The bamboo dome in Villa Akasia, Ubud, Bali is carefully and passionately designed with bio-architecture concept that gives peaceful, relaxing and healing effects. We think Brian — the villa manager — will explain it in details for every guests coming In summary, it’s environmental friendly and recharges the energy of the people inside of it. Cool, isn’t it?
Here is the full review. Link for booking is provided at the end of the post.
This review is provided neutrally, based on personal experience.
Dome in Villa Akasia, Ubud, Bali
The dome is a name for a room, with beautiful bamboo construction in the shape of a ‘half-ball’. It is located in the middle of rice field, in the same land with the villa, but in separate building from the main house.
Once we enter the dome, it is bigger than it seems in the Airbnb picture! Very nice and beautiful layout of the interior! Concrete and natural stone for the floor, soft carpet in the middle of the room, combined with the ‘humble’ bamboo for the roof and wall, then living in the dome is truly a unique experience.
We arrived at night so the dimmed lights are so natural and give special ambience for this room. The hanging lights besides the bed are lovely. The room won’t be too dark; you can read, or you can just relax.
They have long table with large space for all of your belongings: laptop, charger, food-plates, even suitcase. Surely they have free wi-fi all over the villa. This is one of my favorite spot to work. With the curtain open, the inspiration is just right there, and the dream-cather above your head will pour you with peace
Across the table, the dome has comfy ‘sofa’: perfect for my 8-months-old baby to sit, crawl, play, eat, or even learn to stand up because they have a higher level of cushion on the back for her to hold on.
You can also watch DVD in the dome, they have plenty of options. But no TV (cable) satellite available.
They install the electricity socket on the floor since all the wall made of bamboo. To turn on/off the lights, you can simply use your foot.
This dome has 3 doors (to toilet, terrace, and its main door to the villa), and 3 big windows made of clear glass. This is the main door leading to locked monkey cage.
During the day, natural light come inside the dome.
All curtains/doors made of fabric/bamboo. The bamboo doors have locks made of bamboo. But when we stayed there, two of the locks were broken. Besides the bamboo door with locks, the doors also have the fabric curtain with velcro.
However, since it’s made of fabric and bamboo, the doors cannot be closed completely, leaving the open space underneath. This makes cats can come in at nights. Somehow, they said they would find some ways to re-train the cats to not coming into the dome again.
Dogs and cats are allowed free all over the villa (though the monkeys are locked and tied). So for those who doesn’t like animals, please consider to alert Brian if you decide to stay here.
But of course, all animals in the villa (they have 2 monkeys inside the cage, some cute dogs, and some cats) are well behaved. Just make sure you don’t leave any accessible food inside the dome at all time.
Tips: make sure all cats are all inside the house with house’s doors closed, if you prefer them not bothering you at night
Safety deposit box is also available inside the dome.
If you feel it’s too hot during afternoon, they have mini fan inside the dome. But I don’t think you will need it. With the doors open, the wind will blow inside the dome. Anti-mosquito lamp is also available. They really pay attention to details, right?
The dome has 200x200cm bed with mosquito net, protecting all of us from the bloody-bites. Unlike the other hotel, the top of the bed is not covered with cloth so guests can see what net above the bed has. But in the other hand, when we lay down, we can see the top of the dome from the transparent net. For me, it is very special and relaxing, especially during the silent night in the village. Very elegant and comfortable way to sleep!
The outdoor bathroom is equipped with hot shower. They will also provide shampoo, towel, etc. Clean and well-maintained.
Food and breakfast is okay. Guests can use the kitchen in the main house if you need some (hot) water, cook something, or make baby food. It is small, but complete and proper.
Swimming pool is located in villa, shared with other guests. The water is at normal temperature.
THE WHOLE VILLA
Basically, guests are allowed to use the whole villa, which consists of the main house, swimming pool, and sort of gazebo.
Main house door facing the entrance gate.
Living room in the main house, facing the swimming pool.
The stairs are leading to the bedroom upstairs. Gazebo with a table and four chairs can be used to have breakfast in a relaxing atmosphere of rice field.
Bedroom downstairs, facing the garden.
TV room in the main house. You can use this for Movie Night, plenty of DVDs are available.
The villa is connected to the dome by a fish pond with a couple of stone path in front of the TV room.
Entrance door, leading to the main house.
Parking lot is available just outside the villa.
The direction to the villa is a bit challenging. Make sure you ask Brian for details before arriving. I think they should put some signs from the main road of Jalan Raya Keliki.
The Summary of Dome in Villa Akasia, Ubud, Bali
Overall, we had a very pleasant experience living here, the luxurious and relaxing dome in Villa Akasia, Ubud, Bali. This is a nice place for solo, couple, or traveler with family. The dome, the staff, the surroundings are all amazing. If you look for somewhere unique to stay, then this is it!