Cute, excellent value bungalows
Worth the one kilometre walk from the main drag, Taman Bali Bungalows offers two cuter-than-cute wooden Joglo-style bungalows, positioned back to back in a long narrow garden edging the rice-fields (for now).
You’ll want to be quick, as the air-con rooms are some of the best value in this part of Ubud. Invitingly strewn with flowers, and newly opened when we visited in late 2016, it looked like there may be plans to expand as the gardens had not yet been landscaped. Whitewashed wooden interiors feature stained glass windows mixed with clear glass panels, which tend to make the rooms a little dark, however the ambience is more cosy than gloomy.
Traditional Balinese artworks compliment the Javanese architecture and contrasts with the otherwise modern shabby-chic styling. They are sparsely furnished, with large whitewashed wooden beds sporting bouncy thick mattresses made up with crisp white sheets and highlighted with smart colourful runners and cushions. A mirrored wardrobe in an alcove offers storage and acts as a tiny dressing room. Sliding doors lead to modern-styled, sparkling clean tiled bathrooms with hot-water rain-showers.
Verandas are furnished with comfortable wooden furniture, however don’t have much of a view — go for the one at the back, although the garden needs work, the outlook is less claustrophobic. Staff are friendly, but have very little English (we communicated with a calculator), however the friendly staff at Rumah Taman next door can help. Breakfast and WiFi are included.
For traditional styling with a swimming pool closer to town, Han Snel’s Siti Bungalows in Jalan Kajeng is a good option, albeit a tad rundown. Others worth considering at this pricepoint in the same area are Bagus House, Kailash Homestay and Gusti Kaler House, all in Jalan Sriwedari.
Address: Jalan Sriwedari, Taman Kaja, Ubud
T: (0361) 908 1432;
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º15'59.18" E, 8º30'1.42" S
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Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||250,000 rupiah||250,000 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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