Our best room, with bath tub and hot shower is the perfect place to relax after exploring the forests, secluded waterfalls and misty mountains around lake Buyan and Tamblingan. From the comfortable king size bed you have a nice view and a good sleep.
This part of Bali is not visited by many tourists and you will be able to explore the pristine Bali.
Our little home stay is called Bukit Kembar.
We are located up in the mountains of Bali between Munduk and Bedugul. Our village is surrounded by lush jungles overlooking two volcanic lakes. It is the perfect place for people who love hiking and want to explore the rural parts of Bali.
We offer printed hiking maps for the area. If you have a smart phone we highly recommend you to download an app that uses openstreetmaps, we are currently tracing all the nice hiking treks in the area and upload them on openstreetmaps. This way you will be able to make the most out of your stay. There are soo many amazing sights nearby.
Our place comprises a quiet garden in the back and a restaurant area in the front. There you can enjoy an amazing view over lake Buyan and the surrounding jungle. We offer free Wifi and a selection of different dishes. The Wifi connects with the 3G network, so it's not very fast, but it's good enough for booking a room at your next destination or checking(website hidden)emails. You are also very welcome to visit our little coffee processing 80m behind the hotel or join the gamelan orchestra practice night if you are here on a Saturday.
Interaction with Guests
We love to interact with our guests. Before we made a business out of our passion we were hosting countless couchsurfers. We love to sit together enjoy a good meal and talk about life. Papa Jero, the head of the family is a spiritual teacher and has a lot of interesting stories to tell.
There are some of the most amazing places in walking distance from Bukit Kembar, sights rarely visited by any tourists. This is the pristine Bali far away from the crowded beaches of the south. Climb one of the surrounding mountains and watch the clouds spill over the edge of the ancient crater. Hike through the mystical fig tree forests and search for the hidden temples. Go on a canoe trip on the lake and catch a fish for dinner. Take a bath in one of the secluded waterfalls and jump off a cliff into the canyon. Pray in the cave temple of Tirta Kuning. Climb the 30m high spirit tree or just take in its beauty by meditating on its roots. Follow a river from its spring through the forest and along the subak irrigation channels down to the rice fields.
Our goal is to protect the jungles by promoting the area as an ecotourism destination. Currently people are earning a few dollars by cutting the beautiful trees and carrying them out of the forest. We want to show them that the forest as a whole has much more value than a few trunks.
We are aware that many people get annoyed with Balinese people wanting to sell them something. That's why we hand out free hiking maps to our guest so you can explore the region by yourself. However, if you wish to get a guided tour, rent a car for a day trip or be picked you up somewhere, we are happy to organize it for you. We also rent out camping equipment so you can spend a night in the forest or on top of a mountain. There is nothing like waking up to the voices of the jungle and taking a morning bath in a waterfall.
The people of the mountains in Bali prepare some unique dishes with vegetables only growing in the mountains. We both serve local and internal dishes. Our goal is to give you an insight into our fascinating culture, be it food, music or dance. We will do our best to make your time in the mountains an unforgettable experience.
We are located in the perfect spot for many different trekking tours. To the north you can follow the waterfall valley down to the rice fields. To the South there is a path starting right next to our hotel and takes you down through the jungle to the two lakes. Public buses are rare and infrequent. So I usually hitchhike which works perfectly well in this area of Bali. We have a car and Papa Jero or Yudi are very happy to pick you up anywhere in Bali or show you around on a day trip.
There are several amazing hiking trails starting right at our door steps, so you don't really need anything other than your feet if you just stay here for a couple of days.
If you are wondering how to get here:
With your own scooter/car:
We are located between Munduk and Bedugul right on top of the narrow stretch of forest that separates lake Buyan and lake Tamblingan. Look out for our yellow/red triangle sign at the road. If you are driving up from Denpasar in direction of Singaraja you have to turn left in direction of Munduk and Gobleg when you are at the highest point. This is after Pancasari, right on top of the windy road with the many monkeys.
You don't have your own transportation:
Just contact us and we can arrange a pickup anywhere in Bali.
From the South you can catch a Bus from Ubung or Mengwi, in direction of Singaraja. Jump out at the very top where the road turns left to Munduk and Gobleg. The name of the village is Wanagiri. Bukit Kembar is 3km along that road. There are no buses there, so try to stop a car, this is very easy and the people will love to help you. The corner of the road where the cars turn left and have to drive steeply up hill, is the best spot.
I travel everywhere by hitchhiking. Bali is a great place to hitch because the people are super friendly. But not many people do it, so they won't understand the thumbs up sign. Just wave the cars down with you flat hand, the way the locals would stop a bus. I generally don't tell them right away that I want to go to north Bali because everybody will tell you this is impossible. When I hitchhike from Denpasar I first tell them, that I want to go to Mengwi, then Bedugul, then Wanagiri. Pleas don't hesitate to ask me if you have any questions. You should really try hitchhiking, it's soo much fun!
Other Things to Note
I live and work in Batubulan in southern Bali and I will only be up there on the weekends so maybe you won't meet me. But my lovely family runs our guesthouse and ecotourism business.
Please don't hesitate to contact me and ask any questions. My goal is to give you the most amazing time in the mountains.
We want to build awareness and conserve our beautiful forest. Please be considerate and properly dispose of your rubbish. Show my family that you care about the nature and help them with suggestions if you see that they could improve their effort of going green.
