About this listing
Sip a welcome drink on your balcony while listening to the voice of the river just beyond the banana trees.
Feel your shoulders relax as you breathe in the beauty and abundance of the nature surrounding you.
Enjoy your colourful, characterful room.
Rumah Jepun is a calm oasis right in the middle of town and this room, called the 'Hidden Riverside Gem', is en-suite with a private balcony overlooking a delightfully lush tropical garden.
We offer a blend of modern facilities merged with traditional touches... a beautiful hand-carved Balinese door, brightly coloured furnishings and a modern bathroom.
The room is non-smoking and our daily housekeeping includes fresh flowers.
You walk down steps of the leaf-imprinted pathway, embedded with words such as 'harmony' and 'gratitude' to your room on the ground floor.
You can stroll past banana and papaya trees, jepun and hibiscus flowers, chili and aloe vera plants as you walk down to the river at the bottom of the garden.
Sit on the bale (gazebo) with a cup of coffee and a book, or your laptop. It's a great place for meditation by the peaceful sound of the river and we can even arrange an outdoor massage there for you, or provide a mat for yoga under warm Balinese skies.
Although Rumah Jepun is set in a quiet and tranquil garden it's only 2 mins walk to the many shops, cafes, bars and spas along the busy Monkey Forest Road.
If this room isn't available try its sister rooms: the Secluded Haven: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/761611 or the deluxe Rama Sita Room: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3734096
Note: all three rooms at Rumah Jepun are ideal for singles, couples or two friends who are happy to share a double room.
Enjoy free wifi, aircon and a large private balcony overlooking the tropical garden.
You can lay on a sunbed or chill out in the bale (a thatched gazebo) next to the river.
Drinking water is freely available and our housekeeper will also make you a choice of breakfasts, plus tea and coffee during the day.
In your wardrobe is a box of 9 items that might come in handy:
A torch (sometimes there are power cuts in Bali)
A book to read (“A Taste of Bali” or “Life’s Journeys” - both feature my poems)
A Lonely Planet guide to Indonesia
A pack of cards
A fan (it gets hot in Bali)
A mosquito repellant
A stip – otherwise known as a catapult. You see, occasionally we get monkeys visiting Rumah Jepun. To scare them off, harmlessly, simply ‘ping’ the empty catapult at them!
An iron and ironing board, an electric fan, an extra pillow or weighing scales are also available - just ask!
Interaction with Guests
Our friendly, live-in staff, Gede and Kadek (who you can see in the photos), will greet you and offer a welcome drink. If we know your arrival time they can also help to bring your bags from the street to your room.
I'm nearly always here to welcome you too and can answer any queries and have a chat about Bali and its unique culture.
Some guests have even joined me for a meal, drink or a night-out dancing at Yaniq's gig (my Balinese partner). You can also see, or even buy, Yaniq's unique artwork which decorates the walls at Rumah Jepun.
We are looking forward to welcoming you in the River View Room at Rumah Jepun - the home of a poet (published in 'A Taste of Bali' and 'Life's Journeys').
Ubud oozes with culture, scenery, temples, spas, art museums, meditation, alternative therapies, adventure, great shopping for handicrafts and many yoga studios - even the famous yoga barn is only 15 mins walk away.
This is topped off with a wide range of restaurants, cafes, bars, traditional performances and great live music.
And if you're vegetarian, vegan or a raw food lover then you'll be spoilt for choice in Ubud.
The folder in your room gives lots of ideas and you can ask me for more details.
We're right in the middle of Ubud.
The monkey forest, with hundreds of monkeys, is less than 8 mins walk away. The market and palace are easy walking distance at the other end of the Monkey Forest Road.
A map of Ubud is in the folder in your room and we can help you book transport to take you further afield to visit temples, rice terraces, the volcano or the beach.
We can also arrange a driver to pick you up from the airport or from your accommodation, if you're already in Bali. Just ask for a quote.
Other Things to Note
Bali is a tropical island so the weather tends to be warm, to hot, all year round, frequently reaching 30 deg c.
So you might want to cool off in our neighbouring hotel's swimming pool for a small fee, alternatively the nearest beach is only about an hour away.
The volcano is approximately an hour away too - in the opposite direction! Maybe you want to go to the hot springs there?
Hey, why not get your phone unlocked before you come to Bali - that way you can get a cheap sim card here and be able to contact us should you need help/advice while out and about.
Check in - is usually 2pm but if you arrive early we can store your bags.
Check out - is usually 12 noon but if you need us to store your bags for a while that is fine.
Rooms are non-smoking (nor candles or incense), but you are welcome to smoke on your private balcony.
Note: the two rooms at Rumah Jepun are ideal for singles, couples or two friends who are happy to share a double room - they are not suitable for babies, children or people who have difficulty walking down steps.
In the unlikely event of fire/emergency please gather in the garden at Rumah Kita (last house along the pathway on the right).
This is the best place ever! I spent a wonderful month here and loved every minute. Julie and her team are amazing, the breakfast to die for, the grounds so beautiful and kept with such love and they will arrange tours for you and help with anything you need. I can't wait to go back already!
