Dreamy Penestanan Bungalows
Find out why I can’t stop raving about Devi’s place incredible Penastanan Bungalows and Villas in Ubud Bali. Private and surrounded by rice fields, this small and beautiful compound was exactly what you’re looking for. If you’re visiting the Island of the Gods, especially Ubud, Bali, you won’t regret making Devi’s place your home for the duration of your stay.
When you mention Ubud in Bali, a lush environment of serenity, rice fields and song of cicadas first come to mind.
This may have been true a few years back, but with the progress and popularity of Ubud, you now need to slightly get out of Ubud’s centre to enjoy the Indonesian vibe that has made its reputation. As a friend who’s now a local resident notes, you don’t want to come to Ubud to stare at a wall. Ubud is surrounded by beautiful rice paddies and fields but many of the villas and lodging in the village center offer lush gardens but no view of rice fields whatsoever.
Ubud Bali, centrally located on this magical Indonesian island, is considered the cultural centre of the country with many Hindu temples, artist and yoga retreat calling it home. And many of us dream of staying in a villa with a private pool but for some of us, often fantasies and expectations don’t quite mesh with the reality of long-term travel
But before you start scouring the web for a place to stay, let me share with you the best lodging option which offers reasonably priced bungalows with pool and rice paddies views.
At last, the precious discovery, Devi’s Place the best Penestanan (Ubud) accommodation and guide.
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After close to 3 months on the road, including a stay in Canggu, I was looking for a peaceful place to rest and recharge on the wonderful island of Bali. On long trips and what seems to be endless journeys, you quickly get tired of impersonal hotel rooms and the caged feeling you get at night, stuck between four walls.
There’s a fair number of criteria which most of us deem important, if not essential when searching for accommodations. Having access to a living area or sitting room, a fridge and a kitchenette are high on my list to recreate a sense of normality. Of course, a swimming pool also comes as a criterion in a lush tropical setting such as in Bali.
With a lot of research, sifting through a ton of lodging sites, including Airbnb, Devi’s Place stood out on several points, while fulfilling much of the must-haves stated above. I wanted to highlight them in this article, showing you that Devi’s place is one of the unbelievably affordable Penestanan Ubud accommodation you’ll love and won’t want to leave.
Devi’s Place: The Bamboo Bungalow
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The most distinguishing aspect of this Penestanan Ubud accommodation from other lodgings in the area is its spectacular location facing rice fields. Every day you can witness farmers going about their labour in the rice fields. A manual labour which is still done the traditional way. While by the pool of your villa or bungalow, you’ll actually be so close to the rice fields that you can hear the farmers mucky footsteps as they make their way through the dense mud.
This was indeed a treasured discovery, I often reminisce about this charming villa. It’s a relaxed and friendly place to stay, with the comforts of home and the timeless feel of Bali. Their spacious accommodations are somewhat secluded, very comfortable and perfect for couples or two close friends.
The location is hard to resist, with such unbeatable views. Devi’s place offers several types of accommodations, ranging from private villas, to bungalows and private cottages.
The Bamboo bungalow, a detached building with 1 closed bedroom, a large bathroom, kitchenette, living room and a pool shared with the facing bungalow. It was the perfect setting for a 10-day stay.
Photo credit Devi’s Place
Another peculiarity of the place is its authentic and charming decor. It’s like living in a jewellery box. No big box hotel chain feel here! A beautiful canopy bed with mosquito curtains, flowery decor which is typical of the Polynesian and Indonesian style, local teak wood furnishings which all serve to provide the delightful ambiance, perfect for relaxing and lounging after a day out exploring.
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Who wouldn’t want to have a daybed facing such a view?
Sunny patio cleverly kept private from the neighbors by a curtain of vegetation.
The pool directly accessible from your room
I can attest that the wifi connection was very acceptable and quite reliable. You even get an outside desk at your disposal, genius.
Breakfast of fruit, coffee and toast delivered to your bungalow.
Small Living Area with Sofa
2 Sets of Towels
Lounge Chairs & Umbrella
Shared Salt Water Pool with 1 Other Bunglaow
Day-bed with rice field view
TV with DVD Player
On-Site Free Parking
Perfect for budget conscious travellers who want a bungalow or villa with a pool with easy access to Ubud, we strongly recommend Devi’s Place for your Penestanan Ubud accommodation.
The owner of Devi’s that gave me an opportunity to see the other accommodations, equally charming also with breathtaking views.
Wouldn’t you agree?
Pool cabana area from another section at Devi’s Place
Penestanan is a village, located 4 km just outside the town of Ubud, in Bali. Known as a cultural and artists’ village since the 1930s, it’s where more than a few European authors elected it as their home base.
The ultimate benefit of staying in the village of Penestanan is undoubtedly, the views you get from all of the rice crops that surround it. Why travel to Ubud, Bali to stare at stone walls when you could be relaxing and admiring rice fields as far as the eye can see?
