“Lovely serene escape from Ubud hussle!” I stayed here with my partner and a friend for 10 night over Christmas and all had a lovely time away. The house is amazing with all mod cons you could need. It's clean modern and reassuringly western. Usually water is a problem in asia but it was great to have fresh filtered water on tap, on the call.
Mas is a little bit out from Ubud but don't let this deter you as Mas is a lovely area full of rice paddies and twisty lane ways so there's plenty to keep the curious trekker happy. If your after a little night life D-Star bar is a must! Only 100m down from the house, they have an amazing open garden setting full of tin sculpture, created by the owner himself. Everything is for sale. The cocktails and service are great. In fact you'd be hard pressed to find anything better in Ubud. Truth!
As this is a home stay (a house not a hotel) you will need to organize some food supplies if you plan on cooking but that's no problem. Coco Marts are everywhere but for a true local experience you have to go to veggie market and is full of interesting exotic produce, runs daily and is only about 1km up the road.
If you do plan on exploring further then scooters are definitely recommended. You can walk to Ubud through all the backstreets and there's some lovely scenery to be seen but in the Bali heat, it does get weary sometimes. Take lots of water! If scooters aren't your thing, there are taxis from here to infinity that are all eager for your business. Anywhere from 50-100k Rupee from Mas to Ubud in taxi is all you should pay.
The hosts, Annie & Rod (originally from Melbourne) , are half the reason why we enjoyed our stay in Bali so much. Both are fluent in Balinese and have assimilated fantastically into Balinese culture. They where central in giving us all the required local knowledge we needed to know from where to, and where not to go. Saving time patience and some money on the way. It was really nice to have a busy day in Ubud and come back to the house all sweaty and jump in the pool for a cool swim and having a nice chat with Annie & Rod about our days activities.
If your wanting to get off the well trodden tourist track and see something a little different in Bali whilst enjoying an amazing house with amazing hosts, and come back richer than before then Angel Villa is a must. We cannot wait for our next stay here.
- Chris, Wendy & Sally.