Bamboo Cottages- Rural Bali Village

Cabin - Private room · Jalan Raya Sudaji, Sawan, Bali 81171, Indonesia

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Come and experience traditional Balinese village culture and stay in our environmentally friendly bamboo cottages in Sudaji, Northern Bali. Sudaji is a thriving, “real” Balinese village whith much to offer, displaying a way of life that has existed here for many generations.
Omunity’s own family compound offers four bamboo cottages each including: queen size bed with mosquito net, covered private outdoor bathroom, large windows providing natural lighting, attached porch and natural swimming pool.
The owner ZANZAN, his wife Putu and their three children will welcome you into their family and offer you an authentic Balinese experience that you will never forget. Whether you enjoy action-packed vacations emersed in nature, forming long lasting relationships with the local community, are looking for a place to relax and engage in some spiritual exploration, or are merely interested in a comfortable home to return to after a long day exploring neighboring towns such as Singaraja and Lovina, ZANZAN and Putu will assist you as much as they can. Both are more than happy to provide their local expertise for day trips or future travels, and will gladly drive or accompany you during your excursions for an additional fee as mentioned below. The possibilities are endless! (The $45-package per room does not include meals or activities. However, Putu and ZANZAN are of course always glad to provide recommendations for activities and assist you with your travel plans.)
Breakfast: $7/ person
Lunch: $10 - $12
Dinner: $10 - $12

For guests who are interested in OMunity’s mission and activities (additional information available on (website hidden) or OMunity's website), we also offer an all-inclusive stay for only $80 per person ($45 overnight fee already included). Untouched by tourism, we provide the unique opportunity to stay in a rural Balinese community and to interact with weavers, farmers, craftsmen, Hindu priests and many other locals. Included with each night’s stay are three homemade traditional Balinese meals per day and a full program ranging from massages, a guided trip to Bali’s largest waterfall 7 Sacred Chakra, visits to some of Northern Bali’s beautiful black sand beaches, traditional Balinese dance, guided yoga meditation from highly experienced instructors, religious ceremonies in the village, Balinese festivals throughout the year, offering making, trekking through the jungle and mountains, exploring the village’s local rice paddies etc.

About OmUnityBali: The idea came to involve tourists in Balinese cultural and religious life by providing the opportunity for tourists and villagers to interact in this beautiful and peaceful setting. In addition to the mutual benefits of cultural exchange, the young population of Sudaji can practice their language skills and enhance their potential for the future. This is truly a scheme enriching the lives of both tourists and locals, and will leave you with unforgettable memories.

15min to Singaraja; 20min to Lovina; 2hrs to Denpasar; 2hrs to Ubud; 4min walk to local village’s rice paddies; 10min drive to Sacred Chakra waterfall (2.5hrs hike)

Contact Putu for a package to meet your budget and discuss further details. For more information about OMunity Bali visit (website hidden) or visit us on (website hidden).

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 15
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 6
Beds: 7
Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Price: $270 /week
Monthly Price: $1080 /month
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  • We loved staying with Putu & Zanzan and their whole family very much. For one week we felt like the only white people in the village, which is an experience in Bali money cannot pay for. Always taking great care of us we are very looking forward to hopefully return one day. Great thanks to all the people involved for letting us have this once in a lifetime experience.

    April 2014
  • Our stay at Omunity was majestic, the food, the staff, the location, the host, all went above & beyond the call of duty to make our stay a special and memorable one! We will never forget our trip here, and if you want to be immersed in the culture of Bali, this is the place.

    February 2014
    Putu
    Response from Putu:

    thanks for Bronwyn and Ben to choose our place during your trip,, and hope we can meet again in the future . we keep in touch.

  • We have spent 3 nights at the Bamboo Cottage. This is a very charming, but a bit "off-shore", very-very special place. Worth to visit!
    We met Putu's husband, Zhanzhan, who organized a full program for our stay. If you like nature or if you want to do like yoga and meditation or if you'd just like to be off for a couple of days, this is the perfect place to be.
    Being together with Zhanzhan for three days and participating in all programs (adventures if you like) was a life-time experience for us.
    On a short notice he has even brought us a special, "sunrise at the rice field" program, which will be the highlight of our photographical memories.
    Our richness of culinary experience was further enhanced by Zhanzhan's mother, preparing delicious meals every time. Special thanks for the unforgettable dinner for our wedding anniversary celebration, which they prepared without asking.
    Thanks Zhanzhan for these memorable days in Sudaji!

    February 2014
  • We had the luck to stay with Putu and her family during a time when they had cremation ceremony (the last one happened 25 years ago). So the cultural insight we got was amazing. Putu and Zanzan showed and explained all the rituals to us so we could have a rare insight into balinese culture.

