Eco-luxe accommodation, nestled amongst the rice fields of Ubud.
If you know me well, you’ll know that I’m passionate about the reasoning behind (and simply adore the aesthetics of) Balinese, eco-friendly accommodation. Plus, I’m partial to a bit of luxury! So when we were planning a long weekend in Ubud, naturally I set out to find the cutest eco-stay possible.
I discovered The Rice Joglo through Airbnb. I seriously love this community-led, shared economy concept for the increased choice & unique experiences available, plus the sustainability and human connection it facilitates. If you’re still kicking around in hotels join Airbnb via this link to receive $50 Airbnb travel credit (you’re welcome) for when you’re ready to book your first stay.
We loved The Rice Joglo, so much that 1) we extended our stay, and 2) I’m sharing it with you here.
That said, different people like different experiences and styles of accommodation. Keep reading to determine whether or not this is the perfect stay for you and your travel buddies (if we’re at all similar I reckon it will be!).
See also The Ultimate Guide To Ubud Hood
4 Reasons I loved The Rice Joglo:
1. The location – While you’re only 20 minutes from the bustling heart of Ubud, that feels a world away. Here, it’s secluded and spacious amongst nature. People are lazing in gazebos reading and playing cards. There’s a sense of peace, calm & joy. With the slowed pace that comes from staying amongst nature, it’s impossible to not stir that sense of presence and gratitude for where you are and what you’re experiencing. Everywhere you look are the most beautiful rice fields, river and jungle. I also loved the organic veggie farm and animals around the place. Note: If you want to be in the heart of the hustle, staff are happy to drop you off and pick you up from the main road. Alternatively, hire a bike or be prepared to walk – either way, it’s a picturesque trail.
2. The joglo – Each suite is made up of 150 year old reconstructed teak joglos from Java. Once inside, it feels like you are within a Balinese fairytale. They’re cosy, stylish and the balcony boasts panoramic views of the rice fields. Open to the elements of the tropical forest, the bathroom was a highlight. Think giant rainfall shower head and a bath that’s perfect for filling with warm water, the essential oils of Bali and topping with petals, to then hop in and soak all your worries away.
3. The people – staff and fellow guests were all super friendly. The hosts have created an ambiance where all are made to feel welcome. The on-site restaurant is almost more of a communal area where you can also stay and read a book or chat with other guests, staff and passers by. We were also given staff’s numbers in case we had any questions or needed anything at any point.
4. The food – For me, it was all about the breakfast. This includes a big platter of fresh fruit, Balinese banana pancakes with pandan and coconut syrup and (if you can fit it in), fresh baked bread and eggs from their own chickens. All washed down with Balinese coffee. Note: If like me, you need a quality coffee to start functioning, grab that from Seniman, Anomalie, Alchemy or Mudra in town. We ate most other meals in town – Bali really is a foodies heaven (see my Ubud guide – link above – for where to eat in Ubud).
Who I’d recommend The Rice Joglo to:
1. Families, friends and couples who:
- Want a truly magical Ubud experience, relaxing amongst the rice fields
- Are happy to walk or jump on a scooter to get up the path to the accom
2. Retreat facilitators.
I can imagine this being a great space for a women’s retreat. If your group size was large enough, you could even book out the whole resort, making it exclusively yours. There’s a yoga platform, pool and gazebos to relax in, nature walks that start on your door step and healthy food is available there or from Sari Organic just down the trail. Cantika (close by) is also beautiful for massage and spa treatments using all natural, locally-made products.
Tips for an amazing time in Ubud:
See my Ubud guide for the ultimate list of where to eat, get massages, do yoga, site-see and more.
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