If you have ever seen the movie Eat, Pray, Love then you will remember Julia Roberts’ character riding a bicycle along quiet streets in the Balinese city of Ubud and living in a house overlooking beautiful rice fields. While quiet streets in Ubud are far from reality, and you probably can’t ride a bike through the sacred monkey forest, the house used in the movie is very real and I can tell you where to find it.
During our recent stay on the outskirts of Ubud we rented a typical open Balinese house overlooking rice fields. It was so open that in the evening we had to duck as bats flew through the non-existent wall and into our living room. It was a beautiful setting and it reminded us of the open Balinese house from the movie Eat, Pray, Love. And as it turns out, the actual house used in the movie was behind ours. And our house was also shown in the movie during the scene where actor Javier Bardem gives Julia Roberts a ride home in the Jeep. Behind them is a rice field with a house. That house was the one we rented. As Julia Roberts starts walking down a path you can see another house in the distance with the trees. This was the house used in the movie and is the Eat, Pray, Love house.
We first found out about the Eat, Pray, Love house from an expat who lived in the area. He pointed out the house to us and mentioned that nobody was living in it and we should go check it out.
Finding the house can be a little tricky so I thought I would put together a guide to show you how to find it. The house is privately owned, so I would advise to not trespass without the owner’s permission. You can see the house nicely from the rice terraces behind the house and you won’t be trespassing.
How To Find The Eat Pray Love House
From the Ubud Palace follow Jl. Suweta north for 3.8 kilometers. You will see a sign on the left for “Restu Bumi” and this was the house we stayed in.
Just past this is a rice field with the path leading down to the Eat Pray Love house.
Follow the path down and turn left at the bottom
If you would like a better view of the house, turn around and you will find a path that goes into the rice terraces. From the rice terraces you can see the house clearly.
This would be a great house to rent, and if anyone knows how to rent it, we would love to know.
You know, I watched that film and the scenes in which they are sitting in the house at night and as I watched the film I thought to myself, no way. They have lights on and there are no bats and/or bugs flying through?! I don’t think so!
Just watched the movie again. I REALLY wanna stay here!
Jacques Goudreault says
Much better options and right next door.
see Eat Pray Love listing here http://anitavilla.weebly.com/more-villas.html
Thanks for the guide!
We would have never found the house wirhout it.
I was hier today. Anything it’s broken and the trees isn’t very much. You can see only a old house. So sad.
Jacques Goudreault says
I was renovated and on Airbnb for a while but didn’t last. Now another villa has been built beside and extending further into the rice terraces so you no longer have a view. It is in disrepair and needs to new roof. The owner is looking for long term multi year lease and asking an outrageous price. Anyone interested would have to renovate the entire place.
Heath smith says
Was just at this location and it’s now abandon and run down. Very sad!
Thank you so much.Wirhout your info I would never been able to find the place.
Judy Ellis says
My son and I spent a week in the house about 3 years ago. We found it on Airbnb. We hired a bike locally and often had meals delivered from local restaurants. It was delightful, peaceful and absolutely memorable. I can’t imagine how the house could behave fallen into such disrepair in such a short time.
My daughter and I are currently staying in the house which is available on air bnb. It is in immaculate condition and the owner has photos of the scenes shot here. You can even use the same bicycle from the movie to ride around the fields. Even if it weren’t associated with the movie, it is still a wonderful place to stay. Plus, there is a gorgeous, very friendly resident cat.
Any knows where Felipe’s villa is?