Villa Melah is a beautiful 4 bedroom Australian owned villa in Ubud that allows you to experience the magic of Bali from the comfort and privacy of your own antique teak house from East Java. This style of house was usually reserved for the nobility or wealthy merchants.
Entrance to the 150 year old house is from steps at the side which lead up onto the long verandah and through large double doors. The verandah is perfect for lounging and watching the rich bird-life including Java kingfishers, coucals and cranes or perhaps a beautiful sunset. A monkey may occasionally pay a visit.
The rustic main house of over 100 square meters has a spacious loft-like feel with massive carved pillars and a stunning ornate ceiling centre-piece. A dining table seats 6 and there are several sofas and seating areas. A simple kitchenette along the back wall has a small electric hob and a fridge. Furnishings are a mixture of antique and reproduction art deco colonial style and the glazed floor tiles are hand-made Dutch colonial style from Java.
There is a king-size bed with a dressing area behind carved panels. The semi – outdoor bathroom has a copper basin set in an antique door and a brass rain shower. There is a flat screen TV with cable channels, an iPod dock and a DVD player. There is natural cooling with fresh breezes from the river below.
More Bedrooms and Luxury Downstairs
Downstairs are a further 3 bedrooms with single beds – ideal for friends or larger families. Two have ceiling fans, one has an air-conditioner. There is space for extra single beds. A small bathroom with a shower and toilet is shared by these rooms.
Sliding glass doors open directly onto the pool terrace. There is no pool fencing so these rooms are not suitable for young children. The infinity edge pool has beautiful views and is sterilised by silver ionisation, not harsh chemicals.
Villa Melah can be rented in conjunction with the 5 bedroom Villa AwangAwang, 2 bedroom Villa Beji, the 2 bedroom Villa Pererepan and/or the one bedroom Villa Luwih. You therefore have the choice of anything between a one-bedroom and an twelve bedroom renting option, with accommodation for up to 23 guests.
Up to 4 more guests can be accommodated using extra beds.
This peaceful retreat is ideal for those in search of culture, nature, relaxation and inspiration, combined with personalised service. Here, you will be surrounded by most of the features that draw people to this unique and beautiful island.
A large thatched open-sided pavilion with a terracotta tile floor and comfortable water hyacinth furniture is situated in the garden . You can relax here, entertain friends, read a book or be served afternoon tea. The Wantilan can also be used as a venue for weddings , parties , meditation / yoga courses and Balinese dance and gamelan performances.
It is also used for displaying art-work created by Balinese artists.
In the forest, broad-canopied acacia trees, stately lontar, umbrella ferns, rippling banana leaves and giant bamboo mingle with tall coconut palms and majestic breadfruit trees. Here, you will be surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature – birds, butterflies, cicadas and the ceaseless flow of the river, as well as ritual music from the village temple. The area is a birdwatcher’s paradise and the iridescent blue Java Kingfisher with its distinctive red beak is a common sight, while monkeys can be seen playing in the trees. White herons fly over the valley to and from Petulu at dawn and dusk. After dark, the scent of night jasmine fills the air and the valley comes alive with flickering fire-flies.
Guests can explore the extensive gardens which encompass an organic vegetable garden, the Beji garden in which all the plants have either healing or medicinal properties and numerous tropical fruit trees as well as cocoa and coffee trees. Sample a freshly harvested coconut milk or an herbal tea. Rustic wooden seats are placed throughout where one can sit, read, or simply enjoy the views.
Staff will prepare your complimentary breakfast at a time to suit you. Other meals and drinks can be ordered from the villa menu. Staff only need 2 hours notice if you require a meal in order to purchase fresh food items from the market. Trained chefs can prepare most Asian and Western dishes, including vegetarian. As far as possible, organic ingredients are harvested from our own garden. All special meal requests can be accommodated. Please ask for a copy of the Villa menu with current prices.
- Complimentary air-port pick up for guests arriving at the same time. Maximum 2 cars.( For stays of 3 or more nights)
- Complimentary breakfast , tea and coffee making facilities.
- Complimentary shuttle to and from Ubud three times a day. To Ubud :10 am , 2pm,6 pm. From Ubud: 2.30pm, 6.30 pm , 10.30 pm.
- Villa car (7 seater Toyota Avanza) with driver can be used in the local area for rp 80,000 per hour; 2 cars available
- On-site manager
- Full staff complement on duty until 11pm.
