Arriving to Ubud was quite the scenery, we came from two days on the north coats of Bali, where everything is very quiet, where you mostly see the locals going through their days. Certainly, no tourist for miles, the locals even seems a little astonished to see two tall blonds exploring their neighborhood.
We had booked the Stone House, as it seemed quiet, yet close to everything in Ubud, without it being right in the center. We turned right up a smaller street from one of the very busy streets of Ubud. And it all changed. The vibe, the views, the houses. On arrival it was just a brick wall with a narrow swing door on one side. We were met by Erna, who maintains the property, with a warm welcome and guided through to the open common area with views of the entire property with the pool in the middle.
We had booked three nights in the Java suite, which basically is an authentic Balinese room. Rustic chic, with a bit of luxury thrown in. We knew from the second we were handed the room key that we were in for a treat. Every little detail was just perfect, from the desk and seating area to the four-poster bed to the massive bathroom and outdoor shower. All the walls were either covered in wooden panels or white limestones puzzled together.
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While our room was amazing, we actually ended up spending a lot of time in the common area, where all guests hangs out chatting or playing board games when it rains. Our plan was also to explore a few restaurants that I had pinned, but the always smiling and chatty women in the kitchen had us eat pretty much all our meals around the long family style dinner table. A few times with no other guests other than the two property mascots, Bella and Lulu, the two adorable dogs.
Stone House is the perfect spot – and it was just the perfect place for us to end our Bali visit. If you are looking for true paradise on earth, this is it. A perfect sanctuary to call your own – at least for the time you are there.
All photos by Allan Torp