Frequently Asked Question

Are we free to use the kitchen to cook some of our meals?
Yes, you are free to use the kitchen anytime. We have 2 villa cooks in-house and a menu for your convenience, but if you prefer, you can cook yourself.  Treat the villa as you would your own home.  The supermarket is  a 15 min drive (Delta supermarket). Open 8.00am to  9.00pm. Most of our guests enjoy having a villa cook.  We actually have two villa cooks, Mrs Wayan and Mr Nuoman. They have excellent skills in the kitchen. Best cooks ever!!  One of our guests was an (Australian) chef and very fussy about meals and food preparation. He gave both Wayan and Nyoman a glowing chef report. He rated them both “excellent”. See the guest comments. He left a trip advisor review:  “I  got out of the kitchen on day one and never bothered going back.”

What is the address of the villa and  the driving instructions to the villa?
I will be arriving by my own arrangements.

Driving directions;

Villa Damee, Pejeng Kelod Raya , Br Kelusu, Pejeng Kelod, Tampaksiring,

Gianyar, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

GOOGLE MAPS

  • 1.3 km from Moon Temple, Pura Penataran SasihJl. Raya Tampaksiring, Pejeng, Ubud, Bali 80571,Pejeng
  • Head North 100 metres
  • Turn Right
  • 1 km you come to T intersection
  • Turn Right
  • Villa Damee is 50 metres on LEFT
  • Wooden Sign
  • If lost – please call local Balinese staff below for escort from Moon Temple, Pejeng
  • Check in time 2.00pm

 Tel:  0812 3677 8778 – Driver Ketut Santosa – local village driver 

Tel:   0819 99161129–  Wayan  -Manager

Tel:   0822 470 55483 – Wayan  Manager – 2nd phone

Tel:   0878 607 62666 – Kadek – Maintainance

Tel:  0813 53486791 – Stephanie Brookes – Owner
 

Internet, TV and Mobile Phone Credit?
Yes, we have WI Fi throughout the villa. We installed SUPERFAST WI FI in JAN 2015. Blue line. You just log in and it’s free. 3G also works well also.   The signal is very good. The staff will help you get a local sim card.  It’s recommended to put $10 credit for phone and $10 credit for internet and you must  for A PACKET. That will last 1 month.  “A Packet” combines internet and phone and its  the most economical way. It’s very cheap in Indonesia using a local sim card.   Yes, we have a new TV flat screen and a DVD player at the villa, and a selection of movies.

Many people ask for a suggested Villa Damee menu.  Here is our last guest’s  5-day plan for Villa Damee stay. 


Day 1:

Dinner on arrival:

– Gado Gado x 1
– Grilled Chicken x 1 – Wayans special and very good
– Pork Curry x 1
– Nasi Goreng x 1
Day 2
Yoga – at 8am at Villa Damee, also booked for Saturday 8am – Cost Rp 150,000 x 2  
Day 3
Tour with villa driver to 3 Temples on Friday + Sunset dinner at the Pomegranate RESTAURANT (sari organic walkway).  Half day tour van Rp 350,000
Day 4
Cycling tour  from Kintamani Volcano with Bali eco cycle tour. Pay direct.
Pick up at villa damee. After lunch reservation at Bebek Bingil, Ubud for lunch . Half day driver rate Rp 350,00. Massages booked at the villa for 2 hours on Friday and massage 2 hours on Sunday. Local prices.  
Day 5
Photography Tour – David Metcalf Photography Tours.  5.30 am pick up at villa and sunrise over the volcano, then traditional markets, portrait photography tips in low light in village huts, followed by lunch at Balinese family home.  Pay direct.

