Your Cosy Private Ubud Loft

Bed & Breakfast - Private room · Jalan Tirta Tawar, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Ibu Gusti

You have your own private loft bedroom, up a spiral staircase and out of sight of the other guests, but you are part of the household. It is a peaceful "open plan" home, with a tropical atmosphere and company when you feel like it.

Your host, Ibu Gusti
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You have your own private loft bedroom, up a spiral staircase and out of sight of the other guests, but you are part of the household. It is a peaceful "open plan" home, with a tropical atmosphere and company when you feel like it.

The Space

Think of this as staying over at your friend's place. Ibu Gusti appears every morning to cook delicious breakfasts for everyone, and pops in twice a week to make sure the place is spotless.

Ibu Jen is our semi-permanent guest, so you will share the sunset-view bathroom, kitchen, living and dining spaces - all part of a spacious open plan apartment, just ten minutes from central Ubud.

You sleep in a separate loft, containing only a "wide single" or cosy-for-two sized bed, with a draped mosquito netting around it for privacy and a lovely view overlooking the palm trees towards the nearby temple.

Your Private Loft is available for one person or a couple, (short term, 3 days minimum, usually one week maximum but talk to us because we've had 2 people stay for more than a month).

Next door one one side is a virgin bamboo field with animals grazing and a dirt path to the temple, behind is a Balinese village, with all the sounds of local living.

The house is recycled - a traditionally shaped Indonesian "joglo" home, transported from Java and adapted to western use. It is a comfortable one bedroom home, with all of the owner's individual style and nick-nacks. Western-style living, tucked away in a traditional Balinese village and surrounded by lush tropical gardens.

The real treat is that you often hear the sound of traditional Balinese music/ instruments, from master musicians practising for performances in the nearby Balinese temple.

NEIGHBOURS: There's more garden and field around you than people.

Downstairs is a self-contained rental apartment (see Space to Breathe on People often stay for a month or more, especially when on retreat or a yoga teacher training.

You are a bamboo plantation away from the local Balinese village on one side and the actual "next-door" neighbours - a Swedish/ Bali couple with two lovely kids.

Keep Monday night free! All the men of the local village perform a spectacular Kecak (Monkey) dance at the temple next door.

There's an inexpensive laundry 100 meters south, an ashram with regular yoga and meditation classes, 250 meters to the north, and two delicious and cheap local warungs (cafes) even closer.

You are on the outskirts of Bali’s “yoga centre”, the town of Ubud, just 10 minutes by car or motor bike - or 30 minutes on a bicycle if you are fit - from many top quality restaurants, galleries and museums, places to dance and sing, the famous Monkey Forest, traditional healers and much more.

And then less than 30 minutes from whitewater rafting, Bali's famous rice terraces, Safari Adventure Park, Bali Bird Park, Bali Elephant park, Pranoto's famous Life Drawing Classes, Goa Gajah (Elephant Caves) and many inspiring Hindu temples.

CONCIERGE SERVICE: Ibu Jen has lived in Bali for eight years (and been visiting for over 20) so she is happy to share her experiences and suggestions with you. If you'd like our/her professional help to arrange your schedule and make bookings, we'll charge a reasonable concierge fee for that service.

DRIVERS: We have local friends who are professional guides, available to take you on a tour including any of these; they speak good English, they will go at your pace, and take you places you'd never find on your own. These are hard-working village men, so sometimes they are committed to temple or community events, but otherwise they are happy to escort you around the island.

Unless you already have a car and driver organised, WE DO NOT recommend you book a taxi from the airport or other part of the island.

We will book one of these Ubud drivers for you - someone who we trust, who knows where we live and will bring you straight to the door. If you choose NOT to do this, we will NOT come out to find you on a motor bike, when your cheaper airport taxi driver drops you off miles away, leaving you next to a ricefield in the rain. (Sorry but this has happened too many times to be polite about any more :-)


Our guys are also a great help when you want to do any touring or site seeing around Ubud, as opposed to the airport taxi guy who you'll never see again.

No public bus; car and motor scooter cheap and simple to rent (owner happy to organise) One of our favorite local driver/ tour guides lives very close so as well as day trips, he is available for rides in and out of Ubud, at 20,000rp one way on a motor bike, or 50,000 one way in his car.

RENT INCLUDES: Breakfast, cleaner 2 mornings/ week, gardener).

WIFI: Reasonable Bali-speed wifi connection available.

Home-cooked dinner - both Balinese and western cuisine - can be pre-ordered in the morning from ibu Gusti.

