This is Jen's open plan home; with her own individual style and nicknacks. Western living, in a traditional Balinese village surrounded by tropical gardens.
Jen's bed is available when she is away; sometimes you can book all 3 double beds - ask!
This listing is for your host's queen size bed, so you can only rent this space when ibu Jen is away. It is the main bed"room" within a very open plan home, with all of your host's individual style and nicknacks. Western-style living, tucked away in a traditional Balinese village and surrounded by lush tropical gardens.
The house is an "open plan" design with a queen bed and a double day bed on the main level in separate areas (not separate rooms), and a "smaller double" bed in the loft. All with draped mosquito netting to keep areas private at night.
Ibu Jen travels for work, often at a moment's notice, so there are no set "available" dates; it's best just to inquire. Occasionally, if you get in early enough, you can rent the lot - enough for 3 couples or a family.
Other times, couples or single travellers can SHARE the space with ibu Jen.
See the listings "An Ubud Sleep-Over" https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/285583, and "Your Private Ubud Loft" https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/860007 for separate rentals.]
Unlike the separate apartment on the level below, the home's openness means more sounds from the village - roosters, dogs, motorbikes, crickets, geckos, children at play. Ibu Jen is completely used to it; you can use ear plugs if you like, lol. And of course you can often hear the sound of musicians, who practice their traditional instruments in the nearby Balinese temple.
NEIGHBOURS: You have complete privacy, both from the actual "next-door" neighbours and the person renting the lower, self-contained apartment beneath you. You are part of a traditional village, so no late night noise please!
DRIVERS: We have local friends who are professional guides, available to take you on a tour or to visit special places; 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 350,000RP/ $35US FOR THE DRIVER IN THE RENTAL PRICE, if you like.
Our guys are also a great help when you want to do any touring or site seeing around Ubud, as opposed to the airport taxi guy who you'll never see again.
RENT INCLUDES: Breakfast, cleaner 2 mornings/ week, gardener).
WIFI: Reasonable Bali-speed wifi connection available.
LAUNDRY: There's a good and inexpensive laundry 100 meters away.
It's a relaxed home that includes access to:
* three double beds
* a well equipped, open plan, light-filled kitchen;
* bathroom with hot bath, shower and garden view;
* spacious entertaining/ dance/ yoga/ space,
* completely open to the palm trees/ tropical garden on two sides;
* a desk that you can't work at, because the view is too lovely.
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.
But 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!
NEARBY ACTIVITY: Keep Monday night free because the men of the local village perform a spectacular Kecak (Monkey) dance at the temple, literally next door. An ashram with free daily yoga classes is also nearby.
FOOD: There are two local warungs (Bali cafes) within close walking distance. The nearest supermarket is ten minutes away by car in Ubud, but most cafes and restaurants will do home delivery free of charge (and know us very well!) Ibu Jen is also an excellent cook and she is happy to cook an evening meal from you, by prior arrangement and paying a small fee.
There is no public transport from our home to Ubud, but it's only ten minutes by motor scooter (rent or pay for a lift) or a hired car (taxi), and many walk or rent a bicycle of motor scooter.
There are tourist buses, shuttles and hire cars (with or without driver) to take you from Ubud to other towns and tourist sites.
TOURIST PLACES: We are on the outskirts of the town of Ubud, just 10 minutes by car or motor bike. Becoming known internationally as Bali’s “yoga centre”, Ubud has 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 whitewater rafting, Bali's famous rice terraces, Safari Adventure Park, Bali Bird Park, Bali Elephant park, Goa Gajah (Elephant Caves) and many inspiring Hindu temples.
THINGS TO DO:
You can try your hand at wooden mask carving, take private salsa lessons, join famous and beginner artists at Pranoto's Life Drawing Classes, and be taken on a personal journey by a young Balinese priest with a delightful sense of humour to cleanse your mind and body in a famous water temple.
CONCIERGE SERVICE: If you'd like Jen's professional help to completely arrange your schedule and make all your tour and workshop bookings, we'll charge a reasonable concierge fee for that service.
Other Things to Note
Please be aware that from time to time we have power blackouts 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.
Our local driver Kung, or Gusti, can be contacted in these emergencies, even if Jen is not in residence.
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 either) and no pets.
WELCOME: Dinner can be pre-booked from our excellent cook/ house-keeper, who is on the premises every morning and will come back as required.
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; this will be returned to you by airbnb if nothing is damaged. The house 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.
The house was truly an Ubud dream! It was SO beautiful, peaceful, and full of good vibes. I slept better in that house than I have in years. Jen was very accommodating when we had extra people at the last minute. We also celebrated a bday while we were there, and not only did Jen make breakfast extra special that day, she brought some flowers for the birthday girl. Thanks Jen! :) Hope to come back soon.
Ubud is an amazing place to get to know in Bali. The house looks wonderful and stays around 10 minutes drive from the city centre.
Me, my partner and a friend of ours we stayed here around 8 days.
Actually, despite of the small warning on the presentation text, we were surprised to see that the house is completely open to all the elements, no closed walls. You can expect spiders, lizards, insects and all the natural elements to live together with you while your stay! ;-)
Other issue is related with all the roosters volery that the neighbors have, what made almost impossible to sleep without earplugs. As I sad before, a real experience with Nature ;-)
Despite from that, everything was really nice, Jen is a nice host and Ubud is just the perfect place to stay at least for 2 weeks to enjoy this amazing cultural and spiritual hub.
We spent a month in Jen's house. Jen so far is the best host we ever had! She stayed downstairs, so we interacted a lot. She is a sociable, positive person who is always eager to help, and she did help us a lot. We ate a couple of diners she cooked, and they were very delicious. Breakfast is also very good. As for the house, it is just amazing. It's very different from where we've stayed before. It's an open house, full of light, fresh air, noises and different creatures, and that last part was very entertaining. Don't expect the house to be crystal clean, wind might bring some sand, or some insects occasionally start building their house somewhere and leave dirt behind. But it's cozy, the bed is great, and there was everything there we needed. We really enjoyed it, and we recommend this place to everyone.
Actually we stayed in "Space to Breathe" which is the downstairs apartment. If we had it to do again, we would stay in this one, Jen's own apartment called, "An Ubud Dream" as it has more air and light and less damp, and is more in keeping with the Balinese style.
We very much enjoyed Jen, our many conversations and her wonderful hospitality. She was incredibly helpful providing a driver/guide for us to explore the area, and giving us tips on what to do and where to go. In our 8 days staying in Indonesia she was behind our favorite experience: Paon Bali Cooking Class near Ubud.
We would recommend staying here!
Jen is a lovely person, she was very helpful from the beginning answering all our quires, giving us a lot of tips about Bali and how things go around here. It was a shame she was in holiday throughout our stay in her house as we would've both liked to meet her in person.
Her house is in a village near main town Ubud, a very peaceful area. Located near the village temple, almost every evening we would hear traditional music coming from there which we enjoyed a lot. I personally, had to get use to the noise during the night made by the multitude of animals leaving outdoors, as the house has a few open walls. My partner was sleeping like a baby though!
Near the end of our stay in Jen's house there have been some issues with the electricity and water, we had to pay for fixing as Jen wasn't in town but she promised to reimburse us the money.
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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 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 volunteered 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.
For Jen, a stranger is a friend you haven't met yet.