Swallow Guesthouse in REAL Ancient Baliese Kingdom
Description from the owner
"Salamat datang di REAL Bali"
Just 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 which is 1 hour away. Both sunrise and sunset are spectacular from the 360º unobstructed view surrounding the Swallow Guesthouse.
The Swallow Guesthouse SUNSET SUITE has room for 5 people. SUNSET 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. Plenty of room for yoga, computer work or relaxing with a cool breeze. No need for the air-con!! Downstairs is the second bright bedroom with three windows, a queen size bed and again hand-made coconut rattan furniture. 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.
SUNRISE is located in the front and has a queen size bed with attached western toilet and shower. There is a washing room with your own refrigerator to you to keep any food stuff in. There are plenty of relaxing areas located around the house both in and outside. A favorite is the Gazebo lookout located above the separate kitchen. The whole house has been made by hand with the love from the local community and craftsmen. Guests and locals alike, can feel this special love and effort when they come and visit.
Guests can relax while watching the surrounding daily life in the rice fields and mountain views from various lounging areas and patios. One of these lookouts is the tall Gazebo or “Bale” in Balinese. It sits above the shared separated exterior kitchen which is fully equipped with cooking facilities but we recommend you to taste our traditional meals offered twice daily. Another is the Lotus Pond terrace – a perfect area to read at night and watch the fireflies.
Your Guest Service hosts Wayan and Putri, are there to assist you in accommodating you to your new home. Please discuss (anything) with Wayan. He has a wealth of information which he thoroughly enjoys sharing and is eager to answer any questions. It’s their pleasure to make your stay comfortable and stress-free. Don’t be surprised if they dress you up in the traditional clothing and whisk you off to a temple ceremony or family feast.
Wayan, a 15 year experienced English speaking tour guide and driver, would like to guide you to experience the REAL culture of Bali where you can explore ancient monuments, sacred temples, and the family compound witnessing the Bali of Ancient times still alive today without all the tourists.
Putri, Wayan's lovely and very talented wife Putri, is our Indonesian chef extraordinaire. Guests continue to say: "This has been my best meal in Bali" and "I want to take her home!" Fortunately for you, she loves Bali and creates large delicious dishes using fresh garden vegetables from our organic garden and local produce bought early in the Pejeng market. Please order 1 day in advance so she can buy the fresh produce in the morning market. If you want to join her and take a cooking lesson, don't hesitate to ask! Prices for lunch or dinner is $8/p and breakfasts are $4/p. Please order your meals one day in advance!
NOTE: Please don’t feed the friendly dog that sometimes comes around the house!!
Specialty items like bread, cheese or yogurt can be purchased in Ubud and stored in your refrigerator.
“We are a GREEN GUESTHOUSE and hope you share in respecting the environment too. Ask Putri about our 'Karma Yoga' program to help the community protect the “Sawa” from the plastic in the waterways.
Swallow Guesthouse is trying to educate the Pesalakan locals about the harmful effects of plastic in the environment. By working with Bali Recycling (http://www.eco-bali.com/), we bought and placed two red metal bins in the Simantri or by the warung (small food shop) in the village and monthly provide the funding for non-organic waste removal.
We also distribute clothing and school supplies to rural communities in Bali. One such community is Munduk where we are assisting Rainbowbend (http://www.lingkarpelangi.com)
We truly aim to assist in community sustainability and environmental stewardship.”
“It’s perfect for me to study, better than I dreamed it would be.”
Luc from Madagascar & France. Aug&Sept; 2009
For further information and photos please contact us. If you want to view the house please contact manager to set up an appointment.
Cleaning fee $30 per stay
Tax rate 15% of rent tax rate Fees for additional guests may apply.
Prices listed are for the two bedroom FAMILY SUNSET SUITE which has room for 5 people. Budget single or couple travelers may contact us here to rent the one bedroom SUNRISE SUITE for $35/night + tax and services. Both SUNSET and SUNRISE can be booked for larger parties. Please contact us for pricing quote.
NOTE: IF YOU BOOK DIRECTLY WITH FLIPKEY OR TRIP ADVISOR, TAXES AND HOUSEKEEPING FEES ARE INCLUDED IN THE ROOM CHARGE.
NO DEPOSIT IS NECESSARY TO HOLD YOUR BOOKING.
We are open to negotiate pricing depending on length of stay and number of people.
Thank you, we look forward to accommodating and touring with you in the REAL Bali.
We are a GREEN GUESTHOUSE and hope you can share in respecting the environment too.
Ask Putri about our 'Karma Yoga' program to help the community protect the “Sawa” from the plastic in the waterways.
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 (local NGO http://www.lingkarpelangi.com) 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!!
