaguely remember us smelling like apples after using the soap. Haha! It was quite a pleasant and refreshing small, so it was nice to have at the end of the night. (>ω^)

Excellent Food by Villa Kelusa’s Chef & Team

Sang Ayu is the in-house chef and housekeeper at Villa Kelusa. Interestingly, she lives just next door to the villa! She is assisted by Made Warsa and Putu, both of whom were amazing in helping Sang Ayu put together the delicious meals that we had at Villa Kelusa. ( ´ ω ` )

Indonesian and Western Breakfast Options

Breakfast is included in our package, and we can choose between a few items on the breakfast menu, with local and Western options available. Hubs and I decided to try a mix of both cuisines to have the best of both worlds.

For our first breakfast, we decided to go with something we are used to – Pancake Pondok Sapi and Mie Goreng. I like how thin the pancakes were, and it went really well with the palm sugar syrup. The mie goreng, which is stir-fried noodles, is an excellent Indonesian breakfast. If you are unsure what to have in Indonesia, mie goreng and nasi goreng are the ones to consider.

Our breakfast on the first day - pancakes, orange juice and mie goreng

The next day, hubs decided to have the American breakfast, while I decided to be adventurous and go for the Bubur Injin. The burbur injin is black rice pudding with palm sugar and coconut milk. If you have eaten pulut hitam before, the taste is quite similar. But instead of having a water texture, the rice pudding has a thicker and stickier consistency. For someone who loves pulut hitam, the burbur injin was surprisingly good! I’m glad that I chose to try it! (>ᴗ•)

Our breakfast on the second day - American breakfast, fruit platter and burbur injin prepared by the chef and team at Villa Kelusa

We chose to have orange juice and coffee to go with our breakfast. The coffee was average, but I loved the orange juice! I could taste the freshly squeezed juice, and there were still pulps! Besides the main dishes and drinks, we also got a big fruit platter for every breakfast. There was simply too much food, and we could not finish the fruits. (*/ω\)

In-House Dinner at Villa Kelusa

A daily shuttle is available to bring us to Ubud Central. Hubs and I did consider going out to have dinner. However, since the property is in such a private area, we didn’t want the hassle of travelling back and forth. So, we decided to stay in the villa for dinner instead.

On the first night, we had Ayam Taliwang and Shrimp Scampi as our main dishes, Chicken Satay as our appetiser and a local dessert called Kolak. Unlike what we usually had in Singapore, the chicken satay here at Villa Kelusa was so soft and tender! Each chunk of meat is so meaty, and it goes really well with the peanut sauce. The main dishes were great, and I was amazed by how huge the portion was for the shrimp scampi. (´• ω •`) The highlight of this meal was the kolak, which is a braised banana in palm sugar syrup. The banana was so soft, and having braised it with the sugar syrup, it formed a sticky consistency. I don’t have a sweet tooth, but I love the sweetness of the banana paired with the palm sugar syrup. Yum yum!

Chicken satay and kolak we had on our first night for dinner

On our last night at Villa Kelusa, we decided to go with something more luxurious. We ordered the Crispy Duck, Peanut Crusted Prawn and Dadar Gulung. If you stay at Villa Kelusa, you MUST try the crispy duck! It was absolutely delicious! The skin was fried to the right crispiness, keeping the meat soft and tender. The portion was so big it felt like a neverending amount of meat. Haha! This was probably the best dish we had here at Villa Kelusa. (๑˃ᴗ˂)ﻭ

Crispy duck and dadar gulung for our second night's dinner prepared by the team at Villa Kelusa

Things Worth Mentioning About Villa Kelusa

Hello to the Resident Pets!

Besides having an amazing team at Villa Kelusa to take care of us, we also have resident cats visiting our villa to check us out. (´・ᴗ・ ` ) There is Karma, a white cat, and Surya, an orange cat. I spotted Karma while we were chilling in the pool. It was observing us silly humans doing silly things in the pool from a distance. I could feel the judgy eyes from the pool. Haha!

