Written by Aditi Mittal
Co-written by Abigail Chang
Have you always wanted to experience what people call ‘the real Bali’?
Not the hipster-cafe-lined streets of Seminyak, nor the rowdy overcrowded beaches of Kuta, but the vast expanse of green paddies, neatly assembled into organised tufts by farmers who toil in the fields day and night. This is where time stands still, where villagers are still woken up by the rooster’s crow every morning, and where village children chase one another in the laughter-filled dirt streets.
Have you always dreamed about retreating to a place like this, where you will be glad your phone has little or no reception, so you can have an excuse to enjoy a real holiday away from the office?
And you can actually do so at affordable prices – here, we’ve found these hidden gems where you can enjoy peaceful views of the paddy fields from your room, without having to pay an arm and a leg.
Editor’s Note: Don’t we all love to find peace and quiet in the paddy fields? Building too many luxury villas in the middle of the paddy fields may actually cause locals to have to give up their land and livelihood of rice production. Water is channelled to bathtubs instead of irrigation. Paddy fields might actually be increasingly replaced by luxury property. So as we set out to find a suitable accommodation for our holiday, let’s do our best to opt for local homestays and guesthouses as they usually have modest use of water and are built using sustainable materials. We are also giving back to the local community at the same time.
Note: The prices reflected below are the low season rates, and they exclude tax and service charges. Accommodation rates often change with room availability, and low or high seasons. We recommend double checking for the final prices before confirming your booking.
1. Swim up to the green rice paddies at The Evitel Resort Ubud (From US$43)
Located in the popular Monkey Forest neighbourhood, Evitel Resort will please you with its splendid rice paddy views without drilling a hole in your pocket. The hotel is big enough to accommodate a large group of people and it’s even suitable for a corporate retreat.
The hotel has 3 categories of rooms – Superior, Deluxe and Suite. You’ll be able to see the rice paddies from a private balcony from all Deluxe Double/Twin rooms and some rooms in Superior Double/Twin category at US$67 upwards.
If you are a fan of traditional designs blended with modern interiors, the rooms would be a perfect match for you. They look as palatial as any room at a luxury hotel would.
In the morning, treat yourself to a scrumptious breakfast after a swim on the rooftop with paddy fields view.2. Honeymoon in a Private Villa in the middle of rice paddies at Cahaya Ubud (From US$42)
This private one-bedroom villa is to die for!
Wake up in the middle of freshly ploughed rice fields with a rooster crowing in the background and witness the rising sun break through the clouds.
This property is an unbeatable option for rice paddy views. With only two villas on the property, its guests can enjoy almost-absolute privacy, making it a good value-for-money deal especially for a couple on their honeymoon.
The villa has an outdoor pool amidst the rice paddies which amplifies the whole experience to a different level.
The property is difficult to access by car, but you’ll be able to get full assistance from the staff if need be.
3. Laze away in a gazebo on the rooftop at D’Sawah Villa (From US$29)
D’Sawah Villa is located in Tabanan, near the Tanah Lot temple, which is famous for its resplendent sunsets.
The property offers Deluxe and Suite villas. All the rooms offer breathtaking views of rice fields from their floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
The villas are modern and minimalistic in style.
Immerse in nature while you laze away in your private gazebo on the rooftop. You can opt to enjoy extra space in the Suite villas, which are well equipped with a kitchen and separate dining area overlooking the rice fields.
You can even surf at the beach which is just a short walk away.
4. Balinese-style rooms at Sawah Indah Villa (From US$26)
Consider staying at Sidemen – a sleepy little town with ubiquitous terraced rice fields. Some people claim that this is how Ubud used to be 20 years ago.
Sawah Indah Villa promises rice paddy views from all the rooms – Budget, Deluxe, One-Bedroom and a Family Room. The rooms boast of Balinese styled wooden interiors.
Relax at your private balcony overlooking the picturesque landscape and mountains, which are considered sacred by the locals.
If you are looking for some alone time, it’s time to just eat, read and relax in the private gazebos.
5. Taste the village life at Umasari Rice Terrace Villa (From US$42)
Umasari Rice Terrace Villa is located in a small village in the middle of the rice paddies, assuring great views from all around you. With only six rooms, staying at Umasari is a home-away-from-home experience.
