In case you hadn’t heard the news, Ubud, upslope from the beautiful beaches of southern Bali, has become a very hot stop on the Southeast Asia circuit. Everyone comes to see the temples and soak up the milieu, but many also come seeking solace, vegan food, and perhaps even self-actualization by way of yoga. Sadly, if your lodging is in the busy center of town, you may find your stay somewhat less than meditative. But don’t let your spirits go asunder! If you are intrepid enough to ride a motorized scooter (something around 100cc or so), your world opens up in virtually infinite dimensions.
A living room big enough to practice your yoga unimpeded
The home’s living room is spacious enough to do all kinds of stretching, or just plain lounging. And if you actually want to work on your yoga skills, there’s even a mat provided! But all yoga talk aside, the level of spaciousness is quite impressive, with sofa seating for four, and seating for two at the counter that divides the kitchen from the living room. There’s no TV, but you won’t want for it. There is Wi-Fi, but remember you are in rural Indonesia, so don’t be expecting lighting fast speeds. (In fact, given the occasional power outages and the like, you would do best by not even expecting there to always be internet access in the first place.) The kitchen has a stove, refrigerator, cookery & cutlery, basic spices, and a water dispenser, which dispenses both hot and warm (i.e., room temperature) water. The hot water comes in handy for making coffee (provided), tea (maybe provided), or even instant noodles – though of course you won’t have a moment of weakness where your desire to be cheap and your insurmountable laziness leads you to making a dinner out of junk like that. Just saying it’s possible.
Bedroom also large, and has air conditioning too
A very reasonable bed and lots of shelves and other places to put your stuff, alongside air conditioning to help you sleep on those hot nights, should check off everything on your requirements list for a bedroom. There are also plenty of outlets to charge your electronic goodies. Artistic touches throughout the house make for an atmospheric, local feeling vibe. And although the house in actuality does have a second story, it is accessed via a separate entrance, and since no one lives there, you will feel like you live in your very own one bedroom, free-standing home.
The bathroom is acceptable
The stone sink basin and surrounding wooden counter top is nicely done, if not a little tight on space. The shower and toilet are in the same wet room, with nothing between them. This can create for very wet toilet seats for lackadaisical shower takers, and, for personal space conscious couples, probably means that both the shower and toilet won’t be used at the same time.
Sit outside and take it all in
The little alley that runs down to the house off the main road (less than 100m) is too narrow for automobile traffic, so your environment will be blissfully free from engine noise, aside from the occasional motorbike. In its stead, you will be treated to bird sounds, general wilderness sounds – a particularly notable concert takes place once it gets dark – and maybe the quack-quack of a morning raft of ducks being herded about from field to field. Clearly, you will have left your old life behind.
Keep your living in the country, and your fun in the town
With it being just a five-minute’s motorbike ride to the town (and closer yet to a few restaurants and a market or two), there’s no reason to pay inflated prices or listen to the noisy sounds of the city. This Airbnb property will feel like your home away from home in no time.
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