 

How much money should I bring in cash from Australia?  How about changing money in Bali?
Please give me an idea of the prices, so I can bring enough, for the first 2-3 days anyway.
Breakfast is free daily at the villa – Indonesian or western.
Airport pick up is local price: Rp450,000 in long van (needed for 5 people and luggage)
Family dinner – Balinese Banquet @  Rp 100,000 per person includes dinner, coffee or tea, desert.
Driver – For your day trip  – normal 8-seater comfortable van with AC – Rp 350,000 half day or Rp 500,000 full day
Massage at the villa – Rp 150,000 for 1 hour x person
Diver to from Villa Damee to Legian  – Rp 450,000
ATM & Cash – Most people just go to an ATM and put their card in.  Rp comes out.  You might pay a $5 fee I think  – depends on your bank (per transaction).  There are lots of ATM’s on the way to Villa Damee.  The driver can stop and help you, or you do it yourself at the airport. Lots of ATM’s are in the terminal.  Look for the sign “Cirrus” – means all intl ATM cards accepted.    Otherwise, you get USD cash from your bank at home.  There are many money changers in all major towns, including Ubud and they will give you Rp for your cash.  AUD accepted too. Never change money with an unauthorisied money changer – NEVER – they are magicians and trick you – hands down, every time.
At the ATM you can get only $300 AUD (3 million RP) per transaction per time, but put your card back in for multiple times,  with a $1,000 limit per day (Rp 10 million limit per day) .

Massages at the villa?
Yes, we have an in-house spa menu. We have a qualified massage therapist on-call at the villa. Local prices Rp 150,000 (USD$12) for 1 hour.  Our on-call massage therapists are 5-star resort trained. A selection of treatments available.  Glowing guest review feedback.  See our guest comments.

I am an Ubud local and here are my favourite healthy eateries and spas in town.
Restaurants:
– KAFE on Jl. Hanoman
– Soma on Jl. Goutama
– Sopa on Jl. Sugriwa
– Down To Earth on Jl .Goutama Selatan
– Clear Café on Raya Ubud, next to the brigde to Penestanan
– Kebun (French bistro) – on Jl. Hanoman
– Alchemy on Jl. Penstanan Kaja
– Pica on Jl. Dewi Sita
Find a good selection at: http://www.thebalibible.com/bali/20-of-the-best-restaurants-in-ubud
Trip Advisor recommends: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g297701-Ubud_Bali.html


And a few of the best pampering places:

  • Maya Ubud Spa: Maya Ubud Resort, Jl. Gunung Sari, Peliatan, Ubud – 2 kms from Villa
  • Damee Tamarind Spa:  Jl Raya Ubud (at Murnis Houses), Ubud
  • Karsa Spa: Jl. Bangkiang Sidem, Keliki, Ubud (if you are taking the (3 km) Campuhan Ridge walk from town, the walk takes you here)
  • Taksu Spa: Jl. Goutama Selatan, Ubud
  • Fresh Spa: Jl. Dewi Sita, Ubud
  • Kush Ayurvedic Spa at the Yoga Barn: Jl. Pengosekan, Ubud

Where is the best place to take photos – do you know a sunrise spot?
Yes, in fact the co-owner is a professional photographer. David Metcalf takes half-day and full day photo tours. You leave at 5.30am and will be taken to a beautiful sunrise location (non-touristy) and then to a traditional market and engage in some street photography. Next you will either be taken to a temple ceremony (by private invitation) or if it’s not the right timing for a ceremony (80% of the time this happens) then you visit a cultural place of interest. This tour is not your usual tourist trail. David and Nyoman (you will have either 1 or 2 tutors provided) have researched the best places for photography in Bali over the last three years. Every tour is unique. Please read the trip advisor comments via the w
ebsite – www.davidmetcalfphotography.com and also check out Tripadvisor David Metcalf Photography Tours Ubud Bali

I want to visit a spiritual healer.  Can you help with this?
Yes, I can recommend my dear friend Marie Bee, a delightful local Ubud French lady, who takes you a high caste spiritual healer.  You visit the healers home and have your reading at her Ibu Ratu’s home temple. You have the opportunity to ask questions.  Marie translates and stays with you the entire time.  She takes care of the appropriate offering and briefs  you beforehand. Email me for the e- brochure.

