All roads in Bali basically go up and down volcanoes on the ridges with rivers flowing down in between creating beautiful landscapes. Ubud is very much defined by this pattern as many will know, with Sayan in the west and Tukad Patana in the East. Right in the middle running north from the centre of town is Jalan Sri Wedari, a delightful, low intensity residential street. There lies the beautiful Villa Shinta Dewi.
My guess is that most people going to Ubud are going for peace, relaxation, comfort, culture and good food. So in a nutshell, look no further. Villa Shinta Dewi has been developed by a private couple to their own meticulous high standards, with three beautiful, en-suite bedrooms on the upper floor overlooking what must be the largest villa pool in Ubud.
The entrance from the quiet street is unobtrusive, but there’s plenty of room to park the car, and once inside, little reason to leave. Built around the pool, the ground floor living room is airy, spacious and comfortable and leads on to the extra large dining table and on to the open kitchen which is fully equipped and has huge (very important!) fridge capacity!
But that’s not all: there’s a fourth bedroom on the ground floor which converts to an air-con lounge or study, and at the end a gorgeous little gym, with good equipment – and behind that – a massage room!
That of course, is only half the story. The other half is the staff. Under the extremely watchful eye of manager Nong, a delightful and attentive lady, the team cooks, cleans, waits and serves pretty great cocktails. And the piece-de-resistance is the private garden nestled down from the swimming pool, good for quiet reading in the afternoon, but just perfect for a barbeque with friends. With a garden table for twelve and the team cooking up a storm with steaks, chicken and fish a-sizzling, and the wine poured constantly, there really isn’t anywhere else you’d rather be. A lovely place to stay.
Villa Shinta Dewi, Ubud
Jalan Sri Wedari, Ubud