About this listing
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.
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 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.