Tucked well off the main road and overlooking a gorgeous forested valley, Pondok Wahyu in Ubud is a relaxing retreat. With shady tropical gardens and an inviting pool to cool off in after a day of exploring, it’s a great spot for a family.
WHERE: Jl. Raya Sayan, Ubud, Indonesia
HOW: Pondok Wahyu is 10 minutes drive from the centre of Ubud and can be reached by taxi.
COST: From Rp1117000/US$80
FOR THE KIDS: A great pool and a tropical garden to explore!
NEARBY: Pondok Wahyu is 10 minutes from the centre of Ubud and the Ubud Palace and it’s 5 minutes more to the Monkey Forest.
Pondok Wahyu has 5 unique suites set in lush gardens – we stayed in the Tower Gladak, a charming antique Javanese carved teak house with it’s own pond (with stepping stones and resident frogs!) and gardens.
Traditional in style, the living area (with a large dining table, comfortable sofa and small kitchen) is opened sided giving new meaning to indoor-outdoor flow! The through-breeze and shade keeps it cool.
The bedroom has doors that can be closed and, with a ceiling fan and mosquito nets, is a spacious and comfortable retreat at night. It’s a minute walk through the garden (we spied the biggest passion fruit we have seen!) to the pool area. We spent some very pleasant hours by the pool as Meg swam and played with a new friend who was also a guest.
A delicious breakfast (with tropical fruits) is included and eaten in the common area by the pool. There is no restaurant on site but the staff can arrange delivery from one of the excellent nearby restaurants or can organise a chef to come and cook for you. We chose this second option on our last evening and had a delicious meal cooked up by a wonderful local women who gave us some tips on which early morning markets we could visit the next day. Our villa had a fridge, crockery and utensils so we stocked up on our own food (fresh from the market!) as well. We also discovered a fantastic gelato (Gaya Gelato) place nearby, mixing tropical flavours like lemongrass, ginger and mangosteen with delicious ice cream.
Ubud is a 10 minute taxi ride away (around US$5) or a 25 minute walk – it’s a hot walk with kids so taxis are a great cheap option for getting getting around. We also organised a driver through Pondok Wahyu to take us exploring further afield.
We loved staying at Pondok Wahyu, it was a beautiful tranquil place to relax for a few days and we hope to return sometime!
We were the guests of Pondok Wahyu in Ubud but all views are our own. It was a beautiful place to stay!