UBUD, small trad. accom
we're heading to Bali next march and as well as going to Candi Das and Lovina want to spend some time in Ubud.
we're looking for a small, say, family/ traditional type place
not necessarily a homestay as would like a pool,
and i know i'm pushing it but also a fridgeif poss,. LOL
I like the sound of Gayati (2) Bungalows
anyone stayed there?
The family is really nice and very traditional but it's definitely a business - Ketut has his fingers in a lot of pies - cooking classes, traditional Balinese buffet, the neighborhood Monkey dance, and he's building a spa. My only beef with the place is that it's not in the center of town nor is it near a beautiful rice field. It's about a 5-10 minute walk north of the market (and all restaurants).
The rooms are a decent size, not fancy but very clean, with white walls, dark wood, tiles floors, a picture, a ceiling fan, and scultured front door and window. There are also windows and a door on the other side. Each room has a bath (western toilet) and a shower with hot (luke warm) water.
There is a little porch at the front door of the room and a little porch containing 2 chairs and a table) and tiny yard with beautiful foliage outside the back door. Puri Bebengan has a small pool surrounded by a shoulder high wall and jungle foliage. I have pictures, but I don't know how to post them.
Free breakfast includes banana pancakes or an omelet with toast and choice of mixed fruit (pineapple, banana and papaya) or fruit juice (kind of like a smoothy) and all the kopi/coffee or tea you want. (Okay, I'm getting hungry here.) Want something else? Ask for it, and if they can they'll try to get it for you.
The small staff: Wayan, Ngurah and Kadek (who makes the breakfast) is very accomodating. They'll arrange for you to rent a car and driver for a tour ($10 US for a half/day, $20 for a full day when I was there), a motorbike, even help you learn Bahasa Indonesia if they see you with a kamus/dictionary. There's nothing touristy here, just a laid back, friendly place. (And it's just a short walk from the rice paddies/sawah that you would have to pay to see if you booked it through an agent.)
The price last year was $10 for a double room and $8 for a single. If you stay for a while they will knock a couple of dollars off that price. You can't reach them on the web, but if you're interested, the phone number is (0361) 978542.
Last month I met my daughter in Ubud for her birthday while she was on a 6-month tour. This year I'm going back by myself around the end of April for a month. I guess you know where I'll be staying. It's a long trip from the middle of the USA to Bali, but well worth it. Now if I can just figure out the best way to get to Ubud from the airport when I arrive around midnight.
I hope this helps.
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