A traditional Balinese village in north Bali (turn right at Singaraja instead of left to Lovina).
Just 8 kms inland from the sea – at the foot of the mountains. You are unlikely to see another tourist (it does happen, but rarely!)
No Coffee shops...
A little bit of HEAVEN in North Bali!
Only 15 minutes drive from Singaraja.
SUNSET SALA is the name of this very special place in a traditional Balinese village of Sudaji - North Bali. Be surprised to see another westerner!
The teak house (Gladak) is 80 years old. Sanded and transported from Java to the rice-fields of Bali. We had to build a path to get to our little bit of heaven. The views are stunning- mountains to the south and sea to the north and rice terraces and forest in front.
Eco - solar lighting and power, water from pump from channel.
1 DOUBLE BED INSIDE HOUSE. 1 DAY BED AND 1 BENCH OUTSIDE ON TERRACE (no nets)
There is a hexagonal Gazebo on the layer above with 8 brick lotus leaves on each corner. Lie in the hammock or sit and contemplate the ever changing colours of the day. Great spot for Yoga and mediation. Sunsets are really special here. Did we mention that we have uninterrupted views and the surrounds are pristine?
Terrace on three sides of the Gladak allows you to either hang out on the day bed or sit in a bulky teak chairs and chat. fancy a high backed chair and table for a meal or writing - that's on the mountain corner. Around the corner is a fully equipped kitchen with a water purifier. Only small fridge available - please buy your fresh food from market every day. Or eat at local Warungs - only a few are open for lunch but many more for dinner
You can't drive a car to the gladak - closest stop is the local temple about 150m away. after that its on foot or for the brave -a motorbike!
IF YOU WANT TO PARTY OR GO TO FANCY RESTAURANTS --- THIS IS NOT THE PLACE -- ITS A QUIET RETREAT IN THE RICE FIELDS OF A TRADITIONAL BALINESE VILLAGE. A great opportunity to see local Balinese about their daily life.
This is a QUIET place – great for relaxing, enjoying the village and people, sight-seeing to the beach (9 km away) and the magnificent Sekempul waterfalls 10 mins away by car or motorbike. Air Saneh is 20 minutes drive east. Lovina 25 minutes drive to the west. Menenjangan Island for snorkeling or diving (best in Bali) is 1.5 hours away.
I will not be there but Ibu Ayu looks after the house and so does Pak and Ibu Mangku (priest and wife).
Quiet except for locals coming to say hello or wave
You can hire SunSetSala’s Scoopy motorbike (if you can ride already otherwise not a good idea, especially as I built the path and its only 1 metre wide!) for $5-10 a day and take yourself around the area.
There is a car and driver in Sudaji -around $50 a day
There is only a small battery operated fridge so go to local market “pasar” (open 4am to 730am) and buy fresh! Enjoy the locals – of course they charge you a little more… it is still very cheap!
Everything is eco, so by default – you must be too… only solar electricity available so can only charge a computer and phone and use lights – anything else will ruin the battery and leave you with no lights… (yes, no hairdryers or toasters!) There is no air-conditioning or fans – not needed – natural living. In fact you will often need a blanket (supplied). Bring a light jacket for night-time.
The water is pumped by the local priest from a holy spring 220m down a hill so please use sparingly. To have a shower with enough pressure you must first turn on shower and then flush the toilet!!!
We stayed a couple of days in this fantastic place up in the North of Bali, a highlight of our Bali stay and truly a Bali gem as it is a whole different experience than we found elsewhere.
The 2-3 hour drive up there is already a great pleasure as soon as you leave the busy roads of Kuta and Denpasar as there is so much to see. We drove through the Bali landscapes to the North coast amazed by all the different colours of green. Monkeys sitting next to the road, volcanos, fruit stales (lychees, strawberries everywhere), rivers and big crater/volcano lakes where we stopped for a nice meal.
Sudaji is a tiny village up in the mountains were the locals do not see any tourists, and the house is situated on the outskirts of this village. On arrival we were welcomed by the friendly staff who took our bags from the car to the house and cooked a nice lunch for us. We had an easy walk to the house greeted by the friendly locals who were working on the land. The house is made of an old Indonesian style teak wood design, Shirley how did you ever manage to get it there?!
The house is one nice room with a comfortable big bed and mosquito net, and a colourful outdoor bathroom. Outside one of us was sleeping on the day bed which was as well comfortable and breezy without mosquitos. Thanks to the solar power and batteries we were able to have cold beers, lights in the evening and charge our camera and phone. The best thing about the house is the veranda and space around it where you sit comfortably with a coffee in the morning or some sunset drinks and just admire the views in front of you.
The neighbour Pak Mungku took us for a nice walk and showed us his house and huge garden where we could pick many fruits ourselves. Its a five minute walk through the rice paddies to the river below were you can cool off with a dip and swim. Across the river we climb up again and ended up in a local ceremonie under a big tree which was really special.
The staff organised scooter bikes and we went sightseeing (markets, tempels) in the surroundings, went to visit Singaradja were we did shopping in the Carrefour supermarket and we went to Lovina in the early morning on a dolphin cruise.
The things we liked most was just sitting around the house, and relaxing in the hammock in the gazebo admiring the stunning views.
Thanks Shirley! Definitely we want to come back to visit your place again and go to the waterfall with Pak Mungku.
We had a very nice stay at Shirley's place in Sudaji. It is quiet and set in lovely rice paddies. Really secluded and in the middle of nowhere -- the stars at night are amazing! We used Shirley's moped during our stay to get around the village and to town, which worked out great. We also ate at a local Warung down the road which was fantastic! All the local people are truly lovely. At first we were a bit confused about everyone coming up to the house and weren't sure what to make of it, but when you open yourself to this type of experience, it lends to some amazing interactions! We had a great time here and would recommend it to anyone looking to stay in a unique and rural part of Bali. Shirley was very communicative and helpful with transport and suggestions for activities before our stay.
The teak house is truly a little bit of heaven in North Bali. We enjoyed every moment of our stay there. Completely secluded from the Bali tourism. The gladak is clean and has all you need. Shirley left us many tips on what to do and see in the area and Pak Mungu took us on some treks. Ibu Ayu and Ibu & Pak Mungku took good care of us. We hope to stay there again someday.Thank you Shirley. :)
We stayed at SunsetSala with our 13-year old son for 3 nights. To us this place is the 'real' Bali. The colors of nature surrounding us where stunning, from sunrise to sunset. We could sit and just watch it the whole day. The teak house is beautiful, clean and equipped with everything we needed. We loved all the authentic furniture. A little book told us everything we needed to know about the place and things to do. We visited the Sekumpul Waterfall with a guide. It was an experience we will never forget and it was great not to be overwhelmed by busses full of tourists. We were well taken care of by Ibu (Mrs) Ayu and Ibu & Pak (Mr) Mungku. They made us great Balinese breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our son went on a few walks/rides with Pak Mungku to see more of the sawah's. He also had a great time. The three of us enjoyed every minute of our stay and hope to return someday. Thanks to Shirley, Ibu Ayu and Ibu & Pak Mungku for making our stay unforgettable.
We've been to Bali in August for two weeks and stayed in the Teak house for two nights. Shirley has been a great host. Her house is beautiful- a perfect place to relax, settled in the centre of Bali's breathtaking nature. Shirley really cared about us by organizing lunch, and sightseeing trips, even though she wasn't in Bali at that time. She gave us a lot of insider tips. The house including bathroom, bed and garden was very clean and comfortable. If you are looking for a place to hide from Bali's tourism and just to be on your own with the beautiful nature you won't find a better place! We definitely recommend Shirley's place!