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. (I live in the same compound and assist the family with their hospitality.)
SkyView suite is the newest and most luxurious option at the Homestay: a double bedroom ‘apartment’ with a large lounge/office room, two terraces, kitchen, great bathroom and stunning views in four directions: to the sacred volcano Gunung Agung in the north, forest with a backdrop of mountains in the west, across coconut palms to the east, and south to glimpses of the sea.
A child up to 12 is free, additional guest can be accommodated in the 'lounge' area on a comfortable sofa or extra mattress if required with extra charge $10
This is a traditional family home, so guests can feel they are in the 'real Bali', able to observe and participate in the extended family activities of making the delicate and intricate ritual offerings from leaves and flowers, Balinese family cooking, tending the land. Painting classes with Made Arka, music or Balinese dance classes are available by arrangement.
Dukuh Village Homestay has wifi, a small lending library, off road parking for motorbike. Motorbike or car rental can be arranged, as can customised tours and day trips.
There is a swimming pool at a nearby resort that guests can use, (for $ 5 per person included a towel).
The Homestay is self-catering, apart from Balinese style breakfast. Skyview Suite has a fully equipped, airy kitchen opening onto the north terrace. A wide variety of good food and supplies is easy to get in Ubud, a there is a local 'night market' about 3 kms away with delicious and cheap local food. Delivery food available.
There is no public transport in the area but local drivers can be engaged for trips to town or tours.
We highly recommend staying with Made and Rinin while visiting Ubud! They were very warm and welcoming hosts (and wonderful people in general) and were very responsive to our needs during our one month stay. Their house is about a 15-20 minute ride from the city center situated in a Balinese neighborhood with extensive rice fields. We rented a motor bike from them for a very reasonable price, and it was very reliable.
We stayed in the "sky view" which was very spacious and offers a great view of the surrounding rice fields. The natural light that floods into the rooms is beautiful. Also, the layout of the bedroom, bathroom, living room, and porch / kitchen makes a lot of sense functionally. Basically, the space just feels good. The room is designed with space between the top of the walls and the roof. The good side of this design is that a lovely breeze comes into the room. Because of this, although it did not have AC, it was very comfortable throughout the day and night. The down side of this design is that the floor of the room can get a little messy at points because of bugs and the lizards that liked hanging out on the ceiling. But, the staff at the homestay will clean often if you ask, and we found that that fixed the issue. The view and the breeze were well worth it for us!
Our stay at Dukuh Village homestay with Made Arka and Rinin is probably the highlight of our stay in Bali. Surrounded by ricefields and a few kilometers from the city, it is a convenient place where you can still enjoy nature. Our room is beautiful, Balinese designed, clean, with strong wifi connection, warm water, private bath and kitchen, all the conveniences of modern life. But it is very much close to nature that you can hear frogs and cicadas at night. Our hosts are very helpful and their family is warm and accommodating, I will definitely go back to their place and I highly recommend it to travelers who want to have an awesome Balinese experience.
My four year old and I had two nights at Made and Rinin's accommodation, and I would recommend to people seeking a quite retreat from the madness of Ubud. Cleanliness was a bit of an issue, (just the bathroom) however for the price it was a good value stay. It would be a great place to go for a couple of weeks and settle in, which we would have done apart from the transport issue - it was a bit expensive and inconvenient when you have a small child! Better for people who can ride a scooter around! Very welcoming hosts, and gorgeous rice paddy setting.