JUNGALOW SECOND FLOOR APARTMENT is a romantic, comfortable, and safe LOFT-STYLE apartment on the second floor of a two story house, with a main room, kitchenette, and a lounge, work, dining area.
LARGE ROOM has TWELVE BAY WINDOWS that overlook stunning and ever changing views of Ayung River valley, jungle, rain forest, rice terraces and volcano and can accommodate FOUR people: two on the QUEEN SIZED BED (made of teak wood by our local carpenter and fitted with a top quality inner spring mattress and mosquito net), one on a SINGLE (inner spring) MATTRESS on the floor, and one on a SINGLE KAPOK MATTRESS (natural tropical cotton-like fiber) on the floor (all bed linens provided). The area near the bed is equipped with bedside tables, two lamps made from reclaimed teak wood with antique batik shades, and a rattan sofa with kapok mattress and cushions. There plenty of electrical outlets near the bed and throughout the rest of the room. two ceiling fans in the room (no air-con, the house is designed to have a constant breeze) with light fixtures, a locking teak cabinet for your clothes and valuables, storage area for luggage, a small book collection, and the walls are decorated with original Balinese paintings and other artwork.
EN-SUITE BATHROOM is designed to have a lot of natural light and is equipped with a washbasin in a natural stone counter, hot shower, western toilet, and some shelving for toiletries. We provide bath linens, soap and shampoo.
KITCHENETTE is equipped with a refrigerator, plates, glasses, cutlery, and a kettle. It is intended for breakfasts and snacks, NOT for cooking full meals, as there is no kitchen sink or pots and pans. There is a large slab tropical wood table with teak wood chairs (also where the internet modem is located) to be used as a dining and work space.
GARDEN is not accessible from the second floor apartment, but provides beautiful surroundings in being decorated with statues and large terracotta pots, lights for ambience at night, and trees on the terrace (jasmine, papyrus, heliconias, papaya, pineapples, green lime, avocado and lychee trees). The surrounding jungle is full of coconut groves, flame trees, banyans, papaya trees, giant ferns, and fruit growing on wild vines.
Guests are given FULL ACCESS to the apartment.
PARKING for scooters or bicycles is located along the entrance of the lane; please be considerate of sharing this space with others and park neatly. Cars should park along the street in a way that does not impede traffic, or in the recessed area on the opposite side of the street. You are kindly requested not to park in front of the temple or use the cemented parking spot along the street to the right of the lane (it does not belong to us). Please make sure to tell your visitors to respect these rules as well.
INTERNET service will be provided to through a wifi network from a wired modem on the second floor. Remember that Bali does not compete with Western countries in terms of speed and consistency of Internet.
NO SWIMMING POOL at the apartment, but there ate beautiful pools accessible in the area at Bali Wood, The Mansion, and d'Omah Bali in Penestanan, as well as Sayan Terrace and Gaya Gallery in Sayan, for a small fee.
PLEASE NOTE that access from the street to the house has many steps and is recommended only for people who are full mobile and in shape (nothing super athletic). If you are an elderly person, have limited physical abilities, or are a parent bringing a small child with you, you should especially be aware as the steps can be slippery (due to rain, rice field water, mold, moss—this is a tropical island). Always be sure to tread carefully, holding the railing and being sure to stay focused, as well as bringing a flashlight with you if you will be coming or going after dark.
EXTRA GUESTS beyond two are charged 60,000 Rp (around $5-$6 USD) per person, per night, which should be settled upon your arrival.
We prefer to give you privacy, and management will only interact as needed based on your request or if there is some sort of issue that requires attention. You may also cross paths with one of our housekeepers during their twice-weekly cleaning of the unit. Please be advised that our girls have varying degrees of experience with the English language, some are able to hold a conversation and others only know a handful of words. Please be respectful of cultural differences and the language barrier in your interaction with them.
SAYAN, UBUD (the village where Jungalow is located) is 4km away from central Ubud (Ubud Palace), and is one of the most privileged areas of Bali. Once you step off the street, you will be in a protected "green belt" area that acts as a natural lung: no cars, no bikes, no fumes, no cocks, no barking dogs, no burning garbage. The house is situated adjacent to five-star resorts (600m North of Four Seasons, 800m South of Amandari, Alila, Royal Pita Maha, Kupu Kupu Barong, 300m North of Sayan Terrace, and 50m North of Sayan Ayu on the opposite side of the street). UBUD is 600m above sea level, slightly cooler than on the coast, and is full of emerald green terraced rice fields, jungles, and coconut groves.