At this homestay you get exactly what you pay for and a little bit more. The room itself is just as pictured/described, but a bit clammy due to the mountain air in general. There was hot shower the first night, but it ran out quicker on the 2nd night, so plan accordingly. The best part though was the gorgeous view of the two lakes and the welcoming and friendly family. They gave me a ride to the waterfall trail and picked my exhausted self up from the same spot several hours later at no charge. I also arranged for them to drive me down to Ubud at the end of my stay and they arranged it at a reasonable rate and no issues. I ate most of my meals there during my stay and while breakfast was not included it was cheap and tasty.
We absolutely loved our stay here and can't say enough amazing things about it! We were the only guests at the time but I'm sure even with a packed house they would have been equally personal and accommodating.
The family was so sweet and helpful! We had delicious, cheap meals made from a lot of locally sourced fruits and vegetables which was neat and they had a car which we could hire to taxi us to a few of the nearby sights.
Obviously the view was amazing and the atmosphere was one of a kind. We were lucky enough to be around when Papa and his buddies busted out the local music!
Unfortunately it was raining when we wanted to hike so we can't attest to that but I'd love to go back and find out.
If you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city this is the perfect place.
It was easy enough to get to as Matthias gave great, detailed insurrection. Getting back down south was a little more difficult as we couldn't easily pick up a cheap bemo so we just took their taxi which while it was fairly expensive, took us right where we wanted to go.
Highly recommend and would love to go back!
It was a wonderful experience to stay at the guesthouse of Papadjeroe and his family. The house is situated on top of the mountain with a breathtaking view over the lake. Although the guesthouse is at the road it did not bother us for the rooms are in the backyard at the garden. The rooms are simple and basic and our room can use a bit pimping up, but the hospitality and friendliness of our host compensated the little inconvienences. We also could take a hot shower in one of the other rooms. We could eat a daily meal which was made from veggies from the garden, homemade sambals and sauces. Djeroe produces coffee himself so that was also very good. And as a last positive experience I want to mention that our host plays gambalan music every night wih locals from the neighbourhood and when we were there one of the girls performed a lovely balinese dance for us. The service of Papadjeroe goes very far. He took us on a tour to the Agun mountain and from there to Ubud. Then he offered to bring us the next day from ubud to Uluwatu. It was absolutely an unforgettable experience to stay there and last but not least the natural environment is suberb!
I find the room for 18 USD without breakfast overpriced for Bali homestay standards. The room is very basic, the furniture looked old and a little worn out. The room and bathroom would have needed a proper cleaning, too.
The busy road with lots of through traffic spoils the experience of 'pristine nature and Bali' as per description of the place.
You can buy the breakfast in the restaurant, the banana pancake was nice. The family is also nice.
When I checked out I saw my room was displayed at a far lesser tariff (ca. 12 USD) on the board which I find more appropriate for what you get.
I felt ripped off by having been overcharged that much. And the AirBnB charge comes on top, too. I'm sorry to say it's just another tourist trap in Bali.
Hi Anja, we are all very sorry that you didn't enjoy your stay as much as the others. It's a shame that you felt ripped off.. You stayed in our best room with hot water. We believe it's a fair price and you are the first one who ever said it's bad. We are not in Kuta where you get guests every day. The room for 12 dollars is much more basic. You should have told us and swapped the room. We also promote it on airBnB as the budget room.
Anyway. Thanks a lot for your feedback. We have just recently made some new furniture :) I hope you have an awesome trip and some more nice hikes along the way!
The greenhouse is located in a wonderful area. A breathtaking view from the terrace of the restaurant is perfect to have breakfast with! Matthias his family was very welcoming and warm to us. In this area it would be nice to have own transportation (motorbike), unfortunately at our stay this wasn't available.
REAL. Just real. We've shared a precious moment with mathias and his family ! They are very friendly. The place was wonderfull just in front of the lacks and the Mountain. The room was simple but clean and confortable. I really really recommand this place !
Un vrai coup de coeur loin des hôtels à touristes voici un lieu où nous nous sommes senti à l'aise dès les premiers instants. Nous avons profité du cadre incroyable et préservé et nous remercions toute la famille pour leur accueil chaleureux et sincère.
Malheureusement nous sommes resté qu'une seule nuit mais avons noué de vrais liens, et ça à été un déchirement de partir
Nous espérons un jour revenir, nous espérons que le projet d'ecotourisme deviendra un succès et pourra servir à d'autres familles
C'est un fabuleux exemple de développement durable au service des balinais
Merci et bravo
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I was born and raised in Switzerland but I was always drawn eastwards. I traveled around the world hitchhiking and camping. In the mountains of Bali I fell in love with this beautiful family. They live in the most amazing area of Bali, on the edge of an ancient volcanic crater overlooking two lakes. There are hidden temples and secluded waterfalls in the surrounding jungles and it seems every time we go for a hike we explore something new. But sadly the people are illegally cutting trees and carry them out of the forest to make a few dollars. We want to show them that the forest is much more valuable as a whole and started to build an ecotourism business. We bought an old hotel and renovated it, made hiking maps for our guests, experimented with menus for our guests and gave English classes to the kids in the village.
Soon we will have our first high school class specializing in ecotourism. We are figuring out ways to recycle and dispose the plastic rubbish, because we believe the plastic problem can only be solved if we start on the top and try to keep the rivers clean.
I'm currently living and working in Batu Bulan and only on the weekends I will be up in Bukit Kembar. But my family is there and we can always offer you a room to stay.