Taman Bebek – Ubud


Taman Bebek means Duck Garden. Taman Bebek is a crazy wonderful and unique place, built and owned by an Australian, Michael White, now know as Made Wijaya.

Wijaya came to Bali in 1973 he says he jumped ship and swum ashore in a rainstorm. A student of Architecture, he first of all intended the visit as a short break from his studies, but his fascination with Bali’s rich culture and tradition led him to move in with a Brahman family in South Bali.

He did many jobs – was a tennis pro – before being asked to design the gardens of the legendary Bali Oberoi. More than 600 gardens later, Wijaya is a world renowned tropical garden designer. Taman Bebek is in the villiage of Sayan just out of Ubud and is built on the site of the home of American ethnomusicologist, composer and proponent in the West of gamelan music, Colin Mc Phee. Taman Bebek is a collection of Bali-Modern and Colonial-Class cottages and villas intended for those who appreciate nature.

The cottages are either within a tropical garden or with spectacular river valley and rice field views. Wijaya acquired the land in 1983. The villa Made was Wijaya’s original Sayan home. Designed by Wijaya in the mountain style he calls Bali-Baronial. The thatched, split-level villa has a full bathroom on each floor and a small kitchenette. It is said to have been the scene of many a wild party with guests Mike Jagger and David Bowie. There are seven villas/cottages, two pools, one a very good lapping pool the other a small plunge pool overlooking a spectacular view. A bar called “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane”.

The breakfast is lovely but basic and you can order simple meals from the kitchen but dinner would probably see you heading into Ubud ….. you need to use the hotel driver and it will cost about $A5 for a trip into town. The staff, we thought from the same family, are friendly and very helpful – a small slip of a girl hauled Anon’s huge bag onto one shoulder and took off through the gardens – but not in your face.

We loved our stay at the wild and wacky place, it is tranquil and very beautiful. More blogs will follow about the Villa Malay -now our villa – and the other villas.





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