Kishi Awan is the top floor apartment at the Kishi Kishi House. It is exactly as it states: sweet & simple. Emphasis on the simple.
It is an open air space so be prepared to interact with nature. Mosquitos become numerous around dusk, especially during rain. I used Tiger Balm's Natural Mosquito repellent and it worked well. I saw some small geckos but none that were bothersome as they run away the minute they see you.
At the top of the stairs is the balcony/kitchen which includes a sink, dishes, cutlery, one gas burner, clean drinking water, and a small refrigerator. There is a table with 2 chairs to sit and watch the beautiful sunset over the rice fields behind the house.
Through the balcony is the bedroom. The sliding door separating the space locks only from the outside. I placed any belongings that I felt needed locking in the closet, which has a set of keys to it. I didn't bother locking the room and never had a problem.
There is a large bed with a mosquito net around it. There are some holes in the net, so maybe bring a safety pin or two.
The bathroom is just off the bedroom. It is open-air as well. The shower was consistently hot, which was great when showering in the cooler mornings under the sunrise.
The neighborhood is quiet in comparison to the center of Ubud. Since this is an open space I did hear some of the bustle from surrounding houses (families laughing and children playing). At night all becomes quiet except for the frogs, cicadas, and occasional dog barking in the distance. Thankfully I was not woken by any roosters.
Nyoman was a great host! Easy to get in touch with via text, and he always responded quickly. He made sure I had a ride to and from wherever I needed to go for a very affordable price. I also borrowed a bicycle from him. Fun going into town but a bit challenging on the way back since it is all uphill. He offered to pick me up in town with the bicycle too. He has motorbikes for easy rental. 50 minute walk to Ubud center. 30 minute bicycle ride. 15 minute drive.
His staff and family were all very kind. They were having a gathering one evening in the "office" area. I was walking by, off to dinner, and Nyoman invited me to eat with them. I did: Lawar was good & spicy! Everyone ate with their hands as is normal but I was kindly offered a fork and spoon.
I must stress that this is truly simple lodging. No frills. But if you need anything, Nyoman will try to help. Thank you Nyoman for the wonderful hospitality!