About This Listing
Backpacker is the cheapest room options, with a double bed, mosquito net, hot water shower, WiFi and share use family kitchen. The room opens out to a lovely view of rice fields and trees.
Share family balcony with a small library of books and DVDs.
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 for 5 $ or 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,
Free WiFi, Use family pavilion if you need sharing with Balinese family. Not allowed to hang a washing close to the family temple.
Interaction with Guests
Flexible time for the interaction and always have time to meet a guest because this is the home where my family stay.
Rice field area at night with fire ply. Country side around us, you can do walk at rise field then see kinds of artist gypsum statue, wood carving, painting etc.
Typical Guest house in Bali mostly use private taxi, I have car and guest can arrange the transport with the competitive price. There are parking area. We do for airport pick up just 1,5 hours from airport price 30 US$
Other Things to Note
Ask the local people for temple respect where you are.
As this is a traditional Balinese area, guests are asked to dress politely- no skimpy tops or short shorts/beach type wear in public please.
We thoroughly enjoyed staying at Made and Rinin's homestay. The room was clean, nicely decorated and the surroundings so peaceful and serene. Rinin showed us beautiful Tirta Empul Temple and how to take part in the cleansing ceremony there. With her deep spirituality and warm friendliness she made us feel more like friends than like guests. Made also gave freely of his knowledge and his wisdom. One evening we had smoky duck with them, a pleasant family meal. We were sad to leave and are thinking of coming back in the near future. We would highly recommend Dukuh Village Homestay for anyone who is seriously interested in Balinese culture and Balinese people. It is not far from Ubud, so we explored Ubud and its surroundings from there, but we were always happy to return to our quiet place in the countryside. We were also taken for a walk through the rice fields. Breakfast was a little different every day, but always very nice, with ample fruit and different little delicacies. And Balinese coffee, of course!
A lovely place with an absolutely amazing og friendly family. They did all they could to make me feel good and happy. They even gave me the most expensive room even though I paid for the cheaper. Breakfast was good as well. The placement is perfect since it's only 15 min. on motorbike to go to Ubud but in a totally peacefull area in the give fields. I give then my warmest recomodation.
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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About the Host, Made And Rinin
We are a Balinese family who have opened our traditional family compound to guests from other countries. (This rest of this profile is written by an English speaking friend of the family, so it is about them.. not written as 'i')
The excellent location of this family homestay is one of the main reasons guests first choose it- it is a beautiful, rural area just north of busy Ubud. Then people realise that the real treasure is the family who run it.
The father of the family is Made Arka. He is a well known Balinese artist, and still teaches art classes from home as well as at ARMA museum in central Ubud. He has visited Australia for an exhibition of his paintings and is well educated and open minded- he loves to learn about other countries .
The mother of the family is Nyoman Rinin. She worked for many years in hotels in Ubud, so she understands how to look after guests well. They can both speak English and like to share Balinese culture with their guests, either by chatting on the shared verandahs or by taking people on tours around the island.
They are genuinely kind and honest people. Staying at Dukuh VIllage Homestay with them is a real insight into Balinese family life, while having comforts like hot water and wifi.