SHAKTI is a TWO STOREY HOUSE that overlooks a JUNGLE, GARDEN, and RICE PADDIES. It is conveniently located just a few minutes away (2km) from the central UBUD Royal Palace. SHAKTI can accommodate a single person, a couple, or a family, as the house sleeps up to SIX people. The house has been recently renovated, painted in luminous white, is simple and comfortable, nicely decorated with stylish teak wood furniture, antiques, sculptures, original paintings, and other art pieces.
GARDEN FLOOR, LIVING ROOM/LOUNGE contains a table and chairs, a NOOK that sleeps 1-2 people. The space is OPEN over the JUNGLE and the GARDEN is displayed on the lower terrace. The open LOUNGE has low walls as is the tropical style here, and is exposed to nature. Nevertheless, a manner of privacy is retained with the use of “bedeg” (woven bamboo panels, white washed) and “kere” (bamboo blinds) as well as acrylic blinds that keep the light in while protecting from the rain.
GARDEN FLOOR, KITCHEN is equipped with a counter made from local wood, a cozy teak wood high stool, gas cooker, fridge, water dispenser (20L water jug, for a 25,000 Rp fee), good quality pots, pans, and basic kitchen ware (glasses, cups, plates, cutlery, etc). The back wall of the kitchen is also open to the higher terraced rice field.
GARDEN FLOOR, BEYOND ''FRENCH" STYLE DOUBLE DOORS there is an enclosed HALLWAY with a BATHROOM and a wooden STAIRCASE that leads to the second floor. The bathroom has a large window with a JUNGLE VIEW that lets a lot of natural light in. It is equipped with a large GRANITE wash basin, hot water shower, shelves, cabinet, (email hidden) for storage. WC is in a separate nook with extra shelving and a small library offering books for our guests to read on spot. The HALLWAY offers more storage with a camphor wood cabinet. In the hallway there is also a DOOR that opens to the outside with a small terrace leading to the back of the house, with a storage area for luggage, helmets, tools, a line for laundry, and access to water; it overlooks the garden and jungle on the lower terraces.
SECOND FLOOR is accessible via a wooden STAIRCASE from the garden floor hallway and contains a large MASTER BEDROOM; its wooden floor, white washed wooden walls, and colonial style brings coolness to the space. There is a QUEEN SIZE teak bed (sleeps 1-2) (email hidden), bedside tables and lamps a writing table, two comfortable antique teak armchairs, a lockable cabinet, a FAN (no air-con), and enough space for yoga. There are TWELVE WINDOWS overlooking the RICE PADDIES to the sunset side (west) and the JUNGLE and GARDEN to the sunrise side (east). All windows are fitted with white cotton curtains, and there are extra bamboo blinds on the west side to protect from the sun.
SECOND FLOOR master bedroom leads to a covered VERANDA with one bed (sleeps 1-2: 1 adult approximately 80 kilos, or 2 children) that is covered (email hidden), adjacent colonial white rattan seats with cushions for reading or relaxing. The veranda is partially enclosed with windows to protect the rain coming in on the side with the bed, and partially open on the opposite side to allow for fresh air. This space overlooks the garden and giant ferns and allows for reading, art, and other activities.
Guests are given FULL ACESS to the house.
GARDEN is accessible by stone steps on the outside of the house near the entrance, and slopes down towards the JUNGLE ravine, with two Balinese Hindu shrines. The terraced garden features a sitting Buddha statue as well as heliconia, giant ferns (6 meters high), frangipani, coconut trees, and other tropical palms.
GARAGE is located at the entrance of the Balinese family compound.
INTERNET service will be provided to you either through a mobile hotspot device, usb modem that you can plug directly into your laptop, or through a wired internet modem providing a wireless network throughout the house. Remember that Bali does not compete with Western countries in terms of speed and consistency of Internet.
NO SWIMMING POOL at the home, but there is access to a salt water pool nearby at Villa Sugar, just by the Botanic Gardens, for a small fee. Other beautiful pools accessible in the area are at The Mansion and d'Omah Bali in Penestanan, and Sayan Terrace and Gaya Gallery in Sayan, also for a small fee.
