For a trip to Bali (Read: Cloud drama! Black sand beach. Amed. Bali.) last week with my girlfriends, we decided to change things up a bit from the usual luxury resort living. We trolled the internet for independent villas in Ubud, focusing on the ones that were away from the main areas, in and around the paddy fields. We chanced upon a 3 bedroom gorgeous ‘designer’ villa on Airbnb, in close proximity to a functional hotel called Indigo Tree. The setting was rustic, beautiful, so green and fresh that we nearly did a little jig the first morning.
However, with lush tropical greenery come little creatures we were not prepared for like snakes, lizards, dragonflies and frogs that croaked till the cows came home (they weren’t any cows, so they croaked all day and all night!).
The villa had 2 bedrooms with a living area day bed masquerading as the 3rd bedroom (not cool, however in the broader scheme of things we chose to overlook this). The bathrooms were partly open, overlooking a sea of green (must duck to shower when the farmers come out to play!). It felt very remote on the first day, but once we got our bearings, the villa was a mere 10 minute drive from the main Monkey Forest Road in Ubud. Hot water was scarse, the roosters started at 4 am every morning right outside our windows, lizards did their merry dance in the bathrooms, yet, it was tranquil and so far removed from the now commercial Ubud.
Nevertheless, I would probably write to Airbnb and to the Owners and ask them to double glaze the windows to keep some of the noise out, fix the wifi and advise future tenants of the construction next door.