Fabulously quirky and fantastically colourful one-bedroom pad sharing large swimming pool and staff in garden estate five minutes drive from Ubud, Bali’s cultural heart.
Perfect for a single traveller or a couple, Pondok Lili is a funky one-bedroom home crafted from carved teakwood Joglo panels, stained glass, and hand-made jade-hued tiles. Entered from the estate gardens via a passion-fruit-covered pergola, the open living verandah features a brightly cushioned Howdah elephant chair looking over the garden towards the Merajen (high caste) temple shrine, a cosy breakfast area with Korean bar and eclectic collection of books, and a small, capriciously coloured kitchenette with fridge, microwave and single ring burner.
Within the cute bedroom is a four-poster bed with mosquito netting, an antique dressing table, Provençale iron clothes rack, and a writing desk with lockable drawer. In the funky garden bathroom, the black and white mosaic tiles of the walk-in rain-shower contrast with the river-stone wall dotted with orchids and ferns. There’s also a walk-in wardrobe.
Guests of Rumah Lili enjoy their own courtyard garden furnished with outdoor seating and an original becak (rickshaw). A hop and skip away is a large free-form swimming pool shared with the two other homes in the garden estate and, alongside, a pizza oven and barbecue area. The shared garden is ablaze with Bougainvillaea and Antigonon blooms and planted with medicinal herbs, passion fruit, avocado, jackfruit, rambutan and coffee trees and coconut palms.
Zugang für Gäste
Pondok Lili is one of three homes in a beautifully maintained 4,000sqm tropical garden – each oriented for privacy. You will have Pondok Lili to yourself, and enjoy the shared swimming pool, pizza oven/BBQ pit and large parking area.
Interaktion mit Gästen
My wonderful son Nino is on hand to welcome you and help you settle in; when not on site, he’s always contactable by phone. He manages the estate together with Srining, my housekeeper and friend, who is an accomplished cook (she’ll prepare you breakfast) and also coordinates the activities of Wayan (the driver), CongNik (gardener) and Putu and Komang (security/drivers). Srining works from 7am til 3pm six days a week, and the security team is on hand from then til 7am so there is always a member of staff on site. But they are sensitive to your privacy and work quietly behind the scenes; you won’t find them intrusive, but they’ll be around if you need them.
Also sharing the estate is QT, a friendly Maltese terrier, and Laali, a a Bengal cat.
This will be your home-from-home for a short time, and we hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we do! You are welcome to smoke in the garden, but please don’t light up within Pondok Lili. In this quiet area, we do have neighbours – something to remember before turning up the volume late at night!
My love affair with Bali began 30 years ago, when I left Australia after training as a chef and hospitality manager. Marriage into a high caste Balinese family and two children later, I am now an Indonesian citizen. This magical island still inspires me to give free rein to my creativity and entrepreneurship me every day. I am owner of salsa haven Café Havana, and owner/creative director of women’s fashion and fine sterling silver brand Goddess on the Go. I’ve poured my insatiable passion for design (and attention to detail) into the creation of the Rumah Ria, Janet’s Joglo and Pondok Lili…well, I had to keep creating spaces for my hoard of quirky Balinese and Indonesian antiques, and artefacts from my travels (another passion)!
Today, I am so happy to share my eclectic homes with those of you starting your own love affair with Bali.
As a long-standing member of the expat community, I believe in giving back to the community, and support many wonderful Bali not-for-profit Organizations. I will be thrilled to connect you with these life changing organizations so you too can become personally involved.
Oh, and my gift to all guests is a 10% discount at my Goddess on the Go stores in Ubud; and dinner and an evening of salsa at Café Havana for those who stay two weeks!