The SpaceWe are offering a special reduced rate on this property for the next month as we have some light construction work going on. When guests are on the property they will do the quietest tasks, so guests will be considered at all times.
Pondok Dewi is 4 small individual huts, each named for a Hindu goddess and quite large enough to accommodate a single, a couple or 2 single individuals. Each room has a king size bed that can be separated into 2 single beds sharing one large mosquito net.
There are bamboo screens between each separate hut, which affords them a lot more privacy, but these not shown in any of the photographs.
These huts are built in the traditional Balinese style, completely unique and charmingly decorated, with bamboo matting walls. They are built close together, with plenty of visual privacy, however they are not completely soundproof, so we do ask guests to be particularly cognizant of those staying adjacent to them. Residents may only use headsets if listening to music or audio on their laptops, and we ask everyone to keep the noise volume to a minimum. These huts are ideal for workshop participants, friends traveling together, groups or individuals looking for a more contemplative, meditative experience. These huts are not suitable for those looking for a party atmosphere or more boisterous social atmosphere.
We do not rent these huts to those with children under the age of 16 unless all 4 are rented together.
The huts are right on the edge of a jungle that slopes down to a river; it is calm and quiet, cool with natural breezes and plenty of shade. All the huts have high ceilings and fans. Each hut has a small refrigerator, personal safe, private patio for outdoor lounging with a large sized couch, table and chairs for dining and computer work, a hammock, mosquito net, koi pond, private en-suite outdoor stonework bathroom with a shower and unlimited hot water, excellent free wifi, purified water dispenser and facilities for preparing hot drinks. There is full access to a large saltwater swimming pool, and a small warung (restaurant) on the property where simple Balinese meals can be ordered and delivered to your room. The property itself has countless different nooks and spaces for eating, relaxing quietly or talking privately on the phone.
We do not have AC, there are high areas open to the elements with no screens and the bathroom is open air but with very high walls, (the sink and toilet are under a roof awning so useable in any weather). The huts are perfectly safe, secure and lockable, whilst not fully closed off to all of nature and the natural breezes.
Breakfast is not included in the price, but we have a house menu, and all meals can be prepared to order, for a reasonable fee. There is a lovely restaurant close by and we can arrange delivery with advance notice, (the menu can be found at the house), and there are several other warungs (eating places) in the area.
Sita is our most private hut with a jungle view and small private garden area Access is a 5 minute walk along a paved, unlit, rice field path, ensuring more of the real Bali experience, but not for the extremely elderly or infirm. There is some finish work/light construction going on in the adjacent building, but nothing that will disrupt tenants.
We have easy access by motorbike or car (taxi services can be arranged) to Ubud, the cultural centre of Bali. The 30 minute drive is breathtaking, winding through the jungle, rice fields, river valleys and several traditional villages.
Ubud abounds with restaurants, shops, spas, yoga, cooking, batik and art classes along with many healing modalities. It has several art galleries and a museum. Evenings offer Balinese dance performances, Fire ceremonies and Gamelan.
We are a one and a half hour drive from the airport, one hour from the nearest beaches and half an hour from Kintamani, which is on the edge of the volcano, Mount Batur.
Pondok Dewi and the surrounding jungle and rice fields themselves are in a unique and tranquil setting. Higher than Ubud towards the foothills of the volcano, it is tropical but not as hot as the beach areas. There are less mosquitoes but wildlife is abundant.
There is a manager, cleaner and gardener. Laundry can be done for an additional fee. Also some local restaurants deliver to the house, menus are provided.
The property is completely private and self contained with a living fence dividing it from adjacent properties. There is excellent wi-fi, a clear view of rice fields and jungle, car or scooter parking just 5 minutes away.