    The cottages are pretty and clean with mosquito nets. The outdoor bathroom is a nice experience. The frogs are indeed having a concert at night but we brought earplugs. The food Putu is cooking is a vegetarian mixture between traditional Balinese dishes and some more Western food (she even made pizza and french fries). Transport to Bamboo cottages is a little difficult but Putu can help organise a driver to pick you up (although that is a little more on the expensive side).

    I think, Bamboo cottages is very close to Airbnb´s intention for people to stay with other people - this is not a 5 star hotel but rather an option to get in direct contact with the locals.

    January 2014
    Putu
    Response from Putu:

    thank you katharina,,, we keep in touch

  • Last December we had a pleasure to spent 2 nights in the Bamboo Cottage with Zanzan, Putu, their lovely kids and whole Omunity. There are no words to describe their hospitality, care and the experience that you get once you enter the Sudaji village.
    Since the beginning there was a very good contact. They took care of us arriving to the place safely. We wanted to go all around Bali on motorbikes and due to bad weather couldn't get to Sudaji on the day indicated in the booking. Putu was very understanding and agreed to postpone our stay. While we were driving in a pouring rain, Putu was calling us several times to make sure we were safe and on the right track. On arrival we were welcomed with a big smile, hot tea and delicious "balinese rice donuts".
    The rest of the stay was even better. We felt like we become a part of the big family, sharing meals, sharing inspiring stories, being invited to local celebrations, spending time with Balinese people in their true environment, observing the culture and touching the nature.
    ZanZan not only guided us through this experience but also made it exactly the way we wanted it to be. He even helped us take our wedding photoshoots at the most beautiful waterfall scenery we had ever seen. He is indeed a man of many talents.
    We also appreciate the transparency. We new what we were paying for and never felt overcharged or cheated. It's important if you are on budget. We are very happy we could contribute to the Omunity and support the locally owned business and economy. Looking back, those few days in Sudaji created the most unique memories and culturally rich experience during our trip.
    Regarding the accommodation itself, we found the Bamboo Cottage very cosy and comfortable. It's build and decorated with Balinese taste and 'European standard'. All the amenities worked perfectly. Inside the cottage you feel safe and cosy, while at the same time you are still close to the nature. We don't remember sleeping so well in long time. The sounds of frogs, birds, geckos, roosters and other little creatures were like a lullaby in the evenings and a happy morning song when waking up. The staff paid a lot of attention to the cleanliness and comfort. They were always smiling.
    The pictures you see in the profile are just a small piece of the whole experience of tastes (Putu's vegetarian cooking is delicious), sounds, smells (you are surrounded by flowers and fruit trees) and amazing people.
    We would like to thank Putu, ZanZan and the whole Omunity for welcoming us into your little paradise. It's definitely worth recommending.

    December 2013
    Putu
    Response from Putu:

    thank you so much Carlos and Agata,,, we keep in touch

  • I was privileged to stay for three nights in Sudaji, at the "OmUnityBali" with Putu, Zanzan, and their three wonderful children, and I could not have been more happy with my accommodations! This truly is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. My experience began with Putu's lovely father driving more than four hours to pick me up in Southern Bali, and bringing me to Sudaji to meet the family and join in a DELICIOUS Balinese meal.

    The cabin itself was stunning, with every detail remembered. The floor in the bathroom, for example, was meticulously hand-made with stones in the shape of flowers. I can't imagine how much time and imagination this took, just to make the cabin more welcoming for guests. The water used for the shower and toilets comes from a natural spring up the mountain, with piping directly to the cabins. In a village where there is scare resources, this is a generous gift of the entire community to lend the guests access to these precious resources.

    In addition to stunning accommodations, I was treated like family by my hosts and the entire village. I was even welcomed to witness and participate in the sacred Balinese "Metatah" rituals (teeth filing) with the village, including participating in the food preparations and the sacrificing of the pigs. I will never forget being welcomed in to such an intimate, rare, and sacred part of the village life.

    My conversations with Zanzan and Putu were also truly inspiring, as we explored ways in which we can create a just and equitable world for all people. Their vision for "OmUnity" is one that speaks to people from all over the world. At the end of my visit, Zanzan, Putu and her father drove me across the mountains directly to airport, as they waved goodbye as I walked through security. It felt as if I was saying goodbye to old friends. The description of the accommodations could not be more true: "This is truly a scheme enriching the lives of both tourists and locals, and will leave you with unforgettable memories."

    On a final note related to the review listed below mine (from November 2013): what a tragic misinterpretation and misunderstanding of Zanzan, Putu, and the entire village's home and generosity. I hope that anyone considering staying here will recognize this, as the experience for me was truly amazing, and I would recommend to ANYONE to come and stay in Sudaji. THANK YOU!

    December 2013
  • Bamboo village looks nice on the internet but they are not prepared for guests and the accomodation is very poor. They are very helpful in arranging transport to the hotel and it is recommendable to accept this because the location is in the middle of nowhere and impossible to find for a stranger. However the price they are asking for this transport is far too high and not in line with the usual tariff.

