Two large bedrooms, two sun terraces, on two spacious floors. 360 views of rice fields, volcanoes & coconut trees. Huge open marble shower room, high ceilings, bright windows, air/con. Shared 8x3m swimming pool and kitchen. Private quiet dining area. Upstairs bright bedroom and lounge - 1 Queen/ 1 single bed, work desk and sunbeds. Downstairs -private Air-con Queen bed with handmade furniture. Book Wayan for a culture tour and wife Putri for cooking class. Relax, unwind in the REAL Bali!
SUNSET SUITE has one very large open room upstairs with a queen size bed, a small single bed, plenty of handmade furniture for storing your things and a large patio to watch the birds and sunset. Downstairs is the second bright bedroom with three windows, a queen size bed and again hand-made coconut rattan furniture and Air/con. The huge open marble bathroom is also located downstairs and has a hot shower and western toilet. It is suitable for traveling families, writers, artists, biking or trekking groups or people who want a longer term place to create and relax in the peace and quiet of the "REAL" Bali.
Village walks provide a chance to enjoy local smiles and fresh fruit and vegetables. Pankos, the guesthouse pet is a med size friendly dog who loves and cares for our guests and can guide you into the rice fields and village. He's really good with children!! Enjoy the community spirit and activities such as volleyball, fishing, bathing in holy water at the river. Trek to waterfall and organic cow farm. Return for a swim in the pool and share stories with other like minded guests. We aim your stay to be a memorable experience where you dream to return!
Wayan, Putri and Suzan
The front detatched fully equipped kitchen is shared with Sunrise Suite and Putri who loves creating healthy meals for guests. The SHARED swimming pool is located behind the GARDEN Villa. Please be respectful for noise at night. Swallow Guesthouse garden has many fruit and spices. Help yourself to the passion fruit and lemon grass for delicious tea.
My "Balinese brother and sister", Wayan and Putri will help in accommodating you to your new home. As the housekeeper, please let Putri know if anything needs extra cleaning or you would like more towels. Fresh towels and sheets are changed every four days. Wayan will explain everything in detail upon your arrival starting at the airport if you request pick-up service. He is a wealth of information about the culture, ask him anything.
If you have other concerns or comments you'd like to share, please send me a message and I will reply ASAP. I live par-time in Bali and also enjoy sharing my learning about this amazing Island of the Gods!
Small group Compound Cooking and Cultural classes are now available at the Family Compound located just a 7 minute drive away (or as the bird flies, a 35 minute walk through the rice fields). Help Ma-ma make the coconut oil or share the joy of making the ceremony offerings with the eldest member of the family, Auntie. Located 20 minutes NE of Ubud, the cultural and holistic health center of Bali, you will find yourself gazing at Mt. Agung, the volcanic Mother mountain, farmers in their rice fields, and the ocean just 25min away. Enjoy spectacular sunrises and sunsets from the gazebo above the kitchen, in the new swimming pool, or from the many outdoor sitting areas scattered around the house and gardens.
We have our own new well water system dug 75m deep. The water has been tested and has many minerals. It is drinkable but it’s recommended to boil it first. The locals come and fill their water bottles with a smile.
Locals and Swallow Guesthouse guests are part of the Balinese trinity ecosystem - Man, Environment and Spirit.
•We are a GREEN GUESTHOUSE and ask you to please respect the environment in which you live in. To help our village reduce plastic, leave plastic packaging at home where possible and be considerate of your use of gas, laundry soap and toilet paper. We use well water (75m deep) and it is considered safe for local consumption, but we suggest boiling it first. Bottled water to refill your water bottle is supplied. Do not put any harmful material into the water system and use organic soap when possible.
•Swallow Guesthouse advises to purchase travel and health insurance as we do not take any responsibility for injury or loss of goods.
•Some water ways are located along the side of the house, and path please be careful.
•We reserve the right to charge guests upon departure for any broken or misplaced Swallow Guesthouse possessions. If you break it - please buy another or talk to Wayan about repair.
•Don't feed the dogs, geckos, ducks or chickens that roam freely in the fields around the house. They are a part of the community ecosystem and not our pets. We have a loving dog, Pankos, that has a food dish next to Sunrise kitchen.
•Keep all food and sweet smelling soaps and lotions in the refrigerator as they attract the ants. If you see an "army", please tell Made or Putri.
•We have mosquito nets on most beds and night repellent plug in devices for your use. They are not usually a problem because of the duck, swallow, bat, and frog diets!
If you are doing your own cooking, organic waste can be added to the garden under the large fruit trees. Put your non-organic waste into the blue bin or take to the organic farm called "Simantri", a Balinese government sponsored project for organic farming.
Swallow Guesthouse is trying to educate the locals about the harmful effects of plastic in the environment and is working with Bali Recycling, a NGO who provides non-organic waste removal from rural villages in Bali. If you would like to assist, please put your non-organic waste into the red metal bins found in the Simantri or by the warung (small food shop) in the village.
We also distribute clothing and school supplies to rural communities in Bali. One such community is Munduk where we are assisting Rainbowbend Yayasan, and PKP Women's Center in Ubud. Supplies are greatly appreciated!
If you wish to visit the local schools in Pejeng and meet the children, please ask Wayan to arrange a visit. We truly aim to assist in community sustainability and environmental stewardship.
Welcome to your home in the REAL Bali!!
Come visit the REAL Bali. "My wife, Putri and I enjoy very much to share our culture and delicious food with you." Wayan
Who is Suzan Badgley?
I was born in 1962 in North Vancouver, known to locals as “Lotus land”. As a young child, I respected all living things in mountain and ocean environments and, at the age of three when I began to travel, I learned about the diversities and similarities in different cultural settings.
Influenced by the First Nations People how to be one with the land and spirit, I began exploring the world on my own, volunteering my services in exchange for food and lodging: and later, after acquiring a Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism, and a BA degree in Adult Education, was employed in managerial and teaching positions both in Canada and Asia.
68 countries later, I‘m blessed with a broad perspective of the world we live in and the people we perceive we are. When asked "Which is your most favourite place you have travelled to?" India, a country full of vast diversities, changed my life at the age of 25. It opened and challenged my mind and body; stimulated my six senses like no other experience in the past. I further learned about ancient cultures, social and family responsibility, and Buddhist philosophy while working in South Korea and Japan over a 15 year period.
I spent many winters in Bali, feeling a sense of home, perhaps a place of past life reincarnation, feeling comforted by the ancient Balinese culture and karmic ways, remembering "the Ring of Fire" in middle school when my finger was drawn to this tiny equatorial island on my well-worn map.
It was this time that I met Wayan Tagel, a wonderful man who lives by karma and loves to share his culture and family ceremonies. He became my sponsor, and I his supporter. For the past 12 years, my Canadian- based business, Swallow House Trading, has assisted in the marketing of the Swallow Guesthouse in the REAL Bali.
In Bali, needs are put forth to the Gods, a ceremony is done and right action is continued. The Gods do listen... As a westerner, I’m amazed at how things manifest when you put your dreams outwards.
Now semi-retired, I'm closely learning ancient lifestyle preserved by a unique combination of spirit and community belief. Enjoying sharing this knowledge to assist in the betterment of our environment and the beings upon it is my passion.
May I share with you? It would be my pleasure.