Tour includes: Sarong, sash, offering, donation, meeting with spiritual healer, a personal reading.

What are the best yoga places in Ubud?

1. Radiantly alive is lovely (3 doors up from Post Office ). They have a free community class at 5pm every Sunday. Lovely teachers. All have their own style and you learn something new every time.
2. Intuitive Flow has beautiful views and is elevated about the ridge, jungle and looks out over nature. Take the big steps known as The Campuhan Steps just past Bridges – old bridge. Great teachers. Linda is the most popular yoga teacher there. She does more chanting and parallel spiritual type inner work.
3. Yoga Barn is by far the most famous yoga place in Ubud. It’s a beautiful place and you simply must visit. Sound-gong baths, traditional visiting musicians with tribal instruments, a great Acupuncturist on site, free-flow dance sessions weekly, interesting lectures and so much more. Lovely cafe. Rice fields and right in the centre of town. Free Community Class at 6pm every Friday.

The Yoga House – in the rice fields on the Sari Organic trail, 1 km from the palace on the main Jl Ubud Raya.  Sheila is the owner and instructor.  Yoga for everybody.  You look out right over the rice fields.  7.30am and 9.00am classes Mon to Fri.  I go there myself, every Friday.  It’s a beautiful yoga space and a great class.  My personal favourite. Www.theyogahouse.com

What about walks in the rice fields in Ubud?
The best one is the Campuhan Walk. You find the trail opposite Bridges Restaurant (at the old Dutch bridge) on Jl Ubud Raya. It’s a 30 min walk to Karsa Spa and restaurant. Its a high ridge walk overlooking the jungle. Beautiful. If you only do one walk, do this one. The Karsa Spa has heavenly spa treatments (book first) and a sweet restaurant with lovely platform dining under thatched huts over a fish pond. Views looking over 3 volcanic peaks, including Mt Batukura.

Jl Kangen Walk – this is near Ubud Palace. Just walk to the end of the road. It opens out onto miles and miles of rice fields. There is a nice french cafe on Jl Kangen too. Stop on the way back.

Sari Organic – the trail head starts just before the hill going down to bridges. On the right side. Look for rickety wooden sign post with 10 restaurants/home stays/businesses listed. Follow the path for around 10 minutes and you come out at Sari Organic restaurant. Walk for miles in the rice fields. Beautiful. Cute art shops along the way. Bring cash. Buy some little trinkets and support local business. These guys can not afford the high rent in Ubud central, so its nice to buy something from them. Many are artists and shop owners and they simply sit there carving pieces all day, or painting eggs or completing a canvass.

What about having dinner with a Balinese Family? Can you arrange this?
Yes, I can recommend Kadek. He lives 20 mins out of Ubud in the rice fields and his lovely family offer cooking courses, and/or dinner/lunch. Meet the family cow and enjoy a most peaceful experience dining with a local Balinese family. Kadek will pick you up at Villa Damee. Just email me for more details.

Walking access around the villa?
You can take long walks on the quiet roads. The villa is in a rural rice growing area.  The streets and lanes are small and on your walks from the villa, you pass rice fields, local schools, and friendly happy people going about their work.  Nature is all around you and the highlight of the area is the walk to the local Pakerisan River (World Heritage Listed). We offer a complimentary village tour to all our guests.  Our staff  accompany you on the river walk and show you the way.  It is only 8 mins from the door . It is very peaceful and you can walk up the river to a hidden temple in the rock. On your afternoon walks you will meet the duck farmer and have the opportunity to observe village life, which is going on all around you. It is a real highlight of staying in a quiet area, only 4.5kms out of Ubud.  You can walk to the Maya Ubud Resort & Spa (beautiful 5 star hotel with gorgeous River Cafe and a waterfall). It is 4 kms away. All small roads and mostly motorbikes traffic only.  Its a bit windy and tricky. Take a map (avail at villa) and   ask the locals as you go on your way,  as you wind around the little roads which lead to The Maya Resort.

