For those with short attention spans, stay. It's really nice.
For those who don't mind some extra sentences, you'll love what you get here as long as you know what you're getting. Yes, there are lots of crawling creatures: lizards equipped with camouflage, ants big enough to carry off small children, a random roach or two. And, sure, it isn't as mosquito-free as, say, the Bellagio. But what do you expect? You're basically in the middle of a jungle, and you're not the only thing that wants to live there.
Deal with this fact, and everything else that isn't perfect about paradise will seem like a quibble. I would've preferred higher water pressure in the shower, a television in both of the villa's bedrooms, a larger fridge, and some mosquito nets, but I found it hard to complain when looking out over the rice terrace from my shared (okay, one more nitpick) pool every morning. And, high pressure or not, I dug showering outside--the open space made the bathroom feel huge. There's a small library, tons of places to sit/relax, and even a kitchen if you avoid the temptation of having every meal delivered, which I managed to...barely.
But, as with most memorable places, it's the people who made Orchid Bungalow home during my two-week visit. The staff answered every question and strove to fulfill each request. They cleaned unobtrusively and smiled unabashedly. They made a new place seem less strange by being more than strangers. In short, they rocked.
No where was this benevolence more evident than in the treatment I received from Jenny, the affable Kiwi who runs the joint. She helped increase the Wi-Fi's speed, arranged for a repairman to both pick up and drop off my laptop when the hard drive went on strike, and entertained with her much-cooler-sounding English in more than one engaging conversation.I found myself wishing I were a member of her family, though, in many ways, I was treated like one. Had I met her earlier, I would've stayed with her sooner.
Don't make my inadvertent mistake by delaying a trip here. Book now, fantasize about Ubud's beauty, and marvel at how your imaginings become reality from the second you arrive.
And take a dip whenever possible. Your troubles will drown assuming you don't.
P.S. The center of Ubud is about a thirty minute walk away, up and down quite a few inclines. Don't let the distance dissuade you: you'll want to burn some calories after dining at yet another of Bali's deliciously affordable restaurants. Or get message on the way back. Probably both.