All of our bungalows are built based on eco friendly principles. Using 100% recycle timber, designed to be culturally sensitive, thermally comfortable with no aircon but using more natural innovative solutions, using LED lights to use as little energy as possible without leaving our guests needs of the modern comfort and luxury.
Welcome to Yabbiekayu bungalow homestay, built in a beautiful rice paddy location on the edge of the charming cultural, tourist village of Tembi, in Yogyakarta City. Experience relaxed afternoons on the veranda overlooking the rice paddies, and pleasant nights disturbed only by the sounds of frogs and crickets watching the fireflies float past. Relax in a private out door bathroom with a bath for two under the stars, before retiring to your large 4 poster bed for a relaxing nights sleep, prior to a luxury breakfast on the porch before setting off on your days adventure to explore the village and the enticing historical city of Yogyakarta.
Bungalow 3 built from 100% recycled timber from old Javanese houses brough down from the mountains, local marbled floor, and traditional roof tiles. It has a separate closable bed nook and beautiful cooling marble floor. Bungalow 3 is a little more open and airy than the other bungalows with a breezeway through from the private out door living space to the south through the living area to the water feature and fishpond to the north. Bungalow 3 is innovatively designed to be cooled by the water falling down the water feature and circulating through the moat that surrounds the bungalow.
The bed nook encloses a very unique, solid teak, antique, carved and painted traditional Javanese four-poster bed which is slightly narrower though much longer than a standard double bed.
The internal living area includes lounge chairs, coffee table, small cupboards, suitcase holder and clothes rack along with a small writing desk and chair, minibar, snack bar and adjustable intimate lighting.
The outdoor bathroom is equipped with a very large egg shaped bathtub ample for two to share under the stars along with modern shower, sink and toilet.
The connected outdoor living areas and the bathroom are surrounded by curved masonry walls with closable wooden shutters over looking the rice paddies. The outdoor living area includes a table and umbrella set, private gardens and fish pond while the table and chairs on the front deck looks out to the communal areas.
Total area 105m2 = Internal living area 30m2 + bed nook 10m2 + front veranda 10m2 + outdoor bathroom 20m2 + outdoor private living areas 35m2
Your bungalow is supplied with luxury towels and bedding, and organic biodegradable soaps and shampoos, purified mineral water, tea and coffee facilities and comes with free hi speed WiFi and a Luxury breakfast. Your luxury breakfast includes a range of both western and Indonesian options such as home made muesli, fried rice, poached eggs on toast etc. Including espresso coffee or tea, fresh home made juices or fruit salads, home made yoghurt, wholemeal or sourdough breads, homemade jams etc. We run a small restaurants just a few steps from your bungalow, and our kitchen aim’s to provide every guest with a healthy, unique and memorable dining experience based on wholesome ingredients prepared with care and attention to detail. Our menu includes a combination of local and regional Indonesian specialities along with a range of our Western favourites. All meals at Yabbiekayu are prepared using our own authentic recipes based on natural fresh ingredients including fruits and vegetables from our edible gardens where possible. Our kitchen use filtered drinking quality water at all stages of preparation, washing fruit and vegetables, making ice and cooking. We do not use monosodium glutamate or other artificial colour or flavour enhancers. Nor do we cook with transfats or palm oil based products, aiming to ensure our meals are low fat and as healthy as possible. Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten free options are available as are either super spicy or chili free dishes. If you have any special requests or dietary considerations please do not hesitate to let us know. If you like what we cook as much as we do, then please feel free to sign up for one of our cooking classes while you’re here or simply relax and enjoy your meal.
To ensure the comfort of all guests, we ask that visitors smoke outside on the verandah of the bungalow.
The bungalows are located overlooking lush rice fields, on the edge of a small and very friendly traditional village. To support local tradition and culture we ask that guests dress politely when wandering around the village and point out that dogs are not usual in these villages, though any other pet may be considered on application.
Yabbiekayu is managed by a small team of dedicated staff including;
The amazing Bakti the Guests Relations Manager who will probably email you and welcome you to join the online phone group to assist you with all your needs.
The truly awesome Babun our senior guest relations officer who will quite likely welcome you on arrival, and the charming and delightful Astina and JJ our guest relations officers who will probably meet you and assist during your stay.
All speak perfect English, have travelled overseas, and have extensive experience in assisting foreigners and Indonesians travelling through Yogya. Between them we are confident that they will be able to ensure you have a magnificent stay.
Yabbiekayu: A Yabbie is a small freshwater crustacean that lives in rivers in Australia, whilst Kayu is the Indonesian word for wood, hence the Wooden Yabbie. The name comes out of a crossover of the prior experience of the founder of Yabbiekayu running an internet publishing company in Australia where he was known as the bigyabbie. This combined with his lifelong obsession with timber, mixed with the feeling of joy of the expression "yippieayu!" lead to our unique name. In many ways the name sums up the experience of a foreigner living in a small village (pond) with a love for buildings made from natural local materials
Yabbiekayu was always intended as communal and friendly homestay, a place to meet like minded people, to relax and to act as a base for exploring the exciting range of activities that the lovely village of Tembi and the nearby city of Yogya have to offer.
At Yabbiekayu our goal is to be a model of ecologically sustainable tourism, creating quality employment for local people while sharing the remarkable experience of life in a small village in Java in sustainably built and managed bungalows. We offer a distinct Javanese style of highly personalised service and as such are here to assist you in any way to ensure your holiday is as perfect as possible, We can help out with requests from hiring motorbikes, masseurs or babysitters to finding a good optometrist, a secluded temple or an exciting art exhibition.
Our dream for Yabbiekayu is to be small, friendly, adaptable and flexible to your needs and wishes. We look forward to your visit.