Suggested tours and recommended restaurants?
Yes, we have a villa folder with our personal choices of the best recommended restaurants. There are over 250 restaurants, so it’s hard to choose. We have made it easy for you with our recommended list.   Restaurant delivery is also available to the villa. It is all in the green folder in the lounge.

Tours are our speciality.  You will receive an email from me with a suggested tour plan in advance.  Ketut is our five star driver.  He is very professional and friendly.  All services at  local prices.

Do you have a suggestion itineary for 8 days?

Yes, we do in fact.  Here is the exact itinerary from our last villa guests.

Day 1: Arrive at Villa Damee 2.30 – 3.00 pm/Private yoga class at villa  5.pm/ Dinner in the villa – Balinese Banquet Family Dinner
Day 2: Morning – Village tour with coffee. Walk from the villa to the village. 2 hour tour. Pakerisian River tour and temple tour – complimentary. Massages for 4 adults – 60 min body x 2 foot massages 30 min foot. Ubud – Dinner and Balinese Dance Performance: Suggestion: The Arma – in Ubud. It’s Indonesian/Thai food.Highly recommended. The Arma grounds are expansive.  There is even a rice paddy in the sprawling complex and a waterfall .  It houses a fine art gallery and a museum.  Traditional dance performance as per schedule. Check the website. www.armabali.com .  Also Blanco museum hosts Mon, Wed, Fri dinner with traditional dance.  Beautiful setting.

Day 3: Full day driver (8 hours) for tours of temples. Gunung Kawi – cliff faces in the rock- 11th centure temple with rice paddies in the temple and a hidden waterfall. Meditation cave. Tirta Empul – water temple and Goa Gajah – Elephant Cave. Dinner in villa  – confirmed – make your menu choice before 10.00 am with the staff on the day.

Day 4: Early morning Private yoga class at villa. Rice trekking after breakfast . Coconut oil making with grandma – walk to the village . Evening: cooking lesson/ dinner in villa

Day 5: Private yoga class at villa.  Pool time at Villa Damee. Take the free shuttle to Ubud. Explore Ubud galleries and cafes and shopping. Parents’ night out, approx. 5-10 pm or 6-11 pm –  Babysitter booked.  Bridges Restaurant, at the old Dutch Bridge, is the most romantic Ubud dining.   Get there for sunset – 5.30pm.   See Green Villa Folder for many choices of restaurants.  Another suggestion is Bamboo Indah on Sayan Ridge. A total bamboo built resort. Stunning architecture.   Views over the jungle gorge and Ayung River. Also check out Hanging Gardens (very beautiful, very expensive).  Hanging Gardens is a 30 min drive .  Incredible sunset views.  You take an inclinator down into the jungle. Get there by 5.30 pm. You overlook a gorge and a temple.  You will never forget this place !!!! Google it.

Day 6: 2 people take half-day tour of woodworking village in Mas and Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppet. 2 people take photography tour. Afternoon private yoga class a the villa.

Day 7:  Family day.  Bali Safari & Marine Park.  Have lunch with the lion.  Fantastic day out.  Sunset cocktails at 5.30pm poolside.  Dining at the villa.

Day 8:   Depart Ubud for 4 day diving holiday in Amed.

I have a child with a chronic illness.  Can I get the contacts for medical and hospital.  

There is a very good facility at BIMC Hospital. It is very modern and has Western Doctors. Excellent service and the best care in Bali. Contact: BIMC Hospital. 24 hr Medical and Emergency Centre. www.bimcbali.com

Is this house near other houses or neighbourhood? Ideally we would like to be in a small community with houses/villas close by.
The villa is stand alone with three rice fields adjoining the property and leading to the river. Next door is our neighbour. We have lovely little houses and villas on our street and the local school is a 5 min walk. The duck farmer goes by every afternoon. A mini mart is 3 doors way . It’s a lovely little community. Our 5 staff are all from the local village. It’s a very authentic Balinese stay. It is not touristy at all. We are 4.5 Kms to Ubud. I am sure you will love the environment. It’s very tranquil. At night you sleep to the sounds of frogs – no discos or bars.They are all in Ubud.

