Villa Alamanda - Corner view of pool

The Locale

Surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, Villa Alamanda is located five kilometres from Ubud near the sleepy wood-carvers village of Tengkulak. This traditional village offers a fascinating insight into daily Balinese life including the colourful and hypnotic Hindu ceremonies.

While the villa enjoys a remote and quiet setting it is only a short drive to many of Bali’s tourist hot spots including the famous Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave), the UNESCO rice fields of Tegallalang, the Tirta Girtu water temple at Tampak Siring, and the Bali Marine and Safari Park.

The main attraction, though, has to be Ubud, Bali’s cultural heart, famed for its art, wood carving, jewellery, textiles, antiques, restaurants, markets and cultural performances – including the Kacek dance. Three hundred metres above sea level in the foothills of the central mountain range, Ubud offers a cooler, wetter climate making it perfect for rice farming.

Distances

The Chedi Club
1 km
Goa Gajah Elephant Cave
1.50 km
Mas
2.50 km
Ubud, Monkey Forest Road
4 km
Ubud Market
5 km
Petulu
6 km
Bali Bird Park
9 km
Tegallalang
10 km
Bali Zoo
11.50 km
Batubulan
12 km
Celuk
12 km
Bali Marine and Safari Park
15 km
Elephant Safari Park
19 km
Seminyak
31 km
Kuta
34 km
Padang Bai Harbour
34 km
Kintamani
36 km
Ngurah Rai Airport (DPS)
40 km
Candidasa
43 km

Things to Do

Your villa manager has a wealth of information about nearby places of interest and will be pleased to help with any tour or restaurant bookings. Do also ask the staff about the local area. Many of them live nearby and will be able to give an interesting insight into some of the fascinating aspects of Bali life.

In the meantime, here is a taste of the many and varied activities on offer within reach of the villa.

Ubud’s shops are filled with unique and beautiful crafts, art work, carvings, jewellery, and gifts to take back home. The sprawling, indoor Ubud Market caters mostly to tourists in search of cheap souvenirs. Be sure to haggle prices – negotiation is expected – or you may end up paying triple what something is worth.

Ask your chef to escort you to the local produce market to buy fresh ingredients for an Indonesian cookery class back at the villa.

Lush green rice fields still blanket much of the area around Ubud and can easily be reached on foot or bicycle. Do visit the UNESCO world heritage site at Tegallalang (13km) – the rice terraces will simply take your breath away.

With scores of holistic medicine practitioners now living around Ubud, it is no surprise that so many spas and meditation centers have opened up. In town you will find all types of Eastern and Western therapies.

A strange, natural phenomenon occurs each evening just north of Ubud in the village of Petulu (6.5km). Thousands of white herons arrive here around 6pm and prepare to roost for the night before flying off again in the morning. The birds first began coming here after a communist massacre in 1965 but no one is sure why they continue to return. Local lore holds that these are the souls of those that were killed. Such a predictable gathering of these large and beautiful birds is a spectacle not to be missed.

No visit to Ubud is complete without seeing at least one traditional dance performance. Although the performances are very tourist-oriented, this is a great opportunity to see classic Hindu legends being told through dancers in colorful, traditional costumes. Ubud Palace is a popular place providing shows nightly. Or get the staff to arrange your own private dinner and dance at the villa.

Just 1.5 kilometres from the villa lies one of the most sacred sites in Bali: Goa Gajah. Also known as the Elephant Cave, this Hindu site dates back to the 11th Century and is believed to have been home to Hindu priests. The site is still used for worship by locals so proper dress is required to enter.

Two other very sacred places – Tirta Empul, the water temple at Tampak Siring and Gunung Kawi, an ancient archaeological temple complex of carved rock, are well worth a visit. Those wishing to bathe in the holy waters at Tirta Empul must dress appropriately (a sarong and sash can be hired on site).

Kintamani in North Bali is home to Mount Batur and some of Bali’s most dramatic scenery. Mount Batur is an active volcano that regularly smolders and surprises visitors with minor eruptions.

While Ubud is not the obvious location for a beach holiday, we do recommend a day trip to White Sand Beach just north of Candidasa: a back-in-time place with beautiful sand, rolling waves, and an assortment of beach huts serving traditional beach food cooked over coconut coals. Why not stop off at the Bali Marine Safari Park on the way – a great treat for the kids.

