About this listing
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.
Think of this as staying over at your friend's place. Ibu Wayan appears almost 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 host, so you will share the sunset-view bathroom, kitchen, living and dining spaces - all part of a spacious open plan home, just ten minutes from central Ubud.
You sleep in a separate loft, containing only a "wide single" or cosy-for-two sized double 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 3 people stay for more than a month).
Next door on 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 (website hidden)). 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 a Javanese family on the other.
"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. :-)
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 when Jen is home to cook for you.
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.
There is an inexpensive laundry 100 meters south.
Interaction with Guests
Ibu Jen has lived in this village for eight years and been visiting Bali for more than 20, so she is also happy to share her experiences and suggestions with you.
You'll find everything a lot easier after a simple chat over cofffee, after you arrive. Often when Jen is at home and there are several guests (full house is 7 including an apartment downstairs) Jen will cook waffles or French crepes and invite everyone for breakfast. But it's all really flexible and no-one is obliged to be social over breakfast - some simply want to do their own thing.
Sometimes, we'll get together for dinner. A home-cooked three course dinner - a delicious mix of Asian and international cuisine - can be pre-ordered in the morning, if Jen is in town ($20/ head). Many guests arrange this for their first or last night in town - one night we had ten for dinner including 2 locals, and only 2 were from the same country - other times, it's just a quiet 2-3 people.
Either way, it's a delicous, relaxing, fun evening.
Jen is a night owl and is often out dancing or listening to music or theatre. She'll let you know what's happening and you may be invited to go with her - on the back of her motor scooter!
Whether Jen's in residence or not, chances are that other guests will be staying. Often there'll be an opportunity to share a day tour or venture out to see a band together in the evening.
In fact, just ask us if you are a single traveler and you'd like to find out who will be there at the same time as you; we can connect you if both are happy about that.
Keep Monday night free! All the men of the local village perform a spectacular Kecak (Monkey) dance at the temple next door.
Munivar Ashram with excellent, regular yoga and meditation classes, is 250 meters to the north, and a delicious and cheap local warung (cafes) even closer.
There are lovely ricefield walks all around, and Petulu, the bird village is not far away (look up Petulu's migrating birds, online).
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.
Further north, stay at Lovina overnight at Jen's favorite spot and go out dolphin spotting before sunrise, or go north east to one of Bali's few remaining pristine, white sand beaches, and then ask a fisherman to take you out to the lee of two tiny islands, for safe and mesmerising snorkling with hte fishing boat anchored safely beside you.
Jen's often around to help with the planning.
TRANSPORT FROM AIRPORT/ PREVIOUS STAY: 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.
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.)
For your airport transfers, we'd like to book 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 anymore :-)
WE CAN EVEN INCLUDE THIS EXTRA 350,000RP" $35US FOR THE DRIVER IN THE RENTAL PRICE, if you ask.
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 to our home, though there are rusty dodgy buses in Ubud itself and shuttles between the main towns on the island. Ask Jen which are the most reputable.
If you want to drive yourself, cars, motor scooters and even bicycles are 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.
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.
THE BASICS: Sorry but you must speak some English, French or Indonesian. It is too difficult to share an open plan home, without a language in common. We love to help you here in Bali but it can't be done properly with only (website hidden) translate - we've tried :-(
No smoking inside the house (nor horrible butts left in the garden) and no pets. Definitely no drugs; you risk the death penalty for yourself and us!
WELCOME: Ibu Jen often invites friends for a meal at the weekend if she is home, and are you are very welcome to join her. Most nights, you can join her for a delicious dinner for a small fee. She is a great cook and happy to discuss the menu/ make sure you will enjoy it, but hers is "family" space - everyone eats the same.
ID PLEASE: We are required to give a photocopy of your ID to our local Indonesian police, so please provide one on arrival, or get your driver to take you to a photocopy shop on the way.
SECURITY DEPOSIT/ DAMAGE: You have been asked for a basic security deposit of $250; this will be returned to you by airbnb if nothing is damaged. The house will be inspected before you leave, so please be warned that an accurate fee for ALL DAMAGES will be charged, exceeding the security deposit if appropriate.
DOs and DON'Ts (Temples): If you plan on going to a temple, make sure you bring or borrow a sarong and sash, and - if you are a woman - a blouse that at least covers your arms to the elbow. In some temples this is not compulsory, but in all cases, it will show your respect for our local Hindu people's values and beliefs.
