The Story Behind the Villa Wastra
In 2006, Bob and Mariah decided to live in Bali after their retirement from the University of Indonesia. Mariah has always been fascinated by the culture and art of Bali, and Bob is the one who took it seriously and started looking for land to build. It was just by coincidence or just sheer luck that we found this land in Payangan. While buying some gasoline along the road to Kintamani, Bob and friend started asking people if there was land for sale in the area. Bob was delighted to know there was land available. So Bob and Mariah ended up purchasing a piece of property in the hamlet Penyabangan, 800 meters above sea level, on top of a valley, and in a very rural part of Bali. They both fell in love with the view and lush and green facing a forest where the weather is pleasant year round. It took them 3 years to build a house with 5 rooms enough space for each of their three children who were living in Toronto, New York and Utah.
It was ideal since they had a place to stay when coming back to Indonesia. The years passed and the kids started having families and careers, sadly, there was no time to visit Bali. So Bob and Mariah decided to open a Bed and Breakfast. Wishnu is the oldest son and with his marketing expertise initiated to set up a website and planned the back office, marketing, and reservation from his home base in Toronto. This was the humble origins of Villa Wastra. Wastra, meaning “traditional textile” is another passion of Mariah’s, a hobby she started 15 years ago. She loves to visit weavers and textile artisans not only in Bali, but time permitting, all over the archipelago. Presently she is the editor of a bi-lingual traditional textile journal published two times a year. Bob writes books and attends to his library. He also loves to oversee the planting of peanuts, corn, and other fruits and vegetables in the garden, which very often become part of the food served on the table. Very sadly, Bob passed away in October 2016 while in Jakarta. Currently Mariah is continuing Villa Wastra Bed and Breakfast, with her faithful staff of 20 years
A few main reasons to choose the Villa Wastra while visiting Bali…
Because both businessmen and travelers need to access the Internet anywhere!
Enjoy a full-blown room service, enhanced by an option to order food and beverages!
Free Parking Lots
Book a suite and the parking lot will be yours, free of any additional charge!
Early check-in, late check-out
More flexible than ever, made with our guests’ comfort and timing in mind…
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A luxurious villa with soul
This place surprised and charmed us. Just book. You won’t be sorry