House - Private room · Jalan Raya Sayan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Your host, Tini
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The Space

We are looking forward to sharing our cozy guest room at a writer’s villa in Ubud Bali with a solo female traveler, who is non-smoking, vegetarian (or pescetarian), animal lover and nature lover, able to be respectful of our quiet, peaceful atmosphere. Students and teachers involved in yoga, healing, and various artistic endeavors are MOST welcome

GUEST ROOM as an independent entrance and a SINGLE BED made of teak wood (fitted with top quality inner spring mattress and mosquito net) with curtains and bed linens of our own custom design. The room is equipped with a bedside lamp, fan (no air-con, but there is a large window that opens to the garden), teak wood table and chair, a desk, beautifully designed cabinets (doors made of reclaimed carved teak wood), and lots of shelving. The space is decorated with original Balinese paintings and sculptures, making it a very exclusive and artsy accommodation that we hope will inspire you! The room is small (10 m2), but very clean and cozy, with lots of natural light and just enough extra space to do a bit of yoga.

GARDEN TERRACE is a small area in front of the GUEST ROOM entrance that has a chair and low table for our guest to relax in our mature, well maintained tropical garden, as well as your own stone wash basin, surrounded by various fruit trees, heliconias, jasmine, ferns and palms.

BATHROOM is spotless, stylish, and fitted with a skylight to provide a lot of natural light. The space is equipped with Japanese-style sliding doors at the entrance, a washbasin in a natural granite counter, hot shower, western toilet, bamboo cabinet for clothes and toiletries, shelves and cabinets made of camphor wood, wrought iron mirror, and original art decorating the walls. We provide bath linens, soap and shampoo.

KITCHEN is equipped with a counter made from terra cotta, a two-burner gas cooker, refrigerator, blender, kettle, teapot, water dispenser (not included unless you share in the cost of 25,000 Rp per 20 liter jug), pots, pans, kitchen ware (glasses, cups, plates, cutlery, linens, etc) with cabinets and shelving handmade from camphor wood.

Guest Access


MAYA is staffed with a housekeeper, cook, gardener, and driver who are all required to follow instructions from MISS MARIE, so if you need any help from them, ask MISS MARIE first so as not to create confusion for the staff.

Please respect the cleanliness and order of the kitchen and be sure to not leave a mess after any food preparation. Two racks in the refrigerator are yours to use during your stay, and we kindly ask that you use or dispose of any food that you have provided before it begins to decay. Food, drinks, and mineral water are not included in the rental. The kitchen has a dispenser of MINERAL WATER that you are welcome to use if you share in the cost (20-LITER jug for a fee of 25.000 Rp). The water is from a local spring and blessed by the priest (Tirtha Diksha): Professor Emoto discovered that crystals formed in frozen water reveal changes when specific thoughts are directed towards them. Water from clear springs and water that has been exposed to loving words show brilliant, complex, and colorful snowflake patterns. The Tirtha Diksha company has this water blessed with healing mantras taken from ancient Balinese holy books.

Use the Japanese-style sliding doors gently. In consideration for the other person you are sharing the space with, please keep the shower space clean (rinse floor from hair, soap, shampoo) as well as the toilet (toilet bowl brush, cleaner, and essential oils provided) after usage. Please use the economy flush option to conserve water and and be sure to close the lid (Feng Shui reasons).

Please share in our eco-friendly lifestyle and SWITCH OFF lights, fans, and other electronic devices before leaving the house. SWITCH off the two night lights (outside of your room and the main gate) when you are back home for the night. We appreciate your conservative use of water as it is a very precious resource. Drop any metal, plastic and glass in the recycling bin that we provide in the kitchen. Avoid bringing more plastic bags into the house by taking your own reusable bag when you go shopping. Open your windows at night rather than using the fan whenever possible. If you love gardens, the plants on your terrace always appreciate a little weeding and watering. These are simple things we all can do to care for our environment.

PARKING for scooters or bicycles is located in a covered garage inside the lane on the right side; 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 lane for pickup and drop-off only.

INTERNET service will be provided to through a wifi network from a wired modem in the house. 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.

Interaction with Guests

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.

MISS MARIE is the writer who’s home you will be sharing, along with LaNoire and TriColor (two lovely young cats).