I want to do an elephant safari.  There are a few, which one do you recommend around Ubud?

We  recommend the ELEPHANT CAMP. You get to experience the beautiful landscape of the elephant camp on the 30 minute ‘Adventure Short Trek’. Trek along the edge of the valley including a visit to the elephant pool, spotting wildlife; gibbon, local monkey and birds in their natural habitat.

The tour also incorporates a visit to a new chocolate factory (within the park) where you are able to see how they make chocolate and of course, taste testing is essential. Well worth it and a great day out.

We like to support local community charities and orphanages especially. It makes our holiday more meaningful. We visited an orphanage in Bali last time we were there and gave 1 weeks food. Can you arrange anything like this?
The orphanage we support is in Tabanan. It’s called SOS. We regularly visit this orphanage and yes, they are very appreciative of donations of boxes of noodles, rice, eggs and fruit. This can easily be arranged as you can buy on the day, on the way. The last time we visited we purchased dance costumes for the four very talented young girls and they now dance at ceremonies and special occasions wearing these costumes. The costumes are very pricey and have to be hand made. Most of the time, Balinese people actually hire these ornate costumes. Giving these costumes gave us the greatest pleasure – it was the best gift ever and the girls just love them. If you would like to visit this orphanage we can arrange for the girls to perform a dance for you. Of course, they love an audience. We personally support two orphan girls who have no parents. Just by visiting the SOS orphanage, this hugely supports the morale of the children and they really love meeting people from other countries. We feel very strongly about charitable acts and giving back to those less fortunate – it’s what life is all about, really.

What about local temple ceremonies – do you know of any?
Every Monday at Junganan temple, about 20 min car drive from the villa the Kecak Fire dance is performed in an ancient temple under the stars. This is non touristy and very authentic. 60 people perform from Junganan village. If  the timing is right, you can attend a local (walking distance) temple ceremony. The staff will inform you. The villa is surrounded by temples.  We have temple gear/appropriate clothing at the villa, if you need. The staff will accompany you – they love to share their culture and you will be very welcome.  Regarding the temple, please do not drink alcohol before going to the temple, please shower before and wear temple attire – sarong and sash for both male and female and Udeng (head dress for men).  No singlets or strappy tops for ladies.  Shirt (or t-shirt) covering shoulders and preferably kabaya for female (long top- cotton or lace).

We only have 3 days in Ubud. Can we visit a close-by orphanage?  

The other alternative is the orphanage at Denpasar.  Many clients do this on the way back to the airport, if they have a 10.00 pm flight.   Dana, our good friend and tour guide has taken many foreigners there. It’s well run and welcomes visitors. Denpasar is also on the way to Seminyak, Candidasa or Amed.

Do you know of a jewellery making workshop activity? Something creative?
Yes, I can recommend this lovely “Jewellery Workshop”, however its in Sanur. My friend operates this little business. You are instructed by a local Balinese how to make a ring or pendant. You learn to do soldering, welding and you make a peice of jewellery for yourself in one day. You learn the craft of jewellery making. Mother and daughter workshops are popular.  Email me for the details. Its very popular. You must book in advance.

Tell me more about the 1-day Jewellery making workshop? 
The workshop is fully-equipped with all the tools you need to walk away with a little piece of your stay in Bali. You may already have come to them with an idea for a design, or come completely open minded and that’s where they can help.

The workshops are run by two English-speaking jewellery designers who have a combined 40 years experience in the design, arts and jewellery making fields and the studio is supported in Indonesian language and assistance by Made….born into the ways of silver-smithing on the island of Bali and from a long line of jewellers.

At Sanur Jewellery Studio they offer design support from the very start, and will inspire you with a short visual presentation of “Jewellery Through the Ages” and hold your hand the whole way, until your unique piece is ready to wear or give as a gift to another.

