About This Listing
A quality 4* western AC HWS accom [we CAN take 4persons in 2rooms @ cost per room -pls ask ] in a working Balinese village called Les. For people who want to wind back! No KFC etc. Peaceful walks beaches great views life is slooow and peaceful.
We have TWO rooms- we CAN accommodate a family as we have 1 Double room & king size bed, one twin room & two 3/4 beds. NB. Advertised tariff is per room with B'fast. Both rooms 4* quality, see site images. To book both rooms say for a family you need to go to our "other" listing situated at Airbnb https://www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/3760940
or just email us telling what you want and we will sort out the details :) :)
There are few opportunities left to go back in time and slooow down. This is an unspoiled working Balinese village that moves to the religious and spiritual beat of Balinese life. Its around 8.5k persons, with many temples and associated activities. It is in the NE of the Island and backs onto the two main mountains, hence there is only dry land farming. There are local guides we can introduce you to, who can take you for long walks or you can just explore on your own. Beaches are unspoiled and clear of people, solitude is easy. NB it is remote, in Balinese terms, there is no night life for tourists and also no western pharmacy so do take basic needs. Each day there is a local food and goods market and this is a great way to start your day by having an early coffee at the market Warung, [black sticky rice 'Gadja Cus Cus' is great too!] and watching local life go by. Because of the properties elevation mosquitoes are not a problem - common sense still applies re covering up etc.
For SCUBA and environment enthusiasts volunteer work on coral reclamation is available. We also have two good six gear bikes with baskets and luggage carriers for your use.
The property has two rooms, [advertised tariff is per room so if you want two rooms for a family you need to x2], a double and a twin. Breakfast is included in your tariff but other meals can be purchased very economically at several local Warungs. You are in The Spice Islands so do experiment with the local cuisine. Tea and coffee facilities are in each room, as is a fridge and safe box. Rooms are AC and shared bathroom has HWS and WC as well as privacy. We can arrange all pickups and drop offs to anywhere on the island as well as meet and greet at airport. Motor bike taxis are available at your accommodation and we can connect you to English speaking guides also an AC vehicle and driver for hire, who can meet you off the plane and be at your call to take you to any part of the island at discounted rates.
Interaction with Guests
Les is as we said remote. Bahasa Indonesian is understood but the langua fraca is Balinese. We can arrange hire of transport and English speaking guides for your whole trip or English speaking local guides can be hired and we can arrange a safe driver with good English for getting in / out and accompany you for your stay, if desired. The accommodation is on a private level above the family dwelling and little communication is possible excepting in Bhasa or Balinese with the family. [We will have an English speaking liaison person on call for you.] The local population is extremely friendly and sign language works pretty well for basic needs. The focus of the property is a wind down opportunity in friendly and unique environment away from western push and shove. Mobile phones work well, both voice and mail we also now have a good WIFI connection. Opportunities for learning crafts, Balinese cooking, dancing or language can be arranged. Very very good massage can be arranged on your verandah [also inexpensive!]. SCUBA and snorkelling are also available as well as visiting an international corral rehabilitation project or other local attractions. Les has a world class water fall that is a Must Do. Just ask, we want you to enjoy.
You are going to be 'off the tourist route'. Please don't come if you want clubs, pubs and discos! We are offering the chance to step back, walk slowly and contemplate. At all times of the year life revolves around a Balinese life style attached to a religious [Hindu] calendar. People are friendly and smiles freely given. The centre point of each day is the market. A typical Balinese home has no refrigeration, so food is bought fresh each day. The market is also the news and gossip centre and the main street is also an adjunct to the market with much social life as well as shopping taking place. Market activity begins at dawn and finishes around 9am. A very early cattle market also occurs in a nearby village.
Les boasts a waterfall that deserves Heritage Listing. Its say a fifteen minute walk from the property, guides can be hired who will explain the religious significance of the landmark and also show you where the guardian python lives nearby.