Finally while you will be hard pressed to beat the cooking of your own private chef, Ubud has some of the best restaurants on the island. Try Mozaic for fine dining, Bebek Bengil for crispy duck, Bridges for a romantic meal overlooking the Campuan River and the Melting Wok for Laotian fare.

Guest Reviews

  • October 27th, 2018 - October 30th, 2018

    Thank you so much for your warmth and welcoming hospitality. You guys made our trip extra special. My father was sick throughout the whole trip and you guys took special care of him and treated him like your own father. You all entertained our kids and treated them like they were your own kids. You made sure they had their hot chocolates, nutella, ice cream and chicken whenever they requested for it. Nyoman prepared and cooked nice food - pizzas, local delicacies, desserts, pancakes etc you name it! It has been a perfect holiday all in all because of you guys - you never said 'No' to any of our requests and that's the best part. We hope to come here again and meet all of you soon. We love you.

    The Rozlan's Family, Malaysia
  • October 21st, 2018 - October 22nd, 2018

    To the amazing staff and Ely, thank you for the most wonderful stay at Villa Alamanda. We had a truly special time, thanks to you guys. The service and detail was second to none. The food and friendliness of staff was 5 Star. Villa Alamanda is a really beautiful villa with exceptional features. A stay we won't forget.

    John D, United Kingdom
  • October 11th, 2018 - October 18th, 2018

    Thank you so very much for your attentive kindness. We are extremely grateful for the way you took care of the children and helped us in every way. The villa is lovely and just perfect for our whole family and the food.. It was spectacular, we wish we could eat like this everyday.

    Marshank F, United Kingdom
  • October 3rd, 2018 - October 11th, 2018

    We thought the pictures on the website were amazing, but it does not do the spectacular Alamanda justice. What a breathtakingly BEAUTIFUL place! The team were so warm, welcoming, and nothing was too difficult . It has been the perfect holiday. The house was comfortable and had everything we needed. The grounds and gardens were picturesque. The food was delicious. The village and surrounds were enchanting. But the absolute highlight was the sparkling pool. We could spend all day there! We would never stay anywhere else in Bali.

    Kocsis Family, Australia
  • September 23rd, 2018 - September 28th, 2018

    We had a wonderful time at this villa. The staff cook good food and very nice to us. The swimming pool was Amazing. Many thanks to the wonderful staff who took very good care to our troop! We have had a perfectly relaxing time - just what we needed. Thanks to you all - we hope to be back soon.

    Felicity P, Australia
  • September 19th, 2018 - September 23rd, 2018

    Thank you so much for the lovely stay. It was restful, pleasant and so beautiful. The staff were so attentive, making our stay a priority. Thanks again your country.. it is wonderful!

    Sandy and Pat, United States
  • August 22nd, 2018 - August 27th, 2018

    Thank you for the most amazing time. Villa Alamanda is paradise, such beautiful and lovely people, we have been so spoil and eaten so much incredible food. I never want to leave, but we have to leave, so we can come back and appreciate it all over again. Huge thank you to all of our friends at Villa Alamanda for making so special and an extra special thank you for our Chef for all the amazing food. P.S. Make sure you eat the sambal. See you again soon!

    Kim P, Australia
  • August 16th, 2018 - August 21st, 2018

    Thank you for an incredible stay at Villa Alamanda. We were a group of 5 friends and felt incredibly well-looked after and the care, attention and good spirit of all the staff made this an extraordinary experience. The meals have been beyond our expectations - so well presented and made with love. Thank you once again. We hope to see you again sometimes in the future.

    Geoffrey C, New Zealand
  • August 10th, 2018 - August 15th, 2018

    Thank you for making us feel so comfortable and welcome during our stay here at Alamanda. We would like to thank everyone for their hard work and friendliness. The meals have been absolutely excellent and we appreciate that no matter what our needs, you happily accommodate us. We will certainly recommend your villa and hospitality to all of our friends and family.

    The Merkel Family, Australia
  • August 5th, 2018 - August 10th, 2018

    We have enjoyed this beautiful piece of the earth. Your hospitality is second to none -- always smiling and nothing ever seemed too much to ask. The food was incredible and such a treat. Every meal was delicious and served beautifully. The villa and the gardens are immaculate. We love the tranquility and the wonderful ambiance. Thank you for the holiday of a life time.

