REAL BALI @ Swallow Guesthouse 5p

Villa - Entire home/apt · Jalan Pejeng Kaja - Tampak Siring, Tampaksiring, Bali, Indonesia

Traditionally handcrafted bright 2 bedroom Family Suite in peaceful rice field setting offers REAL Bali culture tours and delicious meals. Enjoy open bathroom, shared kitchen, fish pond & outdoor relax areas. Front Single Suite also available.

Your host, Suzan
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Traditionally handcrafted bright 2 bedroom Family Suite in peaceful rice field setting offers REAL Bali culture tours and delicious meals. Enjoy open bathroom, shared kitchen, fish pond & outdoor relax areas. Front Single Suite also available.

The Space

The Swallow Guesthouse SUNSET SUITE has room for 5 people. SUNSET has one very large open room upstairs with a queen size bed, a small single bed, plenty of handmade furniture for storing your things and a large patio to watch the birds and sunset. Downstairs is the second bright bedroom with three windows, a queen size bed and again hand-made coconut rattan furniture. The huge open marble bathroom is also located downstairs and has a hot shower and western toilet. It is suitable for traveling families, writers, artists, biking or trekking groups or people who want a longer term place to create and relax in the peace and quiet of the "REAL" Bali.

Guests can relax while watching the surrounding daily life in the rice fields and mountain views from various lounging areas and patios. One of these lookouts is the tall Gazebo or “Bale” in Balinese. It sits above the shared separated exterior kitchen which is fully equipped with cooking facilities but we recommend you to taste our traditional meals offered twice daily. Another is the Lotus Pond terrace – a perfect area to read at night and watch the fireflies.

The Swallow Guesthouse is designed with Balinese tradition in mind. All the building, wood carving and furnishings are made by hand by local craftsmen. Guests can feel the warmth and passion that has been given to make this dream home come true.

There is a short 270m paved walking or bike path that leads away from the main road. Guests enjoy as it’s extremely peaceful and quiet. The short walk brings you alongside the rice and water stream allowing you to leave all your stresses behind. If you want to rent a motorbike, or bicycle for the time you are with us, please ask Wayan to help you.

Your Guest Service hosts Wayan and Putri, are there to assist you in accommodating you to your new home. Please discuss (anything) with Wayan. He has a wealth of information which he thoroughly enjoys sharing and is eager to answer any questions. It’s their pleasure to make your stay comfortable and stress-free. Don’t be surprised if they dress you up in the traditional clothing and whisk you off to a temple ceremony or family feast.

Wayan, a 15 year experienced English speaking tour guide and driver, would like to guide you to experience the REAL culture of Bali where you can explore ancient monuments, sacred temples, and the family compound witnessing the Bali of Ancient times still alive today without all the tourists.

If you desire assistance in airport or hotel pick-up, travel excursions for pleasure or business, he can help you arrange the details. For the EXPATS doing business or relocating to Bali, Wayan can assist exporters in their business affairs; connect with building suppliers and contractors; manage home building projects in the area. Internet with SIM USB stick is available for use. Charges may apply to activate. If you have your own SIM card or internet phone, reception is good for most internet activity.

Putri, Wayan's lovely and very talented wife Putri, is our Indonesian chef extraordinaire. Guests continue to say: "This has been my best meal in Bali" and "I want to take her home!" Fortunately for you, she loves Bali and creates large delicious dishes using fresh garden vegetables from our organic garden and local produce bought early in the Pejeng market. Please order 1 day in advance so she can buy the fresh produce in the morning market. If you want to join her and take a cooking lesson, don't hesitate to ask!
Specialty items like bread, cheese or yogurt can be purchased in Ubud and stored in your refrigerator.

“It’s perfect for me to study, better than I dreamed it would be.”
Luc from Madagascar & France. Aug&Sept 2009

Guest Access

Kitchen and organic garden are available for guests to use.

Interaction with Guests

Wayan and Putri live just a short distance away and regularly come to assist you with your needs. Made, the security and general helper, keeps an eye on things while guests are away. Suzan is available for questions or concerns via email.

The Neighborhood

There is a small village market, several local temples, and a community organic farm with 24 cows producing bio products for organic farming. Feel free to wonder with the locals and enjoy their countless smiles. 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.

Our location is 20 minutes NE by motorbike from Ubud in Pesalakan Pejeng and is the location of the ancient Hindu Kingdom that came over in the 6th century. Hidden meditation chambers and temples are scattered along the Kris River just walking distance away. Ask Putri to show you the way.

Getting around

Because we are in a local village, public transportation is limited. Shuttle service is available for standard taxi prices of $10/one-way or for budget travelers, ride on the back of Putri or Wayan's scooter for short trips to Ubud for $5/trip. If you are going to want to be in Ubud everyday, we suggest to rent a motorbike or car to get to town. Reasonable prices are available for daily/weekly/monthly rental. Bicycle rental is also available for exploring the quiet country roads.

Other Things to Note

We are a GREEN GUESTHOUSE and hope you can share in respecting the environment too.