AYUNG RIVER comes all the way down from the Mount Batur, a volcano in Bali, and there is direct access to the riverbank by community steps through the garden steps just outside of the main entrance to Jungalow. You can walk or run along a beautiful trekking lane adjacent to the riverbank as well. There is a Hindu shrine, a spring (blessed by the local priest), huge banyan trees, mysterious vines growing strange fruit, various small pavilions open on four sides (called bale) for reading, relaxing, yoga, or other activities. The Ayung River is also a hot spot for white water rafting, for tourists and locals alike. It should go without saying, but please don’t litter with bottles, plastic, packaging, etc, but be sure to bring any accumulated rubblish back home to your own bin in Jungalow. The riverbank is a place where local kids have a dive after school, women wash their laundry, and people take their evening bath. If you are just exploring and taking photos, please respect the modesty of the locals by pretending you don't see them bathing. However, you are also welcome to bathe in the river like the locals do, but we recommend you choose a safe spot (shallow water, protected by boulders), and be sure to not leave your valuables unattended.
NEARBY, you’ll find Gaya Gallery, with contemporary art, fusion-style food, and an Italian ice-cream parlor. There is a food court at Bali Wood, trendy places like Vespa Cafe, Kopi Desa, and Alchemy in Penestanan village, and many local warung. You’ll find laundry services, local shops, and local fruit and vegetable markets all along the main road. Food delivery is available from a wide variety of places (see hardcopy folder in unit). There are two large supermarkets (Bintang and Delta Dewata) provide all you need in terms of food, clothing, toiletry etc, but we encourage you to support smaller local businesses as much as possible.
YOUR NEIGHBORS are artists, designers, painters, writers, and the Balinese community. Those who stay at Jungalow and in the area see it as a place of inspiration.
UBUD is a MOOD, as the artistic and spiritual center of this Island of the Gods, with traditional healers, painters, sculptors, musicians and dancers, kite makers, mask carvers, furniture and fashion designers, and jewelers, with many beautiful MUSEUMS to visit (ARMA, Neka, Lukisan, Blanco, Rudana, etc). The area is popular with yogis from all over the world who come here to improve their practice or complete a teacher training and has become a world-famous hub since Elizabeth Gilbert’s book “Eat, Pray, Love” was published, and even more so after a movie, based on the book and featuring Julia Roberts, was made. Many festivals are hosted here, including Ubud Writers Festival (Oct), Meditation Festival (Nov), and Bali Spirit Festival (March) with music, dance, and yoga.
UBUD has been named “BEST DESTINATION IN ASIA” by Conde Nast Traveler Readers and the President of the World Peace Committee gave Bali the “ISLAND OF PEACE" prize.
GREEN SCHOOL is now a world reference in terms of their building technique, sustainable standards, and education system. Just 6km away lies their campus built on hectares of beautiful land using a most inventive architecture of bamboo, with organic vegetable gardens, a solar power system and much more—this a must see! You should find their website online for a virtual tour, as well as registering for a real tour once you’re in town.
GETTING AROUND THE LOCAL AREA
While it’s great to have a good walk around town, having your own transportation is essential to get the most out of your visit. The preferred method of the locals is an automatic scooter. Otherwise, you could hire an Ojek (scooter taxi) to transport you on one inexpensively (paid directly to our recommended Ojek, Mr Agung). Some athletic visitors opt for a bicycle (though be advised that it is hot, humid, and hilly). Another option is or a rented car (with/without driver). We recommend Nyoman Suarjana for scooter and push bike rentals. He has fair rates, with discounts offered for weekly and monthly periods. You will need your International Driving License and personal insurance. For the scooter rental a signed rental document with your personal information is compulsory. This is standard procedure, so please comply happily with these requests.
GETTING HERE FROM THE AIRPORT
It is advisable to HIRE OUR DRIVER if you are arriving from the airport, so that someone will be there waiting for you, allowing for a smooth arrival, avoiding a headache and waste of time and energy. OUR DRIVER has a comfortable car with air-con and charges 280,000 IDR (approximately $23 USD, as of Jan. 2014) for pickup or drop-off at the airport. He has been transporting our guests for years, speaks great English, communicates well via mobile phone, is safe, reliable, knowledgeable, polite, and will help you carry your luggage to the unit upon arrival as well as being able to provide you with the keys, show you where the lights are, and other things. He will stand at the MAIN EXIT at AIRPORT with a large sign showing a BIRD AND A HEART (our logo) that will be very visible. He is also available for other tours (around the island to the volcano, temples, hot springs, beach, etc). LET US KNOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE US TO ARRANGE YOUR AIRPORT PICKUP WITH HIM.