You need transport in and out, we can arrange hire from any point and back as well as on hand during your stay coupled to an English speaking guide/driver at a discount rate. Or come in your own transport and we will have you met. We do recommend a guide though unless you are comfortable in basic Bahasa, for exploring beyond the immediate village
Other Things to Note
If you have food allergies YOU are responsible. Observe basic food rules and always drink bottled water. That said you are in the spice islands so sample local cuisine and fruit is always available according to season. Two six speed bicycles can be used by guests, please ask. NB we do not provide cycle helmets.
Les is an unspoiled village with a Hindu religious base, please respect this. You will be welcomed at temple festivals but do observe protocols. We have a NO SMOKING policy on the property and please no late night carousing. Accidents are tolerated but damage is not.
The accommodation provided on the rooftop is great. Made is a great host, and we had great conversations with her. The rooftop apartments are nice, close to the beach, with a great view.
It's great to see that the money spent on the accommodation goes back into the village and it's a great place to experience Bali without other tourists.
With support from 'friends' and 'business associates' and WA Rotary we have been able to finesse the finance to build a Junior Secondary School as well as a teachers office. TWENTY children started Junior High School for the first time, in Les in July of 2014. Our challenge now is to fund those children denied attendance due to poverty. Your money spent with us is donated to this endeavour. Thank you Martijn and all others who contribute. Dengan rasa hormat yang sedalam--with deep respect---Harry
Meeting Made and Ketut our guides in Les Village was a wonderful human experience, something that you won't find in more trendy places on the island.
Ok nights in the village are sometimes a bit noisy what with dogbarks and cockcrows but this is real Bali life at its best and you will feel like knowing all the people on the marketplace after a mere two days.
We also trekked up the mountain and discovered what their community school project was about.
Thanks for that superb sense of hospitality.
Go and find out by yourself you won't regret it.
We try to be clear about Les being a 'working Balinese village' that is not geared to mass tourism. If you have read Margaret Meade's accounts of Bali 'back then' we can show you it is still possible to have that experience, albeit with western comfort at your base. Yes we can accommodate upto four persons in two rooms.
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About the Host, Harry
I run an online training business, which also underwrites the costs for a Foundation promoting education for disadvantaged persons 3xw spot ethical and green spot org....anisation This means that 100% of monies get to point of need. What you spend with us in Les is divided 50% to education for impoverished Bali children and 50% to our Balinese partners. My wife and I travel a lot and like to have a self contained base to live in, whilst we explore an area, so maybe you do too? We [think] we are pretty easy going and flexible, enjoy food and cooking, meeting new people, exploring country sides and small towns, we are not big city people, Les is our escape hole, which we are happy to share with like minded people. After Australia, Europe and Asia seem so explorable with short distances and large populations! Helen is fluent in French, German and Ivrett and I can get by in Bahasa Indonesian/Malaysia. Our interests are based around reading, classical music, cooking, gardening and for me out doors activities that include SCUBA and fishing. Dogs and animals generally are among our best friends. We will be pleased to share our tranquil retreat and the Les village experience with persons who value such.
Ketut and Made are our Balinese partners, warm hospitable people who have family in Les and they communicate very well in English and Made in Japanese. Having them along as guides and for transport can make SO MUCH difference to your visit, please give this aspect lots of consideration, we make all arrangements for you from meet at airport on arrival and/ or pick up at hotel. [NB transport is not included in the tariff but we get for you at basic Balinese -ie not tourist- prices from our partners] We want you to have a very positive experience and an unspoiled Balinese village is not geared to tourism, be clear about this. English is rarely understood, basic Bahasa Indonesia and sign language work and we can connect you to a local guide if you are wanting to be independent. There are no street names in the village either! IF you want to be independent and get there on your own, we send you a rough map of the village streets and actual GPS co.ordinates taken at the accommodation on my IPhone,[ isn't technology wonderful ] with a printed picture from the web page you will find our way to the accommodation ok, but really its inexpensive and so much easier if you are taken or met by a local. :-) :-) We know we can show you the Bali that Margaret Mead wrote about, if you let us guide you!