Authentic Balinese atmosphere
Ubud is filled with clean tiled air-con boxes, which are mostly pleasantly comfortable places to stay, but often you could be anywhere in the world.
If you would truly like to feel you are no place else but in Bali, Nirvana Pension may be what you’re looking for.
This character-filled homestay is the antithesis of the glass and cement options, and if you have an interest in traditional arts and architecture, Nirvana Pension’s hosts are experts. Pak Nyoman is a well known local painter who has worked and exhibited internationally, and Ibu Rai is an expert in the textiles of Indonesia with a small on-site shop filled with treasures. Batik, watercolour and drawing classes are available, too.
The traditionally styled fan-cooled or air-con bungalow rooms with carved guilt doors are works of art themselves. Interiors are older but clean, comfortable and homely, filled with original artworks and beautiful textiles. Bathrooms are a little tired and stained and could do with an upgrade, but they’re clean and the showers are hot-water. A furnished terrace overlooks the garden and the comings and goings of Balinese home-life.
Nirvana Pension’s owners keep a yappy small dog (who did calm down after a while) and as with many local homes, they keep birds in cages — this may bother some guests. We love the authentic Balinese atmosphere and find it totally charming, but it’s not for everyone, and some may feel the rooms are a little basic for the asking price, but it offers an experience you won’t get in a hotel and we think the name is apt.
Nirvana Pension is centrally located, in a small lane off Jalan Goutama. If you love the traditional styling, but prefer a few more mod-cons Teja Homestay in Jalan Hanoman is a good option.
Address: 10 Jalan Goutama, Padang Tegal Kaja, Ubud
T: (0361) 975 415;
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º15'49.04" E, 8º30'31.55" S
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Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl fan private bathroom||350,000 rupiah||350,000 rupiah|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||450,000 rupiah||450,000 rupiah|
Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.
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