Dining nook. Bright and cheery with a fresh breeze through the windows from tropical garden.Local TV only. Indonesian comedy is hilarious.
Space to Breathe & Relax Ubud, BALI
Space to Breathe & Relax Ubud, BALI


Entire home/apt

3 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed


Entire home/apt

3 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

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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).


The space
Accommodates: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 2PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt

Amenities

Prices
Extra people: $10 / night after the first guest
Cleaning Fee: $155
Security Deposit: $155

Description

The space

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.

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.

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.

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, 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.


House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 2PM

THE BASICS:
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 :-) 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.


Cancellations

Strict

Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.


Availability
3 nights minimum stay

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Stacie User Profile
April 2016
I stayed at Jen's place for a month. I really enjoyed the raw and pure nature, the spaciousness and the lovely surrounding village. Unfortunately, Jen was away during my entire stay, so I did not have a chance to meet her in person. She did, however, stay in touch via messages. Staff/people: It was my first time to Bali and I am a solo traveler, so I was grateful to meet Kung, a driver and overall "fixer". He made sure I had everything I needed and helped me negotiate prices and provided me transportation everywhere I wanted to go at a fair price. There was also another woman staying upstairs, Estee. Jen said she would be able to assist me in her absence, but my interaction with Estee was minimal and I found her to be quite stand-offish. Wiwik, is a gem - friendly, open and a breath of fresh air. Everyday, she cooked a yummy breakfast, cleaned and helped me with my laundry. Property: I don't drive a motorbike, so I accumulated additional expenses hiring cars and bikes to take me to the Ubud center (15 min drive, hour walk). The place is secluded and can be isolating, but I enjoyed the quiet. There is also LOTS of wildlife, bugs and critters. Everyday, I was visited by spiders, geckos, roaches, ants, wasps, praying mantis, grasshoppers. And mosquitos! I wore repellant all day and everyday. You are in the jungle so it is to be expected! Also important to note, the apartment gets very hot. There is no A/C and I had to go and buy another small fan (in addition to the installed ceiling fans) to cool down the place. It never did get "cool" but with the extra fan and closing the doors during the day, it became bearable. Wifi: So, Jen told me that she could increase the wifi speed if needed once I arrived, which is necessary for me because I run a business from my laptop. However, once I arrived, Jen told me she was not able to increase the speed because the cable company required her to sign a new more expensive contract and she did not want to. So, her solution for me was to go to a place in the Ubud center to work and that she would pay for the membership at this internet place. Although it was a kind offer, This is not what I would consider a real solution. Firstly, I would have to leave the house to work, spending extra money to go back and forth to town. Then, I meet with clients online at night (because of the time difference), so going to the Center every night to work was not a good option for me. The whole point in me renting the place was to be able to "work from home". In the end, Kung helped me to improve the wifi connection via Ethernet cable (that I purchased), but the Internet connection was still too slow...
Jennifer User Profile
Response from Jennifer:
Please note that the wifi company changed those rules about upgrading, the month that Stacie arrived. Previous guests who need a faster-than-normal-Bali wifi - for continuing their international internet business while with us - HAVE been able to upgrade for the time they were there. It's no longer possible, without buying into a new more expensive system, which most travellers don't want or need, while they are on holiday. I've taken that option off my airbnb listing descriptions.
April 2016

Nancy User Profile
July 2015
Jen wasn't there at the time but her friend/travel assistant, Kung, was SO accommodating. He answered all our questions and helped us out with a lot throughout the 3 days we were there. Jen also has a space for rent upstairs but we loved having the private room downstairs w/ private kitchen and bathroom. Comfortable bed, cool "winter" breeze at night and hot shower. 10 minute scooter ride into downtown Ubud and less than 10 minutes to the Tegalalang rice terraces and shopping district. Jen was a great communicator via email with us. Sadly, we didn't get to meet her, but until next time ;)
Jennifer User Profile
Response from Jennifer:
Thanks Nancy! I'll pass on your message to Kung too.
July 2015

Indigo User Profile
May 2015
Jen is AMAZING, my Australian mother away from home… Full of love, stories, humour, dinners, and just generally on top of everything. The place is a cute little treehouse style home in what feels like the jungle and having 3 max guests there makes is feel like family. Our little home was a cute little rustic unit located below the main house, where we had our own kitchen and bathroom etc. Beautiful 15 minute drive into town on bikes that were organised by Jen… It was super lovely to be out of the hustle and bustle and have this nest to come home to. Highly recommend journeying to Jens home if you are ever in Ubud.
Jennifer User Profile
Response from Jennifer:
Thanks Indigo! Come back when you are fit and healthy and I am back in Bali, and let's go boogie boarding together in the surf down south!
May 2015

Christiane User Profile
February 2015
We had such a great time. Jen is super welcoming and the house is awesome. We stayed in the downstairs apartment which is self-contained with a baby while our friends stayed in the top part of the house which is more open and great for hanging out while feeling you are in the middle of the jungle!

Sven User Profile
February 2015
It is always nice to stay at home of intelligent and interesting person. And Jen is one of these persons - intelligent, interesting, funny, full of energy and very warm... Ask Jen to do pancakes for breakfast :) these are delicious... Thank you Jen!
Jennifer User Profile
Response from Jennifer:
You are very welcome Sven. Thanks for your friend's waffle recipe! Come back and share breakfast with me anytime!
February 2015

Dandy User Profile
January 2015
Jen is so friendly & lovely lady. She treats me like a very good old friends. The place is so spacious, especially I was just by myself. Only 10 mins drive to Central Ubud yet this place is in the middle of nature, away from the crowds. Thank you Jen and hope to see you again in the future!

Rulick User Profile
January 2015
Jen is an amazing host. She organized the transfer from Gili islands for us and cooked a welcome dinner. She is very knowledgeable about the area and helped us with great advice many times. Her house is a treat located in a rural village among the rice fields. Jen is very connected with the community of locals and expats alike. We truly enjoyed our stay.
Jennifer User Profile
Response from Jennifer:
It was a complete delight to meet your US/Russian "Brady bunch". I hope you got home safely. Please let me know about the ferry etc, when you have time. Hugs from Bali.
January 2015

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Jennifer User Profile

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).

Jen works in "Disaster". She's just finished a year in the Solomon Islands as a Communication Adviser for the National Disaster Management Office. In December 2013-January 2014 she volunteered in the Philippines, helping there after the horrific super-typhoon. And before that she did a 15 month stint to help an Indonesian non-profit expand their youth centre here in Bali, and set up another one in post-tsunami Aceh, at the western end of the country.

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".

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