INSECTS AND OTHER BEASTS are part of life in a tropical island like Bali. Vegetation here is rich, lush, growing fast and with it a whole array of living creatures. Some are quite cute and others are less pleasant. Remember also that a ugly hairy caterpillar, given time, will become a shimmering butterfly as large as your hand. This is not a jungle ala Disney, so you should be both careful and respectful. Remember also that most will flee rather than confront you, but we want to give you an idea of what you can expect while being here.
CRAWING CREATURES: a variety of lizards (land and water), geckos, snails of various sizes, centipedes, chameleons, many varieties of ants, small scorpions, spiders (mostly harmless ones who busy themselves catching flies and mosquitoes), snakes (some could be potentially dangerous like the green tree viper).
WINGED CREATURES: herons, kingfishers, egrets (and other water fowl), owls, bats, dragon flies, fireflies, moths, butterflies, beetles, flying ants, cockroaches, flying lizards, jungle chickens, and wild doves.
OTHER ANIMALS: squirrels (commonly seen climbing up and down coconut trees), monkeys, cats, dogs, and various farm animals.
MOSQUITOS: while there is no malaria here, dengue fever is a slight possibility—though statistically, it mostly affects people who have been living here for at least three years. We provide natural essential oils as mosquito repellent. You should protect yourself with round-the-clock essential oils. We make sure to avoid stagnant water in our garden, or have it mixed with some drops of bleach to prevent larvae.
TRAVEL LIGHT (avoid heavy suitcases, clothes are cheap here), and remember to bring your own flashlight or headlamp.
BE RESPECTFUL OF BALINESE CULTURE and be sure to take your shoes off when entering a Balinese home, DO NOT point at people or things with your finger, and DO NOT touch people or things with your foot as well as not showing the sole of your feet to people (these things are considered very rude). You should give and receive things ONLY WITH YOUR RIGHT HAND, whenever possible, and always smile. People here will smile a lot and rarely say “NO.”
BE RESPECTFUL OF TEMPLE AND CEREMONY RULES, and whenever attending a ceremony, be sure that you have NO bare shoulders/chest, no short pants or Bermudas. Men should wear a sarong and a SAPUT (smaller sarong) on top, with its strings tied at the waist meant to separate the pure from the impure, an UDENG (Balinese turban). Women should wear a sarong with a sash (scarf) at the waist for the same reasons. As a top, women should wear a KEBAYA (lacy balinese style blouse), or a plain long-sleeved shirt, and hair should be knotted into a bun. Bringing an offering (banten, tjanang) with you is always welcome; you can get them from a local warung for about $1USD. Observe the Balinese people and do the same as they do. Women usually sit with women and men sit with men, please do so unless you are with a Balinese friend of the opposite sex, it’s ok then to sit together. Avoid backpacks; take a simple handbag for women, a " belt pack" for men. Avoid wearing trousers under the sarong. Never stand higher than a priest, and do not stand on a platform where everyone is sitting. do not use flash lights when photographing a priest, always ask permission to make photo (a simple gesture is enough). Menstruating women are not allowed on temple grounds.
DISCOUNT AVAILABLE FOR LONG TERM RENTAL (1+ MONTH), please contact us with your request.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ANOTHER UNIT, PLEASE CHECK OUT THESE OTHER PLACES LOCATED IN SAYAN, UBUD BY THE AYUNG RIVER:
==> HOME SHAKTI https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1096968
==> JUNGALOW 2ND FLOOR http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/286033
==> BACK PACKERS STUDIO #3 http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1457940
==> BACK PACKERS STUDIO #4 http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1610472
==> GUEST ROOM AT ‘MAYA’ http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/360899
It is my very first time to use (website hidden) service. And after a long search, i found JUNGALOW.
JUNGALOW is a very peaceful place to stay situated from the city centre of Ubud. You can enjoy the tranquility with all the natural surroundings. When we first open the door and walked into the lane leading to our room, we could feel peaceful and all the good and positive energy in this house.
Before our arrival, TINI had been very helpful in answering our questions and requests in a responsive way.
During our stay, since we are interested in arts, she gave us a super detailed advice on museum, artist places and arrange everything for us. It is so impressive.
However, if you are people looking for nightlife, surfing or parties. It is not a place for you because it is far from the coast and not even a TV in the room. And the wifi is super SLOW and sometimes not working. :( .. okay... i am from Hong Kong... and Bali is not like bangkok..... so expected the slow or no wifi...
If you like a nature lover, eco-friendly person like me, Jungalow would be a great choice! I am sure you would love staying here.
Also, airport pickup service provided by the driver Mr.Made is great and save us from lots of trouble in finding ways to the hotel. You will never regret to take this service.
