Dukuh VIllage Homestay is part of a charming Balinese compound just outside a small village 6kms north of Ubud, Bali. It is run by Made Arka, a fine traditional and modern artist, and his wife Rinin. ( live on the same land and assist the family with their correspondence and hospitality.)
The genuine family atmosphere, peaceful rural setting and traveller- friendly facilities make this a unique accommodation. Many guests stay longer than they planned, and come to think of this as their 'home' in Bali.
The Backpacker room is the cheapest of the accommodation options at the Homestay, with a double bed, own bathroom (hot shower and western style WC). The room opens out to a small terrace with a lovely west facing view of ricefields and trees.
This is a traditional family home, so guests can feel they are in the 'real Bali', with the extended family activities of ritual offerings, tending the land and animals going on around. Guests are welcome to participate in cooking, going to market, learning how to make traditional offerings and so on. Painting classes from Made Arka are available by arrangement.
Homestay has wifi, a small lending library, off road parking for motorbikes (not cars). There is a swimming pool at a nearby resort that guests can use, if they buy coffee/snacks.
The Homestay is self-catering, apart from Balinese style breakfast. Guests staying in this room can share use of the adjacent family kitchen. A wide variety of good food and supplies is available in Ubud, as well as a 'night market' about 3kms away with delicious and cheap local food.
(NB: In response to some guest's suggestions, the adjoining wall to the kitchen has recently been upgraded to minimise any noise from family activity in the kitchen- however we do suggest that the Backpacker room is still most appropriate for early risers.)
There is no public transport in the area but reasonably priced local drivers can be engaged for drop off and pick up from Ubud centre or customised tours and day trips.. Guests' own motorbike or car rental can be arranged,
At first the family was very nice and good hosts. They welcomed us great and the check-In was without any problems. In the morning there was made a great balinese breakfast and the family tried to help as good as possible.
But the Backpacker room is directly next to the kitchen and the wall between it has a big hole under the roof. So you hear everything that happens in the kitchen. If you want to go to bed early its not possible to sleep. But the family tried to cook before we went to sleep after we told them that it was a bit noisy. The room and the bathroom were a little unclean and we had some ants in our room. But it was ok for three nights and for this price. For transit the room is sufficient but for a complete holiday its not the best solution.
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