Ask Putri about our 'Karma Yoga' program to help the community protect the “Sawa” from the plastic in the waterways.

If you are doing your own cooking, organic waste can be added to the garden under the large fruit trees. Put your non-organic waste into the blue bin or take to the organic farm called "Simantri", a Balinese government sponsored project for organic farming.

Swallow Guesthouse is trying to educate the locals about the harmful effects of plastic in the environment and is working with Bali Recycling, a NGO who provides non-organic waste removal from rural villages in Bali. If you would like to assist, please put your non-organic waste into the red metal bins found in the Simantri or by the warung (small food shop) in the village.

We also distribute clothing and school supplies to rural communities in Bali. One such community is Munduk where we are assisting Rainbowbend Yayasan (local NGO (website hidden)) Supplies are greatly appreciated!

If you wish to visit the local schools in Pejeng and meet the children, please ask Wayan to arrange a visit.

We truly aim to assist in community sustainability and environmental stewardship.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 5
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Extra people: $10 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 4 nights
Weekly Price: $350 /week
Monthly Price: $1200 /month
Cleaning Fee: $30
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • The place itself is quiet nice, but very remote.

    Sadly Wayan and his family know how to take full advantage out of it. They charge 8 USD for a night meal, where in the city center of Ubud its 4 USD for the same meal.

    The transportation cost and trips are excessively high. And don't be fooled, when he graciously invites you to visit his family. You'll get charged an additional 25 USD per person.

    The claim, that everything goes into the community is wrong too. Only Wayan and his family live like kings, owning over 22 rice fields and with marble flooring in their house.

    If you have your own car and travel independent, that is a nice place. If not, prepared to pay over and over again for a medium service.

    April 2014
  • We are 3 adults, 2 mature parents and a mid 20's well travelled daughter. Wayan and Putri did a wonderful job at keeping us well fed and entertained. Putri is an excellent cook and served the best Balinese food of our whole trip. Wayan is always available to drive you and can suggest many tours or other ideas of things to do. Hiking Mt Batur was a highlight as well as the relaxing hot springs afterward. Also, thank you Wayan and Putri for opening your home to us and giving us a glimpse of village life. We really appreciated being invited to the temple celebration and Wayan and Putri dressed us in traditional outfits. This was beyond expectations!

    March 2014
  • Unforgettable Bali!
    The Guesthouse and it's surroundings are perfect for a memorable retreat, away from the hustle and bustle, right in the middle of the ricefields of Pejeng. With Putri and Wayan being the kindest hosts, we immediately felt at home.
    Quick, adequate and welcoming respons from Susan!
    This was the perfect start to our family trip.
    Terima kasih banyak!

    September 2013
  • Beautifull house. Lovely views on rice fields. So quiet! Wayan & Putri are perfect hosts. Putri a perfect cook. Unforgettable Bali!

    August 2013
  • We are a family of four (two boys ages 10 and 14) on a year abroad trip and stayed at Swallow Guesthouse for 6 days. It was an amazing experience for all of us - the "real" Bali. The house is beautiful and well maintained, set in an amazing location in the middle of the rice fields. Putri and Wayan who look after the house and the guests are so wonderful. Putri invited us to the village 210 day ceremony at the local temple and even brought the proper clothes for all of us to wear. Wayan took us to do woodcarving and silversmithing with the master artisans. We also went trekking in the rice fields, rode elephants, visited the monkey forest, and hung around in Ubud. You can rent scooters to get back and forth from Ubud or have Wayan help with transportation and planning your adventures. Putri is also an amazing cook and made delicious meals when we wanted them. We met the warmest people and made new friends. It was a magical time and we will never forget it. Thank you Susan, Wayan and Putri for everything!

    April 2013
  • What a FANTASTIC find! For those of you looking to get off the beaten track in the Ubud area, this is as good as it gets. It is a truly magical place. Suzan was very pleasant to deal with, and Wayan and Putri were amazing hosts. Putri's food is soooooo good. We seriously considered trying to kidnap her and smuggle her back with us. And Wayan brings great knowledge, skill, and enthusiasm to his work as a guide. He offers a great window into his culture.
    Caveats: be aware that the house is a long walk from the road on a rough track, one which you need to be experienced and confident to drive a scooter/motorbike on; otherwise, you’re on foot. Also, although “wireless Internet” is listed on the amenities, it is like trying to cook with a cigarette lighter. Last, there are challenges for parents of young children. It’s easy to fall down the stairs, and the pond is inviting.
    These caveats are intended to discourage you from booking, however, only so that the place will be available for our next visit. Because... we’re definitely coming back!

    January 2013
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Hospitality and Tourism Diploma, BA Adult Education
Food Service manager, Aquaculture Technitian, Environmental Educator, English Professor, Import Business CEO
Ten years ago, Suzan Badgley, was inspired during her second visit to Bali to help support Wayan, an English-speaking guide and dreamer. He wanted 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. She 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. Suzan has learned, by working 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.
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