One of the biggest and valublable advantages in staying in JUNGALOW is TINI knows the communties around, she could give to us best advise than our own travel consultant in your own country or travel guide books.
Thank for all the valuable advice and hospitality.
William Kung from Hong Kong.
I stayed in both the Jungalow 2nd floor and the Jungalow Garden Floor Apt on my holiday to Bali.
2ND FLOOR - Firstly, I LOVED the Jungalow 2nd FLOOR. Perched above the trees I felt as though I was floating in the sky. The room felt incredibly secluded and safe to me. It is quiet, has reliable internet, is completely closed off from the outside (i.e. no holes for mosquitoes to get through) except for the bathroom which is closed off my a door. I stayed for four nights but I could have very easily stayed for four months. If you like tranquil and quiet; if you appreciate seeing above the tree tops - this is a wonderful place to call home.
GARDEN APT - Because I was so in love with the 2nd floor I came back and decided to take the Garden Floor Apt to try something new. Staying here was a very different experience. The apt is much much larger than the one above and more open to the elements, with a small part of the room (albeit only 5%) shielded from the outside by nothing more than thick blinds. The room is covered with windows from nearly ceiling to floor and the view feels like being 'in the jungle', compared to being 'above the jungle' in the 2nd Floor.
PREFERENCE - As a solo traveler, I prefered the 2nd floor as I felt it was more secure, secluded and possibly a bit newer. Had I been traveling as a couple I would have likely felt the same. But, had I prefered more space, immediate access to an outside garden, and a more substantial kitchen - I would have chosen the Garden Apt instead.
GETTING AROUND AND TO DO's - It is true, there are many many steep steps to get to the appt and also to get to the river. Don't let this discourage you unless you are not in good health, just be mindful when it is wet and hold the handrails that are provided. It is also true that you will want a scooter, unless you are keen to be reliant on the availability of taxis. If you have never ridden a scooter before make sure to request a SCOOPY bike, as they are more stable and easier to navigate. I would also suggest that if you have never ridden and you want to go into UBUD centre, head left on the main road outside the Jungalow as it is an easier journey.
If you stay here and even if you don't I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND: 1. Mr Nyomon - an incredible massage practitioner recommended by Ms Marie. 2. Going down to the river! This was my FAVORITE part of staying at the Jungalow! Many steps below the accommodation are gorgeous views of the river and rice fields, and places to sit and meditate.
Ms Marie was very kind, accommodating and had wonderful recommendations!
Overall I had a great experience and will be back!
We enjoyed our stay at jungalow very much. The view was surreal, the walk to the river was filled with magic, and the water dispenser saved us and bali a lot of plastic water bottle waste. Marie was extremely helpful in introducing us to all the hidden gems of ubud and around. She was very knowledgable about Balinese culture and enthusiastic about sharing it with us. We're grateful to have met her and stayed at her little hidden jungle gem :)
Thank you SHADI for the positive feed back about your contact with Miss Marie. She helps us a lot on the Internet and she really does know a lot about healers, spiritual practices as well as what's happening in town, exhibitions, concerts, good foods...
Happy that you enjoyed your stay at the JUNGALOW.
Wishing you all the best for you and your husband.
The Jungalow is located about 4 km from the lively Ubud. It feels like being in another world. If you love nature, this is the place to be.
I lived on the second floor, the apartment below me was free. So I had this oasis for me alone - seen and hardly anyone
Two sides of the huge space which is furnished in Colonial style, have large windows with views over the jungle. In the small kitchen there is a stove in order to make water warm. To cook the is not suitable. The small bathroom with shower (plenty of hot water) is simple, but especially: with a beautiful mosaic floor.
I had a great time at Jungalow.
The floor has been done by local workers, an older guy and his mate. They have designed the motive themselves - a complex floral pattern - and then assorted hundred of tiny pebbles, "peanut size" natural colored pebbles into a mosaic-like work.
Thank you for mentioning it, as floors usually go forgotten...a tribute to local craftsmanship...
Thank you for being such an appreciative guest, Birgit......your comment gave me an idea. Now i will add a photo in the album of 2nd floor JUNGALOW ;->}
We had a very pleasant stay at the Jungalow! The view over the valley is awesome! The city center in Ubud is just a 10 Minutes ride with the scooter. Everything you need is close. Tini was so friendly an helped us with everything
Between the warm and welcoming hearts of Tini, Nyoman and Marie and the hum of the river and life of the Jungle - my stay at the Jungalow was nothing less than perfect.
The space is tastefully decorated to make you feel as lush as the picturesque views of Bali that you're encouraged to remind yourself of everytime you look out of the windows that surround you.