You’ll be shockingly surprised to find out that most lodging in the Ubud area don’t offer views and that most of them have very small courtyards, featuring with high walls with just enough space for a tiny pool, if one at all. Another advantage to Penestanan is that Ubud is just 15 minutes away by scooter or taxi, making it a perfect location base. Close enough to all of the action, but far enough to enjoy the peace and quiet.
Penestanan, like Ubud, enjoys an elevation of 600 m, giving it cooler temperatures than on the coast. We were in Bali for a month, from mid-March onwards, this being the tail end of the rainy season and therefore benefiting from having much less tourist traffic in town. The weather was hot and humid but comfortable with sporadic afternoon showers. Just steps from the bedroom, the well-maintained pool was a beautiful treat to have at our “almost” private disposal on those hot sunny days.
With Ubud being so close, you’ll enjoy many activity options such as folklore dances at the Ubud Royal Palace, walking the beautiful Campuhan Ridge, visiting the Monkey Forest, and of course, shopping in the local boutiques and markets.
If you’re in the mood for spa treatments and massages, you’re in luck. Balinese treatments are world-renowned and Devi’s client’s benefit from special discounts with local parlours that are within walking distance.
For a fun day of touring, why not plan an excursion around the island with a private tour that includes Hindu Temples, The Bali Pulina coffee plantation and the magnificent Tegalalang rice terraces.
Yoga adepts will be pleased with the Intuitive Flow studio which offers gorgeous views of a lush valley or the famous Yoga Barn in Ubud. At Devis’ Place, the estate’s manager is Ketut and lives in the compound, he’ll be happy to help you coordinate travel or activities and even rent you a scooter for $5 a day.
Food & Restaurants
Made’s Warung traditional decor
The prices are so reasonable in Bali, cooking for yourselves quickly becomes optional. The sole reason we like having a fridge and a kitchenette is for those times when you simply don’t want to go out. It’s always nice to be able to grab a beer or something right out of the fridge for a quick lunch or snack. This said, provisioning can be done at the Bintang Supermarket, just a few kilometres away by scooter.
If you enjoy a glass of wine, the stuff isn’t cheap in Bali and rarely found in small convenience stores, unlike beer which is more widely available. Do stock up at the grocery store or while in the city center.
Influenced by the Hindu culture, the Balinese cuisine is rice and plant-based with some meat protein options for fish, pork and poultry. This is also the land of Satay peanut sauce and Tempeh, a soy fermented product, traditional to Indonesia, try it, I love the stuff! But like many tourist areas, Ubud and Penestanan also offer western style dishes, you can even get pizza delivered directly to your bungalow!
Here’s a list of tried and tested favourites
Romantic dinner at Banana Leaf
In Penestanan: Max. 20 min. walk from Devi’s Place or a 5 min scooter ride
Made’s Warung $:
A local institution serving traditional and Western-style dishes. Sit in the garden and enjoy the view.
Bayu’s Kitchen $:
An expat favourite, with a take-out menu for deliveries and Live Music on Saturdays
La Pacha Mama $$ –
Vegetarian and Mexican dishes in a beautifully designed building that blends with nature
Succulent food with fun cocktails
Café Vespa $-$$
A local favourite, café fare in a relaxing atmosphere
Banana Leaf $$:
Romantic setting with ok food
A plant-based Vegan top-notch venue. Note: we didn’t actually eat here but the reviews talk for themselves
Bebek Bengil (Dirty Duck):
Everyone will tell you to eat here but we felt it was a touristy and expensive restaurant.
Fair Warung Bale: Run by the Fair Future Foundation, a not for profit organisation dedicated to providing free medical care to those in need
Public transport is almost non-existent on the island and you’ll need to depend on private drivers or taxis to go longer distances. If you’re looking for a nice, courteous and responsible driver to get around the island, from Ubud or Kuta center, call Komang Cuk. Genuine and funny, we received fair rates and outstanding service with him.
Devi’s Place offers an airport shuttle service that will be cost about $30 US and take approximately 90 minutes. Once in Penestanan, having a scooter at your disposal is a wise choice for autonomy. Phil had never driven a scooter before Bali, he first got to practise his riding skills while in Canggu (anchor to Canggu post) driving on flatter roads and having less traffic than Ubud to deal with.
There are some curves and small hills to deal with in the region but nothing too crazy. Ubud is quite busy with traffic, so if you’re unsure of your scooter skills, especially at night, consider taking a cab for a small fee.
Devi’s Place coordinates: Latitude 8°30’35.58″S Longitude 115°14’51.52″E
Devi’s Place, the best affordable bungalow to stay in Penestanan Ubud.
We can’t recommend the Devi’s Place Bamboo Bungalow enough. We loved our stay here and with the open area and a comfortable bed to enjoy the beautiful surroundings, it was private and we felt completely relaxed staying there.
We can definitely vouch for choosing a villa or cottage with them – I am sure we’ ll be visiting ourselves again some time soon!
We hope this opinion of the best affordable bungalow to stay in Penestanan, Bali will help you find your own personal best place to stay in Ubud.
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