- Night security guard 11pm -7am
- Longer tours, including a driver, start from USD50 per car
- Travel and tour assistance
- Bicycle hire
- Laundry service
- Electronic safes
- Yoga mats
- Complimentary Wireless internet
- DVD Player
- CD Player
- Complimentary spring water, tea & coffee making
- I-Pod dock on request
- Binoculars, Bird and Tropical Flora reference books on request from office
- Baby sitting (on request, extra charge)
(Tariffs quoted in US dollars, per night)
Low Season $170
Jan 09 – July 31
Sep 01 – Dec 19
Peak Season $195
Aug 01 – Aug 31
Dec 20 – Jan 08
- Longer term rates negotiable
- Rates subject to additional 11% VAT tax + 10% service charge
Terms and Conditions
Full pre-payment is required for bookings made less than 30 days prior to arrival. Unused portions of bookings are not refundable or transferable.Travel insurance is highly recommended.
- With 42 days notice – deposit refunded less administrative charge of USD30.
- Less than 42 days notice – deposit is forfeited.
- Less than 30 days notice – the full booking amount is payable.
For safety reasons no children under 6 years except by prior agreement.
Villa Melah, an Australian owned villa in Ubud, Bali is situated in the traditional village of Melayang overlooking the verdant Petanu river valley five kilometres east of Ubud. The 10-minute drive from Ubud will transport you through a stunning landscape of rice terraces and jungle with Bali’s sacred volcano, Gunung Agung, towering in the distance.
The villa is just over one hour’s drive from the international airport.
Ubud is Bali’s cultural hub, a conglomeration of villages positioned at the confluence of two rivers. The area has been a haven for local and foreign artists since the 1930s, and is now the island’s centre for fine arts and cultural performances, attracting art collectors, connoisseurs, writers, mystics, and people who are actively involved in anthropology, music, dance, architecture, environmentalism and alternative healing.
Ubud is home to a treasure trove of art museums and galleries, featuring traditional and modern work including paintings, ceramics, carvings, sculpture, batik, weaving and photography. In the neighbouring villages, you can watch the island’s most accomplished painters, stonemasons, woodcarvers, mask makers and silversmiths at work. Ubud is also a great place for shopping; classic, contemporary and abstract paintings, plus a large range of crafts including gold and silver jewellery, woodcarvings, fabrics, clothing, pottery, batik, paintings, metalwork and antiques can all be found in the town’s numerous galleries and shops.
The market is open every day selling handicrafts, garments, spices and foods, and Ubud even has its own sacred Monkey Forest. International restaurants are plentiful, although nightlife is limited with the majority of places closing around midnight. Ubud is the seat of the Sukawati Royal Family; the palace is centrally located and open to the public. There are many cultural performances staged here, in particular the famous Kecak dance, the fire dance, the monkey dance and the Legong dance.
The area is ideal for total relaxation or activities such as meditation, yoga, jungle trekking, mountain cycling and white water rafting. Numerous trails offer memorable walks, and the opportunity to witness time-honoured methods of agriculture.
The advent of the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, which takes place every year in October, has made Ubud world-famous in literary circles, while the annual Bali Spirit Festival is a celebration of yoga, dance and music.
Activities (at the villa)
Numerous bird species including:
- Java Kingfishers – 2 pairs nest in the area below the house, brilliant blue with red beaks.
- Greater Coucals ( crow pheasant ) nest in the valley.
- White Herons – Fly over the villas to and from Petulu at dawn and dusk.
(Binoculars and Indonesian Bird book available for loan from the office)
A tribe of wild Macaques forage in the valley, usually seen early in the morning.
Turn off the lights at night and watch the fire flies dance.
Beautiful large geckos are often seen in the villas. They are a lovely greenish blue with pink spots and are considered good luck. Do not be alarmed, they only eat insects.
Take the path through the village down to the Petanu River. Please be careful as the path may be slippery when wet. Swim or just sit under the waterfalls.
Explore the traditional village of Melayang. Early morning is the best time to see Gunung Agung, Bali’s largest volcano, looming in the distance. Later in the day it is often hidden by clouds. Enjoy the peaceful surroundings and observe farmers in the rice fields with their cows and ducks.
- Satellite TV with English speaking channels
- Village based/outside village