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 to meditate to the 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 an airport pick-up, just give us your flight details.
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).
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.
Pasek, Julie & the team were very welcoming, kind, helpful & made my stay very enjoyable. The property is just as pictured & described.
The location is amazingly central, right in the heart of Ubud, yet so quiet & serene once you are in the grounds that you would think that you were miles from town.
Definitely a great spot to stay if you are in Ubud a few days, especially on your first trip, as you can easily & quickly get to know Ubud.
The team is available to help with whatever you may need
They showed me great kindness. Julie is a wealth of information about the local culture
Nous sommes arrivées dans le magnifique jardin de Julie et avons découvert la chambre. Celle-ci était très propre et lumineuse. Nous avons ensuite découvert un guide de la maison d'hôte (choix du petit dej/ alentours/ astuces etc) autour d'un verre de bienvenue.
Par la suite, notre séjour s'est très bien passé. Julie et le personnel ont toujours etaient souriant et à l'écoute de chacun de nos besoins.
L'endroit est ideal pour découvrir Ubud. On peut tout faire en marchant. Et surtout le jardin est au calme. Ideal pour se ressourcer après une 1/2 journée de marche.
Nous retournerons avec plaisir chez Julie.
We had a wonderful time in Ubud. This location is well located, near the Main Street of Ubud and it is just a few minutes walk to the monkey forest.
We loved our bungalow and the nice garden at Rumah Jepun. It is a beautiful and quiet place. Julie is a very friendly and helpful host. Thanks to Julie and her nice team! Hope to see you again.
You will love the Hidden Riverside Gem! Room was clean and roomy, the sheets were fresh and smelt like home. The price was very reasonable and breakfast was superb! Julie would try and catch us at breakfast and give us really good advice on what to see around Bali. Julie is very knowledgeable about the area and the culture! The garden is a piece of paradise. Would highly recommend you stay at the Hidden Riverside Gem. Great location, safe, clean, awesome breakfast and great host!
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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.
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