MISS TINI is the housekeeping manager at MAYA who will handle your personal laundry (for a fee), as well as cleaning your room and the common areas of the home.

The Neighborhood

SAYAN, UBUD (the village where Maya is located) is 4km away from central Ubud (Ubud Palace), and is one of the most privileged areas of Bali. If take the opportunity to venture 100 M down the main road to the community stairs leading to river, 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. 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 100 M north on the main road. 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. 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.

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" (website hidden) 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

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.

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.

Other Things to Note

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.

CRAWLING 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.


Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $160 /week
Monthly Price: $525 /month
Security Deposit: $100
Cleaning Fee: $14
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Not so pleasant experiences with the host (the writer owner). The lady did not try to make me feel welcome or anything, she made me feel as if I was one of her staff members.

    I did not like the room due to the cats that obviously were allowed inside. I love cats but upon my arrival I developed a very bad allergic reaction, so I practically moved out from the accommodation after 1 night, despite the fact that I had paid for 2 weeks. There was a compensation offered (upgraded villa for the following week), but I thought best to stay in the centre of Ubud where I found a much better place where I was treated warmheartedly.

    May 2014
  • It was a terrible experience!! The host is not nice at all I couldn't relax at all I have to share the bathroom with her and she asked me to take of so many details, she has also 2 baby cats they are so enjoying they didn't let me eat or even go to the kitchen cause they were begging for food all the time, they will jump on the table and kitchen counter. The woman likes to control everything, it was just not good energy at all, also her profile says the room is big enough to do yoga and it wasn't true, there was so many Mosquitos and insects that didn't let me sleep and I found out you can find many better places in the center of Ubud and that's what I did cause I didn't like this place at all even if I lost my money

    January 2014
    Response from Tini:

    For any prospective guests who are reading this, I would like to first note that she opted to stay in the guest room in the writer's home at "Maya" (our only shared listing), and will provide some comments in response to her review: 1) "It was a terrible experience!!" RE: Patricia is such a nice girl, I'm very sorry that she feels she had a "terrible experience" during her stay in my guest room. 2) "...asked me to take of so many details" RE: The "many details" that were asked of Patricia with were items of common courtesy when sharing a space with someone (as is stated in the listing description) and a general eco-friendly attitude (ex: turning off lights, wiping the wash basin after use, disposing of food from the shared refrigerator before it begins to decay), which she did not happily comply with, if at all. 3) "she has also 2 baby cats…" RE: The listing states in "The Space" that there is "Young cat with us here…" and in "House Rules" that "CAT LOVERS and GARDEN LOVERS pref." The baby cats Patricia is referring to are 2-3 month old kittens (2) who were being fed every few hours throughout the day. In addition to the information provided on Airbnb, I also corresponded with her directly via email in advance of her stay reaffirming the presence of the kittens, and making sure that it wouldn't be an issue at all, to ensure that everyone in the home has enjoyable time. 4) "…it was just not good energy at all…" RE: Given that "good energy" is a bit of a vague concept and matter of opinion, it is difficult for me to comment on this. All I know is that so many people have been perfectly happy here, which we hope is the case for everyone who chooses to stay with us, but from time to time there might be someone who is simply not a good fit. 5) "…big enough to do yoga…" RE: We had a yoga teacher stay with us for three months, practicing every day, twice a day, for two hours. It was based on this knowledge that information about this was included in the listing details " many Mosquitos and insects…" RE: Mosquitos and insects are a known reality in a tropical climate such as Bali. That said, there (email hidden) enclosing the bed in the guest room as well as an additional net that was installed on the window of the room prior to Patricia's arrival. 6) "…I found out you can find many…" RE: Whether a place is better or not is a matter of opinion. We look to provide a unique space and experience inside of a writer's home and describe it as clearly as possible in the listing to ensure that we have guests who are a good fit here.

    January 2014
  • I had a wonderful, relaxing and inspiring time. For anyone looking for a peaceful hideaway in Ubud, this is THE place to go. You will meet wonderful people who will make you feel like at home from the start and help you with anything you need. I will definitely be back!

