Ubud has been vastly known as the cultural heart of Bali with numerous temples, yoga centers, museums, rice fields and cultural classes available within the area. A lot of travelers have probably spent at least a night in Ubud during their first visit(s) to Bali, but truth be told, as someone who has frequented the island, I’ve spent zero nights in Ubud.
Looking back at the things my family and I have done during our trips to Bali, we decided that this year, we had to spend a night in Ubud and chill there. The central part of Ubud is dominated by backpacker hostels, whereas the area near Ayung River is dominated by fancy hotels – none of which fit what my family had in mind. Looking at the less crowded Campuhan area, we spotted an accommodation that seemed interesting and booked it.
Lily Lane Villas includes six villa buildings owned by an Australian woman named Jillian Wright. There was this really laid-back vibe about the place according to the description and pictures on the sight which made us feel like this was the right place for us to stay.
Once we arrived at the villa, I noticed that for one, it seemed like a fantastic place to relax. Campuhan isn’t as crowded as other parts of Ubud which made sleep really awesome. However, the villas were spread out between people’s houses with a separate building for reception and a volleyball court right next to its parking lot. So if you’re looking for a secluded kind of quiet with no noise whatsoever, this villa isn’t for you as it can get quite noisy when people are going nuts over a volleyball match.
Let’s talk about the villa itself. My family and I booked the 3-bedroom, two-story villa for IDR2.200.000/night – quite reasonable for Bali standards. What I liked about the villa is that it’s worth more than the amount of money we spent on it. The villa consists of a king bedroom and a twin bedroom downstairs with another king bedroom that had its own terrace upstairs. It seems like that’s already taken a lot of space, but there’s still a kitchen, two bathrooms, a living room, and a swimming pool at the villa. So yes, the villa is humongous.
I feel like an accommodation shows it care in the attention to details that their visitors unconsciously need. In that case, Lily Lane seemed to have plenty of care for us. The bathroom is equipped with towels and a goat’s milk soap instead of your average soap bar. On the racks under the TV set at the living room, you’ll find a variety of board games, a DVD player with several movies rated G to PG-13 next to it, and a rack of used books. The kitchen’s cabinets are filled with utensils, water dispensers, and iced water jugs. If the owner or manager’s purpose is to create a feeling of home in the middle of Ubud, they’ve succeeded.
Though it seems like this place is a fantastic place to stay in, it has several flaws with it as well. For one, the bathroom adjacent to the two bedrooms at the lower-story can be accessed from both bedrooms, meaning that there are two locks to the bathroom which was a bit of a hassle. The garden outside could use more lighting because it gets really dark at night and there are step-ups that we could trip on. There were also snails near the pool at night – which was awesome for me because I’ve never seen a real-life snail before – but could be dangerous for others. The pool is also pretty deep so adults need to keep an eye on kids when they’re by the pool at all times.
However, these flaws are made up by Lily Lane’s brilliant service. I’ve never felt so welcomed at an accommodation before. Lily Lane’s staff members have treated us like family. We went to the receptionist and there was her four-year-old daughter there as well, whom she introduced us to. Security isn’t provided by a private company, but by the locals, taking turns doing night watches at each villa. Gardening is also done by locals with their grass-cutting machines. The other staff members were chatty and really made sure that we had a great stay. Badung was our favorite because he liked to joke around but is incredibly helpful. The only issue I had was with the breakfast because only a fruit platter and some PB&J sandwich come with the price we paid for the hotel so we got scrambled eggs and bacon for IDR20.000. I’m hoping they’ll fix that soon.
My final note about Lily Lane Villas is this. If you’re looking for a luxurious villa with plenty of privacy, this isn’t for you. If you’re looking to be treated like kings and queens in a villa, this isn’t for you. But if you’re looking for a place where you can feel home away from home, then you’ll love it here. If you’re looking to interact with locals, find out what they live like, Lily Lane is for you. If you’re looking for a place where you can chill and be treated like family even if you’re only staying for a night, then Lily Lane Villas is the little patch of heaven in Ubud for you.
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