Built in 2005 by Balinese architect Ir. Ida Bagus Wiadnyana, the style is calming and under-stated, ensuring that nothing detracts from the extraordinary view. The restful decor comprises unique pieces of antique furniture from Bali, Java and Lombok, local artwork, traditional weavings, carvings, statues and antique shadow puppets.
Integrated into the natural contours of the steep-sided river gorge, the house is cooled by ceiling fans and cross breezes from the river. The three-storey building is entered on the top floor.
There are 5 bedrooms; three on the upper floor and two on the middle floor. All are accessed by antique Javanese doors and are fan-cooled as you will have no need for air-conditioning in these refreshingly cool highland climes. One bedroom on the middle-level is air-conditioned for heat sensitive guests.
The delightfully spacious, high-roofed master bedroom on the upper floor is furnished with a queen-sized bed crafted from old teakwood, as well as an antique Javanese batik table and a glass-fronted cabinet of books. The ensuite marble bathroom is accessed via a walk-through dressing room and is fitted with a luxurious terrazzo corner soaking tub for two.
A door opens to a open-air shower deck, bordered by walls that are high enough for privacy yet low enough at the front to enjoy the view. One wall is decorated with a hand-carved frieze depicting Dewi Sri, the rice goddess, while carved panels in the front wall showcase lotus flower motifs and allow a glimpse of the rainforest .
Glass doors at the front of the bedroom open onto the terrace where there is a cushioned daybed for relaxing. This is a serene spot for enjoying the glorious valley view.
The second bedroom on the upper floor is furnished with an antique Javanese queen-sized bed, while the third bedroom contains a pair of twin beds. A large marble bathroom with a deep terrazzo soaking tub, an outdoor shower and a double vanity is shared between these two bedrooms and accessible from both.
The semi-circular marble shower deck is bounded by high walls for privacy, with a rainshower open to the sky. The queen room is fitted with glass doors that open to the terrace and the river gorge at the front.
The middle level presents two more bedrooms, positioned on either side of the main dining area. Both are furnished with queen beds and wardrobes. One bedroom has sliding glass doors that open to the terrace and an ensuite indoor bathroom with a terrazzo bathtub and handheld shower.
The other bedroom has a window overlooking the view and an ensuite bathroom with a corner soaking tub, as well as a big open-air shower deck with bathing goddesses carved into a stone panel.
Main Living Area
A traditional gateway protected by stone guardians heralds the entrance to the villa. A garden path leads through tranquil lotus and water-lily filled fish ponds to an open porch furnished with two carved sofas.
A pair of huge, antique Javanese doors opens onto the upper level and main living area, which is characterised by a soaring ‘alang-alang’ roof hung with pendulous fish-trap lanterns, and an open terrace at the front.
The living space is furnished with Dutch colonial-style rattan chairs and a sofa, and equipped with a satellite-channel TV with a VCR and DVD player. In the corner is a desk and laptop computer for guest use with free WiFi internet access. Antique furnishings include a kartini sofa, and a gerobok chest originally used for storing rice.
The terrace, which is sheltered by the eaves of the roof and bounded by a paras stone balustrade wall provides an breath-taking vista of the forest. This is accompanied by an abundance of fresh air, natural light, and the constant swirl of the Petanu River as it carves its way through the valley below.
From the upper floor, a staircase curves down to the middle floor, presenting a large dining area with an integrated terrace, open at the front to the view. In the centre of the room is a dining table, constructed from sections of an antique Javanese house.
The table can comfortably seat up to 10 guests, and is lit by two glass hanging lanterns, while the back wall is furnished with a carved sideboard and embellished with softly-lit alcoves showcasing woodcarvings of Balinese goddesses. The room is equipped with a sound system incorporating a CD player and speakers.
The spectacular open-air terrace serves the two bedrooms on this level. Sheltered by a roof and furnished with a small circular table with two low chairs, Dutch-colonial-styled seating for four, and a cushioned daybed, it is a lovely area for relaxing.
A small kitchen is situated next to the dining area where the staff prepare breakfast. It is fitted with terrazzo worktops, a four-burner gas hob, modern appliances and utensils.
There is a full-size fridge for guests to store their own food and drinks along with tea and coffee making facilities. The main kitchen is located in the separate staff service building.
Swimming Pool & Sun Deck
On the lowest level, accessed by a stone stairway, is a freeform, infinity-edge swimming pool, which appears to overflow into the jungle below and offers stunning views of the tropical forest and the rush of the river.
To one side of the pool is a terracotta tiled sundeck with four sunbeds.
