The SpaceOur villa Moondrop in the village of Abasan in Singapadu near Ubud, Bali is a relaxing combination of antique and modern. Originally built for a rich village matriarch on the island of Java in 1864, the all-teak "gladak" house has been reconstructed in Bali with modern toilet, bathroom, and kitchen facilities. With a sunset view of the rice terraces and jungle beyond and the sound of the river just in front of the house, you will have everything you need to let your stress slip away.
A short distance off the Jalan Raya Singapadu main road and one hour from the airport, it is rurally situated midway between several popular tourist areas; it is a few minutes from and on the same road as the Bali Bird Park, 20 to 25 minutes from Ubud, 25 minutes from the restaurants along the beach at Sanur, and about 20 minutes from the increasingly famous Green School.
The original, antique area of the house has a raised wooden floor and outdoor porch about 70 cm, above the ground level. A modern, cream-colored marble floor surrounds this central, raised wooden area on the three sides of the house away from the eastern porch entrance.
The two bedrooms, each with toilet, sink, shower and bath are on opposite sides of the house. The southern bedroom's bath and shower are outdoors and not the least bit enclosed. The kitchen, living and dining area is between the two bedrooms to take advantage of the rice terrace and jungle view.
A note about privacy: we do not like walls so unlike many of the houses or villas in Bali, there are none. Only the northern bedroom can be considered to give one complete privacy. All other areas within the house are open. The outer wall of the southern bedroom and dining area are all glass, though curtains can be drawn around the bedroom: and the house itself is exposed in every direction. Strangers are blocked from entering, however, by rivers, gates, jungle, rice terraces, neighbors and staff. Except for the occasional farmer in the distance, you will not see anyone you do not invite onto the property other than the gardener, housekeeper, or manager. From the main road, you must enter through a locked gate to the parking area and walk along a path beside the canal for a minute to reach the house. Guest AccessThe house is yours. Interaction with GuestsJohn and Masako live in Tokyo and visit Bali regularly, but your interaction will be with the housekeeper and manager while you stay. The NeighborhoodThe house is just off the busy Jalan Raya Singapadu road with lots of furniture, stone carving, and other shops in both directions. The Bali Bird Park is five minutes away, the Bali Zoo, about ten minutes away, and the Green School, about 20 minutes. We chose this in-between location to be near the school and to get away from the too busy tourist areas of Ubud and Sanur, but we can still drive to our favorite restaurants in either area and go home to the peace and quiet of the rice terraces! Getting AroundThere is a private parking area for two cars or lots of scooters. You will need a scooter, a car, a hired driver, or a taxi to go somewhere. As far as we know there is no public transportation along the road. One phone call or message to the manager, however, should be enough to arrange a driver or a taxi. Other Things to NoteThe house is far from restaurants and shops so you will need scooters, a car, or a hired driver to go somewhere; but our housekeeper can shop and cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner for you for however long you want to enjoy the isolation. You may meet a guest staying at the neighbor's wellness and healing center if you are outside and venture near the boundary.
Be prepared for wildlife, too. The house is in the country, not in a city, so there will be geckos, chickens for some reason, monitor lizards from the river, etc.
Although the house appears to be in the middle of nowhere, we sometimes hear the noise of a local festival at night… and the Balinese are famous for having endless ceremonies and festivals.