About this listing
Enjoy inspiring ocean and coastal views in a tranquil secluded setting. A simple but solid house with terrace and 2nd floor space. Whether you come to swim, surf, fish, dive or stay at home and read, you'll enjoy your time on the hilltop.
Downstairs there is one large bedroom and partitions available to convert the living room into a private space, which can be used as a second bedroom. There is a king size bed in the bedroom for two people. Guests may choose to have a single bed or a double bed mattress put in the living room, which also has a mosquito net.
For groups of 2 or more people, guests may choose to sleep in either of the two cosy upstairs loft rooms , designed to provide privacy but still allow the breeze in and a view of the ocean from the bed, fan and mosquito nets provided. The temperature in the house is nice and cool, since the second floor space was added, keeping the sun off the first floor roof, it is cool and refreshing in the house, and so no guests have used the air conditioning since then (air conditioning has been removed from the amenities list for the house). There are fans in the main bedroom and living room. The loft rooms are breezy and often don't even need fans, though can be provided if guests request them.
Guests may use the kitchen to prepare meals, or request to have us arrange a maid to come and do some cooking/kitchen hand work for them, and pay her directly, approx 30,000rp ($3 per hour) minimum three hours per day . The kitchen has a fridge, gas cooker, plates, bowls, pots, pans and cutlery, ample bench and cupboard space and a counter with high chairs. A blender can be provided upon request. Drinking water, cooking oil, coffee, tea, milk and sugar are provided on arrival. There are mini markets in Kuta selling bread, pasta, fruit and vegetables, cheese, margarine, snacks, condiments etc.
The outdoor markets are held in Kuta on Wednesday and Sunday mornings, where you can get a wider range of foods, fresh and prepared, including fresh seafood. In fact, you can get fresh seafood at the market location every morning of the week.
Hot water shower, western toilet, cable tv with channels in English, French, Japanese, and Indonesian. A DVD player can be provided upon request.
Wi-Fi recently added, not as fast as some of you may be used to , but definitely not slow, (notwithstanding any interruptions on the provider end, which are very rare). Up to 5 people can connect simultaneously without overtly affecting the browsing speed. Guests who use more than 10G of data per week (by streaming a lot or downloading large files for example), may be asked to contribute $10 for extra data.
The house is cool and breezy, especially from April to November. You can sleep in comfort and security, in the cool night temperatures, by locking only the iron security doors, and leaving the windows and main doors open. There are fans in the living room and the bedroom. Large terrace with hammocks and rocking chairs. Picturesque sunrises and twilight ambiance are very nice.
Only 2 minutes from a couple of ocean view restaurants, 5 to 7 minutes down to Kuta, which has a good range of restaurants and cafes. It is possible to order meals by phone from selected restaurants, and have a delivery boy go down to kuta to pick up the order, for a fee of around $4.00.
10 minutes to beautiful Are Goling and Mawun beaches. Mawun is safe for swimming and sunbathing at any tide. There are several quality wet and dry season surf spots within 10, 20 and 30 minutes drive.
A nightwatchman is present from dusk to dawn for peace of mind. The host lives nearby. Cleaning is done every second day or whenever guests request it. Guests clothes can be sent to the laundry and picked up again.
At present, quiet, secure, comfortable accommodation with amazing ocean views, is hard to find in and around Kuta.
If you reserve online a day before or on the same day as your check-in, it is very important that you contact the phone number provided immediately, to ensure you will be welcomed at the gate and given the keys without having to wait.
Interaction with guests
The host is often available if guests require information. The host is not certified to give surf lessons, but can easily arrange a surf guide from Kimen Surf in Kuta.
As previous guests have said in reviews, renting a motorbike or car is essential, as there is no public transport system. Exceptionally fit guests may choose to walk or ride a bicycle to and from Kuta, (35 and 15 mintues respectively) or to the beaches to the west, but be warned, it's quite hilly.
Other things to note
The main road from Kuta up the hill to Prabu has been upgraded and is in excellent condition. However, the final 150m dirt road to access the property is currently being upgraded by the local council. Access by motorbike is possible you just need to go slowly. Consider it a small effort in order to enjoy the awesome view. Coming in and out of the access road is much easier on motorbikes. When it rains (sometimes between December and April), it is still possible to ride in to the property, there is even an alternative track for motorbikes, through a few neighbouring fields, which we prepared especially for our guests during the rainy season. Some guests may still prefer to leave their car or bikes parked at a neighbour's house on the main road and walk 2 to 3 minutes. If the access road is a challenge for less experience riders, don't worry! assistance is given to guests bringing in and taking out scooters, or carrying in shopping, whenever they request it. Almost all guests have said that after two or three times, they get used to it.
Always lock the house properly when you go out. This means lock BOTH the wooden doors and windows, AND the security doors.
No riding scooters or driving on the footpath.
No illegal drugs.
No outside guests after 10 pm without prior arrangement with the host. No burning candles on wood surfaces or letting off fireworks in the house or on the terrace.
No dogs, but cats, rabbits and horses are welcome.
Guests can smoke in the kitchen and living room area, and on the terrace, but are asked to refrain from smoking in the main bedroom and upstairs loft rooms.
Thanks for remembering these points.