Clean and cheap, simple - recently renovated, all white, good value accommodation.
STUDIO 4 is a cozy and comfortable studio for travelers, designed to accommodate TWO people on a tropical wood FULL SIZED (DOUBLE) BED with kapok mattress (natural tropical cotton-like fiber) and mosquito net. The space is equipped with a fan, and a bathroom with hot shower, Balinese-style manual flush toilet (not a squat toilet, just no tank), 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.
TERRACE & KITCHEN
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 bamboo chair that seats two, a low table, and plants. The light for your terrace is on the outside wall behind the refrigerator 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.
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).
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.
SAYAN, UBUD (the village where Studio 4 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" prize.
GREEN 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.
WHAT OUR GUESTS SAY:
“I like The Studio 4 very much! It was such a nice place in which I can relax and feel free after a year teaching in cold Moscow! All was perfect, Tini was so helpful and kind! She answered many questions about Ubud and gave advice about places where I need to go. It’s the beautifullest view on river Ayung and wonderful rice terraces! I strongly recommend this place!” - Marina
“I stayed in Tini's Studio #4 when I came for my 1st trip to Bali. It was comfortable and located about 10 minutes away from central Ubud – a great place to arrive after a long flight. Tini’s driver, Mr Made, was waiting for me at the airport gate and immediately drove me to the Studio. It sits a bit outside Ubud, in a neighborhood having a more residential feel. Nice. The room was very clean, had a hot shower, solid mosquito net and a sitting space, refrigerator and stove out front. Tini was really helpful: arranging a motor bike, loaning me a local cell phone to use until I got a sim card for mine, — even helping me to find a guitar to take on the road!.. Would have loved to have spent more time with her: she knows a lot about the area.” - Jeffrey
“Studio 4 was very clean and we had plenty of hot water. Sayan village is a very nice place to spend your trip. Tini helped us with the scooter and she gave us some natural medicine because we had a small accident. We extended the stay for three more nights because we liked it very much.” - Andrei
“I enjoyed my stay at the studio. I was warmly welcomed by Tini and her family. They assisted me with any queries in helping me to settle into Sayan. The studio is simple but more than adequate for my needs. It offered privacy and some distance from Ubud’s busy tourist sector. I would recommend this place to anyone who wants to be independent.” -Michael
“Tini was a great host and the room was perfect for my first week in Ubud. Cozy and comfortable. she helped me to coordinate renting a scooter and so much more during my time in Ubud. A true delight. Highly recommend this place for anyone going to Ubud who wants to stay away from the busy traffic of ‘downtown’” - Rich
“This is a nice cozy little studio with private bath and enough floor space to do a bit of yoga. There is some traffic noise, however it is also a super great price, very good value: 15USD for a bed, hot shower, towels, kitchen and mineral water? come on, loved it!
Tini is an accommodating host and will do her best to make your stay pleasant. She has a large network of contacts so if you are looking for a class, a scooter or just a good place to eat she can hook you up.” –Philip
“Tini was very helpful from start to finish. The information provided was all very precious and accurate. The studio is comfortable, the neighbors are lovely and it’s only about a 5 minute drive on a motorbike to get from the centre of Ubud to the property.
There was a little bit of noise from the busy road outside but really nothing bad, I should have been getting up early anyway so I could explore. There’s a kitchen for basic food prep and a lovely hot shower with towels provided. The staff were all lovely and I really enjoyed my stay.” - Bliss
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 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: 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.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ANOTHER UNIT, PLEASE CHECK OUT THESE OTHER PLACES LOCATED IN SAYAN, UBUD BY THE AYUNG RIVER:
==> HOME SHAKTI https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1096968
==> JUNGALOW 2ND FLOOR http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/286033
==> JUNGALOW GARDEN FLOOR https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/286363
==> BACK PACKERS STUDIO #3 http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1457940
==> GUEST ROOM AT ‘MAYA’ http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/360899
|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||No Charge|
|Minimum Stay:||3 nights|
|Weekly Price:||$109 /week|
|Check In:||2:00 PM|
|Check Out:||10:00 PM|
Our stay in traveler studio 4 was in two words absolute perfect to my husband and I. !!!!! We really had no complaints what so ever - the location is perfect , just far enough to have some peace and silence and beautiful landscape around- but close enough to town that in a short walk or a five minute ride on motorbike your able to reach many thing UBUD has to show you - art galleries , resto, little shops and stores , grocery store near , there are swimming pools near, for a small fee you can enjoy, one is very near across street at Gaya art gallery, and resto up stairs Italian. As well as gelato homemade bar next door to the gallery :) all right across the street :) also there is free wifi to use at the gallery grounds and also the gelato bar grounds ---- tini and her husband Nyoman were great ! They were very very prompt on anything and everything we needed - motor bike was perfect that we rented from Nyoman ! And very new ! With helmets and rain coats. The bed room was perfect and clean fresh soft bedding and pillows ! Towels and toiletries for us even ! Also a shared kitchen area and REF to keep your foods and drinks - a blender , pot and pans wok - utensils and many cups glasses and plates and bowls for use for you ! Perfect breeze in the studio and a bamboo to shade on terrence ! We felt very safe here and would recommend to anyone who wants to really enjoy UBUD AND HAVE A GREAT TIME IN BALI INDONESIA - they set up our transfer for us and can help you with the same as well as tours or help with getting around - our laundry and refil on our 5 gallon water was always very prompt and done so well . We appreciate them so much they were so helpful . The studio is safe , immaculate, and homey feel - no worries with this STUDIO not one ! We will def use the studio again and keep in touch with tini and husband - all the staff was very helpful and prompt . AGAIN JUST PERFECT FOR US !
This place is very quiet and secluded. I think female travellers are given high security within the owner's premise. Studios are located outside the premise and left alone for travellers' own survival.
The owner Ibu Marie was helpful and all the support was rendered through phone most of the time. So you need a local SIM card if you want any info as i had very little contact with the owner during my stay. This place will be suitable for highly independent travellers with a very good travel planning. I did a minimum planning before travel, so i was stuck for a day or two before beginning to venture out.
With out a rental motor cycle you are highly immobilized there. Rental place is in 15 minutes walk from the studio. I hope these information will be helpful for future travellers.
This is my honest opinion.