Classes run for adults and kids/teens, through to group bookings for families and brides and bridesmaids. Their Healing Gemstone Workshop is highly recommended too, where you have energy tarot reading and work with the chakra gem associated with your healing.  Email me to book in.  Advance bookings necessary.

Is the layout of the villa in three separate buildings?
There are three areas; the main dining and lounge area, the bale and pool area, and the upstairs large outdoor living area. The three different chill-out lounge zones flow nicely with the tropical outdoor design. Please see the photo gallery.

Is there a lounge area with couches?
There are 3 lounge areas. The main lounge has a long couch and a floor cushion area with low table and a comfortable day bed. Great for reading. There is also a long dining table with comfortable chairs.  The bale area has floor cushions and 4 x comfortable backrest triangle cushions next to the pool. The upstairs lounge has a long couch, two very comfortable hammocks and two brand new massage tables (we have a spa menu at the villa).

Are there many stairs?
The entrance is flat. There are four long, wide stairs down to the pool area and bedrooms. For access to the upstairs area, there is a flight of stairs (moderate/steep – not difficult to manage for elderly person- eight stairs).  This is the location of the third bedroom and lounge/yoga platform area/hammock area.

Is the car park next to the house or is there a long walk from the driveway to the house?
It is easy access. It is a drive-in, flat entrance to house. The front door is right next to the car pull in area. Very easy.

Is there a bathtub?
Yes, a beautiful double tropical bath, with goddess water fountain/spout.

Screens on the windows?
No screens. The breezes blow through the villa in the day and you have the choice of fans on or the A/C.

Is there A/C and fans?
Yes, both.

Hot Water? Wi-Fi? Microwave?
Yes, we have hot water (its high pressure and very good).
Yes, we have WI FI throughout in the villa (we built our own tower and the signal is very good).
Yes, there is a microwave.

Is it enclosed, meaning are there walls that close the inside from the outside?
The three lounge areas are all open style tropical-Bali-living style. It is very well designed to catch the breezes and there is no glassed in lounge area. There are pull down bamboo shutters in main lounge. This works well.

How long of a drive it is in to town?
It is 4.5kms to Ubud. WE PROVIDE A FREE SHUTTLE 2 X A DAY. Its 4.5 kms to Jalan Ubud Raya where Ajuna Statue is or Monkey Forest Road is 8 km.  Driving times vary with traffic. 10-20 mins. It is easy to get into town. If you want a driver all day, speak to the staff. They will arrange for you.

Are two of the bedrooms near each other?
Yes, the two main bedrooms are on main pool level, next to each other. The third bedroom is upstairs, with its own large balcony/yoga platform, long relaxing lounge, two hammocks and beautiful views.  Wonderful breezes up there and perfect place to greet the sunrise.

Can the bedrooms be closed off – do they have glass windows?
Yes, the bedrooms are all closed off – glass windows that lock and sliding doors that lock and the rooms are private.

Can you describe exactly where your property is?
We are 4.5 kms to Ubud (the post office, Bali Buda etc). We are located 2 km from Maya Ubud. Villa Damee is on google maps, so you can track it exactly.

Can you tell me about getting into Ubud and attending yoga classes?
The closest yoga place is Radiently Alive, near the Post Office. We are 5 kms to this venue. Its a beautiful Yoga studio complex with fantastic teachers and a good variety of classes. The Yoga Barn is 8 kms from the Villa. This is the more famous one, however it is common to have 40-60 people in one class.

Many of our guests do yoga at the villa. We have an enormous dedicated yoga platform facing the sacred Pakerisan River and we have a trained yoga instructor who instructs at several five star resorts. He is available to come to the villa. Bookings essential. He is an excellent instructor.

If you are adventurous, you can rent a little scoopie scooter and its only USD$5 a day. Its a short run into the Yoga Barn, Radiantly Alive, Intuitive Flow Yoga and the magnificent Yoga House in the rice fields. Its fun to try them all.

