Apartment - Entire home/apt · Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Clean, cozy studio, a comfortable accommodation for a good value.

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Clean, cozy studio, a comfortable accommodation for a good value.

The Space

STUDIO 3 is cozy and comfortable studio for travelers, designed to accommodate TWO people on a QUEEN SIZED BED (fitted with top quality inner spring mattress and mosquito net). The space is equipped with a fan, and a bathroom with hot shower, western toilet, and washbasin. The room is decorated with various artworks, a writing desk, and has storage for your clothing and luggage. The studio itself has no view of the river or rice fields as it is located in an inner yard, but the community steps to the river are just 100m away.

PARKING for scooters or bicycles is located in a covered garage inside the lane on the right side; please be considerate of sharing this space with others and park neatly. Cars should park along the street in a way that does not impede traffic, or in the lane for pickup and drop-off only.

There is a small kitchen (shared with the neighboring studio) on the terrace that is equipped with a refrigerator, single burner cooker (cover up after usage), cabinet with counter, and basic kitchenware. The kitchen is intended for breakfast, quick snacks or making a stir-fry, not really for elaborated meals. Your individual terrace is equipped with a wicker sofa that seats two, a low table, and plants. The light for your terrace is on the outside wall above the sofa to the right of your door. Each studio has its own basic set of cups, plates, bowls, glasses, cutlery and mineral water dispenser (20-LITER jug for a fee of 25.000 Rp.), but shares the use of any cookware.

Guest Access

Guests are given FULL ACCESS to their studio and SHARED ACCESS TO the KITCHEN (shared only with the neighboring studio) and PARKING AREA (shared with everyone who lives on the lane).

Interaction with Guests

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.

The Neighborhood

SAYAN, UBUD (the village where Studio 3 is located) is 4km away from central Ubud (Ubud Palace), and is one of the most privileged areas of Bali. If take the opportunity to venture 100 M down the main road to the community stairs leading to river, once you step off the street, you will be in a protected "green belt" area that acts as a natural lung: no cars, no bikes, no fumes, no cocks, no barking dogs, no burning garbage. UBUD is 600m above sea level, slightly cooler than on the coast, and is full of emerald green terraced rice fields, jungles, and coconut groves.

AYUNG RIVER comes all the way down from the Mount Batur, a volcano in Bali, and there is direct access to the riverbank by community steps through the garden steps just 100 M north on the main road. You can walk or run along a beautiful trekking lane adjacent to the riverbank as well. There is a Hindu shrine, a spring (blessed by the local priest), huge banyan trees, mysterious vines growing strange fruit, various small pavilions open on four sides (called bale) for reading, relaxing, yoga, or other activities. The Ayung River is also a hot spot for white water rafting, for tourists and locals alike. It should go without saying, but please don’t litter with bottles, plastic, packaging, etc, but be sure to bring any accumulated rubblish back home to your own bin. The riverbank is a place where local kids have a dive after school, women wash their laundry, and people take their evening bath. If you are just exploring and taking photos, please respect the modesty of the locals by pretending you don't see them bathing. However, you are also welcome to bathe in the river like the locals do, but we recommend you choose a safe spot (shallow water, protected by boulders), and be sure to not leave your valuables unattended.

NEARBY, you’ll find Gaya Gallery, with contemporary art, fusion-style food, and an Italian ice-cream parlor. There is a food court at Bali Wood, trendy places like Vespa Cafe, Kopi Desa, and Alchemy in Penestanan village, and many local warung. You’ll find laundry services, local shops, and local fruit and vegetable markets all along the main road. Food delivery is available from a wide variety of places (see hardcopy folder in unit). There are two large supermarkets (Bintang and Delta Dewata) provide all you need in terms of food, clothing, toiletry etc, but we encourage you to support smaller local businesses as much as possible.

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.