The room was standard. The hospitality was warm and welcoming. Julie stopped by to provide some helpful information. The 3 guys working there were all great- super friendly, nice and helpful. The room has a guide to Ubud that Julie has put together with lots of helpful information and a box of things you may need. I only stayed 1 night so can't speak too much to it all, but its about a 5 minute walk from Monkey Forest Road through a long alley tucked away with a beautiful garden.
Overall I think they do a great job of welcoming you. I think the accommodation is overpriced for what you can get for $35-50usd in Ubud and overall Bali. I ended up staying in comparable accommodations for $12-20 thereafter. Overall, I would recommend.
Thank you for recommending us in your review and for praising our staff so highly.
Yes, you stayed in our Hidden Riverside Gem, as opposed to our Deluxe Rama Sita room. So you are correct, it is a standard room - albeit full of bright furnishings and local art with access to a higher level of wifi, aircon and a choice of breakfasts, not to mention the beautiful and sizable garden which is available for our guest to stroll through - or sit in the bale (gazebo), or on the sunbeds.
For info, we decided to call it the Hidden Riverside Gem because a few guests had, independently, referred to it as that.
We've chosen to keep our garden and its jungle backdrop for guests to enjoy rather than build more accommodation which would be the smart' business' thing to do on such a sizable piece of land in such a prime location as the Monkey Forest Road.
Many guests tell us that our beautiful, tropical garden is the highlight of their stay. As such, I think it's unlikely that you would find comparable accommodation, with the same facilities and sized garden as ours, for those prices you mentioned, on Airbnb... perhaps if you booked direct you would get a good deal, as the owners would not have to incur service fees and bank charges - but then it would not be comparable!
By the way, our pathway is just 2 minutes to the Monkey Forest Road.
Anyway, thank you, we always appreciate guests feedback.
This was the most amazing garden sanctuary! I wish I could have stayed forever :)
Rumah Jepun is GORGEOUS. My traveling partner and I loved our time here. From eating breakfast on the patio surrounded by a garden to being a walk away from everything to do in Ubud, we had an undeniably great time here. The space was clean and comfortable and everyone was so helpful. Our every need was anticipated, especially with the adaptor that was left in the room for us to use. Ubud itself is a beautiful town and we loved our day out with Ketek, exploring the waterfall, the copi plantation and the rice terraces.
Our stay here was wonderful! It's the perfect little garden oasis in Ubud. The staff is very accommodating, friendly, and helpful - plus the breakfast is amazing.
Julie, the host, is very helpful. She gave great tips on what to do and is very good at giving you directions around Ubud and calling drivers, tours, etc for you.
Julie, Pasek & the Rumah Jepun team were always welcoming, warm & never failed to make me comfortable and my stay in Ubud enjoyable.
Julie is a wonderful hostess - she is ever-willing to provide suggestions, directions and information on sights and activities in Ubud. She even made painstaking efforts to phone/contact various attractions to make arrangements and lent her weighing scale to ensure my luggage was not overweight!
Pasek works with Julie and was kind enough to bring me around to experience the true Balinese culture - shopping with the locals in the Ubud farmer's market early in the morning, a cremation, temples, bird-watching the Petulus and riding around with him on his motorbike. He even lent me a few books on Balinese culture to read about Bali.
Gede & Kadek were ever polite, charming & helpful. The banana pancakes, fresh fruits and fruit juices were a wonderful start to each day! My room was always clean and the boys made sure that I was always comfortable (eg. helping to spray Baygon to get rid of a cockroach, burning mosquito coil to keep the mozzies away, making juice for me, storing & re-heating food.
I love how Rumah Jepun is a short walk from the food-drink-and-shop-studded Monkey Forest Road and the main Ubud Street (near the Ubud Palace), yet is a peaceful oasis amidst all the hustle-and-bustle! It is pleasantly peaceful to just sit at the patio in the morning and evenings, reading amidst the gentle breeze. Everything is even more beautiful than those in the pictures! Julie also thoughtfully provided a care-pack - a hairdryer, a catapult (to scare monkeys), a pack of cards, a book on Indonesia and her writings on Bali. Everything came in handy!
I would recommend Rumah Jepun to everyone! :) I always felt safe, at home, well taken care of and was very sad that I had to leave.
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About the Host, Pasek
Pasek and the Rumah Jepun team are looking forward to welcoming you.
We hope you'll experience Balinese culture, enjoy delicious Balinese food, marvel at nature's beauty, unique architecture and temples and be fascinated and inspired by this enchanting tropical island.
It's inspiration like this that has turned guests into poets, authors, singer/songwriters and artists.
Talking of art... you'll see artwork on the walls of Rumah Jepun made by a Balinese singer/songwriter/artist called Yaniq.
You might meet him here too, as well as our staff Gede, Kadek and Ketut (who make great pancakes for breakfast!) and long term resident Julie.
Come and visit Ubud and experience the beauty and inspiration for yourself.
Bali - a place like no other.