A comfortable, furnished apartment with a comfortable double bed for two people. We can bring in a kid's mattress for an extra charge, but it would be crowded for more than a few days.
This is the lower level of two completely self-contained Western-style apartments, tucked away in a traditional Balinese village and surrounded by lush tropical gardens.
You will have a well equipped kitchen and bathroom, light-filled, small casual living area with bi-fold doors onto your own private lawn. Apart from whispering breezes through the palm trees, you will only hear the sound of musicians, who occasionally practice their traditional instruments in the nearby Balinese temple.
HOW IBU GUSTI'S PLACE WORKS:
Ibu Gusti doesn't live on site but Ibu Jen - a semi-permanent Australian guest in the upstairs apartment - is always available to make sure everything is ok. If you like privacy, you won't see Jen, but she is a hospitable person and a good cook. When she's home you are welcome to drop in for a cuppa, and she often had a dinner or lunch with friends at the weekend. You're an automatic guest! Other times, she'll cook you a meal for a small fee on request.
If you need more room, you can sometimes book the upstairs open living space upstairs at a fee, for a gathering, dance or yoga session, if you are teaching classes.
If she is away for more than a week, someone may be renting her own apartment, and this would not be available. (Just ask and she'll tell you her plans before you book; she's normally here).
There's a good and inexpensive laundry 100 meters away; and keep Monday night free because the men of the local village perform a spectacular Kecak (Monkey) dance at the temple next door to us. And there's a free daily yoga class at an ashram only a ten minute walk up the road.
On the outskirts of Bali’s “yoga centre”, the town of Ubud is 4 kilometers away (just 10 minutes by car or motor bike) where you will find many top quality restaurants, galleries and museums, places to dance and sing, the famous Monkey Forest, traditional healers and much more. Less than 30 minutes from whitewater rafting, bicycle tours, Bali's famous rice terraces, Safari Adventure Park, Bali Bird Park, Bali Elephant Park, Pranoto's Life Drawing Classes, Goa Gajah (Elephant Caves) and many inspiring Hindu temples.
CONCIERGE SERVICE: Ibu Jen has lived in this village for five years and been visiting Bali for more than 20, so she is also happy to share jer experiences and suggestions with you. If you'd like our professional help to arrange your schedule and make bookings, we'll charge a reasonable concierge fee for that service.
Good wifi connection available (if you need super-speed for work, we can increase it for one month; you will pay an additional $30-45 for the month you are here).
Home-cooked dinner often available; ask Jen, when she is in Bali, or her pembantu (helper) ibu Gusti. Meals are pre-ordered from "Jen and Gusti's 's Best Recipes Menu".
DRIVERS: We have local friends who are professional guides, available to take you on a tour including any of these; they speak good English, they will go at your pace, and take you places you'd never find on your own. These are hard-working village men, so sometimes they are committed to temple or community events, but otherwise they are happy to escort you around the island.
TRANSPORT FROM AIRPORT/ PREVIOUS STAY:
Unless you already have a car and driver organised, I DO NOT recommend you book a taxi from the airport or other part of the island.
I will book one of these Ubud drivers for you - someone who we trust, who knows where we live and will bring you straight to the door. If you choose NOT to do this, I will NOT come out to find you on my motor bike, when your cheaper airport taxi driver drops you off miles away, leaving you next to a ricefield in the rain. (Sorry but this has happened too many times for me to be polite about any more.)
I CAN INCLUDE THIS EXTRA 350,000RP" $35US FOR THE DRIVER IN THE RENTAL PRICE, if you like.
RENT INCLUDES: Breakfast, cleaner 2 mornings/ week, gardener).
Please be aware that power blackouts happen on a regular basis in Bali, due to the rapid development. If power goes out, it is usually on again in a few hours, but in rare instances, may be off overnight. The wifi will be unavailable if the power goes out.
|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||$11 / night after 2 guests|
|Minimum Stay:||3 nights|
|Monthly Price:||$911 /month|
|Check In:||2:00 PM|
|Check Out:||11:00 AM|
It is great to feel at home at a place where you never have been before.
Spent 4 days in and around Ubud.
This is much better than a Hotel with standardised rooms and a noisy air-conditioning.
After arrival Jen’s friend Liz took me to the Kue in Ubud for a coffee on here bike.
Gusti makes a perfect breakfast and helped me with the laundry.
Kung the local driver is always available and knows the best place.
Ill be back !
I found that Space to Breathe & Relax provided a marvelously perfect stay. The lodging and the gardens are beautiful, and Jen, Guisti and Liz are kind, caring, helpful and fun, too. Staying here is like staying in a tropical paradise! On top of all this, each morning one rises to a bowl of local fruits, tea or coffee, and a Balinese omelet made from eggs just laid by the chickens. The occasional music from the nearby temple adds to the very pleasant atmosphere. The hosts spent time with me in Ubud and at the beach-- well beyond normal duty! Consider yourself blessed if/when you can stay here...
