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.
Think of this as staying over at your friend's place or coming to visit a favorite aunt. 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.
"Sleep-Over" is available for one person (short term, 3 days minimum, one week maximum, usually) and two people sometimes (short term 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 your host or her helper, cleaner 2 mornings/ week, gardener. You can also arrange a delicious 3 course home cooked meal, while you are here.
WIFI: Reasonable Bali speed wifi connection available.
Many cafes and restaurants 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 and African drums to borrow, if you are feeling musical. And traditional sarongs and kabayas (Balinese temple costume) to borrow.
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!
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.
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.
"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.
TRANSPORT FROM AIRPORT/ PREVIOUS STAY: This is not included in the price. However, unless you already have a car and driver organised, WE RECOMMEND you book a local driver through us, NOT a taxi from the airport or other part of the island.
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. (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 can 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 25,000rp one way on a motor bike, or 50,000 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, French 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 (website 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.
Jen's house is amazing ,everyone saw my picture of her house all love it! I stayed there for 3nights ,everything was comfortable and cozy. She can arrange a driver to pick you up in the airport(charge 320,000)
I was worried that it may be troublesome to get to town ,however,you can go to town either by bike or motorbike or ask her driver to take you,which doesn't cost that much.
Jen or her helper will make breakfast ,she even take me to her friend's house for dinner (on Chinese New Year eve) and a local jazz bar. The whole experience was great! Strongly recommend . I brought eye shades and ear plugs ,slept very well ~~
She and her house are amazing.
The stay at Jen's home was complete bliss! Her home is beautiful, the surroundings are just gourgeous, and my only regret is that I didn't have the time to just sit back and relax for a whole day at her house. Going salsa with her was heaps of fun, and becoming friends with the other guests was also one of the great things about staying here.
Jen is a wonderful host, she made me feel so at home, and I'm so glad that I could meet her in person.
Her driver Kung was such a nice guy too, always a call away whenever I needed him.
The "orchestra" of roosters at dawn was almost shocking on the first night, but I got used to it on the second night. I think I might even miss them；）
I also loved her homemade energy teas! They're just great!
I will definitely be back.
Jen is the Jewel of JunJungan! She has a bright personality and is the woman in the know on Ubud. She's happy to tell you whats what and where everything is and she loves to tear up the dance floor and yes you are invited! Your staying in her home which was a real comfort to us, she had a fantastic driver pick us up and a sweet helper making us breakfast in the mornings. She's rural JunJungan and yes the roosters are no joke, but in my opinion it was great to truly experience "life" living of Ubud.
Jen was a warm and generous host that knew the real insider stories of the expats. I enjoyed her company and we even made a trip with the scooter to the mountains together. She is lively and easygoing and an excellent source of stories and fun. Her place feels authentic and real. I would stay there even with friends.
Jen ist eine sehr herzliche, grosszügige und hilfsbereite Gastgeberin und eine wunderbare Köchin. Das Haus ist sehr liebevoll eingerichtet und da es keine Wände hat, lebt man sozusagen draussen in der Natur.
Wenn man eine shared location mit Gesellschaft sucht, ist man hier am richtigen Ort. Da Schlafzimmer, Wohnzimmer und Küche ein grosser Raum ist, hat man allerdings wenig Privatsphäre.
Jen, you are great, thank you for all :-)
After traveling around Java and Bali with my boyfriend, Ubud was our last stop and Jen's place was a great way to end our vacation. Jen is a wonderful host, super responsive and helpful and her space is unique and comfortable. As she states, the room we stayed in isn't a real "room", no walls, just a bed with a mosquito net that gives a bit of privacy. But since we were out riding our rental scooter around town (Jen had it ready and waiting for us as soon as we got there!) we really didn't spend that much time in the house, just mornings enjoying fresh eggs, delicious bread and fresh fruits and nights to sleep. Jen was super helpful by providing a driver to pick us up from the fast boat drop off location (we had just come back to bali from one of the nearby islands) and offered tons of great recommendations on places to go and things to do, and a driver back to the airport. She has another single room and a larger space in the basement, so it's nice getting to chat with the other guests when they're around. Oh, and the location is great, only a quick 10 min motorbike ride into the main area of Ubud for great food, shopping, massages, etc.
My only caveat would be for light sleepers (which I am) and people who are allergic to mosquitos (or people mosquitos love to bite, which I also am). Her house is completely open, no real walls to the outside except for the front door. And you're in the middle of lush vegetation, which means lots of animals and bugs. Confused roosters crowing at random times of day and night, 3am? 2pm? 7pm? Doesn't matter, they make noise incessantly. And yes, mosquitos. Thank god for the mosquito net, but be careful and make sure you don't have any lurkers trapped inside the net with you, otherwise you'll wake up with a couple dozen bites the next morning. They only bit me and not my boyfriend, so i guess it's the luck of the draw.
Jen's home is beautiful and comfortable and Jen is a wonderful host. It is on the north side of town so plan to be out of the mix of it all when at the house (I was) and prepared to catch a ride or hoof it back to the house (neither are hard). Jen knows a lot about the goings-on around town and will likely invite you along to all the fun bands, meals, etc. Kung the driver is great - helpful, patient, and funny. I recommend Jen's house for your stay in Bali.
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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.