About this listing
A comfy rattan double-day bed in the middle of a fabulous tropical open plan home. Sounds of the village and music from the temple, the privacy of draped netting at night, shared bathroom, lovely open kitchen and new friends to share the experience.
The Sleep-Over bed is in the shared living area, but at night the mosquito netting comes down to offer privacy.
Think of this as staying over at your friend's place or coming to visit a favourite aunt (and Kiwis/ Aussies, contact Aunty Jen for family discount - our dollar sucks at the moment!). You are only ten minutes by car from Ubud, in a peaceful "tree house" tropical atmosphere and with company when you feel like it.
Your comfortable day bed is NOT a separate bedroom, but the spacious bed has elegantly draped mosquito netting around it for privacy. In fact, even your host's "bedroom" isn't enclosed with a wall, it just seems private because of the netting around her bed and a floor to ceiling sarong/ curtain.
"Sleep-Over" is available for one or two (short term, 3 days minimum, one week maximum, usually but negotiable).
Next door one one side is a virgin bamboo field with animals grazing and a dirt path to the temple, behind is a Balinese village, with all the sounds of local living.
The house is recycled - a traditionally shaped Indonesian "joglo" home, transported from Java and adapted to western use. It is a comfortable one bedroom home, with all of the owner's individual style and nick-nacks. Western-style living, tucked away in a traditional Balinese village and surrounded by lush tropical gardens.
Don't be surprised ... because this is OPEN plan living, you will hear the sounds from the village - roosters, dogs, motorbikes, crickets, geckos, children at play. The owner is completely used to the late night dog discussion and the early morning rooster challenge; you can use ear plugs if you like, lol.
The real treat is that you often hear the sound of traditional Balinese music/ instruments, from master musicians practising for performances in the nearby Balinese temple.
NEIGHBOURS: There's more garden and field around you than people.
Downstairs is a self-contained rental apartment (see Space to Breathe on airbnb.com). People often stay for a month or more, especially when on retreat or a yoga teacher training.
You are a bamboo plantation away from the local Balinese village on one side and a wall away from a Javanese family on the other.
Rental Fee: includes delicious breakfast (cooked by Mas Putu, the host's young cook/ helper), cleaning 2 mornings/ week. You can also arrange a delicious traditional Balinese "Welcome Dinner" (Nasi Kuning), or a simpler dinner most nights while you are here, unless Putu has prior engagements in his village.
WIFI: Reasonable Bali speed wifi connection available.
Many cafes and restaurants that are featured in the brochures in the Guest Book will home deliver.
You will share the sunset-view bathroom, kitchen, living and dining spaces - all part of a spacious open plan (really one main room) apartment.
The home includes a well equipped, open plan kitchen; bathroom with hot bath, shower and garden/ sunset view; spacious entertaining/ dance/ yoga/ space, completely open to the view of palm trees and tropical garden on two sides; and a work desk that you can't work at, because the view is too lovely.
Hmm, and there's a guitar to borrow, if you are feeling musical.
Interaction with Guests
Ibu Jen has lived in this village for more than eight years and been visiting Bali for more than 20, so she is also happy to share her experiences and suggestions with you, even when she's away working or playing in other cities or countries.
You'll find everything a lot easier after a simple chat over coffee, after you arrive - or over airbnb's messaging system, if Jen is out of the country.
If more than one guest is staying, the round rattan dining table often becomes the focus for some delicious shared meals (either home made or home delivered!) But it's all really flexible and no-one is obliged to be social over breakfast - some simply want to do their own thing.
Many guests arrange for Putu to cook a traditional Balines "Nasi Kuning" (Yellow Rice plus all the trimmings and side dishes( dinner 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.
Keep Monday night free, because the men of the local village perform a spectacular Kecak (Monkey) dance at the temple next door.
The performance costs approx $8 and all the money goes into upkeep of the temple; one of our guests liked it so much, she made a $35 donation to buy a new costume for one of the dancers; that's always welcome - it's not a wealthy village.
There's an inexpensive laundry 100 meters south, an ashram with regular yoga and meditation classes, 250 meters to the north, and delicious and cheap local warungs (cafes) even closer.
You are on the outskirts of Bali’s “yoga centre”, the town of Ubud, just 10 minutes by car or motor bike - or 30 minutes on a bicycle if you are fit - from many top quality restaurants, galleries and museums, places to dance and sing, the famous Monkey Forest, traditional healers and much more.
And then less than 30 minutes from whitewater rafting, Bali's famous rice terraces, Safari Adventure Park, Bali Bird Park, Bali Elephant park, Pranoto's famous Life Drawing Classes, Goa Gajah (Elephant Caves) and many inspiring Hindu temples. You can take Paon Cooking School's wonderful cooking class - and learn so much about Bali/ Hindu customs, not just about cooking - and take private gamelan music lessons in the next village, with guru Mentik, a fine musician and teacher.
We can recommend several local professional drivers/ guides, available to take you on a tour or transport you around Ubud; they speak good English, they will go at your pace, and take you places you'd never find on your own.
TRANSPORT FROM AIRPORT/ PREVIOUS STAY: This is not included in the price. However, unless you already have a car and driver organised, WE insist that you book a local Ubud driver through us, NOT a taxi from the airport or other part of the island. Or a driver from somewhere else, that an old friend knows very well. They may be lovely men, but they DON'T KNOW THIS AREA and will cause a lot of headache getting you here, especially at night, where they get spooked (they all believe in ghosts, seriously!) because compared with the bright lights of Sanur and Kuta, our village seems very dark to them.
We will book 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. In fact, we'd prefer you book with someone else. (Sorry but this has happened too many times to be polite about it any more :-)
WE CAN INCLUDE THIS EXTRA 350,000RP" $35US FOR THE DRIVER IN THE RENTAL PRICE, if you like. You MAY find a cheaper taxi driver, but he isn't a local and you won't get lots of great local info and ideas from him! And it means one more stranger knows where we live.
GREAT LOCAL DRIVERS: Our guys are also a great help when you want to do any touring or site seeing around Ubud.
Some of our favorite local drivers/ tour guides live very close so as well as day trips, they are available for rides in and out of Ubud, at 30,000rp one way on a motor bike, or 60,000 one way in a car.
PUBLIC/ OTHER TRANSPORT: No public bus; car and motor scooter cheap and simple to rent.
Other Things to Note
Please be aware that power blackouts sometimes 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.
THE BASICS: Sorry but you must speak some English or Indonesian. It is too difficult to share an open plan home, without a language in common. We love to help you here in Bali - can't be done properly with (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) translate - we've tried :-(
No smoking inside the house (nor horrible butts left in the garden) and no pets. Definitely no drugs; you risk the death penalty for yourself and us!
WELCOME: We often invite friends for Sunday lunch and are very happy for you to join us. At night, you can join us for dinner for a small fee. We are good cooks and happy to discuss the menu/ make sure you will enjoy it, but this is "family" space - everyone eats the same
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 $150; 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 (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 beliefs and customs.
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.