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 airbnb.com). 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.
3 words to describe this loft..cosy, safe and so comfortable. I just wished i stayed another day here. Its home away from home and yet you get to experience something different. It next to the temple, where you can check the Kecak Performance every monday and its a good 10 mins taxi ride to the town (which can be arranged easily). The big plus for this place is the host Aunty Jen. She such a warm person with a big heart. She makes your stay just that more memorable. I will definitely come back and stay longer. I will try your Thai papaya salad..Jen ; ).
Aunty Jen is awesome!! Such an invigorating character to hang around with. Very accomodating, and will go far beyond to make sure you feel safe and welcome. A home away from home, always tending to your needs. Will definitely be back for more salsa and cooking times :) Much love! P.s. The drivier, Kung, is amazing - bigs up to him!
Jen is an exceptional host. I stayed in her home for almost one month, and she at once manages to make you feel entirely welcome and at home while giving you any privacy you need. She was always offering me some sort of yummy tea she'd made or asking if I'd like to join the welcoming dinners for other guests. And she's an excellent cook. Just a pleasure to come home to after a long day of yoga teacher training.
Also, you are just North of a small village and the sounds of Bali permeate the place.Crickets, roosters, gamelan music, birds, wind. It is intoxicating. And there are wonderful sunsets available any evening it's not raining!
I had such a lovely time staying with Ibu Jen in her beautiful joglo. From the minute I stepped through the front door, Jen made me feel welcome and I am grateful to have been able to share her house, if only for a little while. I really enjoyed living away from the town centre - the temple behind the house and the gorgeous, happy children living next door always made me smile. Jen is a very gracious and generous host, the house is exactly as it appears in the photographs and Ibu Wayan is a lovely little lady who can cook up a mean breakfast. I honestly could not have asked for a better introduction to life in Bali.
It was so nice staying at Jen's place. Far away from home it felt like home for me! I enjoyed the beautiful house, the breakfast an the nature. Thank you Jen!
The first night at Jen’s house was a bit of a challenge. I was woken up to the cocks' crows at three in the morning. The following night, I couldn't care less. I fell asleep listening to gecko’s chirps. When it rained, the surrounding nature was so quiet that I could only heard frogs sing like a lullaby echoing in a distance. The smell of rainwater—dropped on leaves, and branches—was magically exotic. Here in Ubud, spiritual experiences find its new form, and it's--believe it or not--in the form of dance. I'm not talking about Balinese dances with those delicate complicated gestures to learn that seem only Balinese know how to do it. I mean, it's a sexy dance called Salsa. Like soccer and football in the sport world, through Salsa, everyone talks the same language. It's the language of body movements and steps. Ubud, on the sly, has become the Bali capital of salsa. There are some restaurants and cafe performing live Latin music along with salsa classes prior to the live music performances. There are also salsa classes for beginners. Jen successfully converted me to take a salsa class, and I didn't mind giving myself a go. I am not proud to admit that I was a horrible student. I'm terrible at the basic steps: sides, cross, front back. I'm not a good leader to my partners. I'm confused. My signals, to my partners, are misleading. I'm lost. I finished the class with disappointment. That night, despite the embarrassment, I gave myself a go. I went out to a salsa night at Jazz cafe. As everyone danced salsa, I was sitting at my table with a glass of red, looking like a shy awkward little bird. Jen turned up at the cafe, and insisted that I had to dance. That night, of course with Jen’s help, I ended up dancing with a Salsa teacher. A slender looking Balinese girl who ‘taught me how to lead a partner. ‘Please be gentle to me,’ I said as she followed my front step at count seven, six. ‘Don’t worry, just relax, and loose yourself,’ She said, landing me a smile. The following night, Jen asked me to join her and her friends for a salsa social gathering at a cafe on Sriwedari street called Jendela House. Unfortunately, when we arrived, the staff at the front step informed us that there was no dance for tonight due to some unclear circumstances--typical Indonesian way to cancel the event without notice. Anne and frank, Naomi and her Brazilian partner turned up only to learn the disappointment. Jen quickly suggested 'Havana'. Just like a Salsa hunting night, we all then hopped on our scooters and headed to Havana. Our scooters ran through a little alleyway in convoy. Colourful lights decorated little cafes and restaurants along. Some locals were sitting around, talking to passing-by tourists. I heard laughter racing with roaring scooters. Havana is a South American club. It’s one of its kinds in Ubud. That night,...
Really beautiful home, Jen was really welcoming and helpful with my last minute booking. Little bit difficult to find. I enjoyed being out of Ubud centre in a small tropical village, though you'd need to take a scooter taxi or be confident riding one to get into the centre. Thoroughly recommend!
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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 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 volunteered 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.
For Jen, a stranger is a friend you haven't met yet.