    The shower didn't produce any hot water, the toilet was not flushing and on top of that we couldn't sleep because of some frogs producing significant noice.

    When we arrived we were asked if we liked meat so we expected a meal with some meat. A vegetarian meal was served. The food was not bad but I preferred to had a choice.

    The next morning we advised the owner that we would travel onwards because of our sleepless night with the terrible noise. Despite we had made reservations for two nights we did not receive any discount for this unexpected experience but an additional invoice with astronomical prices for Bali.

    The owner joined us for diner and for breakfast without questioning if we liked it or not.

    In other words I would not recommend this place.

    November 2013
    Putu
    Response from Putu:

    Thank you Wouter ,for very nice comment,, but I think you not read our description clearly,, cause I mentioning in the description that we are NOT 5 star hotel, we are in the village and life with natural,,, NOT glamour. I hope you must be read clearly and understand clearly before you decide to book. Thank you so much anyway

  • We had a really unique and very hart felled experience at Omunity. Both Putu and Zanzan (and their children) are amazing and wonderful people. The whole idea behind the project is also great. We went there with our baby and there was always somebody to take care of her and pick her up. They all love children.

    The only thing that we would have changed is the fact that we were left without hosts for two days and in that case there is no way to arrange trips or really do anything at all since nobody put Putu and Zanzan speaks English.

    The food was the best we had during our trip to Bali but also a little bit expensive.

    November 2013
  • Picking the Bamboo Cottages was the right choice for me and I would highly recommend it. I traveled with a group for my 1st ten days in Bali and then 2 weeks at OmUnity. I was a 65 year old woman traveling alone. Along with adventure, feeling safe and comfortable was important to me and my children. My little cottage and the peaceful, native surroundings was a joy to stay in. The hosts, Zanzan and Putu, as well as the community, excelled my expectations. I truly felt the experience of life in this rural Bali village. I have a high respect of their tradition and culture.
    Zanzan and Putu assisted and accompanied me with my personal and spiritual journey. The highlights are many. I was honored to be welcomed into the sacred ceremonies and temples. We shared breakfast in the rice field, visited local markets, soaked in the healing hot springs, had coconut while trekking to the powerful waterfalls, visited the rural blacksmiths, experienced the wonderful sounds of a gamelan(gong), had an exceptional visit to the Borobudur and Prambanan temples in Java and constantly admired the many views of the outstanding tropical terrain. Strolling through the village, listening to the language, eating the tradition foods, and seeing all the smiling faces connected me to the real lives of these hard working, beautiful people.
    The friendships and my experience will last forever.

    November 2013
    Putu
    Response from Putu:

    We miss you already Ginnie,,,, thank you so much for all your support

  • Me and my boyfriend spent 3 nights at Bamboo cottages in october when we wanted to experience a more real life part of Bali away from all the tourist areas and now looking back it was really the best part of our trip in Bali.

    The compound is located in the heart of a real Bali village -3 hours away from Ubud- surrounded by amazingly beautiful (email hidden)s a place where you can totally relax reading a book, swimming in the pool, or watching the wonderful sunset over the rice fields. But it can also be an adventourous experience if you just get out of the compound to discover the village and have a trekking in the jungle.

    Putu and Zanzan are the best hosts ever, making you feel a part their huge family.I will definetely miss the after lunch/dinner conversations that we had which were so enlightning' fun and sincere.

    Our room was very comortable and clean and I loved it so much to sleep with the beautiful melodies of balinese frogs which made me feel in the middle of nature.

    I looked forward to breakfast/lunch/dinner times because Putu creates magic in the kitchen. Her organic vegeterian dishes (you can also ask for meat or fish if you want) were just so amazing and there were a lot of varieties! i never tought pure vegeterian food could be sooo delicious!

    Zanzan (Putu's husband) is an amazingly kind and sharing person that you will love to talk with,He prepared a very nice discovery program during our short stay there.But 3 days was too short, you should definetely stay here for at least a week alone or with your family to have a real balinese life experience!!!

    One thing you have to do is to have a long trekking in the mountains. The route can be challenging or easy depending on what you prefer but swimming under the waterfalls in the heart of the jungle worths all the effort.

    Our stay in Bamboo cottages was far more beautiful than we have expected. I will defitely come back to Sudaji to meet Putu and Zanzan again!

    Ceyda

    October 2013
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Hello, my husband Zanzan and I are passionate about connecting friends and guests from all around the world with the beauty and potential that our rural Balinese village has to offer. After working in the hospitality business for many years (i.e. The Ritz-Carlton, Hilton, Arma Group and Fivelements), Zanzan now devotes his time to his hometown Sudaji in Northern Bali. Organic farming, more effective trash removal systems, the many benefits of yoga meditation, and the importance of the English language to our youth are among the numerous projects that he is invloved in. As native Balinese, we love welcoming new friends into our home and doing whatever we can to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.
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