Its a pretty charming house. Unfortunately I didn't meet Jen, but she was really kind and helpful. What explain the good vibe of her house :)
Jen originally sent me a message closer to my date of arrival letting me know all of the information I might need which was great as she let me know she wasn't going to be there. When I arrived I was very surprised that the house was pretty far from ubud centre. So this is a warning to all travellers that if you can't drive a motorbike or car, don't stay here unless you plan to spend even more money on taxis to get around. I think the place was a little overpriced for what it was. It was a hostel like environment, it was not very clean at all. One night I found a black cat sleeping in the kitchen as well as rats/mice running around the place. I am allergic to cats so it was really not good for me especially when it came back and jumped on my bed. The place is very open to the outside so expect animals and bugs and spider webs and such. The roosters and dogs made it hard to say it was a quiet environment away from the noise of ubud centre. The welcome dinner by Putu was also very good but also very overpriced for what you got. The driver Kung speaks very good English and is helpful. Overall, I probably wouldn't stay here again as it was way too expensive for me as a budget traveller.
Thanks for the comments Daniella. Such a surprise that you say these things afterwards, when I asked you while you were there if there was anything I could do to make things even better for you.
Also how can you be "surprised" at it was "pretty far" from Ubud, when it says FOUR KILOMETERS/ 10 minutes by car AT LEAST THREE TIMES on the info page?
We were supposed to stay at Jen's house for four nights, she wasn't in Bali at this time but always available to talk, she organised our pick up from the place where we were before with her driver Kung, very nice guy, he was so helpful !
At home there was nobody during the day, only Putu coming in the morning or the night to cook for us, excellent cooker the breakfast was delicious !
The house is exactly like you can see it on the pictures, well decorated, very original, and totaly opened to the wild.
So we should have been aware of it but this is what disturbed us because on the night it was very noisy many animals (birds, roosters, pigs, dogs, cows, mouses etc).
So we didn't slept well because we weren't used to those unknown noises, a bit frightening when you're alone in the house.
Conclusion, if you want to be part of the nature that's the perfect place for you, otherwise if you're more like me which means a bit fearful, you may not really enjoy this place.
Very authentic Balinese experience! The sounds of the neighborhood are accurately described. I can sleep through almost anything, but wished I had brought ear plugs for the 4 am rooster and friends. Would definitely recommend for those planning to rent a motorbike. I could not have enjoyed the company more but was sad that I did not get the chance to meet Jen. I was very interested in chatting about her life as it sounds like she has seen and done many wonderful things.
Wayan Jen's place is wonderful. It is a tropical house, completely at home in its surrounds, open, light and atmospheric. The location is about 10 minutes drive downhill to Central Ubud, so you have the experience of staying in a Balinese village, away from the bustle of Ubud.
Jen was away for work during my stay, so I didn't get to meet her, but she sent me lots if useful information after I made the booking. Putu (who looks after the house) and Kung (a local driver) were both fantastic and helped my with anything I needed during my stay.
This place is ideally suited to guests with their own transport because although it is easy to get a taxi/bike back, it is trickier to get transport into Ubud if you haven't arranged it in advance.
I really recommend Jen's place - the stay here was my favourite part of my trip to Bali.
This cosy loft was a perfect oasis! The open air house design is beautiful and the neighborhood was quaint and welcoming.
Jen was incredibly responsive (replied to messages within hours) and very helpful with everything. She was away while I stayed, but has an assistant, Kung, who is wonderful and a fabulous tour guide. I had a smooth airport pick up, answers to all my questions, and a scooter at my doorstep within 10 minutes of the request! The house is 3km from downtown Ubud, which is a perfect distance to get away from the bustle of the town and truly enjoy beautiful Bali. I would highly recommend this place and plan to stay here again when I go back to Bali!
Jen's home was a really hide away from the busy Ubud. A unique built and furnished, cosy home, Tulu was taking care of our breakfast and cleaned every day, Kung picked up us at the airport and was helpful with everything we needed. Unfortunately we didn't get to know Jen, but maybe next time :)
A place to go when you are in Ubud :)
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About the Host, Wayan Jen
Your host Wayan Jen has lived in Ubud for almost ten years - she's our semi-permanent guest! She welcomes you and makes sure you are comfortable and content.
Jen is a traveling Aussie who lives mostly in Bali, which has part of her heart; another part in New Zealand, where she was born, and all of it wherever her two sons and her sisters are. It's great that she's often around to help with ideas for great travel around Indonesia. (Even when she's away, you can chat with her here, via airbnb).
Three years 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. In December 2013-January 2014 she volunteered in the Philippines, helping there after the horrific super-typhoon. Soon she's off again, to the Solomon Islands, to help their government develop a Disaster Communication Plan.
Here in Bali, 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 occasionally getting up with a local band to sing a song or two. There are many places to find good nightlife in Ubud.
For Jen, a stranger is a friend you haven't met yet.