“Glorious. A “goldilocks” experience. Not too close, not too far. Not too flash, not too basic, a perfect match to my needs. I look forward to returning.” - Jonathan

“Our stay at the studio was lovely! The place is as described in the ad: basic though nicely decorated and cosy. The fridge and kitchen allow you to cook and save money on eating out. ou will need a car or motorbike to get around, which is recommended anyway as Ubud is quite extended and there are so many things to see… On my arrival day Tini had someone pick me up at the bus station and then arranged for my motorbike rental which was extremely convenient! The area is very safe, (as is the rest of the island) so women shouldn’t be worried if traveling alone. Walking distance are a few restaurants and shops that go from cheap to very fancy, as well as the Sayan River Valley and its beautiful views of the rice fields. Close by is also the lovely village of Penestanan. Ubud center is a 10 min motorbike ride. Tini was a great host! She is always happy to give some advice and recommendations. she could easily be reached by phone and was swift to respond to my questions. Overall our stay was very pleasant and I recommend this nice little budget option.” - Nathalie & Julien

“Tini was extremely helpful and a wonderful host at Studio 3. I ended up moving to the JUNGALOW and my stay there was AMAZING. There are so few words that could describe the serenity i felt by being so immersed in nature. this was exactly what i was looking for :-) I strongly advise travelers booking through Tini to communicate what it is you need. she is there to help you have an amazing time! my week up in Ubud was Perfect!! :-)” - Tarah

“The Cozy Traveler Studio 3 served as the perfect hub during my trip to Bali. The room/area was quite and peaceful– far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the Ubud center to provide a relaxing space to start and end the day, but close enough to easily access all that Ubud (and the surrounding areas) have to offer. Adding to space was Tini’s gracious hospitality. Even before arriving, she helped answer travel questions and once I got to the Studio, took the time to recommend things to do (I had a memorable healing session) and see, along with offering transportation options. I can’t imagine a more inviting place to stay while exploring Ubud.” - Emily

“Julio and me enjoyed so much our 15 days stay at Studio#3 that we finally felt it like our own home. The apartment is enough for two people, with decoration and lovely details that talks about the place more than the words do. Away from the messy Ubud´s center, for us was the perfect starting point to explore this amazing island. Unforgettable discover close to the apartment (2 min by walk) Ayung River, the most beautiful in Bali, with an amazing rainforest and gorgeous views. A host like Tini contributed to a perfect trip. It was a pleasure to meet her. She gave us many tips and she was always at the other side of the phone for whatever we needed, something that we appreciated so much.
She helped us to arrange a visit to see a cremation ceremony, which was a great experience in our trip.” - Bea & Julio

Getting around

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 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.

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.

Other Things to Note

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.

CRAWLING 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: 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 grounds.

DISCOUNT AVAILABLE FOR LONG TERM RENTAL (1+ MONTH), please contact us with your request.


Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 0
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $120 /week
Security Deposit: $100
Cleaning Fee: $15
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
  • The apartment is lovely and comfy and the place is nice, in Sayan village, outside Ubud (10 minutes by motorbike). The staff was correct (specially Nyoman) and overall experience is good.

    December 2013
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I am a young, energetic Balinese woman, married with two children. I am busy looking after my family and managing the accommodations for my foreign guests in Ubud. I love meeting new people and my English is ok i think... My Husband Nyoman has many years experience in the hospitality field where he was employed on cruise ships around Europe and Asia. He is now working as a handyman around the community and helping me to take care of our guests. As part of our accommodation package we also have two scooters and two bicycles available for rent and can help you organize other aspects of your time here in Bali. For example, there are many ceremonies (cremation, temple anniversary, births, weddings) happening around the Island every day, that we can help you to see if you wish. With all our local knowledge we can take you to great Yoga classes, a traditional Balinese healer, or you may like to learn some traditional arts, such as Batik, painting, carving, dancing, music, etc. There is so much to do in Ubud and we are very happy to help make your stay here a very memorable one.
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