"An Introvert's Paradise". A relaxed, light-filled studio apartment with kitchen, comfortable double bed and private tropical garden. Delicious breakfast. Tucked away in Balinese village. Close to Ubud but away from the bustle (ten minutes drive).
A comfortable, furnished apartment with a comfortable double bed.
This is the lower level of two completely self-contained Western-style apartments, tucked away in a traditional Balinese village and surrounded by lush tropical gardens.
You will have a well equipped kitchen and bathroom, light-filled, small casual living area with bi-fold doors onto your own private lawn. (We can bring in a single mattress for an extra charge, but it could be crowded after more than a few days.)
Apart from whispering breezes through the palm trees, you will only hear the sound of musicians, who occasionally practice their traditional instruments in the nearby Balinese temple.
HOW OUR PLACE WORKS:
Ibu Jen - a semi-permanent Australian guest in the upstairs home - or one of her ex-pat friends is always available to make sure everything is ok.
There's a good and inexpensive laundry 100 meters away.
We have good wifi connection (if you need super-speed for work, we can increase it for one month; you will pay an additional $30-45 for the month you are here).
Home-cooked dinner often available when Jen is in Bali; ask her in the morning if you'd like a home cooked meal that night. If not, there's several great cafes that will home deliver FOC!
RENT INCLUDES: Breakfast, cleaner 2 mornings/ week, gardener.
DRIVER: This is not included in the rental price, but we are VERY happy to arrange transport for you. Read below for more details.
You will have access to your own private, well equipped kitchen and bathroom, a light-filled, small casual living area with bi-fold doors onto your own private lawn.
Your breakfast can be served downstairs in your apartment, or you are welcome to join Jen and any other guests upstairs.
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!
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.
"CONCIERGE SERVICE": If you'd like her professional help to arrange your schedule completely and make all your bookings, we will charge a reasonable concierge fee for that service.
Home-cooked dinner - a delicious mix of Asian and international cuisine - can be pre-ordered in the morning, if Jen is in town. 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.
Whether Jen's in residence upstairs 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.
Please be aware that power blackouts can happen 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.
Music turned down after 10.30pm please, as we live right next to a traditional Balinese village.
No smoking inside the house (nor horrible butts left in the garden or in beer bottles either).
Sorry, no pets; we have geckos, frogs and occasionally a small monitor lizard in residence, plus we can hear enough of the neighbours' dogs, roosters, cows, pig etc. to keep you company, lol.
Please leave little windows up high OPEN and both ceiling fans ON, preferably when you are home but certainly when you are out. This is a tropical country and rooms get stuffy very quickly if they are kept closed up. Opening the French doors to the garden also helps ensure a breeze and a pleasant atmosphere.
Any food - teabags, coffee, etc - are there for your use. If you finish something, it's up to you to replace it, or ask the maid to do it for you. We'd appreciate it if you tell us when supplies like this (and toilet paper, soap, etc) are running out, so we can replace them.
Your privacy is respected, but we welcome your sociability.
WELCOME: Occasionally, ibu Jen's work takes her to other islands or Singapore for a while. When she is in Bali, she often cooks for guests - a delicious three course "fusion" meal is very popular for the first or last night of a stay ($15 per person; food only.)
ID PLEASE: We are required to give a photocopy of your ID to our local Indonesian police, so please provide one on arrival.
SECURITY DEPOSIT/ DAMAGE: You have been asked for a basic security deposit of $250; we hope we never see it :-) (URL HIDDEN) keeps it and it will be returned to you by them if nothing is damaged. Your room 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 (here): Alcohol is ok but unless you want to end your life in an Indonesian jail, don't be silly and bring drugs. No crazy parties - but then you wouldn't be choosing this place if that's what you are after.
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. Jen can loan you one from her own collection.
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 in New Zealand, where she was born, and all of it wherever her two sons and her sisters are. It's great that she's often around to help with ideas for great travel around Indonesia. (Even when she's away, you can chat with her here, via airbnb).
Jen works in "Disaster". She's just finished a year in the Solomon Islands as a Communication Adviser for the National Disaster Management Office. In December 2013-January 2014 she volunteered in the Philippines, helping there after the horrific super-typhoon. And before that she did a 15 month stint to help an Indonesian non-profit expand their youth centre here in Bali, and set up another one in post-tsunami Aceh, at the western end of the country.
Here in Bali, 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 occasionally getting up with a local band to sing a song or two. There are many places to find good nightlife in Ubud.
For Jen, "a stranger is a friend you haven't met yet".