For our trip to Ubud I asked a few friends for recommendations on where to stay and we ended up with the recommendation of Travels with a Gourmet: Gaya Fusion villas. We arrived one late evening to stay at Villa Bambu. It literally took my breath away. Photos after the jump!
Gaya Fusion is known for Gaya Ceramic’s modern edgy design, which you can see in all parts of Bambu Villa – the walls, lamps, table ware, coffee set, vases, etc. There were other lovely touches as well like the hot water thermos provided every night (no electric kettle here), the welcome fruit bowl and lovely flowers.
I love the massive wall length closet.
I noticed that instead of using plastic bags for trash cans or disposable bags for laundry they use materials that can be washed and reused – how environmental. Love it.
Be warned that this is not for people who don’t like the outdoors. You are so immersed in nature – in fact you can open the entire room and bathroom up if that’s your thing – that it practically feels like you are sleeping out doors if not for the curtains. Because of this indoor-outdoor design, the space is not pristine like a chain hotel and it is hard to keep the outdoors out. There are cobwebs, there are ants crawling on the flowers and it’s not dust free. For someone like me who is allergic to most of the world (and I mean everything except for strawberries and coffee according to my patch test) I just made sure to bring enough allergy meds, nasal spray, asthma inhaler, etc.
We really felt that we were on vacation. All the nature sounds (both day and night!) – especially the river sounds and the moo-ing cow across the ravine – were somehow soothing and made us feel as far away as possible from the stress of daily city life. This despite having access to the outside world via free WiFi in our villa.
According to the profile below, Gaya Villas were originally built as bungalows for artists, and we could really feel the creative space by all the artistry that surrounded us.
I especially love the piece showing a woman’s face in ecstasy – made with thousands of nails! I was floored every time I passed by it in the common area by the pool!
This is the entrance of Gaya Fusion. The Gaya Restaurant is on the 2nd floor, Gaya Art Space is below, while Gaya Gelato is to the side. I’ll be posting photos of these different parts of Gaya Fusion in the next few days. Tomorrow you’ll see photos of our lovely Gaya Breakfasts.
Againa, thanks for the recommendation Travels with a Gourmet!
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