Blessed water from a local natural spring to drink, fresh flowers, cocnuts freshly delivered and chopped open for you to drink and eat if you feel. The river to listen to, to bathe in or just to appreciate makes the place undeniably indulgent. A great place to stay if you're looking for some rejuvination.
You are comfortable and nestled. Close enough to bike into town but if you need anything at all, you have help at hand, all the time. I was given great advice to things that only a local would know.
It was all exquisite,- and the little touches really made it special.
Thanks to Tini, Nyoman and Marie, I felt at home.
Amazing place. Cannot say thankyou enough for my stay!
Thank you LAYLA for the positive review about us as a team, and about the JUNGALOW. We focus our effort on satisfying our guests, RE accommodation, cleanliness, service, and of course visiting and discovering Bali and spcially UBUD as a unique destination.
we are happy to say that LAYLA has been communicative about her needs, and we are always glad to be able to help in all possible ways. We highly recommend LAYLA as a very friendly guest, gentle, polite, responsible.
Everything in Jungalow was perfect, the location was unique and the views to the jungle amazing. The room was very cozy with everything you need, including hot water, unlimited internet access, a fridge and a kitchenette. The bed was very comfortable and big.
Marie was an incredible host, she helped us from the beginning, suggesting places to eat, money changer and even a travel agency to book our tickets to the next location in our trip.
Ther driver she recommended us (Madé Yuliawan dekjus_(email hidden)) was a great guy too, very honest. He picked us up at the airport and we made two whole day excursions with him for a very reasonable price.
To sum up, a great place to stay, far enough from the hussle of Ubud town to enjoy the wilderness, but close enough to get downtown easily.
Thank you PEDRO for the positive review about us as a team, and about the JUNGALOW.
We focus our effort on satisfying our guests, RE accommodation, cleanliness, service, and of course visiting and discovering Bali and spcially UBUD as a unique destination. We are happy to say that PEDRO and his lovely friend miss Raquel have been most communicative about their needs, and we are always glad to be able to help in all possible ways.
We highly recommend PEDRO and Raquel as very friendly guests.
I was lucky to stay in 2 of Maries beautiful places, the Jungalow and a single room in Villa Maya. Loved the arty style of both of the locations a lot and I am greatful for Maries hospitallity and kind raccomandations for Ubud. Marie and her staff made my stay a 5star holiday, in few minutes I had my scooter or bicycle, a taxi service or a freshly opened coconut. Hope to cming back soon and wishing her and her stuff all the best and good success. Kind regards. Isabelle
Thank You isabelle for you kind words. Indeed it makes us so very happy to make our guests... H A P P Y I
Actually you have been such a kind, gentle spoken, sensitive guest that it was a complete delight to have you with us...
Wishing you fukl success with (email hidden).. we need more people like you around the planet..
see you very soon again
TINI MARIE NYOMAN
I ended up staying in both the first and second floor of Marie's Jungalow villa and so this review covers both.
Firstly, the location is perfect and it's this that makes it such a great place to stay, although you will need transport to get around (5 minutes on a scooter into Ubud). The villa is in Sayan overlooking the beautiful Ayung river, surrounded my forrest with only the sound of water, the wind in the trees and geekos to lull you to sleep (no roosters!). The stairs that lead to the front gate continue down to the river which is a great place to swim and far better than any pool.
Ubud can be pretty hectic these days. Even the surrounding villages are feeling overdeveloped and Sayan is definitely the most beautiful and peaceful area to stay in.
Both flats have a lovely feel to them. They're open plan, airy and avoid the airconditioned hotel feel of a lot of villas. The interiors aren't anything special but with the view and feeling of being amongst the jungle it hardly matters. It's worth noting though that it is hard to see much of the river due to the trees and the photo in the description is certainly not from the villa (the angle of view is completely wrong). Again, this wasn't an issue for me at all but it's good to be aware of that to avoid disappointment.
Marie was an accommodating host and kept me up to date with local ceremonies and other activities. The villa managers were both lovely. I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again and would recommend it to friends.
You are right about the kitchen items, we are going to improve that ASAP.
The photos of the river have been made just from the same angle, but from higher terrace from my friends house.
Because the trees are growing very quickly, last year we spent millions of RP trimming and cutting them to clear the view... of course it shud be done every year, but we had no gardener willing to do it this year.
Any way TK for yr review, we hope the next guests won't be fettered by the comments about the river.....
Wishing you all good.
Had a fantastic time at the Jungalow-2nd year that I went there in a row. Beautiful, peaceful and very tranquil. Marie is a great host, I really loved staying at her place and hope to again soon.
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.