travels: bali – home away from home

While planning for accommodation in Bali, we were contemplating whether to stay in a hotel/resort or a villa. I would have preferred to stay in a resort if it’s just us three (W Bali was on the cards) but since C’s mum is joining us, it would make more sense to stay in a two bedroom villa. 1) It’s cheaper than to get two rooms in a hotel.  2) privacy for us and C’s mum.

We short listed a few villas and after much consideration, we settled for Umah Di Desa at Batubelig, just 5 minutes cab ride to Seminyak. Actually, the interior of the villa won us over although C would much prefer an airconditioned living area. I guess something’s gotta give!


As we stepped into the villa, I tried to contain my excitement (actually I was doing a little chicken dance inside). It was gorgeous and immaculately kept. The interior has a bit of Balinese touch with some modern designer decor.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI wish this is my house!

It has a fully equipped kitchen which was perfect for me to prepare the little one’s daily meal.


The pool is quite big and it was rather deep, definitely not meant for kiddos unless they are proficient swimmer. We chose not to erect the pool fence (for aesthetic purposes :p) although it’s recommended especially if you have a toddler around. But for us, at any one time, there will be someone watching over the Elisa hence we decided that it’s not really necessary. And we did watch her like a hawk!

Just imagine having a pool fence here, it will look so out of place and spoil the beauty of this place 😉

Oh! They provided the little one with a crib, highchair and a box of toys which kept her entertained most of the time! 🙂


The villa is off the road from Watercress (great coffee, salad and sandwiches) and the famous Naughty Nuri’s. You can loan bicycles from them and we made full use of it. They were very handy for our daily coffee takeaways from Watercress.

We really had a good time staying in this villa although I do not recommend it for family with toddlers. Firstly, there are too many furnitures for them to climb about. Secondly, as the floors are all tiles, it can get quite slippery when it’s wet. Elisa slipped and knocked her head on the floor. It was quite a bad fall (IMO but C thinks otherwise) and it’s still haunting me.


But all these are nobody’s fault. It’s just that Elisa is too young for this villa.

*We booked this villa directly with the owner, Lorraine. Everything from the corresponding emails to airport pick up and the villa itself were brilliant. Thank you for making our stay a memorable one.


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