    November 2013
  • J'ai passé un très agréable moment à Maya Guest House!!! La chambre est petite, mais bien équipée et très propre. Le personnel est vraiment gentil, Tini m'a beaucoup aidé pour la location du scooter, pour le transfert jusqu'à ma destination suivante...
    Mon seul regret est de ne pas avoir rencontré Marie, qui était en Europe pendant mon séjour à Maya. Mais malgré la distance elle m'a été d'une grande aide, pour tout m'expliquer, me recommander les endroits à visiter en fonction de mes besoins...
    En tout cas, bel endroit, à recommander !!

    April 2013
  • I had wonderful stay at Rumah Maya. The room is very clean and beautifully decorated with a serene view onto a lush garden. The house is a bout three miles outside of ubud, which I found to be enjoyable. I loved my morning motorbike ride into town, passing through delightful small villages. There is a beautiful river walk just five minutes away. The staff at the house is very kind and attentive and Marie is a generous, gracious host and friend. She was extremely helpful and knowledgeable, introducing me to many activities in Ubud. I will always remember my stay there with much fondness. Also, she arranged for bike rental.

    April 2013
  • the room is small but cozy. Marie has been extremely helpful.I am so grateful to have made the decision to stay with her for a couple of days.

    February 2013
  • Thanks to Marie! She made my stay nice and exciting, she has some really good advices off the tourist track. The room was comfortable and very clean. It feels like a safe place. The garden in front of the room is just beautiful and calming. Thanks again and all the best!

    January 2013
  • I stayed with Marie at Maya for a month whilst doing a yoga course and had a really wonderful stay. It was an ideal spot to come back to at the end of a long tiring day. It was quiet and peaceful, which was exactly what I needed. Marie was extremely helpful in arranging transport to and from the airport and in arranging a scooter for the month of my stay. As a long time resident she was also a font of information about the do's and don'ts of being in Bali, where to eat and where to get the best massages and various other useful bits and pieces of information. Marie is a great host and is clear with instructions, which is helpful. She also has two lovely ladies who help out at the house, who are worth their weight in gold, arranging my laundry to be done for me and giving my room clean and changing sheets regularly (don't forget to tip them, they deserve it!!). It made coming home even more of a treat! I thoroughly enjoyed staying at Maya and couldn't recommend it highly enough.

    January 2013
  • Bali has been the most amazing experience of my life!!! Marie has done everything in her power to make my stay comfortable. The guest room is cozy and very clean. My morning coffee watching the butterflies in her garden was really enjoyable and "cute" her adorable cat was always keeping me company. My trip to Bali was an adventure and I was keen on practicing yoga during my time there, so I did it. The Intuitive Flow - suggested by Marie was ideal for it. I had a push bike and was easy cycling there every morning.
    Marie's home is in Sayan around 15 minute by push bike from the centre of Ubud and much less time if you are using a scooter. A beautiful quiet place. Marie has helped me with suggestions where to go and how to find my way around and all her staff from the driver who picked me up at the airport to her house keeper were extremely friendly and smiley all the time. Thank you Made, Tini and all the others.
    Bali will always be in my heart.....

    Thanks again Maie,


    November 2012
  • The guest room in Marie's home was perfect for me. I was travelling alone and keen for a quiet place to stay. Marie was a great host, very helpful, she had a booklet with maps, menu's, hotel pools and yoga places for me when I arrived. She organised for me to be picked up from the airport, and organised a bicycle rental for me. It was about a 15 minute ride to the centre of Ubud. It is her house after all, so she was very open with how she liked things which I found helpful, not wanting to intrude too much into her time and home. Her kitten was a fun little playmate too!

    June 2012
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I am an energetic Balinese woman married with two young sons; i also work as a cook and House Keeper, so that keeps me busy... NYOMAN, my husband used to work on cruise boats, he is familiar dealing with foreigners, his English is quite good and he takes care of the maintenance. Ms MARIE is our friend who helps us with good advices and infos. Nyoman and myself like to make our guests relax and happy, making sure the house is clean and comfortable, the garden trimmed, transport organized safely. Sometimes guests ask us to bring papayas or fresh coconuts, we prepare them on site so that you can immediately enjoy a healthy freshness. We also like to give you all information about interesting things to do in Ubud: we can tell you about local ceremonies (cremation, temple anniversary), healing by local chaman, yoga classes, art courses... Or maybe trekking along the river, downhill cycling tour, visiting Museums, having a fab massage or tasting food specialities.... Just tell us what you like.. do not hesitate: we are more than happy to be of service
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