Guest Access

The home includes a well equipped, open plan kitchen that you can share; bathroom with hot bath, shower and garden/ sunset view; spacious entertaining/ dance/ yoga/ space, completely open to the view of palm trees and tropical garden on two sides; and a work desk that you can't work at, because the view is too lovely.

Don't be surprised ... because this is OPEN plan living, you will hear the sounds from the village - roosters, dogs, motorbikes, crickets, geckos, children at play. Ibu Jen is completely used to the late night dog discussion and the early morning rooster challenge; you can use ear plugs if you like, lol.

Other Things to Note

Please be aware that power blackouts happen on a regular basis in Bali, due to the rapid development. If power goes out, it is usually on again in a few hours, but in rare instances, may be off overnight. The wifi will be unavailable if the power goes out.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Monthly Price: $736 /month
Security Deposit: $145
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • I didn't get to see jen during my stay there. She told me she goin (email hidden) in singapore. But i met with my other housemate mai during my stay there. I'm so happy we get along very well. The place is like what she say a open concept house. It is a very different experience. The local driver kung she reccommend has been very helpful. He took us around and help us arrange our tour according to our needs. The overall experience has been very good. I would stay there again for sure when i come back to bali!

    July 2014
  • Jens place was a great getaway from the busy streets of Ubud. She was very welcoming, truly like staying at your favorite aunties place. There are minimal exterior walls which was a gigantic culture shock for me coming from Colorado, USA where we get lots of snow and every home is tightly sealed. There were a lot of roosters that start crowing really early, like 3-4am. If you need silence, bring earplugs. After taking a few days of getting used to, I enjoyed waking up to that beautiful symphony of roosters, ducks, crickets, and birds. The gang was not labelled so make sure to use Jens driver to pick you up, at least the first time so you know where to go. Lovely place all in all!

    July 2014
    Ibu Gusti
    Response from Ibu Gusti:

    It's a toss up. My place is much safer if only the village and drivers know it is there. I have directions in airbnb, maybe I should get them written in bahasa. Or offer to put a sign for the name of gang, on behalf of my neighbours, but not mentioning my house.

    July 2014
  • The house is very unique and I loved the novelty of a 'very open concept' home. Everyone (Ibu Gusti and her husband, Jen, Liz and even the neighbours) were extremely lovely and very helpful. You need a motor bike or bicycle to get into Ubud centre as its about 4km away. It may be a commute but the view is beautiful and colourful. I really didn't mind the sounds of animals in the morning and it added to the ambiance of village life. The wifi was quick and reliable. I stayed 3 nights and enjoyed my stay.

    May 2014
  • We arrived early evening with no one to meet us. It became as to where my mom was supposed to sleep. I had booked the loft, my mom was to sleep in Jen's bed, and there was another guest already there. We figured eventually that Jen's bed was the one in the corner, although we could find no towels (and had to call to find out where they were kept), and the bed appeared slightly disheveled, i.e., certainly not expecting someone to be sleeping in it. I had booked and paid for a three week stay, paid in full, in advance. The short version is, when my mom went to go to bed, there were mouse droppings in between her two pillows as well as a yellow spot where there had been mouse pee. This was seen by the other guest as well. Given the time my mom climbed to the loft and slept with me. The next morning we immediately called Jen's assistant, explained that I had found mouse poop on my bed and that I had a mouse phobia and would not be able to stay any longer. She said she understood and would talk to Jen, as she said this was "extenuating circumstances". In the meantime, the lady came to cook breakfast and when I showed her the mouse poop, she immediately got the feather duster and "dusted" the poop away. I informed Jen's assistant this had taken place, and that it was unacceptable to consider that dusting away the poop was satisfactory. She also told me that no one had slept in the bed for a while (jen said it was only a couple of days). What transpired over the next few days with numerous emails was us being accused of not knowing what mouse "poop" was and we were "confused"; that there was no evidence of any "mouse poop" when Jen's assistance went to the house (no… because the cleaner had already "flicked" it away and the assistant was aware of this); that because my mom had a broken toe Jen had determined that is why we wanted to leave (no, it was because there was mouse poop in her bed - my mom grew up on a farm; she knows what mouse poop is) that Jen had been "sick" and needed the money (I am a student and worked my butt of and saved for this trip and paid for my mom and myself); and that there was a strict no refund policy for Jen's place, but that jen would refund one night only for the night there was "reportedly" mouse poop in the bed. We asked for a 50percent refund. We went back and forth and in the end I decided to pursue the issue when I returned to New Zealand. on reading Jen's blog she eludes to animals and smells being part of the village experience, but the fact that essentially there is an open chicken farm with a strong smell of...