The property has three categories of rooms – Jogla Double Room, Suite and Wooden House. All the rooms come with a balcony or terrace and of course, the refreshing paddy view.
The Suite and Wooden House belong to the Premium category – they have extra space with a separate dining area and an aesthetically designed semi-open bathing area. Some of the premium category rooms are soundproof, giving you extra privacy.
The landscape around the property is perfect for nature walks and cycling trips.
6. Enjoy rice paddy views near the city centre at Sri Bungalows (From US$48)
Sri Bungalows offer the best of both worlds to budget travellers looking to immerse in the natural settings of Ubud and enjoy the energy of the city centre at the same time.
Though the Bungalows are in a terrific location, some rooms in Deluxe Double overlook the rice fields while others have pool and river view. At US$67 upwards, it is a good deal for its location.
If you are looking for extra spacious rooms and ready to pay more, the Super Deluxe-Double rooms come with 2 balconies overlooking the rice paddies. The One-bedroom suite has both paddy and pool view and the Family Room also has a balcony overlooking the paddies.
An extra outdoor seating area lets you enjoy the tranquil greenery of Ubud.
7. Relax on your private balcony at Kubu Bali Baik Villa & Resort (From US$44)
Surrounded by terraced rice fields, Kubu Bali Baik is a fairly new property tucked away from the city centre. With only 12 bedrooms, the hotel offers value-for-money accommodation for couples keen on privacy.
Regardless of whether you choose a deluxe room or a four-bedroom villa, the peaceful views of rice paddies can be enjoyed from private balconies available in all the rooms. If you get lucky, you may get to hear traditional Balinese music from the temples nearby.
The deluxe room is spacious and comes with a beautiful private garden which is perfect for morning coffee with your loved one.
The villas have an additional feature of a private pool – a great way to unwind.
8. Look out of your wooden wonderland at Bliss Bungalow Ubud (From US$36)
Be awoken to the first dawn of golden light shining upon the view of promising paddy fields, and stunning gardens to take an evening stroll around in.
Imagine sipping tea to such a view!
If you love wooden furnishing, you would love a night in either a room or a bungalow that is wonderfully crafted with a timber theme.
And if you need a way to relax your muscles, try a revitalizing soak in the pool. They don’t just have an outdoor pool for you!
If you prefer not to tan and rest in the shade, have a soak in the indoor spa pool that is perfect for private, blissful moments.
9. Take a dip in the infinity pool surrounded by the rice paddies at Agung Raka Resort and Villas (From US$39)
Nestled in Monkey Forest, Agung Raka is a resort style property. The hotel has Superior, Deluxe and Villa categories, of which Deluxe Double specifically with pool view have paddy views.
Some of the One-Bedroom Villas also offer paddy views, a pricier option that comes with a private pool as well.
The Two-Bedroom Villas are surrounded by the tropical garden, offers rice paddy view and has a private pool to soothe your tired soul.
You can also opt for a special Honeymoon Package with One-Bedroom Villa and Deluxe Double (with views) that includes daily American Breakfast, a candlelight dinner and a 2-hour traditional Balinese massage.
Don’t be disappointed if you can’t get a private pool though. You can still enjoy the hotel’s infinity pool overlooking the paddy fields!
10. Experience the Ubud countryside at Inang Villa (From US$40)
Inang Villa is located in the Ubud countryside with volcanic peaks in the background. Here, you can witness the daily activities of farmers working in the rice fields.
The property has an eclectic collection of six distinctly designed rooms which will make your experience quite personal.
You can get the rice paddy views with pool views from your private terrace in the Deluxe Rooms (aka Inang Jepun and Inang Lily).
You can also opt for a Deluxe Suite Room (aka Inang Lotus) which comes with an extra single bed and offers rice paddy and pool views from its private terrace. At a little bit of extra cost, you can get a kitchenette equipped with stove and kitchenware.
The Two-Bedroom Family Suite (aka Inang Family Suite) is the priciest option with two spacious bedrooms, a kitchenette, dining area and a huge private terrace surrounded by rice fields, coconut trees and tropical garden.