Villa Awang Awang 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.
In Balinese, Beji means a place of holy spring water. Our staff chose the name because of the holy springs located below the villa by the sacred Petanu river. Water is gathered here for traditional ceremonies.
Many sites in Melayang are of great spiritual significance. It is known that an ancient civilization existed here more than 2,000 years ago. Two stone sarcophagi were unearthed in the village which are estimated to be 2,500 years old and are believed to have contained the bodies of local kings. They can be viewed at the Archaeological Museum in Pejeng.
The villa was also designed by Ida Bagus Wiadnyana. As with Villa Awang Awang, it was planned with the correct alignments to the holy mountain and blessing ceremonies have been held throughout the building stages in accordance with local traditions.
As far as possible, natural materials have been used – local stone, hand-made terracotta floor tiles, coconut wood columns and ironwood shingles for the roof.
Built on two levels, the main entry is on the upper level through an ornately carved Balinese doorway set in a slate wall. The upper level consists of 2 air-conditioned bedrooms, each with an en-suite with marble tiled floors, terrazzo bath tub and a natural stone open shower area. Queen-sized beds have been made from beautiful Bayur wood by a local craftsman. A large holy banyan tree shades the outdoor terrace which is furnished with black bamboo lounge chairs and is the ideal place to relax and enjoy the lush valley views.
The lower level contains the kitchen, living room, an area for outdoor dining overlooking the jungle and river, and a patio to the infinity edge pool, gazebo and sunbathing area.
Relax in the privacy of your own antique traditional teak house reclaimed from East Java.
Honeymoon, romantic getaway or just a peaceful retreat.
Whichever you desire,this is the perfect spot. Enjoy the stunning views from the infinity edge plunge pool, relax on the front terrace and watch the sunsets, the herons flying over at dawn and dusk and the other rich bird-life. Squirrels and monkeys can be seen foraging in the trees.
The open plan home features a king size 4 poster bed, bed-side tables and a kitchen bench crafted from recycled teak wood, armchairs and a dining setting are genuine antiques sourced in Java. Modern touches include a fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, flat screen television and free wireless internet. It is usually cool enough at night to need a blanket and most guests prefer to have doors open to catch the cool breeze and hear the tropical night sounds but there is an air conditioner if needed.
The semi-outdoor bathroom features a copper handbasin set in an old teak door. The bathroom shutters can be opened to enjoy the valley views while soaking in the beautiful oval shaped black terrazzo bath. A brass rain shower is situated on the lava stone wall above the bath.
The 3×1.5 m plunge pool has an infinity edge and amazing views down the lush valley to the sacred Petanu River. Alongside is a sun deck, one of our house temples and a river stone statue of Dewi Sri, the rice Goddess.
The Eco-villa evolved from a desire to construct a dwelling from natural materials which would blend with nature and have minimal impact on the environment.
We were very fortunate that Agung Putradhyana, one of Bali’s ‘green’ architects who is passionate about environmental issues, agreed to take on the project.
His design is based on one of nature’s great mysteries, called the golden ratio, the golden section, or the golden rectangle. It encompasses the harmonic and symmetrical principles lying behind nature itself. Nature expresses the golden section through a simple series of whole numbers-the Fibonacci series.
Both the villa and the plunge pool are based on the Fibonacci golden spiral.
The main structure is formed using bamboo clad with iron-wood shingles. Glass/ bamboo doors use a simple pivot pin system so they can be angled in any position to catch the cooling breezes or enjoy the lush valley views down to the river below.
The villa has one open plan living/ sleeping area with a small kitchenette overlooking the jungle. A traditional Balinese carved door leads into a rustic semi- open bathroom with a free formed stone bath tub and a large rain shower.
A unique feature is the mural carved by Agung into the soft stone wall, inspired by one of Miguel Covarrubiass’ paintings from his sojourn in Bali in the 1930’s.As far as possible all natural materials are used for the furniture and furnishings including a king size natural latex mattress and soft luxurious organic bamboo bed linen and towels. Bamboo fibre is four times more absorbent than cotton and contains an anti- microbial agent which prevents bacteria from cultivating.
Due to the open plan and closeness to the jungle, you may be visited by the occasional gecko, frog or firefly. If you are not “creature friendly” or are afraid of harmless insects , this villa will not be the right choice for you.There are also a number of steps down to the villa so not advisable for the less fit .
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.
Get Wild About The Wildlife
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.
Main Living – Dutch Colonial Style
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. There is a king-size bed with a dressing area behind carved panels. 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. 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.