Then we had Surya, who didn’t know the concept of personal space as it kept coming to our side. LOL. Since we don’t have pets at home, we didn’t know how to approach it. It kept meowing at us, especially during mealtimes! Surya always appeared during meal time, and whenever we asked Putu, he said they already fed it. So, I guess Surya loves food? (っ˘ڡ˘ς) Haha! We didn’t know if we could feed it, so we didn’t do anything either. I think Surya must be feeling so frustrated with these two silly humans not playing with it. (´-ω-`)

A view of the two-storey building from the first floor and one of the resident cats, Surya, in our living area

Before we were leaving Villa Kelusa, I decided to pluck up the courage to stroke its fur. Surya was enjoying it so much that it started rolling on the floor. Sorry, Surya, both of us were so silly and should have played with you earlier! I hope you meet people who gave you more attention than we did! (´ ω `♡)

Anyway, we spotted a dead critter in the living area one morning, and we highly suspect one of them killed it. Maybe thanks to these lovely cats, critters do not get to come near us either. According to the guest information, they had a white blind miniature poodle, so you might get to see it! ( ´ ω ` )

Steep Stairs to the Main Bedroom

As much as I love that our bedroom is on the second floor, and we enjoy such beautiful scenery every morning when we wake up, the stairs were our enemy as they were so steep! We had to walk with care every time we walked down the stairs. Somehow, the steps were not as wide, so I had to point my foot diagonally to take a step. A railing was by the side, so I held it every time I came down from the stairs. I definitely don’t recommend the main bedroom for those with walking difficulties, elderly and children.

The stairways and the tables and chairs at the terrace on the second floor at Pondok Surya, Villa Kelusa

Games and Books for Entertainment

There are two TVs in Pondok Surya, one in the living area and another in the guest bedroom. Including a TV in the guest bedroom but not the main bedroom is quite an interesting choice. Maybe that helps you detox and forces you to do other things instead of watching TV in the villa. (´• ω •`)

Entertainment in the villa - board games, TV in the living area and books

But if you need entertainment, there are games and books on the shelf beside the stairs. We didn’t look through the collection, but there should be some to keep children entertained. We mostly hung out in the villa, and the only time we went out was to have a massage at Ubud Traditional Spa. If you want to go out for some activities, you can consider asking Wayan to arrange some for you, including massages! I am sure he can propose some activities you can do in Ubud. (ᵔ◡ᵔ)

Not Much Privacy on the First Floor

Even though the location of Villa Kelusa is super private, if you are not renting the whole property, privacy might be an issue. This is especially so when hanging out in the living area since it is fully open. During our stay, another family was staying at Pondok Sapi. Generally, it is not an issue since both villas are pretty far apart. But there were instances when the kid was running over to our living area, which is generally not an issue but is intruding into our privacy.

Even if no one was staying at the other villa, the hardworking gardening team sometimes worked on the lawn and landscaping to keep the whole place in pristine condition. I love to see them at work and am thankful for how beautifully maintained the entire garden is. But also because of that, we didn’t have as much privacy as we wanted in the living area. These are just some things to consider when staying at Villa Kelusa! (ᵔ◡ᵔ)

Overall Experience at Villa Kelusa

Needless to say, hubs and I absolutely enjoyed our stay at Villa Kelusa’s Pondok Surya. It was as impressive as we thought it would be. Putting aside the minor complaints I mentioned, we had no issues during our stay. Wayan and the team took excellent care of us. He always ensured we had everything we needed to be comfortable. The food prepared by Sang Ayu and her team was terrific as well. Also, thank you, Made Suri and Pak Rangka, for making the lawn and garden so stunning. Our stay at Villa Kelusa would not have been so magical without everyone on the team.

A wefie in the private pool and a photo of our soft toys sun-tanning.

If you are looking for a place where the only sounds you hear are the birds chirping and trees rustling in the wind, Villa Kelusa is the place to be. In the good hands of the amazing team here, you can unwind and rejuvenate for more great things after this stay. ⸜( *ˊᵕˋ* )⸝

Information about Villa Kelusa

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