Villa Naga, Ubud

Naga is the Balinese version of the mythical dragon, a long, coiled serpent-like being lying dormant, sleeping alongside the Wos (Medicine) River Valley in Payogan, Ubud. Like the mythical beast, the house is long and blends into the environment.


About 1 hour from the international airport and 5 km north of Ubud is the compound of Villa Naga. "Naga" means dragon, an auspicious sign of the Chinese zodiac. The house is designed by Dutch architect, Joost van Grieken using traditional Balinese and Javanese building materials in a very modern minimalist style. The house has been written up in a number of books and architectural magazines as part of the new Bali school of architecture. The long stretched piece of land gives far views over the Wos River - valley, is mainly facing the east, the direction of the sun and moonrise.

The modern designed pavilions were completed in spring 2001 and consist the following. From the entrance pavilion a walkway leads through a lush garden to the central courtyard. Here is the access to main pavilion from where you can experience your first stunning views over the valley.

In this long-house style pavilion the open dining space is accommodated, together with 2 spacious bedrooms. In between the entrance from the gallery to the bedrooms is a private comfortable sitting area located.

Via the dining area, walking over stepping-stones of the main focus fishpond, one reaches the large living pavilion, where the kitchen and the staff quarters are housed. While traditional Balinese and Javanese materials are used throughout, the pavilions with the thatched roofs appear to be modern, so is most of the furniture.

By using limited selection of materials Joost enhances the simplicity and purity of the house. Lombok grasses form the thatch of the roof, but bengkerai wood is used in the roof framework, as well as for all the door and window fittings, and the octagonal load bearing columns; the latter are supported by resilient Javanese white stone. All decorative and art works have been collected by the owner during trips all over Asia. The lighting in the pavilions and gardens create another serene atmosphere during the evenings.

In addition, custom made ivory and polished cement tiles make elegant statements in all pavilions, while the walls are either finished in cream-color sandstone or plastered and painted in Canton green or Tuscan terracotta. Each bedroom has a king size bed, a separate dressing area, a bathroom with an attached open outdoor patio with a freestanding bathtub and shower. Ceiling fans cool the 2 double bedrooms.


  • Complimentary return airport transport on arrival and on departure.
  • Welcome drink and fruit basket on arrival.
  • Turn down service.
  • Personal service by the villa staff.
  • Area: Private area.
  • Pool: Private swimming pool ( 18 x 4 m ).
  • Accomodation: Dining area; One reaches the large living pavilion; Fully equipped kitchen; 2 spacious bedrooms with en-suite bathroom; A garden; Book library; Fully equipped kitchen (without microwave).
  • Communication: WiFi Internet.
  • Entertainment: TV with satellite; iPod dock; Boshe Sound system; DVD Player; Games board.
  • Family: Naga is well equipped for families.
  • Additional Fasilities: Hair dryer; Safety box in master bedroom.