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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
trekking waterfall : $45
explore village : $25 - $35
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 $96 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).
Putu and Zanzan are realy nice and great hosts. We were lost on our way to find the place and Putu came on her scooter to escort us, thank you!
The cottages are clean with outdoor shower and toilet, a bit small though. You have your bed, ventilator, shower and toilet that's it. On the patio there are chairs and a table to relax. The food (mother of Zanzan had prepared) was fantastic! Breakfast is included, everything else ( some activities and dinner) is not.
For us this wasn't the place we were hoping for: there are a lot of noisy roosters and dogs at night and we were looking for more privacy and rest and a bit more space.
But if you are looking for a personal Bali experience, nice food, great hosts, very basic accomodation, meditation, this is it.
The Bamboo Cottage is a very special place. Zanzan and Putu, the owners, call it OMMunity - OMM like the Yoga OMM and Community. Both words describe it very well. OMMunity is a spiritual place right in the middle of a rural balinese village. At night and in the morning you will here the cocks, geckos, frogs, dogs, spiritual singings and the sounds of a close-by market. We loved these - for us- exotic sounds. In Bamboo Cottage you live in a beautiful garden, close to the house where Zanzan, Putu and his family are living. Zanzan's mum was cooking for us organic, original balinese dishes, that were very very tasteful. You can watch here cooking in here traditional kitchen. Zanzan is a very impressive person. His vision is to connect tourists and the village people so that everyone will profit from it. His vision became true. Right now he is building a library in his resort, open for all the children of the village. They can come in whenever they want. By staying in the Bamboo Cottage you support all that and you will make an experience you will never forget. It is a very peaceful and on the same time powerful and spiritual place, with wonderful wonderful people. Everyone has a very positive, self-satisfied spirit. We stayed at Bamboo Cottage for 2 nights. At our stay we made a trekking tour through the village and the jungle to 7 waterfalls, where we had our first waterfall shower & swimming. A great experience!!! On the next day we went to the market at 6 a.m. and visited the women's weaving project. The things we enjoyed most: the touch to rural Bali far away from any other tourist, the food (!!!), Zanzan and Putu themselves and the beautiful nature.
Putu is perfect in communication before we came there. Here responses were quick and she cared very very good for us to find their little paradise. The Cottages are traditional, simple and clean. You have to realize that you are fine with staying close to nature :-)
Zanzan & Putu: Thank you soooo much!!! And we wish you all the best for your vision to get bigger and bigger. Go on just the way you do right now!
I had a very positive and memorable experience at Omunity. Zan Zan was a terrific host - thoughtful, entertaining, fascinating hiking and dinner companion. Putu was always responsive by email and accommodated all my requests for transportation and activities. The stay in Sudaji was exactly the kind of travel experience I had hoped for - a chance to be integrated (if only for a day) into village life as well as to hike to some relatively untouched places like the waterfalls. In addition, Zan Zan's mother cooked some of the best meals (all vegetarian!) I've ever had. She even insisted on giving me some homemade cookies upon my departure. The cottage I stayed in was very comfortable with modern amenities. I could hear frogs, toads, and geckos singing just outside the window. If you are looking for a way to experience daily life in Bali and not feel exploited or exploitative, this is the place for it. I hope to go back for a longer stay someday.
Very silent and tourist untouched place. Houses are amasing, are cleaned every day, everyone is friendly and happy to help. We enjoyed coconut drinks and durians very much, and prepared food was was perfect every day. We loved to go around the Sudaji, visit school, waterfall etc. Thank you for all love you gave us.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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