Bali is one of the best places in the world to find quirky yet affordable places to stay. From tree houses to rustic eco-lodges and regular villas, there is no dearth of accommodations. However, if you want to experience something completely unique, head over to Ubud for an offbeat experience that will not burn a hole in your pocket!
Located right in the heart of Ubud, lies the Firefly Eco Lodge. With 4 different types of accommodations available, the bamboo woven birds’ nest stands out for its amazing views and structure. With four charming “nests” stacked on top of each other, in a woven bamboo tower, it is set in beautiful green rice fields.
While it may seem like a regular tree house at first glance, it is more like sleeping in a giant nest or basket. Built from wood up to five metres above the ground, depending on which nest you pick, it is only accessible by climbing a thin wooden ladder. For those scared of heights, the room on the ground floor is the best pick as there is no climbing involved. However, you will probably miss out on the picturesque views the nest is known for. As scary as the ladder sounds, it is, in fact, more comfortable to climb than a regular step ladder with no gaps in between to slip from.
The bird’s nest is designed with basics to ensure your comfort such as round woven walls, a plug point, a double bed spring mattress and fabric curtains to pull down around the bed during night time. With no doors, fans or air conditioning, it can seem like it may be hot to relax during the day, however with gaps in the walls and a solid wooden roof, the temperature remains pleasant during the day and night as well. Despite its rustic interiors, the resort promises a strong WiFi connection for its guests staying at the nest. After all, with such a jaw-dropping view of endless rice fields, you surely would need to capture and share it with your loved ones back home!
You can choose to spend your day relaxing in the nest or exploring the fascinating town of Ubud nearby. With a globally popular art market and stunning temples to discover, the list of things to do in Bali’s cultural capital is endless. To know the best options to discover around Ubud, check out this list of must-dos while staying in Ubud.
After a day spent enjoying the views and exploring the nearby rice fields, head over to the communal area which has a seating area and a big locker to store your things. It is a great place to meet fellow travellers and make friends from all over the world.
Next to the stacking-baskets birds’ nest, there is a shared bathroom on the ground floor which is carved out of stone and has a bathtub for you to relax in, especially at night with a view of starry skies above you.
Which is the best nest to stay in?
Unless you have mobility constraints or are afraid of heights, the top two nests are the best ones to sleep in with stunning views right outside your nest. Due to their popularity, they are also the first ones to get sold out and it is highly recommended to book the accommodation in advance as they can get sold out months before.
Reaching the nest
The eco-lodge is in a secluded area that can seem very far. However, it is just a few minutes’ walk away from the town of Ubud. The nests are tucked away in the rice fields and hence aren’t directly accessible by car. However, once you reach just outside on the main road, the lodge can arrange for a pickup to cover the short distance to the accommodation, so that you don’t have to worry about lugging your baggage yourself till the resort.
Tucked away amid rice fields, this experience may not be for everyone, especially for those who are afraid of heights or are light sleepers. Similar to glamping but in a fun accommodation, it is, however, one of the most recommended places to stay in Ubud. If you are a nature fanatic who doesn’t mind sharing the views with a bug or two, it is an incredible experience that you won’t be forgetting for a long time.
‘Curated by Neha Bhise’