About this listing
SUNRISE has: 1 Queen + 1 Single bed for max. 3 people; attached western toilet & hot shower; wash room; refrigerator by shared kitchen; hand-crafted furniture; writer's desk and chair; and, 2 outdoor relaxing areas with garden & rice field views.
The Swallow Guesthouse is a newly built, two-story home with traditional Balinese design and Western influences for weekly or monthly rentals. It offers two full suites Price for the SUNRISE double room is $35/night (Use this listing to book SUNRISE). Price for SUNSET two double rooms is $55/night (please see description of SUNSET in other listings to book this room). They can be rented separately or together. There is one shared outdoor kitchen with dining gazebo above, and a back garden with a large relaxation shack overlooking a small valley, river and rice terraces.
Just 15 minutes NE of Ubud, the cultural and holistic health center of Bali, you will find yourself gazing at Mt. Agung, the volcanic Mother mountain, farmers in their rice fields, and the ocean which is 1 hour away. Both sunrise and sunset are spectacular from the 360º unobstructed view surrounding the Swallow Guesthouse.
Quiet walking paths along the irrigation systems and small country roads lead from village to village. Nearby, there is a small local market and several ancient temples where you can meet the locals and enjoy their countless smiles and daily rituals. As a Hindu race, people are very giving and non-threatening to heighten their karma. They love showing you their culture and sharing the ongoing ceremonies. You may even be invited to help harvest the rice.
Wayan and Putri, the guest service hosts, help make your stay comfortable and stress-free. Wayan, a 15 year experienced English speaking tour guide and driver, can accommodate your needs and questions. If you desire assistance for an island tour or business, he can help you arrange the details and contacts. Putri, his wife, is our Indonesian cook. She creates very delicious dishes using fresh garden vegetables and local produce. If you want some cooking or language lessons, don't hesitate to ask in exchange for some English practice. Our cheerful assistant is Made. He oversees the guest’s safety and although he’s quiet as the field mice, is there to help guests any time of day or night.
This year, we are offering our guests opportunities to share compassion and experience hands on learning with the local people. Choose a combination of activities to create a rewarding day! We would like to guide you to ancient monuments, sacred temples, family compound where you witness the Bali of Ancient times still alive today. Combine this with volunteer activities in such locations as: the village organic co-operative, local spice and coffee plantations, middle and high schools, or share your time helping environmental sustainable projects with local Government and non-government organizations (Yayasans). We provide you with transportation, guide and assist with all details for prices below advertised tour companies!
You can use the kitchen with all cooking needs. Coffee and tea is on us. Please be aware of the gass and water consumption. We have a drilled water well 75m deep so the water is fresh and drinkable but we do suggest to boil first. Above the kitchen is the Bale or gazebo to watch the activities of the farmers. A good place to relax and write a book!
Interaction with Guests
The whole house has been made by hand with the love from the local community and craftsmen. Guests and locals alike, can feel this special love and effort when they come and visit. Your first gourmet breakfast is cooked by our very popular chef, Putri. Wayan, Putri's husband, will be assisting you for any transportation and tour requests. He is a man with so many talents and knowledge, please ask him anything!! They are a wonderful couple and really enjoy sharing their culture with you. I'm sure you will be invited to see the family compound and enjoy a rice field walk between Pesalakan village where the Swallowhouse is located and Tarukan where Wayan's family lives. You can watch and perhaps try helping the rice farmers with thier daily activities. Always something to learn and experience here. That is what our guests are really enjoying. It’s hard to describe the experience fully. We hope you come and try for yourselves.
Pesalakan village is home to 200 friendly families. They are enjoying the interaction of our guests. Feel free to wander around the village streets and buy fresh fruit and duck eggs at the local warung/shops. If you are wishing to sample the local spicy food, we recommend to eat soon after its cooked so meal times are best. We are very excited to also be a part of the Balinese sponsored organic program started in 2013. The cows are fed grass daily and their wastes are used in the fields as bio-fertilizer and pesticide. You can visit the organic garden as well and sample the giant passion fruit donated by Wayan's father.
Nightly volleyball is practiced in the central road and you will hear the sounds of the gamelan playing in the background. Its a very traditional village. We are sure you will enjoy! Just a note about the dogs - they are barking only and never bite. Don't look at them in the eye or challenge them as they are not a western domesticated breed.
There is no public transport in the village. You can definitely walk around the rice fields many trails. To get into Ubud, we suggest renting a motorbike or ask Wayan or Putri to give you a lift. Donations for petrol are appreciated. Families can hire a car and driver. Please arrange with Wayan.
Other Things to Note
We don't have phone cable so no direct Wifi. We have a phone with a SIM card to use as a tethering point. Please ask Wayan to top up for service. Reception is good as the new town antenna is very near.
We ask you to respect the environment in which you live in. Please do not put any harmful material into the water system. We suggest to use organic soaps when possible. If you break it - please buy another replacement or talk to Wayan about repair.
You will be in a natural environment where we look after the garbage. Please, when you buy items in town, leave the plastics behind if possible.
We appreciate your consideration to assisting to set a good example to the locals. You are an ambassador to all of us foreigners.
As a licensed Guesthouse in Bali, a 15% Govt. tax on room and meals is collected at time of checkout. Sorry, but we need to play by the rules. $15 Housekeeping fee and meals are paid in Indonesian Rupiah directly to Putri. Transportation costs are paid directly to Waya. Tips and school supplies are greatly appreciated - If you enjoyed tell them. If you didn't please email Suzan with other suggestions or comments. We all strive to BRING DREAMS TRUE!
Husband and wife team, Wayan and Purti at your service! Wayan can organise all transportation needs and Putri provides you with healthy Indonesian meals.
About the Host, Suzan
Inspired during her second visit to Bali in 2003 to help support Wayan and Putri, and their young family living in a remote village. He dreamed to build a birdhouse and cultivate the nests carefully as to not harm the eggs and to increase the population that is presently threatened around the world. Suzan dreamed to live part time in this paradise. They worked together to formulate their dreams.
The large birdhouse was never used for the birds as they had a natural home in a cave not too far away. Today, the Swallow Guest House is a home servicing international guests who learn closely with the gracious Balinese people, about giving and doing for the good of "Karma".
It is small international companies founded by individuals like Suzan, that financially and intellectually assist in helping the island of Bali survive the effects of world change and maintain the rich and ancient culture so many have come to love. Travelite and leave a positive impact!
Now in 2015, two children are enrolled in senior highschool with dreams to work in the tourism industry. Wayan recovered from his stroke and Putri, his wife and very talented cook, remains popular with all who eats her delicious meals. Suzan left her teaching job in Korea and is now assisting others to travel compassionate with her new business venture - Geko Treker Companion Tours.
We are very grateful of all our guests reviews and returns and are looking forward to sharing the Balinese unique culture with you :)