PLEASE NOTE, THIS PROPERTY IS ON THE EDGE OF LIVING, WORKING RICE FIELDS, AND JUNGLE, AND THERE ARE CREATURES AROUND. THE PROPERTY IS THOROUGHLY CLEANED DAILY (INCLUDING THE BEDS STRIPPED AND SWEPT), BUT THE ODD ANT, FROG, LIZARD OR OTHER LOCAL CREATURE MAY ENCROACH ON OCCASION. IF YOU ARE SQUEAMISH, SENSITIVE OR HAVE ANY KIND OF AVERSION TO SUCH A POSSIBILITY THEN WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU CHOOSE ANOTHER OF THE BALI LOCATIONS THAT IS NOT SO MUCH A PART OF THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT. WE DO NOT HAVE AC, AND CHOOSE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE NATURAL BREEZES.
Although only 13 km from Ubud, we are uphill all the way, towards the volcano area. The temperature here is generally several degrees cooler than in Ubud. Comforters are needed on occasion and AC would be defunct.
Please do not negotiate on the price, we are not charging high or low seasonal rates, and we are priced to function effectively while giving our guests the best value for their money. Thank you for respecting this.
Check in is any time after 2:00 pm. Guest AccessAccess to the property is via a 5 minute walk along a paved rice field path, it is beautiful, authentic, used daily by local rice farmers but we think unsuitable for extremely elderly or infirm visitors.
There is a staff kitchen and enclosed area on the property strictly for our employees where they cook, do laundry, all their other tasks, and take their breaks. We ask guests to not enter this area and to allow our staff their private space. Please knock on the gate to alert us that you need assistance, and someone will be right there to help you. Thank you for understanding :)
We highly recommend guests use our drivers for your initial arrival at the property, we are in quite a remote and sparsely sign-posted area. We will give you the most concise directions we have, but it can still be challenging to find. We are not responsible for any delays should you choose to arrive independently. We guarantee that our drivers are all reliable, safe and trustworthy, and will not take you anywhere for commercial purposes only.
For arrivals at the property at or after 5:00 pm there is a late check-in fee of Rp 150,000. This late fee will not apply if you use one of our drivers to bring you to the house, as they will also be able to walk you and your bags into the house and complete the check in process for you. They are all completely familiar with our property. The manager will then see you the following morning. Interaction with GuestsWe are fully available to our guests, and although there is not always someone on site, we provide local mobile phones so we can be reached at any time. We, of course, ask that you do not call us in the evenings or at night, unless in the case of emergency.
There is daily cleaning, pool maintenance and gardening included. Our manager will be on hand and we can provide an Indonesian mobile with useful numbers and manager contact for your use (we ask for a refundable security deposit, minus any minutes used). Daily offerings are made at the houses and temples on the land by our Balinese help. Should you want complete privacy at any time, then we will fully respect that, just please let us know. However, offerings have to be accommodated at some time most days, plus we do need to attend to the edible gardens, and we ask that respect this. The latest time for the staff to come is 11 am, (they need 2 full hours to clean the house), otherwise they will come the following day, or whenever is convenient for you. The NeighborhoodThe village we are located in is traditional, and in its own way unique. On approach to the land there are views towards Mount Agung and one of the major water temples of Tirta Empul is 4 kilometres away in Tampaksiring. There are local warungs (eating places) in the village and a large traditional market selling fruit, vegetables and livestock, in nearby Pujung. We have a growing number of more western restaurants a short ride away and small local shops selling daily essentials are close. We are about 30 minutes by scooter or car from Ubud where there are hundreds of restaurants, spas, yoga schools, great shopping and a large vibrant daily market. Getting AroundScooters are our preferred method of getting around. They are cheap, and beat the traffic in the larger towns. We have several motorbikes for rent at competitive prices of 50,000 rupiah per day. We also have a number of bicycles for use by the more energetic guests. Cycling through the winding local lanes can be a beautiful way to see the island and our surroundings.
RAHASIA MANIS - SCOOTER RENTAL TERMS
THERE ARE NO SCOOTER RENTALS IN THE VILLAGE, BUT WE DO HAVE A FEW SCOOTERS ON SITE THAT CAN BE RENTED BY OUR GUESTS.
