About this listing
"An Introvert's Paradise". A relaxed, light-filled studio apartment with kitchen, comfortable double bed and private tropical garden. Delicious breakfast. Tucked away in Balinese village. Close to Ubud but away from the bustle (ten minutes drive).
A comfortable, furnished apartment with a comfortable double bed.
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. (We can bring in a single mattress for an extra charge, but it could be crowded after more than a few days.)
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 OUR PLACE WORKS:
Ibu Jen - a semi-permanent Australian guest in the upstairs home - or one of her ex-pat friends is always available to make sure everything is ok.
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 when Jen is in Bali; ask her in the morning if you'd like a home cooked meal that night. If not, there's several great cafes that will home deliver FOC!
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.
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.
Your breakfast can be served downstairs in your apartment, or you are welcome to join Jen and any other guests upstairs.
Interaction with Guests
Ibu Jen has lived in this village for eight years and been visiting Bali for more than 20, so she is also happy to share her experiences and suggestions with you.
You'll find everything a lot easier after a simple chat over cofffee, after you arrive. Often when Jen is at home and there are several guests (full house is 7 including an apartment downstairs) Jen will cook waffles or French crepes and invite everyone for breakfast. But it's all really flexible and no-one is obliged to be social over breakfast - some simply want to do their own thing.
Sometimes, we'll get together for dinner. A home-cooked three course dinner - a delicious mix of Asian and international cuisine - can be pre-ordered in the morning, if Jen is in town ($20/ head). Many guests arrange this for their first or last night in town - one night we had ten for dinner including 2 locals, and only 2 were from the same country - other times, it's just a quiet 2-3 people.
Either way, it's a delicous, relaxing, fun evening.
Jen is a night owl and is often out dancing or listening to music or theatre. She'll let you know what's happening and you may be invited to go with her - on the back of her motor scooter!
Home-cooked three course dinner - a delicious mix of Asian and international cuisine - can be pre-ordered in the morning, if Jen is in town ($20/ head). Many guests arrange this for their first or last night in town - one night we had ten for dinner including 2 locals, and only 2 were from the same country - other times, it's just a quiet 2-3 people. Either way, it's a delicous, relaxing, fun evening.
"CONCIERGE SERVICE": If you'd like her professional help to arrange your schedule completely and make all your bookings, we will charge a reasonable concierge fee for that service.
Home-cooked dinner - a delicious mix of Asian and international cuisine - can be pre-ordered in the morning, if Jen is in town. Many guests arrange this for their first or last night in town - one night we had ten for dinner including 2 locals, and only 2 were from the same country - other times, it's just a quiet 2-3 people. Either way, it's a delicous, relaxing, fun evening.
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.
In fact, just ask us if you are a single traveler and you'd like to find out who will be there at the same time as you; we can connect you if both are happy about that.
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.
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, we DO NOT recommend you book a taxi from the airport or other part of the island.
We 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, we will NOT come out to find you on a 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 to be polite about any more.)
WE CAN INCLUDE THIS EXTRA 350,000R/ $35US FOR THE TRIP FROM THE AIRPORT IN THE RENTAL PRICE, if you let us know when booking, otherwise you just pay the driver direct.
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.
Music turned down after 10.30pm please, as we live right next to a traditional Balinese village.
No smoking inside the house (nor horrible butts left in the garden or in beer bottles either).
Sorry, no pets; we have geckos, frogs and occasionally a small monitor lizard in residence, plus we can hear enough of the neighbours' dogs, roosters, cows, pig etc. to keep you company, lol.
Please leave little windows up high OPEN and both ceiling fans ON, preferably when you are home but certainly when you are out. This is a tropical country and rooms get stuffy very quickly if they are kept closed up. Opening the French doors to the garden also helps ensure a breeze and a pleasant atmosphere.
Any food - teabags, coffee, etc - are there for your use. If you finish something, it's up to you to replace it, or ask the maid to do it for you. We'd appreciate it if you tell us when supplies like this (and toilet paper, soap, etc) are running out, so we can replace them.
Your privacy is respected, but we welcome your sociability.
WELCOME: Occasionally, ibu Jen's work takes her to other islands or Singapore for a while. When she is in Bali, she often cooks for guests - a delicious three course "fusion" meal is very popular for the first or last night of a stay ($15 per person; food only.)
ID PLEASE: We are required to give a photocopy of your ID to our local Indonesian police, so please provide one on arrival.
SECURITY DEPOSIT/ DAMAGE: You have been asked for a basic security deposit of $250; we hope we never see it :-) (website hidden) keeps it and it will be returned to you by them if nothing is damaged. Your room will be inspected before you leave, so please be warned that an accurate fee for ALL DAMAGES will be charged, exceeding the security deposit if appropriate.
DOs and DON'Ts (here): Alcohol is ok but unless you want to end your life in an Indonesian jail, don't be silly and bring drugs. No crazy parties - but then you wouldn't be choosing this place if that's what you are after.
DOs and DON'Ts (temples): If you plan on going to a temple, make sure you bring (or borrow) a sarong and sash, and - if you are a woman - a blouse that at least covers your arms to the elbow. In some temples this is not compulsory, but in all cases, it will show your respect for our local Hindu people's values and beliefs. Jen can loan you one from her own collection.
About the Host, Wayan Jen
Your host Wayan Jen has lived in Ubud for almost ten years - she's our semi-permanent guest! She welcomes you and makes sure you are comfortable and content.
Jen is a traveling Aussie who lives mostly in Bali, which has part of her heart; another part in New Zealand, where she was born, and all of it wherever her two sons and her sisters are. It's great that she's often around to help with ideas for great travel around Indonesia. (Even when she's away, you can chat with her here, via airbnb).
Three years 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. In December 2013-January 2014 she volunteered in the Philippines, helping there after the horrific super-typhoon. Soon she's off again, to the Solomon Islands, to help their government develop a Disaster Communication Plan.
Here in Bali, 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 occasionally getting up with a local band to sing a song or two. There are many places to find good nightlife in Ubud.
For Jen, a stranger is a friend you haven't met yet.