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 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 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 ibu Ketut, the host's cook/ helper), and cleaning 2 mornings/ week.
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 ten 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.
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).
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".