    Charlotte H, United Kingdom
  • July 29th, 2018 - August 5th, 2018

    Thank you for your attentive hospitality. Amazing food and for making us for at home in the beautiful place. We would definitely come back a stay here. The Balinese food at the villa is delicious. Keep up the great work and for taking care of your guest with such love.

    The Bhaskar Family, Indonesia
  • July 21st, 2018 - July 28th, 2018

    Thank you for the help, care and great service. We really enjoyed it here. Thank you very much for everything! The breakfast is yummy!

    Sieow Leng G, China
  • July 12th, 2018 - July 16th, 2018

    The 7 girls from Australia have had a wonderful time - despite the weather. Thank you very much for your beautiful hospitality.

    Meredith A, Australia
  • July 7th, 2018 - July 11th, 2018

    Many thanks to Ely and the wonderful team in this little slice of heaven! No request was too big and was always accompanied by a smile. Dining in the villa was a real treat. The Balinese family style. Food was delightful for our two families. Finding it hard to pack our bags for the next journey. Terima kasih.

    Kathy D, Australia
  • June 30th, 2018 - July 4th, 2018

    Thank you so much for an amazing holiday in Ubud. We were looked after very well and always so pleasant. The food every morning and diner was absolutely delicious. Cheers to the chef and staff! Ely - your help throughout your stay is very much appreciated.

    Anna S, United States
  • June 19th, 2018 - June 24th, 2018

    A fantastic holiday in a fantastic villa. We were so well looked after by the whole Villa Alamanda team. Nothing was too much trouble and everyone was so kind and helpful.

    Anna N, Australia
  • June 16th, 2018 - June 19th, 2018

    We really had an amazing stay! We will surely come back again. Your staff is superb, always going out their way to make us comfortable

    Dinara and Nitin, Indonesia
  • May 31st, 2018 - June 4th, 2018

    We all had the most wonderful experience during our 4 nights here. The facilities were great. What made the difference was the staff always with a smile. Nothing was impossible. Never said no to any request. Thank you all, hope to come back.

    Ranil J, Australia
  • April 23rd, 2018 - April 27th, 2018

    What can we say, thank you to the staff for making my stay magical. The meals were delicious - we could of been eating in a top restaurant. The staff attention and kind nature was humbling. We will be back. The village is enchanting. TERIMA KASIH!

    Hanson H, United Kingdom
  • April 19th, 2018 - April 21st, 2018

    Recently stayed in Villa Alamanda Bali and it was amazing. Staff was kind and helpful in every way possible. It was the best holiday we have all had in a long time, thank you all again and hope to see you all very soon.

    Ingorn A, Singapore
  • April 9th, 2018 - April 15th, 2018

    You have whisked us away to a tropical island Paradise! Your staff are family and Meme Dadong blessed the house and our trip. Love to all, Cheers!

    Jane R, United States
  • February 24th, 2018 - February 28th, 2018

    The team here are wonderful. The menu is great but what we were impressed with was Nyoman's ability to cook dish we wanted - clean, fresh food. The view and pool is beautiful and we could spend all day reading and watching the birds and trees. Don't be shy to ask beautiful Ely for tips, particularly where to eat.

    Johanna J, Australia
  • December 21st, 2017 - December 26th, 2017

    A huge thank you to the Alamanda team. We had an amazing moment at the villa and in Ubud. We wish you prosperity and luck in the future!

    Manutea D, Indonesia
  • November 10th, 2017 - November 13th, 2017

    Thank you for having us. We all loved staying here, the food was 5 star and we wish we could stay longer. The staff all were amazing - very helpful, kind and caring. We all appreciate everything you've done!

    Adam L, Australia
  • October 20th, 2017 - October 24th, 2017

    Thank you for looking after us. We love your food, we wish we could stay but we have family and you probably have a family as well. This was an absolutely amazing experience! The peace and tranquility of this place is outstanding. Staff are attentive and always happy to help. Nyoman's food is the best we have tried in Bali. Gusti our driver is a very informative, extremely friendly and very patient. Thank you so much to the staff and of course Ely for making our stay an unforgettable experience.