We prefer to give you privacy, and management will only interact as needed based on your request or if there is some sort of issue that requires attention. You may also cross paths with one of our housekeepers during their twice-weekly cleaning of the unit. Please be advised that our girls have varying degrees of experience with the English language, some are able to hold a conversation and others only know a handful of words. Please be respectful of cultural differences and the language barrier in your interaction with them.
During your stay in SHAKTI, you’ll be close enough to town for convenient access, yet far enough away from the busy crowds to enjoy the peace of the natural surroundings. SHAKTI is located in Banjar (town hall) Shakti Bentuyung, and easy to locate (just 2km north on Jl Suweta from the corner of the Royal Ubud Palace), just 200 meters past the landmark of WAPA DI UME RESORT (on the opposite side).
Jl. Suweta (our street) is inhabited with small villages along the road that give it a feeling of county life.
YOUR NEIGHBORS are a Balinese family who lives nearby, are our 'guardian angels', protecting the house as well as being caretakers of the nearby rice fields. Please keep a polite and civilized relationship with them, greeting them if you pass by, but do not disturb them with questions or requests, as they are BUSY with their own family and work. Any requests that you have should be directly to our management or housekeeper.
THE NEIGHBORS HAVE A YOUNG CAT who likes to beg for food sometimes. We have provided some dry food available in the fridge that she would appreciate, if you don’t mind being kind to her. There is also (email hidden) Labrador that we like to give some treats occasionally, but it is up to you.
UBUD is a MOOD, as the artistic and spiritual center of this Island of the Gods, with traditional healers, painters, sculptors, musicians and dancers, kite makers, mask carvers, furniture and fashion designers, and jewelers, with many beautiful MUSEUMS to visit (ARMA, Neka, Lukisan, Blanco, Rudana, etc). The area is popular with yogis from all over the world who come here to improve their practice or complete a teacher training and has become a world-famous hub since Elizabeth Gilbert’s book “Eat, Pray, Love” was published, and even more so after a movie, based on the book and featuring Julia Roberts, was made. Many festivals are hosted here, including Ubud Writers Festival (Oct), Meditation Festival (Nov), and Bali Spirit Festival (March) with music, dance, and yoga.
UBUD has been named “BEST DESTINATION IN ASIA” by Conde Nast Traveler Readers and the President of the World Peace Committee gave Bali the “ISLAND OF PEACE" (website hidden) SCHOOL is now a world reference in terms of their building technique, sustainable standards, and education system. Just 6km away lies their campus built on hectares of beautiful land using a most inventive architecture of bamboo, with organic vegetable gardens, a solar power system and much more—this a must see! You should find their website online for a virtual tour, as well as registering for a real tour once you’re in town.
GETTING AROUND THE LOCAL AREA
While it’s great to have a good walk around town, having your own transportation is essential to get the most out of your visit. The preferred method of the locals is an automatic scooter. Otherwise, you could hire an Ojek (scooter taxi) to transport you on one inexpensively (paid directly to our recommended Ojek, Mr Agung). Some athletic visitors opt for a bicycle (though be advised that it is hot, humid, and hilly). Another option is or a rented car (with/without driver). We recommend Nyoman Suarjana for car, scooter and push bike rentals. He has fair rates, with discounts offered for weekly and monthly periods. You will need your International Driving License and personal insurance. For the scooter rental a signed rental document with your personal information is compulsory. This is standard procedure, so please comply happily with these requests.
GETTING HERE FROM THE AIRPORT
It is advisable to HIRE OUR DRIVER if you are arriving from the airport, so that someone will be there waiting for you, allowing for a smooth arrival, avoiding a headache and waste of time and energy. OUR DRIVER has a comfortable car with air-con and charges 280,000 IDR (approximately $23 USD, as of Jan. 2014) for pickup or drop-off at the airport. He has been transporting our guests for years, speaks great English, communicates well via mobile phone, is safe, reliable, knowledgeable, polite, and will help you carry your luggage to the unit upon arrival as well as being able to provide you with the keys, show you where the lights are, and other things. He will stand at the MAIN EXIT at AIRPORT with a large sign showing a BIRD AND A HEART (our logo) that will be very visible. He is also available for other tours (around the island to the volcano, temples, hot springs, beach, etc). LET US KNOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE US TO ARRANGE YOUR AIRPORT PICKUP WITH HIM.
