Space to Breathe & Relax Ubud, BALI

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Jalan Tirta Tawar, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Ibu Gusti

A private, furnished studio apartment with a comfortable double bed and full kitchen facilities, tucked away in a traditional Balinese village and surrounded by lush tropical garden. Only ten minutes drive from Ubud.

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A private, furnished studio apartment with a comfortable double bed and full kitchen facilities, tucked away in a traditional Balinese village and surrounded by lush tropical garden. Only ten minutes drive from Ubud.

The Space

A comfortable, furnished apartment with a comfortable double bed. 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 - or one of her ex-pat friends is always available to make sure everything is ok.
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.

We have good wifi connection (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 Best Recipes Menu".

RENT INCLUDES: Breakfast, cleaner 2 mornings/ week, gardener).

DRIVER: This is not included in the rental price, but we are VERY happy to arrange transport for you. Read below for more details.

Guest Access

You will have access to your own private, well equipped kitchen and bathroom, a light-filled, small casual living area with bi-fold doors onto your own private lawn.

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.

Interaction with Guests

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 upstairs for a cuppa, and she often had a dinner or lunch with friends at the weekend. You're an automatic guest!

Whether Jen's in residence upstairs or not, chances are that other guests will be staying. Often there'll be an opportunity to share a day tour or venture out to see a band together in the evening. Just ask one of us to find out who will be there at the same time as you, and connect you if both are happy about that.

The Neighborhood

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.

We are on the outskirts of Bali’s “yoga centre”, the town of Ubud, which is just 4 kilometers away (just 10 minutes by car or motor bike). There you will find many top quality restaurants, galleries and museums, places to dance and sing, the famous Monkey Forest, traditional healers and much more.

We are less than 30 minutes from many whitewater rafting and 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.

Getting around

There is no bus from our house to Ubud, but it is easy to get rides in and out (on motor scooter or by car) with our local drivers. Alternatively, if you know how to ride a scooter or drive a car, we can help to arrange to hire one for you.

DRIVERS: We have local friends who are professional guides, available to take you on a tour including any of the Bali sights; 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 TRIP FROM THE AIRPORT IN THE RENTAL PRICE, if you like.

Other Things to Note

Please be aware that power blackouts can happen 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
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $12 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Monthly Price: $943 /month
Security Deposit: $193
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
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  • 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 !

    February 2014
  • 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...

    January 2014
  • I had a fantastic time staying here! Jan was a superb host and I had the finest breakfasts ever! I can happily recommend this: she helped to make my Bali experience one I will not soon forget!

    November 2013
    Ibu Gusti
    Response from Ibu Gusti:

    Thanks my friend.

    November 2013
  • 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!
    Highly recommended!

    August 2013
  • 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

    August 2013
  • 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.

    June 2013
  • 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.

    October 2012
  • 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.

    Thanks Jen!

    *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.

    October 2012
  • 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

    September 2012
  • 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.

    August 2012
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Your host ibu Gusti has lived in Ubud all her life. She welcomes you, cooks delicious breakfasts and makes sure you are comfortable and content. If you want to learn some great Indonesian cooking, or to find out more about life in a Balinese family, ask ibu Gusti to teach you. Her husband Pak Komang can help you hire a motor scooter or find a driver to take you around the island. She's helped out by our semi-permanent guest, Jen - a traveling Aussie who lives mostly in Bali, which has part of her heart; another part is in West Africa, another part in New Zealand, where she was born, and all of it where her two sons and her sisters are. It's great that she's around to help with ideas for great travel around Indonesia. Not long ago, Jen finished a 15 month stint as an Australian Volunteer International in Development (AVID) volunteer, helping an Indonesian non-profit expand one youth centre here in Bali, and set up another one in post-tsunami Aceh, at the western end of the country. More recently she volunteere in the Philippines, helping there after the horrific super-typhoon. If you want to try some Ubud nightlife, ask Jen. When she's in Bali, she loves dancing, especially partner dancing - Swing, Modern Jive, Salsa - and there are many choices of good nightlife in Ubud.
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