My stay at Jen's place was exactly what I was looking for - a quite place to focus in between my yoga classes.
Jen turned out be a wonderful, social and kind person, always eager there to help with her treasure trove of Bali knowledge!
The house is very unique, spacious and just lovely.
I'd definitely love to stay there again one day!
A rich and diverse region like Bali brings its amount of beauty and discoveries but also a bunch of new stuff to integrate AND understand. Here in Jen's house, we received a warm welcome and great advice.
The first floor appartment was confortable and it provided everything that we needed. It is located close to the real daily life of balinese. If you take a walk or jog, there is beautiful rice felds all around and local people and fascinating religious rituals.
Very friendly neighbours, happy roosters and yummy breakfasts ;-) The house help Gutsi came every day and was kind, discreet and kept the place sparkling clean
Perfect stay across the board!!! It was like coming home to an old friend. Jen made my stay so welcoming and comfortable. If you wanted to chat you could go upstairs while your private time was also respected. Highly recommended.
Another great trip to jen's place in ubud....after travelling was like going home for a few days. Jen is a great host and helped my friend and I arrange trips to have tarot cards read, visit a healer and do a day tour of the south of Bali. Thoroughly recommend if anyone is planning to visit ubud.
I had a great stay at Jen's. It was a working time, not a holiday, and I found the downstairs space at Jen's a (very nearly*) perfect place for some concentrated work time in a gorgeous and peaceful environment.
The downstairs space is a very pleasant, simple (the way I like it) space, with plenty of room, lots of windows looking onto the small garden area and the fields beyond, and everything you could need - tea and coffee facilities, a hot shower and a comfy bed. And a desk to work from, in my case.
Jen herself is a wonderful host. She is welcoming and knowledgeable, and a great person to spend time with. For my purposes, she provided the right blend of accessibility when I was able to/ wanted to socialise, and privacy/ space to focus on my work. She introduced me to some great people, too. The meals she cooked looked and smelt great, although I mostly ate at one of the two local warungs as a break from the desk - or at the resort when I needed their facilities (see below). Breakfast was great.
Maybe the best thing (it's hard to say which was the best thing, as everything was great) was the feeling of being part of village life. One downside for some people might be the distance to town, but Jen put me in touch with two drivers who could drive me either by car or motorbike if I needed that, and also took me into town herself on her bike a couple of times - so obliging! And for me, once I got to the village and settled into the village pace, I really didn't feel like going back into the hustle and bustle of central Ubud very often!
I left feeling I had made a new friend, and will definitely stay in touch with Jen, as I spend a lot of time in Ubud.
*I say 'nearly' perfect as I was counting on having wifi for my work, and Jen was still waiting for that to happen when I arrived (no fault of her own), but she was very obliging and provided alternative access for me - and anyway I was able to negotiate use of the wifi (as well as a most amazingly beautiful pool) at a nearby resort for the cost of a (not cheap, admittedly) meal and a ten-minute walk - so it wasn't a big problem. I think the connection came through right after I left anyway, so that won't be a problem for anyone in future.
If you are new visitor to Bali or heading back over for another visit to explore Ubud and the surroundings, make sure you head over to Jen's villa for a great stay and real Balinese experience. Jen will help you out with the locals and plan any trips you might need over the phone too, you will find her a great help and lots of fun to be around during your holiday. The downstairs part of the villa where I stayed has everything you need and breakfast will also be ready for you each morning. There is a great local food bar opposite from Jen and she will introduce you to the owner who speaks good English. You will meet a lot of interesting people through Jen over in Ubud.
thanks again Jen
My decision to use this accommodation came about after extensive email communication with the owner. We became good friends even prior to arrival, and I arrived in Bali with great expectations. However, I made a strategic error using Ubud as home base for a lengthy stay. I should have done more research iro options in outlying regions.
The downstairs accommodation is adequate (subject to some suggestions I made to the owner) but due to distance from town it is essential to have your own (2-wheel!) transport. If you are fit you can do the long walk into town, enjoying some lovely rural scenes.
If you are looking for a place to simply get away from the crowds, this isolated garden location will suit you. Don't always expect an idyllic stay though - on this occasion the local soccer tournament that coincided with my stay provided an unexpectedly vocal contribution a few nights every week.
On the plus side is the close proximity to the Junjuncan Temple, where you can watch some traditional dances on a Monday night or listen to local music.
For entertainment and sightseeing you have to venture further afield; for pampering the owner can provide contact details if you want a great home massage. Ubud provides numerous opportunities to improve your creative skills - just ask Jen!
The absence of a food/grocery store within walking distance was an initial problem, especially when you arrive after a very long flight and don't feel like eating out immediately.
Jen is a very helpful and pleasant person with numerous contacts in the area. In her absence ibu Gusti usually takes good care of guests, and will even take your laundry to the local wash house.
If you are an avid reader, there is a well stocked library.