A week in this lovely Balinese house and garden is like a visit to heaven and balm to the soul. Completely private, nestled in a tropical garden of great beauty, the open plan house is furnished with style and comfort. There is also a guest room with en suite separated from the house by a flowing waterway with golden coy.
Once you walk through the old wooden gate the bustle of village life recedes as the sound of flowing water and the sight of the luxurious swimming pool slows the heart rate and cools the brow.
This is not a grand Villa. This is an oasis that captures the essence of Balinese life while providing all the comforts one could want.
I want to return again and again.
5 days of sight seeing and a little relaxing, again booked our villa Rumah Sawah Kita through Trip Advisor, very easy and painless and good ongoing communication with the owner Geoffrey. The villa to Ubud centre is an easy 15-20 minutes walk, we felt walking was far easier and nearly as quick as a taxi, traffic is a nightmare in peak season. Lovely villa, daughter liked the fact the 2nd bedroom is in the garden and separate from the main house, the breakfast made for us each morning was simple but delicious
Ubud market is worth a wander and there are lots of nice places to eat, very busy and if you like 'wining and dining' then Ubud is the place for you though prices are clearly a bit higher.
Lots of places to eat within 5 minutes walk of the villa and we ended up eating at the 'coffee shop' - out the villa and turn right or Cafe Made's in the main strip more often than not
Ubud is a great central location for a base for sightseeing and the main reason we stayed here.
We did 3 days out and about using the lovely driver Made who Geoffrey uses and recommended and very good value ($60 US per day). Starting each day at 8.30 and finishing 4-5pm, a couple of good tips are to start early as you miss the crowds to begin with and secondly look ahead at the weather. For sights with more walking involved plan for a cloudy day (if there are any!) or the first visit before the sun rises.
Day 1 Bali Play/Dance, Elephant Cave Temple, Rocky Temple, Coffee Plantation, Kintamani Volcano View, Tegallalan Rice Terraces
A good tour but if I was doing it again reverse the order as the rice terraces get very busy later on, the view for us at Kintamani was pretty cloudy / foggy and perhaps could have avoided by checking the forecast for the next few days and planning accordingly.
Tours do have a lot of temples on them so it either they are your thing or pick 2-3 that interest you the most, at each Temple your legs must be covered, they do give you a Sarong to borrow at the entrance either that or at the first Temple buy one for as little a $1US, you then have one for the rest of the temples, also helps stop the continual offers from stall holders to buy one
Day 2 Jatiluwih Rice Terraces, Botanical Gardens, Lake Beratan and Temple on the Lake, Nungnung Waterfalls
The best tour for us with lots to see and some nice walks in each location. Jatiluwih are the terraces to visit if you only do one and arriving earlier was fantastic, marked walks from 1.7km to 7km.
Botanical gardens nice and shady, a Cactus and Orchid house and simply a nice way to spend a hour or two wandering around.
Lake Beratan was very busy but the Temple being on the lake is interesting and gives you nice shots as tourists aren't allowed on it.
Nungnung waterfall is a 'must do' in my opinion, there are a few hundred steps down (and back up......) but they are all proper concrete steps with a handrail. When we went there were only half a dozen tourists so getting shots with no one in them was easy and I suspect it is the steps that put a lot of people off.
Even in July there was a lot of water cascading over so just after the rainy season it must be magnificent, you can swim at the bottom as well if you want; there' s a lovely at the top of the steps who'll sell you a young coconut to drink and eat while you cool down.
Day 3 Bali Zoo and Bali Bird Park
With both book on line as tickets are usually cheaper. Bali zoo was ok but the enclosures are quite small (though there were 5-6 new enclosures under way when we went)
I suspect to get the best out of it you need to do one of the interaction packages but these are expensive. There is nothing there really you won't have seen at zoos at home and the experience did feel very commercial.
Far better for us was the Bird Park, lots of birds we haven't seen before and even a Komodo Dragon which was a first. A good tip is to take a selfie stick, you can then put your phone next to the bars and take really nice pictures without the wire mesh in them. There are also a couple of nice enclosures to walk through with the birds flying and wandering around you.
What is odd in both is you get your ticket and then literally 10ft for the counter you and stopped by another person who's job it is to check your ticket
Great location within easy walking distance of Ubud. While the house itself was great to live in it is in need of some maintenance and a thorough clean, especially of dust in any less used parts of the house. The kitchen especially needs a good clean, and is not particularly usable except to make coffee - but there are many good "warungs" nearby.
While the costs was not huge we had to pay for all the food for the breakfast which was said to be provided and $50 each to 3 staff members - these cost are not indicated in the original brief and the breakfast being provided is just false advertising
This is our third time at Rumah Sawah Kita, each time with three generations. It is perfect for relaxing with little ones, adults and older ones! The villa and the garden is stunningly beautiful, a sanctuary, so tranquil, and tastefully done. Good location, some superb restaurants close by. We will keep on coming back, thank you so much.
The beautiful ambience of Rumah Sawah Kita leaves you almost breathless and makes you want to stay forever. Stylish, comfortable and just heavenly!
What a beautiful property. The garden is absolutely stunning with a fantastic pool. Can't say enough positive things about the staff as well. The housekeeper Jero Kadek made us breakfast every morning which was great. The house is very charming in authentic Balinese style. Geoffrey was readily available for questions or any concerns. We had a great time. Wish we could have stayed longer...We discovered the spa service at Bali dreams resort and spa steps away from the house the day before we left. Wish we had discovered it earlier. They have great massages for practically free. Try the reflexology! If you need a good cup of coffee early in the morning, try Mesari Warung. Take a right out the door and it's just around the corner. It was open at 7:00 when we went. Overall experience at Rumah Sawah Kita was fabulous. Would highly recommend.
We loved “Rumah Sawah Kita” complete with: its private zoo of geckos, golden orb web spider, snake, snails, birds and butterflies; the simplicity and elegance of the villa; the artistic attention to detail with all garden and house ornaments; the skin cooling infinity pool; and the friendly personality and beautiful wide smiles of its staff. We also appreciated all the information Geoffrey so freely imparted on Bali, its history, culture, and places to visit. The 6 ½ weeks we spent there were one of the best travel experiences we have had.
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