About this listing
Simple 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. At Bukit Kembar you are part of the family and will enjoy a unique stay.
Look out for our triangle sing at the main road. We are located right north of the stretch of forest that separates lake Buyan and lake Tamblingan
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.
Cadre exceptionnel et personnel vraiment très sympa ! Nous avons pu profiter d'un spectacle lors du dîner près de la cheminée (car oui en montagne ça caille). Merci à vous tous !
:-) Friendly family and a great view over the two lakes. You can walk to near Tambligan Temple.
:-( But the room was unhealthy moldy with a very bad smell and not clean. Electricity was not working, no light at the toilette.
:-) WiFi was working well at the restaurant and they help you to find a taxi to go away.
This place is really a hiker's retreat, awesome weather and place very friendly, hosts are friendly and very kind. neighborhood is good to hike around or use motorcycle ...
TRANSPORTATION WITH PAPA JERO. Hotel quoted us 450,000IDR and Papa Jero quoted 500,000IDR for the pick-up. We chose Papa Jero to support the ecotourism goals that listed on the website. He shown up past Noon (scheduled pickup was at 9:30AM), got a (email hidden) and complained about the cost, and also told us that it would cost 500,000IDR per person instead of two. After a few exchanges, Papa Jero agreed to stay with the quoted price. His driving was very erratic and felt unsafe at time. In addition, Papa Jero decided to take the short-cut route instead of the main road. After a few hours, we turned around and went back to the main road… He was probably lost since we made a few stops to ask for directions, but he kept blaming the rain and the road conditions. We arrived around 17:30 and it was getting dark outside. Basically, we lost the whole entire day by sitting in a car, whereas we could have gotten to the place much earlier in the day if we have scheduled a ride with our hotel.
THE ROOM. It was ok with basic amenities. There was a strong smell mixed of mothballs and mold. Interesting set-up for the toilet and shower. Breakfast was not included in the price. Food was available on-site but it was more costly than the nearby warungs (within walking distance down the street). Confusing map to waterfalls and other nearby hikes. We utilized the limited time we had by wandering around the countryside and visiting nearby local temples. Our favorite part is the beautiful view of the lakes and mountains across the street.
Hey Thuy, I'm sorry about that pickup. When you asked me for a pickup the night before I felt like I have to organize something quickly because you couldn't find a rid yourself. You should have just taken the ride from your hotel. It's at least a 3 hours drive between the two places. I pushed Papa Jero to hurry up because I thought you couldn't find another way to get to our place. I asked him to do me a favor and go all this way to pick you up. I guess he also wasn't too happy about spending a day in the car. I'm very sorry, all this could have been avoided if I just said it's not possible to pick you up when you asked that spontaneously.
We all learn from this :) I hope you have an awesome trip and thanks for staying!
Logement en bord de route avec une très belle vue. Promenade a proximité dans la campagne balinaise. Chambre simple (seul le drap de dessous est fourni). Le petit déjeuner n'est pas compris dans le prix. Restauration possible sur place. Famille accueillante. Nice family and beautiful landscape.
What a nice family, so hostile! They do everything to help you and to learn you more about the Balinese culture. I had the pleasure to be part of a ceremony in the village. The family gave me traditional clothing. It was really special to be part of that.
The day tour I made was also really nice.
The room is simple, but spacious enough. Don't except any luxury, but the food in the restaurant great! The surrounding is beautiful, especially the view on the lakes and the mountains is stunning.
The atmosphere is great with these friendly family!
The nights at papa Jero were just as we expected them to be: quiet, simple and friendly. We were warmly welcomed in the Jero family as one of them and this made us extremely happy. Papa Jero brought us to one of his local music rehearsal one night, we felt like one of them! The food served at their restaurant is really nice and cheap. The landscape sorrounding the house is amazing, the trek to the waterfall is worth the effort, Lake Buyan and Lake Beratan are magical spots. Strongly recommended the botanical garden too. So, if you're looking for a really basic bed and you don't mind the humidity this is your place. Not the cleanest place on earth though - would recommend to the Jero family some more attention on this. Also, we had some difficulty in communicating with Matthias to organize pick up etc. as he doesn't stay with the family every day. Maybe a better alignment on this would be great too.
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About the Host, Matthias Heim
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.