Monica, Charlene and I left the hustle and bustle of the tourist trap also known as Kuta, after the Fearless wedding conference needing some peace and quiet. Charlene had booked us a villa on the rice paddies just outside of Ubud through airbnb and we really had no idea what to expect as so often photos can be very misleading. Our jaws had to be picked up off the floor when we walked into Bennu House and we had to give each other a good pinch just to bring ourselves into reality and realise that we had landed with our bums firmly in the butter.
Bennu House is not only in an absolutely breathtaking piece of paradise surrounded by coconut trees and working rice plantations it is also exquisitely decorated. All three of us love interesting and quirky design and we have all commented that Benu House is our idea of a dream house. It is a reclaimed Joglo house from Java, which has been given a modern open plan design and it is mostly blue which is my colour! The furnishings are just perfect and even though it is really modern and spacious it has an Indonesian charm and aesthetic which is exactly what one wants when visiting Bali!
We arrived to macaroons and a bottle of chilled white wine and that was really just the start of how I Made and Phillip went above and beyond to make our stay comfortable. The beds could be likened to big clouds with wafting mosquito nets. There are so many small touches which made it just about impossible to leave the villa like an iPod docking station, flowers in all of the rooms, a huge open aired bath, breathtaking views, delicious Balinese breakfasts, a masseuse on call and lots of space to do yoga, write and just take it all in.
We spent a lot of time chilling at the house but we also had some wonderful adventures in and around Ubud, so even though the house is a bit out of town it is still really accessible. Perhaps my favorite part of the Benu house experience was watching the locals work the rice fields and the sound of the frogs, cycadas and geckos at night.
Benu House is nothing short of magical and I will hold my memories of this past week spent here very close to my heart.
Next stop Gili Islands!! Catch you on the other side!!
And here is a portrait of the prince of Benu House also known as I Made. He is an exceptional human who is one of the kindest and most entertaining people you will ever meet, he also speaks seven languages! To say that the hosts of Benu house went above and beyond to make our stay perfect would be an under statement.
If you would like to stay at Bennu house you can contact I Made on airbnb or firstname.lastname@example.org