My staff can lead the way into Ubud, on your first run, so you can learn the way. We are on a quiet lane and there is a wiggly path of lanes that you take into Ubud, but it is very easy (and very interesting with village life happening all the way). Its $2.70 to fill the bike. Most people only go 20- 30kms on these small lanes and there is no big main road just lots of rice fields and coconut tree groves.

Many Ubud guests rent a scooter, but you have to be a bit adventurous. You just go really slow and follow the slow-moving Ubud traffic.

The distances are small and its fun to have your own wheels. A bicycle would be very hot and quite arduous into Ubud from the Villa, as we have a short, steep killer-hill – and I am a cyclist, so I can advise, a scooter is a better way to go. Its a breeze and fun.

How many baths/showers do you have?
We have 3 bathrooms – all ensuites. In bedroom 1 we have 1 large bathtub (square shape, double bath capacity) plus a gorgeous white Goddess statue shower with large dump showerhead, set in a tropical semi-outdoor garden. In bedroom 2 we have an elegant Goddess shower with great water pressure. In bedroom 3 we have a traditional bamboo shower built in semi-open tropical bathroom style. This was added in January 2105. Its new. Having a shower is quite an experience here as you look out over the tree tops and listen to bird song or at night, watch the stars.

What currency should I bring with me? How do the ATM’s work. Is it USD or IDR in Bali? Do we pay tour drivers in USD? How about visa on arrival?

LOCAL CURRENCY is Rupiah.

Most people quote in USD, because no one can get their heads around millions of zeros. It’s hard to recognise exactly how much is IDR10,000,000.00. See what I mean? Most people refer to IDR as Rp (stands for Rupiah). If you get the XE app on your phone, it makes life easier.
So, its Rupiah (RP) everywhere. Restaurants, tours, goods, services, accommodation add on nights, everything. Regarding cash, you put your card in the ATM machine and Rp comes out, plus it gives you your bank acct balance in rupiah, so you are a millionaire when you are here.

You can bring USD cash if you want and change it at many official change money places, if you want to avoid ATM withdrawal charges. Ask yr bank before you come, what the ATM charges are.
Ask them what is the preferred ATM machine to use in Bali, Indonesia? Some ATM’s charge $5 per withdrawal some $10 per withdrawal. Max withdrawal per transaction is USD$220 per time x 4 times a day.

I travel with good old cash. I wear a money belt and then you are safe. In places like Burma, they don’t even have ATM machines and you pay cash everywhere. I am used to wearing a small slim line money belt now when I travel. Its smarter than paying $5 and $10 withdrawal fees, which really adds up.

In Ubud, we have numberous ATM machines – Commonwealth Bank, local banks like Mandiri, Danoman, BCA, BII, etc. Citibank is here too. I recommend to use the ATM at the airport. There is one inside customs on the left when you come through immigration and customs, before getting your luggage. There are plenty of ATMs outside. 90% of all ATM’s are cirrus so any card works.

Yes, visa on arrival is USD$25. Please check on-line for up to date fee charges. It does depend on your passport and please check this before you come. Many countries are now FREE visa on arrival. Australian is $25 USD (or AUD equivalient is acceptable). You need to have the correct money on you. Always good to have extra. They can put the fee up anytime and it varies what country of origin you are. Cover yourself by having spare $5 and$20 notes USD (no wrinkles or folds, they wont take them) with you. CRISP NOTES. Must be clean new notes. When it comes to time to change money, the money changers will give you a lower exchange rate if the notes have a crease or look a bit old (I am not kidding). Some refuse to take dirty looking notes.The joys of Indonesia. Same in many other Asian countries too. Legal tender takes on a new set of rules here.

Snorkelling and Diving Options in Bali. Here are 3 great places to consider.