    Anthony B, Australia
  • October 3rd, 2017 - October 6th, 2017

    Thank you for a wonderfull stay! Our little family of four had an amazing time. Nyoman made the most delicious food and Made along with his team provided very attentive service. Villa Alamanda proved how fantastic Bali and its people truly are. PS - The in house massage by the pool is a must!

    Cindy Lee N, Australia
  • July 24th, 2017 - July 28th, 2017

    Many thanks to the Alamanda team for a wonderful stay. The staff were very nice and helpful and the food delicious. We very much appreciated the calm and restful atmosphere of the villa. Thank you for making the stay at Alamanda such a nice and relaxing experience.

    Sylvie D, Singapore
  • July 4th, 2017 - July 8th, 2017

    Wonderful stay. The food is wonderful, the view is spectacular, the pool.. hard to let go. Wonderful rooms and overall an unforgettable stay. Thanks to all the staff who have been ever so friendly. We'll be back!

    Widya A, Indonesia
  • June 7th, 2017 - June 11th, 2017

    Peaceful, beautiful, elegant.. a place where flora and fauna flourish happily. Quiet, comfortable, tranquil.. a place where people can RELAX. All this let us experience a lazy and comfortable stay. The design is simple, impeccable and so so beautiful. I'd also like to thank the staff for their patient, kind and understanding hosting and care. It was simple and subtle. Thank you for the wonderful meals - especially dinner. Various plates and bowls full of different and unique dishes for the trying. It is so satisfying and unforgettable.

    Darren L, Singapore
  • June 24th, 2016 - June 29th, 2016

    Our first trip to Bali has been truly wonderful because of our stay in the beautiful Villa Alamanda. The staff team are just perfect. They are have provided some excellent and very tasty food. The staff team have answered our every need. We have been able to enjoy the beautiful garden and a wonderful pool experience. Our stay was also complemented by Gede the recommended villa driver who shared his local knowledge of the Balinese people and their culture.

    Hyun S, United States
  • June 14th, 2016 - June 19th, 2016

    Halo! Terima kasih untuk mengurus kami selama kami tinggal. Tinggal adalah sangat menyenangkan dan saya menikmatinya banyak. Terima kasih untuk membersihkan kamar dan menjadi begitu baik untuk kita. aku sedih kita meninggalkan karena saya menyukai villa dan orang-orang di sini banyak. aku akan merindukan tempat ini. Terima kasih Pak Nyoman untuk makanan lezat dan terima kasih kepada semua orang lain yang membuat kami tinggal yang menyenangkan. saya harap bisa kembali di masa depan dan tinggal di villa ini lagi. Terima kasih dan sampai jumpa... =)

    Christopher L, Singapore
  • March 10th, 2016 - March 16th, 2016

    People have often told me that when you travel it is the people you meet that you will remember rather than the places. However with Villa Alamanda I'm convinced that it will be both. The zen-like tranquility of the house combine with the utter graciousness of the staff combine into An Experience that will not be quickly forgotten. Thank you for making us feel so special.

    Joan E, United States
  • January 4th, 2016 - January 8th, 2016

    Thank you all for your amazing service. We had a great pleasant stay here. The food is awesome and beyond expectation! The best family trip ever.

    Shu Hui C, Taiwan
  • December 28th, 2015 - January 4th, 2016

    Thank you for Made, Nyoman, Putri and all staff for THE most amazing stay. We have had the best family holiday ever. The staff, service, rooms & surrounding are just perfect. Thank you so much. Made and staff are the kindest people who did everything they could to ensure our stay was enjoyable as it could be - and it was. You are all wonderful, may your life be blessed. PS The food was INCREDIBLE.

    Sarah M, Australia
  • October 2nd, 2015 - October 6th, 2015

    Fantastic stay! If you could bottle Heaven, this would be it.

    Jamie V, United States
  • April 12th, 2015 - April 18th, 2015

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Villa Alamanda.The villa and the garden are beautiful. We loved the pool - the perfect place to relax after sightseeing and other activities. Apparently there is a TV room but we never needed it. While its not located in a typical Ubud padi field setting we did enjoy being in a village setting and out of the main tourist area. The staff were very friendly, helpful and attentive, but not overly so. They made this the most relaxing family holiday we have ever had. The food was delicious.

    Hilary Smith, Australia
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