    April 2014
  • Can't believe that time flies. I stayed in Jen's house for 5 nights. Everything was fresh and new to me. It's far from the center of Ubud? Not far for me! I love village Junjungan and green jungle outside the window. It's kind of like a hidden oasis. I woke up every morning just as the sun peeked on the island. The noisy cocks and dogs didn't bother me at all. It's nature!! I also had a wonderful time with a yoga teacher from India. We both love the serenity in the jungle. She was a good roommate. How fortunate it is to be able to enjoy driving by the rice field with sunlight shinning upon you. Thankful for an incredibly inspirational week here in Ubud.

    April 2014
    Ibu Gusti
    Response from Ibu Gusti:

    Thanks Mia, I am glad you had such a happy experience staying with us! See you again on day we hope!


    April 2014
  • It was cozy in Jen´s house, I felt safe and surrounded by nature.

    March 2014
  • This is a place for traditional Balinese village style living. Definitely not for someone looking for a luxurious stay.
    But if you're up for it, it is a wonderful experience.
    The thing I liked most about it was the exposure to various wildlife. I saw up close at least 3 different types of unique moths, 4 strange insect creatures that I'd never seen before, woke up to the sound of roosters every morning, and got the chance to pick out the different sounds of various insects. Absolutely worthwhile of you love nature
    Its quite a distance from Central Ubud but no problem if you rent a scooter which will cost you about 40,000 a day.
    Jen was not around whilst I was there but Gusti and her husband Komang took care of me and they are the best in the world!
    All in all, an amazing stay

    January 2014
    Ibu Gusti
    Response from Ibu Gusti:

    I'm sorry I missed you this time Grace. Thanks for the lovely review!

    January 2014
  • I absolutely loved staying in Jen's beautiful home!!! It was so nice being away from the loud, chaotic noises of Ubud. The roosters were the only noise near the house, but I got used to that. It was so much better than the nerve wracking motor bike engines and people's voices of central Ubud. I just needed a motor bike (or great walking shoes) to get to town. Jen was out of town during my stay, but Gusti and her husband, Komang, took such great care of me!! Gusti was very sweet and helpful. She came every morning and prepared fresh coffee, tea, and fruit. She also made the most amazing omelettes I have ever had!! Gusti did a great job tidying up as well. Also, Komang became my buddy! He was such a life saver with a very kind heart. He helped me rent a motor bike, book trips, and helped me do anything I needed! I highly suggest whoever stays here to ask for Komang's assistance with booking activities, and please tip Gusti and Komang! The Balinese make such little money to survive, and the tourist dollar stretches very far!

    The only complaint I have is the loft being much smaller than I thought. However, I ended up staying downstairs anyway since Jen was gone. Jen was very helpful and accommodating through cell phone communication. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND STAYING HERE!!! I hope to come back! Thank you to Jen, Gusti, and Komang!

    December 2013
    Ibu Gusti
    Response from Ibu Gusti:

    I'm sorry I missed you this time Michelle. Thanks for the lovely review!

    December 2013
  • A piece of paradise and happiness is an adapt description of this beautiful host and accommodation. Thank you Jen for opening your divine home and making me feel so welcome, I really had a wonderful time.

    I absolutely recommend to anyone who comes to Bali. It is one of a kind

    November 2013
  • Unfortunately had to cancel last minute but Jen was really understanding about it. Will definitely book with her again when I go to Bali!

    Jen, I hope to meet you while you are here in the Philippines. Thank you for your help with the relief efforts for the typhoon victims!!! :)

    November 2013
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Your host ibu Gusti has lived in Ubud all her life. She welcomes you, cooks delicious breakfasts and makes sure you are comfortable and content. If you want to learn some great Indonesian cooking, or to find out more about life in a Balinese family, ask ibu Gusti to teach you. Her husband Pak Komang can help you hire a motor scooter or find a driver to take you around the island. She's helped out by our semi-permanent guest, Jen - a traveling Aussie who lives mostly in Bali, which has part of her heart; another part is in West Africa, another part in New Zealand, where she was born, and all of it where her two sons and her sisters are. It's great that she's around to help with ideas for great travel around Indonesia. Not long ago, Jen finished a 15 month stint as an Australian Volunteer International in Development (AVID) volunteer, helping an Indonesian non-profit expand one youth centre here in Bali, and set up another one in post-tsunami Aceh, at the western end of the country. More recently she volunteere in the Philippines, helping there after the horrific super-typhoon. If you want to try some Ubud nightlife, ask Jen. When she's in Bali, she loves dancing, especially partner dancing - Swing, Modern Jive, Salsa - and there are many choices of good nightlife in Ubud.
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