Diving and Snorkelling Options in Bali

I can recommend a dive package company who will take care of all your dive needs and help you plan an itinerary. Anabelle has operated her company for 8 years now and knows Bali very well. www.aquamarinediving.com Anabelle’s email is annabel@aquamarinediving.com

Amed – A great place to dive. You will find the Liberty Wreck there – one of the famous wrecks of the world with coral growing all over the portholes, you can dive down to an underwater temple. Lots of turtles which you can see snorkelling or diving. You can actually snorkel straight off the beach too. Lovely place to stay is www.hiddenparadise-bali.com. Right on the beach. It the only sandy beach in Amed. I know the owners, who are a lovely expat/Indonesian family.

Candi Dasa – www.lotusbungalows.com – highly regarded – see their website and check trip advisor too. I know many German divers go there and Germans are fussy. They were very impressed. It’s close too – not so far from Denspasar, so a great add on to Ubud.

Padang Bai – check out www.bloolagoon.com – excellent service and can arrange all your dives. Very nice place. Eco green friendly award winner. Lovely ex pat/Indonesian family run place. Very professional.

Pemuteran – on Bali’s North coast. You can dive and explore the underwater temple. Contact Annabelle to arrange your trip here. Stunning dive location. Highly rated. www.aquamarinediving.com for a personalised itinerary.

Traditonal Balinese Dance Performance and Dinner.

I can recommend two options. The Arma www.armabali.com is an incredible place to watch a dance performance. If you are in Ubud for the full moon or dark moon you can see the Kacek Fire Dance with Rina – the islands best Kacek dancer.The Arma is a beautiful complex, located in central Ubud, with spacious gardens, a huge art gallery complex, a rice field in the resort and a Thai restaurant. The dance performance under the stars at a temple gateway stage – a memorable evening for sure. My second choice is Junjungan Temple. This is wonderful and the dancers perform every Monday night 7.00pm. They dance the Kacek Fire Dance – very authentic at an ancient temple, under the stars. The 60 performers are all from the village. This is only 3 kms from Ubud (it’s a slow road, more like a lane – 25 mins from Villa Damee), up Jl Tirta Tawar. Well worth it. It’s a good idea to eat early at the villa and leave at 6.30pm for the temple. Finish off the evening at The Jazz Club in Ubud – you are only 4 kms from the temple to the club. There is always a good live jazz or funk band – often from New York or Chicargo or London.

Can you organise something special for a birthday?

Yes, I can organise a birthday cake for 6 people – made with 4 bananas, real butter, and lemon cream icing – very delicious. Putu  is my No 1. cake lady.  She will deliver the cake on her motorbike.  She will ice it too –   Happy Birthday Steve.

 

Also, I can offer something very unique.  I can arrange to have 2 village dancers come to Villa Damee to perform the Legong Dance -a traditional temple dance.  It is absolutely beautiful and these 2 girls are the best dancers in their village. I will check with the temple schedule first and make sure the girls  are not dancing for the temple that night.

 

For dinner, we  can do a very special Balinese Family Banquet- 3-course meal –  for the birthday night at the villa. Dining at the villa is very special. We create a magical atmosphere, with beautiful lighting.

 

If you would like to order wine, I can suggest  USD$22  for red wine- Two Islands Wine (Australian grapes) – MERLOT or CAB SAV or SHIRAZ and USD$22 for white – CHARDONNAY – Two Islands.

 

I can arrange flowers too – from the fresh flower man at the market. Market price. Local price.

Of course, the staff will all sing Happy Birthday in 3 languages  – English, Bahasa Indonesia, and Balinese.

 

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You will have a wonderful stay at Villa Damee.  It is very peaceful and relaxing.  Our gracious Balinese staff including 2 cooks make everything so easy. They love to share their culture with you and explain aspects of Balinese life and ceremonies, if you are curious.  I encourage you to read the latest guest reviews on this website and independently on Trip Advisor too. This will give you a sense of how special your stay will be at Villa Damee, a beautiful private villa stay in the heart of an ancient traditional Balinese village, in the rice fields.

Stephanie Brookes
Owner

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