A "Sleep-Over" in Our Paradise

Bed & Breakfast - Shared room · Jalan Tirta Tawar, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Ibu Gusti

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.

Your host, Ibu Gusti
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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 Space

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.

You will share the sunset-view bathroom, kitchen, living and dining spaces - all part of a spacious open plan apartment.

Your comfortable day bed is NOT a separate bedroom, but the spacious bed has elegantly draped mosquito netting around it for privacy.

"Sleep-Over" is available for one person (short term, 3 days minimum, one week maximum) 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.

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.

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 the actual "next-door" neighbours - a Swedish/ Bali couple with two lovely kids.

Keep Monday night free! A because the men of the local village perform a spectacular Kecak (Monkey) dance at the temple next door.

There's an inexpensive laundry 100 meters south, an ashram with regular yoga and meditation classes, 250 meters to the north, and two 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.

CONCIERGE SERVICE: Our most permanent guest Ibu Jen has lived in this village for five years and been visiting Bali for more than 20, so when she is home she is also happy to share her experiences with you. If you'd like her professional help to arrange your schedule and make bookings, we will charge a reasonable concierge fee for that service.

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.

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!

Our guys are 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.

PUBLIC/ OTHER TRANSPORT: No public bus; car and motor scooter cheap and simple to rent. One of our favorite local driver/ tour guides lives very close so as well as day trips, he is available for rides in and out of Ubud, at 25,000rp one way on a motor bike, or 50,000 one way in his car.

Rental Fee: includes delicious breakfast cooked by your host ibu Gusti, cleaner 2 mornings/ week, gardener.

WIFI: Reasonable Bali speed wifi connection available.

Home-cooked dinner - both Balinese and western cuisine - can be pre-ordered in the morning from Gusti's Best Recipes Menu.

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.

Room type: Shared room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $10 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Monthly Price: $581 /month
Security Deposit: $145
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • My second time staying in Jen's house. It was wonderful as always. Jen is very thoughtful and patient. She took me to the hospital at night when I got injured on my foot on my third day here. Jen stayed with me in the hospital even through she was tired. She is also a killer cook. I couldn't resist the temptation of the smell from the kitchen. Perfect host! :)

    June 2014
  • Incredible place! So much character and a very happy vibe. Stayed here for 1 month and am sad to be leaving my little Ubud home! Great kitchen, bath tub and open air space. Staff extremely helpful and accommodating. A bit of a ride into town but so nice to get away from it all too! I rode a bicycle the whole time and the ride into Ubud is so fun downhill in the rice patties! Weeee! Ride up not too difficult either ;) anyways, great spot for independent creative travelers! :) thanks Jen!

    May 2014
  • It's a really neat place with open spaces - really basking in with nature - roosters, cricket soundscape and all. We had (email hidden) experience - both correspondence and stay. It was a pity that Jen was away but Liz & Gusti were really lovely people who took care of our needs. Jen has an amazing collection of books and a very thoughtful host - first aid rather fully equipped, fridge seems well stocked up too!

    There is also an amazing collection of books to browse - it was a pity we couldn't get to meet Jen but till next time perhaps :)

    The place is off central Ubud however and would definitely require a transport in and out of the place. Sometimes if you're lucky you'd get to mingle with other people staying put at the airbnb, too!

    March 2014
  • My stay at Jen's was rich in sensation. It reminded me of places Ive lived at in Maui. Very simple and close to nature. Jen was not there, but her friend Liz was there to welcome us. Liz is very friendly and helpful. She took us to a few places that were of interest to our purpose on Bali, and was very knowledgeable on many things. The breakfast was always good and prepared for us by her kind help. We also loved having her recommended driver, Kung, take us to places. He took us to some really great restaurants and knew of the best routes and places to see. This (email hidden) if you don't mind being close to nature or not being in walking distance to town.

    February 2014
  • Lovely home and great hosts! I felt at home away from home as Gusti and friends got me settled in to life in Ubud.

    February 2014
  • This place really is A-flipping-mazing!! Everything as described, Gusti does an amazing breakfast and the vibe of Ubud and Bali is perfectly reflected in this gem of a property!! I didn't have the pleasure of meeting Jen (she was off doing relief work in the Phillipines if i remember correctly.?!) i dealt with Liz and Gusti at the property - both absolutely wonderful people, really geared to helping with any requirements or concerns..!

    I suggest you ask specifically for her driver Kung to collect you from the airport - he is informed , charming , respectful and highly entertaining if you want him to be, or completely silent if you prefer... He has lived in the area his whole life and really is a useful connection if you wanna see 'off the beaten track Bali'. He will normally beat any quote you can get for driving on the island too - and he has a few cheeky card tricks and magic tricks he likes to show the guests for your amusement (available free of charge upon request!!)

    The only thing i would suggest , would be the same any place, but maybe take some earplugs and eyemask and the cockerels will start their dawn chorus from 3am until sunrise so if you are a light sleeper then earplugs and eyemask are helpful (available from a local pharmacy very cheap!)

    January 2014
    Ibu Gusti
    Response from Ibu Gusti:

    Thanks Tom. A lovely review.

    January 2014
  • this air bnb is amazing! the whole appartment is look like a big treehouse and you sleep under the moskitonet like a princess. ;)
    the house was always very clean and the breakfast was perfect.
    the really only thing is, you should be prepared for the farm animals around the hose, when not able to sleep under animal noise then you have to take some orapax with you. ;)
    thank you very much for everything!

    January 2014
  • Awesome place in Ubud if you're adventurous and looking for a comfortable stay! Gusti is the sweetest host-- she and Komane took such good care of us, from cooking breakfast, finding us mosquito repellent, a scooter, directions to Ubud central (15 min by scooter), directing us to the local classical dance, and finally taking me to a local acoustic night for some Marley on Christmas! A warning that the marvelous place has no walls, only blinds, which resulted in a cat running through the room late at night-- you're super safe from critters in the mosquito net :) Hot showers, great food, picturesque views for a great price.

    December 2013
    Ibu Gusti
    Response from Ibu Gusti:

    I'm sorry I missed you this time Roohi. Thanks for the lovely review!

    December 2013
  • The day we arrived, Jen wasn't at home but she had organised that another traveller opened us the door. The house itself is really beautiful and gives you the impression to be somewhere in the wild nature as you can hear every sound from the outside. Especially the chickens of Jen's neighbour were a little bit annoying in the beginning but if you sleep with oropax, it's okay. A big plus is that Jen made us pancakes one morning :-) All other mornings, Jen's housekeeper prepared us a tasty breakfast. All in all, we were able to live a really independent life while we lived in Jen's house which I appreciated a lot. During our stay, we also got to know two other travellers who stayed at Jen's place which was also a gain.

    September 2013
    Ibu Gusti
    Response from Ibu Gusti:

    Thanks Nadine. It was an absolute pleasure hosting you both! See you again some day I hope.

    September 2013
  • Beautiful open hearted and welcoming woman, wonderful host - like being at home in Bali :) thank you Jen and see you again soon x

    June 2013
    Ibu Gusti
    Response from Ibu Gusti:

    Yum!!! Such beautiful words. Just what I needed today. Hugs to you, Sunshine!

    June 2013
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Your host ibu Gusti has lived in Ubud all her life. She welcomes you, cooks delicious breakfasts and makes sure you are comfortable and content. If you want to learn some great Indonesian cooking, or to find out more about life in a Balinese family, ask ibu Gusti to teach you. Her husband Pak Komang can help you hire a motor scooter or find a driver to take you around the island. She's helped out by our semi-permanent guest, Jen - 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 volunteere 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.
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