Umajati was designed to blend a sense of the old with the elegance and comfort of the new. These heritage houses are airy and light surrounded by glorious gardens. A perfect place to bring family or your loved one to feel the generous spirit of Bali
When my husband William and I first came to Bali in the late 1980s, staying in Ubud for months at a time, it was easy to access the local culture and meet the people. In building the Umajati Retreat we wanted to make that same personal, cultural experience available to those who can’t stay for months yet still wish to touch the real Bali.
The Wates Bangbau house at Umajati Retreat is surrounded by tranquil rice fields and set in a lush garden. It is one of two elegantly converted hundred-year-old Javanese teak wooden homes, made throughout with recycled timber, that provide 21st century living in 19th century houses.
• Wates Bangbau house accommodates 5 people.
• An elegant 15-meter swimming pool in a lush garden offers poolside lounging.
• A master bedroom with queen-size bed has an en suite bathroom with a shower.
• A second bedroom with a king-size bed that splits into twin beds also has an en suite bathroom with a shower.
• A single bed in the main living room has direct access to the master bathroom and shower.
• All beds are draped with mosquito nets and cooled with ceiling fans.
• The bedrooms have lots of windows that can be opened to catch the cool evening breeze off the rice fields, and the windows have elegant ironwork to maintain security.
• The living room has comfortable couches and chairs, with a large dining table indoors.
• The house has wrap around porches with several private garden spaces and your own sitting pavilion overlooking the garden. Great space to do yoga or meditate.
• The house has free Wifi
• There is a fully equipped kitchen with wine, beer and soft drinks available for purchase in the refrigerator.
• Full breakfast is included in the rental price – with our own homemade muffins or scones, yoghurt and homemade granola, choice of eggs and the best tea and coffees offered in Indonesia!
• Healthy, home cooked meals are offered for lunch and dinner.
• Afternoon complimentary traditional Balinese cakes from our village are served with our own special blend of tea.
• This antique house has been refurbished throughout with recycled wood.
• LED lighting minimizes the carbon footprint.
• Wastewater gardens safely handle all gray and black water.
• We recycle and compost and do a weekly river clean in the sacred Tirta Tawar springs, 5 minute walk from the house
• Umajati staff is happy to guide you on a rice field walk to see the herons roost in Petelu Gunung, a 20 minute walk away.
The house is hosted by English-speaking Balinese housekeepers and cooks who specialize in healthy cooking. Most of our food is grown in our own gardens! We offer daily home cooked meals for lunch and dinner. If you would like to join us you just let the staff know the night before or enjoy the many restaurants in Ubud.
Just 10 minutes north of Ubud, in the cultural heart of Bali, Bugoharjo grants easy access to the village’s many restaurants, spas, and cultural opportunities.
We offer free shuttle service to and from Ubud during your stay and are happy to arrange your airport pick up and delivery. The going price is IDR 250,000 one way (about US$28).
Our house staff always have time to sit and talk, and will take you to the local ceremonies; and the houses are quiet and spacious, giving you the space to take in all that Bali has to offer.
In making Umajati, we also wanted to incorporate the values of our other business, the Threads of Life textile arts gallery in Ubud. Jean and I, and Made Pung founded the fairtrade-certified Threads of Life gallery in 1997, and the Bebali Foundation in 2002, with three inter-related aims: to initiate community business for the rural poor across Indonesia by establishing women’s weavers cooperatives to make high-value traditional textiles; to catalyze community forest stewardship by encouraging weavers to work sustainably using natural dyes; and to nurture aspects of traditional culture that strengthen contemporary society by supporting the integrity of heirloom textile motifs, dye recipes, and traditional knowledge. Umajati is also about cultural integrity, care for the environment, and sustainable livelihoods. A percentage of sales are committed to conservation and livelihood development across Indonesia, giving targeted, long-term mentoring to community groups for sustainable change. This work is done through the Bebali Foundation and the network of communities with which it works.
Traditional passive solar design creates naturally cool and breezy living spaces. Wastewater gardens safely filter all grey and black water. LED lighting offers a low carbon-footprint by significantly reducing energy usage. All organic waste is composted on site and reused in the garden. Material that is not compostable is recycled. Wifi is available in each house, connecting all this local thinking to the global context. Each house at Umajati is decorated with select art from the Threads of Life gallery in Ubud. The 4.5 meter (15 foot) wall in each house’s living room showcases masterworks from traditional weavers across Indonesia. Cushion and pillow coverings display how these heritage arts can make beautiful homewares. Basketry made for traditional functions finds new roles around the house. Combined with the hundred-year-old timbers of the house structure, the effect is intimate, accessible, redolent of the past and yet expressive of the present.
|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||$15 / night after 4 guests|
|Weekly Price:||$1280 /week|
|Monthly Price:||$5175 /month|
|Check In:||2:00 PM|
|Check Out:||12:00 PM (noon)|
Jean and William has founded a fantastic retreat here outside Ubud. I have to admit that we were wondering if this would be the right place to bring 2 young children, but Jean, William and Pung were such wonderful hosts that we all enjoyed our time with them so much. We really wanted to stay longer. They shared their knowledge and deep love of Balinese culture and history with us, and we all, children and adults, learned something. The place is fantastic, the houses and garden so relaxing. The staff is wonderful, very helpful and always smiling, trying to organise all the to the benefit of the guest. If we ever can, we will be back!
Thanks Stina - we are so happy to hear you enjoyed your time at Umajati so much. I must say we have consciously selected and trained staff who enjoy being with people as well as being good at what they do (cooking from the garden!!). We want our guests to feel like they are really a part of the Balinese community- and have access to the culture that we love so much. Pung particularly enjoyed showing you and your family his culture as well as the work we all do at Threads of Life! We truly do hope you are all back again with us soon!
The UmaJati Retreat was perfect! We were able to meet our hosts Jean and William and they were very kind and hospitable. Jean was very responsive in helping us arrange our stay. The meals prepared in-house by the staff were fresh, delicious and comparable with any of the higher quality restaurants we ate at in town. The staff manager was very attentive and helped us plan day trips. My wife and one year old son stayed at UmaJati with our friends who also had a one year old and we were all very happy that they had baby cots and high chairs available for us.
Overall I would highly recommend staying here. Beyond everything mentioned above, you can feel good that your money is being well spent by contributing to Jean and William's mission to preserve the textile arts in Southeast Asian island communities. Read more about that in Jean's bio.