So Charming With 5 Houses & 9 Bedrooms, Stay At Villa Umakayu In Bali

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Stumbling upon Villa Umakayu is like discovering a delicious secret.

Stumbling upon Villa Umakayu is like discovering a delicious secret. You might be attracted by the view of calm rice terraces on the side of the street. When you walk down the neat path towards them, you find yourself in front of a bright, welcoming gate. The gate opens to a charming lobby and beyond the colorful tiles and pillows you’ll see the lush rice terraces that drew you in the first place.

Villa Umakayu is a delectable new boutique hotel in Canggu, Bali that just opened its doors in September, 2016. It’s locally owned and run which gives the hotel much of its welcoming, particularly Balinese character. Upon seeing the pretty lobby, decorated with brightly colored tiles, textiles and antiques, it’s impossible not to fall in love immediately.

Theresia Astuti is a lovely native of Canggu who came up with the concept and the hotel’s impeccable design. Her family owned the plot of land in up-and-coming Canggu, on which she decided to build the hotel. Umakayu is by no means the single newest addition to Canggu, as the area is quickly developing into a tourist hotspot. This is why Theresia wanted to design a hotel that really stood out and offered guests a unique experience. Thus, rather than going for conventional luxury villas she opted for a cozy atmosphere that feels like a happy Balinese home.

Theresia didn’t like the square layout of the houses typical in Bali, so she went to Java looking for the architecture she wanted. She came back with 5 traditional Javanese joglo houses which she installed and refurbished into villas on her land. Each villa is inviting and feels like home. The romantic four-poster beds under slanted teak roofs is the epitome of rustic chic. Theresia has an amazing eye for blending bold, sparkling colors and textiles, which makes every corner of the hotel pop. Everything from the antiques, cutlery and chinaware in the hotel Theresia collected herself over the course of three years.

Out of the five villas, four have two bedrooms and one has one bedroom that’s perfect as a honeymoon suite. Each house has a story from its past life, such as Rumah Kebun which used to be a farm house in the middle of a corn field and Rumah Nenek which was occupied by a grandmother after three previous generations. Each villa is decorated with different color schemes and are equipped with modern facilities to provide the utmost comfort.

There’s a nice pool with cabanas to lounge in while enjoying the charming view of rice fields. For now the hotel only serves breakfast which is delivered to your villa every morning. One can choose between a western or intercontinental breakfast or a delicious frozen dragon fruit bowl with fruits and granola. There’s nothing like starting your day having breakfast and coffee while staring out at idyllic green rice fields.

Umakayu only consists of six people on staff including the lovely General Manager, Nyoman LAST NAME. Therefore there’s not much movement or activity on the property providing guests maximum amount of privacy and quiet possible. This way it truly feels like you’re coming home to your own place rather than staying at a resort. The staff is small but still aims to provide exceptional housekeeping and butler services consistent with five star resorts. Everyone is extremely friendly and personable, and makes you feel genuinely welcome.

We would like to create something that makes the guests feel like they’re home, what people consider a second home. First your home is in your country and when they come to Bali they find another home that they would like to stay in a few times. Make them feel that we are their family. Hopefully with that thought, when they and their family come to Bali they’ll only know Umakayu.

As a truly one-of-a-kind boutique hotel, it’ll be impossible for guests not to make Umakayu their second home every time they travel to Bali. For booking information go to WEBSITE.

Photos: Nadia Cho

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Nadia Cho

Communications Associate

Nadia reps Team JST traveling the world in search of exclusive features and online via JST's social media platforms. You can find her exploring metropolitan cities or lounging on tropical beaches.

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