THE SET PRICE IS RP 50,000 PER DAY, REGARDLESS OF HOW LONG YOU RENT THEM FOR, AND THEY NEED TO BE RENTED ON A CONTINUOUS BASIS FOR THE DURATION OF YOUR STAY, (MEANING NOT ONE DAY ON, ONE DAY OFF, AND THEN OTHER DAYS LATER).
YOU MAY BE ABLE TO FIND SCOOTER RENTALS IN UBUD WITH DIFFERENT TERMS THAT WILL DELIVER OUT HERE, AND WE ARE FULLY AMENABLE TO GUESTS DOING THIS FOR THEMSELVES. WE HAVE SO FEW ON HAND THAT WE NEED TO MAKE THEM AS AVAILABLE AS POSSIBLE TO ALL OF OUR GUESTS, ON THIS PROPERTY AND THE NEIGHBOURING ONE.
INSURANCE IS PROHIBITIVELY EXPENSIVE AND DIFFICULT TO ACQUIRE IN BALI, SO ANYONE USING OUR SCOOTERS DOES SO WITH THE CLEAR UNDERSTANDING AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT THAT THE GUEST IS 100% RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE OR LOSS OF THE VEHICLE, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE, AT FAULT… OR NOT. THIS IS A STANDARD AGREEMENT NO MATTER WHERE YOU RENT A SCOOTER IN BALI.
WE WILL GIVE YOU THE SCOOTER WITH A FULL TANK OF PETROL, PLEASE RETURN IT TO US JUST AS FULL. THERE WILL BE AN ADDITIONAL CHARGE OF RP 20,000 IF A SCOOTER IS RETURNED EMPTY OR PARTIALLY FULL.
IF ALL OF OUR SCOOTERS ARE RENTED WE WILL BE HAPPY TO ASSIST YOU IN FINDING OTHERS, IF YOU WOULD LIKE OUR HELP.
HELMETS ARE PROVIDED. WE DO NOT CURRENTLY HAVE ANY FOR CHILDREN.
We also have at hand several local taxi drivers some of whom speak excellent English. Tours can be arranged through our manager if you wish.
Please do not negotiate on these prices, you can often find lower price drivers on the streets of Ubud, but this is often out of a degree of desperation, especially if someone has not had a job in a couple of days. Our drivers charge the standard going rate, they are all local men supporting their families, or else they are students paying for an education, and we feel very strongly that they deserve a living wage.
RAHASIA MANIS - TRANSPORT PRICE LIST
AIRPORT PICK UP & DROP OFF (DAY TIME) Rp350.000
AIRPORT PICK UP & DROP OFF (AT NIGHT) Rp400.000
KUTA, SEMINYAK Rp400.000
PADANG BAI Rp450.000
CANDI DASA Rp500.000
JIMBARAN Rp(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)LANGAN BEACH Rp450.000
NUSA DUA Rp550.000
PANDAWA BEACH Rp600.000
PADANG -PADANG BEACH Rp(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)UR Rp350.000
CANGGU Rp450.000 Other Things to NoteWe strongly recommend you use our drivers for airport transfers, the property is quite challenging to find, and our drivers know exactly where to go and will carry your bags in for you. They all charge the going rate and will meet you at the terminal with a sign. If you choose to come independently we cannot be held accountable for any delays or inconveniences you experience, a disclaimer spoken from experience!
Check in is any time after 2:00 pm.
For arrivals at the property at or after 7:00 pm there is a late check-in fee of Rp 150,000. This is because our staff only works until then, and our managers live a 40 minute drive away, therefore they will either have to wait or come back just to check you in. This late fee will not apply if you use one of our drivers to bring you to the house, as they will also be able to walk you and your bags into the house and complete the check in process for you. They are all either family members or completely familiar with our property. The manager will then see you the following morning.
If late check out is available (after 12 pm) it is Rp 150,000 per hour, and after 6 pm it is one full nights rental. We will be willing to hold onto your bags until 4.30 pm, but our staff leaves then so if you are not staying with us all bags must be picked up by then.