INSECTS AND OTHER BEASTS are part of life in a tropical island like Bali. Vegetation here is rich, lush, growing fast and with it a whole array of living creatures. Some are quite cute and others are less pleasant. Remember also that a ugly hairy caterpillar, given time, will become a shimmering butterfly as large as your hand. This is not a jungle ala Disney, so you should be both careful and respectful. Remember also that most will flee rather than confront you, but we want to give you an idea of what you can expect while being here.
CRAWING CREATURES: a variety of lizards (land and water), geckos, snails of various sizes, centipedes, chameleons, many varieties of ants, small scorpions, spiders (mostly harmless ones who busy themselves catching flies and mosquitoes), snakes (some could be potentially dangerous like the green tree viper).
WINGED CREATURES: herons, kingfishers, egrets (and other water fowl), owls, bats, dragon flies, fireflies, moths, butterflies, beetles, flying ants, cockroaches, flying lizards, jungle chickens, and wild doves.
OTHER ANIMALS: eels (in rice fields), squirrels (commonly seen climbing up and down coconut trees), monkeys, cats, dogs, and various farm animals.
MOSQUITOS: while there is no malaria here, dengue fever is a slight possibility—though statistically, it mostly affects people who have been living here for at least three years. We provide natural essential oils as mosquito repellent. You should protect yourself with round-the-clock essential oils. We make sure to avoid stagnant water in our garden, or have it mixed with some drops of bleach to prevent larvae.
TRAVEL LIGHT (avoid heavy suitcases, clothes are cheap here), and remember to bring your own flashlight or headlamp.
BE RESPECTFUL OF BALINESE CULTURE and be sure to take your shoes off when entering a Balinese home, DO NOT point at people or things with your finger, and DO NOT touch people or things with your foot as well as not showing the sole of your feet to people (these things are considered very rude). You should give and receive things ONLY WITH YOUR RIGHT HAND, whenever possible, and always smile. People here will smile a lot and rarely say “NO.”
BE RESPECTFUL OF TEMPLE AND CEREMONY RULES, and whenever attending a ceremony, be sure that you have NO bare shoulders/chest, no short pants or Bermudas. Men should wear a sarong and a SAPUT (smaller sarong) on top, with its strings tied at the waist meant to separate the pure from the impure, an UDENG (Balinese turban). Women should wear a sarong with a sash (scarf) at the waist for the same reasons. As a top, women should wear a KEBAYA (lacy balinese style blouse), or a plain long-sleeved shirt, and hair should be knotted into a bun. Bringing an offering (banten, tjanang) with you is always welcome; you can get them from a local warung for about $1USD. Observe the Balinese people and do the same as they do. Women usually sit with women and men sit with men, please do so unless you are with a Balinese friend of the opposite sex, it’s ok then to sit together. Avoid backpacks; take a simple handbag for women, a " belt pack" for men. Avoid wearing trousers under the sarong. Never stand higher than a priest, and do not stand on a platform where everyone is sitting. do not use flash lights when photographing a priest, always ask permission to make photo (a simple gesture is enough). Menstruating women are not allowed on temple (website hidden) AVAILABLE FOR LONG TERM RENTAL (1+ MONTH), please contact us with your request.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ANOTHER UNIT, PLEASE CHECK OUT THESE OTHER PLACES LOCATED IN SAYAN, UBUD BY THE AYUNG RIVER:
==> JUNGALOW GARDEN FLOOR http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/286363
==> JUNGALOW 2ND FLOOR http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/286033
==> BACK PACKERS STUDIO #3 http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1457940
==> BACK PACKERS STUDIO #4 http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1610472
==> GUEST ROOM AT ‘MAYA’ http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/360899
Beautiful stay in shakti house, the perfect location to lost yourself in the Balinese culture and close enough to town to enjoy restaurants, activities.
The house is really well decorated and the lounge facing the garden a great asset !
The staff are really lovely and i recommend booking your scotter with them.
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