PLEASE NOTE: NUMBER OF BEDROOMS AND MAXIMUM GUESTS ABOVE REFER TO BOTH THE VILLA AND ITS ANNEX. THE MAIN VILLA IS IDEAL FOR COUPLES (Honeymooners welcome!) OR SMALL FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN WHO DO NOT REQUIRE SEPARATE, PRIVATE BEDROOMS. MORE THAN TWO ADULTS WILL LIKELY NOT FIND THE PRIVACY HERE THAT THEY MAY REQUIRE WHILE THE ANNEX FEATURES TWO EN SUITE QUEEN BEDROOMS. THE VILLA AND ANNEX ARE AVAILABLE SEPARATELY OR COMBINED, BUT THE LOWEST PRICE SHOWN HERE ($95) IS FOR THE ANNEX ALONE, AND NOT THE MAIN HOUSE. PLEASE SEE RATES BEFORE CONTACTING OWNER.
Built on a bend of a small river valley and situated at the end of the “Path to the Sacred Spring" (Jalan Labak) this truly astonishing villa is without question one of the most beautiful and tasteful accommodations in Bali, featuring a majestic, remote, very private and peaceful setting; the finest in design, construction and materials; and luxurious amenities. Although it is designed as a one-bedroom home, it contains three full baths, each on a different level and two of which are partially outdoor; two king-sized (or larger!) beds; a two-story interior waterfall; a fully-equipped modern kitchen; and a high-definition, surround-sound video theater (available optionally at an additional charge; large-screen television with DVD player and surround sound is also available elsewhere in the house). Marble, granite, and natural stone are used throughout, and over 25,000. man-hours have gone into to the hand-carved stone accents and intricately carved wooden doorways. Examples of many of Bali's finest artistic endeavors are displayed. In addition, during 2015 a 2-bedroom, 2-bath bungalow (the annex), with its own small pool, is being added on the grounds yet with its own complete privacy. House and bungalow are available together or separately.
Outside the main house, the landscaped grounds boast a two-level swimming pool, large adjacent lounge/play area (with badminton court), intricately carved Balinese temple, stone sculptures, fountains, tropical landscaping, and an uninterrupted view of the river valley. Surrounded by a high wall, a feature of traditional Balinese architecture, the house and grounds are completely private and blissfully peaceful, yet are open to the near-180 degree view below and across the river.
The bungalow (annex), separately walled and accessible either by means of its own enry or a lockable gate in the high villa wall, is located beyond the pool, at the bend of the river, and nothing but the roof is visible from the villa.
Despite having accommodated up to nine guests, we are limiting our villa occupancy beginning January 1, 2015 to four adults, or two adults and four children; the bunglaow will as well sleep four in two bedrooms with queen beds.. We do NOT recommend Rumah Cahaya for toddlers or very young children for safety reasons.
Persons of religious persuasions which restrict exposure of women to view, however distant, are not encouraged to rent Rumah Cahaya, as while it is quite remote and private it is also very open to the outdoors and thus visible from an appreciable distance. This has proven to be an unsatisfactory for some persons for whom such exposure is restricted.
At the time of this writing (April 2015), the annex is nearing completion. Despite what may be listed elsewhere here (it is very difficult to "customize" these listing on FlipKey) our current rates are as follows: The villa alone: $195./night for two persons, $25./night per additional guest. The annex alone: $95./night for two persons, $20./night per additional guest....Read more
Huge Secluded Luxury Villa Minutes from Ubud Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Additional Location Information
Rumah Cahaya is located at the end of one of the village of Penestanan's access paths to the rice fields, on the bend of a small river valley. This unique and special location provides tranquility and peace not often found so near the lively activity of Ubud, Bali's art center and one of it's major population centers. The area containing Penestanan's villa offerings is surrounded by Bali's iconic rice fields, accessed by walking paths, and is thus far from the noise of traffic or commercial activity. There are several excellent family-run restaurants within easy walking distance, and Rumah Cahaya boasts its own, privately leased and built, walking 'causeway' through the fields for convenient access to them, and to both the local market and nearby transportation, by which central Ubud is only minutes away.
Whether your goal is a quiet day of relaxation at the villa by the pool's unique natural setting or participation in Ubud's many cultural offerings or excellent dining venues, Rumah Cahaya is the ideal location. It is also the perfect base for exploration of Bali's 'outlying' areas of attraction: Candidasa and Amed to the East; Lovina and Pemuteran and the great volcanoes of Batur and Agung to the North; and the beaches of Seminyak and Canggu and the temple of Tanalot to the West - all more easily accessible from Ubud's central location.
Left on 06/12/2013 for a stay in May 2013 | Joe from TexasReviewed Jun 12, 2013Stayed May 2013
We arrived at the Bintang parking lot, met by 3 guys who are going to take our bags. Up a "rustic" stairs, down a path behind the grocery, then another path, then another..."what did we get into?" Last turn and you look across a rice field and find heaven. Beautiful grounds, great pool, almost total quiet, spotless, great breakfast...yet you're still maybe 15 minutes total walk in to "downtown" Ubud or 10 minutes up the stream bed and turn up into Penestanan. I'm doubtful that you can match this for privacy yet proximity to Ubud shopping and sightseeing. Landlord was incredibly responsive to emails. Driver/Guide most helpful. This was, just simply, one of those place that you kind of want to denigrate a bit so it will be available the next time for us, because we will return. The pictures understate the beauty and you can't hear the quiet in a photo. This is one to not overlook if you like privacy and still like to see what Ubud has to see and do.
Left on 10/09/2012 for a stay in August 2012 | jcraigmckayReviewed Oct 9, 2012Stayed Aug 2012
My wife and I booked Rumah Cahaya for 8 nights for a family holiday with our 3 children (7,5 & 4 years old respectively) in august 2012.
We looked forward to arriving, having seen the beautiful pictures of the villa on the website. However on arrival we realised that this amazing residence was even better than the pictures! (a pleasant surprise for us seasoned and sometimes cynical travellers).
The location is perfect - yes, it is a 5 minute walk and 5 minute taxi to central Ubud - but that is what makes it so great. You have your own peaceful retreat away from the busy main tourist drag, but close enough to pop into town a couple of times a day should you wish.
The local supremarket stocks everything at local prices, and we never had to wait for a taxi for the $3 trip into town. Not that there turned out to be many of these - our children loved exploring the house, gardens and playing in either of the two pools.
Walks around the local village of Penestanan offer up wonderful little restaurants at excellent prices - some even do home delivery to Rumah Cahaya.
But the highlight for us grownups was waking up on the 3rd floor master bedroom watching the sun rise over rice fields. It really felt like our own piece of paradise for those 8 days.
The staff were farm and friendly, the daily breakfasts were delicious and Bruce the owner was always contactable throughout the booking process, our stay and also after our return.
I cannot recommend this accommodation highly enough, and we are already thinking about when we might be able to return.
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