Additional fees may apply:
- In-house Massage (optional) | 20 USD per day
- Return Shuttle to Ubud (optional) | 20 USD per day...Read more
Swallow Guesthouse in REAL Ancient Baliese Kingdom Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Additional Location Information
20 minutes NE of Ubud central in a small village named Pesalakan. From Ubud, head straight through Arjana statue along the small road following the Ubud Villa signs to Pejeng market and the Pejeng Moon Temple (a favorite place of worship for full moon ceremonies), turn right and you will be on Jalan Tampaksiring.
Turn right at the curve of the hill where you see the Ubud Villa main sign and a small statue. Past Villa Ubud (swimming pool available here) and left at the T-intersection. Follow this road for 5 minutes up the small hill through the countryside. Curve to the right at the top to Pesalakan Banjar (village).
You will see our sign on your right just before the village. Cars can park here. Swallow Guesthouse is in the rice field (270m) on the right side. If you are on motorbike, ride your bike down the paved path. It is a lovely peaceful walk.
Because we are in a local village, public transportation is limited. Shuttle service is available for standard taxi prices of $10/one-way or for budget travelers, ride on the back of Putri or Wayan's scooter for short trips to Ubud for $5/trip. If you are going to want to be in Ubud every day, we suggest to rent a motorbike or car to get to town. Reasonable prices are available for daily/weekly/monthly rental. Bicycle rental is also available for exploring the quiet country roads.
Pesalakan Pejeng is the location of the ancient Hindu Kingdom that came over in the 6th century. Hidden meditation chambers and temples are scattered along the Kris River just walking distance away. Ask Putri to show you the way. Enjoy exploring (on foot or bike) the quiet walking paths along the irrigation systems and small country roads that lead from village to village. Nearby, there is a small local market and several ancient temples where you can meet the locals and enjoy their countless smiles and daily rituals. As a Hindu race, people are very giving and non-threatening to heighten their karma. They love showing you their culture and sharing the ongoing ceremonies. You may even be invited to help harvest the rice.
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Left on 11/30/2013 for a stay in November 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Nov 30, 2013Stayed Nov 2013
Please convey my heartfelt thoughts to Wayan and Putri for their exceptional care and love that they showed my Daughter and myself during our stay. I didn't give enough credit when Wayan asked me about my preferences when we switched to staying at the home closer into Ubud. We honestly preferred the Swallowhouse after experiencing the second location because of the comfort of the beds, the fantastic night air, and the incredible culinary delights that Putri graced us with! Being a Master Chef, I have great appreciation for the meals that she provided. Also, being a world traveller, I can't express enough gratitude for the care that Wayan took for our tours and giving us a life changing trip and precious memories that I hope to build upon when we return to Bali. As two very adventurous women traveling alone, he provided all the added information and kept us safe during our entire stay. We feel incredibly honored and blessed to have visited places like the temple ceremony, his son's school, and his home compound and village, along with the authentic crafts and artisan villages that he supports. We loved seeing the "real" Bali and meeting the generations of families who share their generations of knowledge and products for those interested in having that kind of experience.
Wayan asked if there were any suggestions that we could give and honestly, there is only one to have greater internet access for both Mac and Pc owners. However, I say that reluctantly, because a huge part of the charm and beauty of the Swallowhouse lies in being able to really unplug and become immersed in the culture and experience of Bali. There will always be travelers who need the upscale comforts but let them go to the big hotels ~ you honestly don't want that kind of person staying with you anyway ~ that comes from my years of working at The Ritz Carlton and Four Seasons! (high maintenance people are not fun!)
"Outrageous exceptional compassionate original Bali"
Left on 05/09/2013 for a stay in February 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed May 9, 2013Stayed Feb 2013
Suzan, Putri, Wyan and Nyoman are the perfect team to make you the most wonderful holidays! Swallow Guesthouse in the middle of ricefields and opposite the holy mountain you enjoy the meditative and spiritual peaceful energy all around! A splendid wide room with the view to the holy mountain and gorgeous sunrises and sunstes!Every item in the house is thoroughfully picked and tastefully put together which makes you feel cosy in the loving harmony! Putri`s cooking is already worth the trip to Bali Swallow Guesthouse! I miss Wyan`s stories about history and fairytales which we were enjoying so much!
Left on 04/28/2013 for a stay in February 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Apr 28, 2013Stayed Feb 2013
My friend and I stayed at the Swallow guest house in February 2013. The guesthouse is beautifully furnished, situated in a lovely rural setting, surrounded by rice fields. Suzan, Wayan and Putri were fantastic hosts who made sure we got to experience the best of Bali.
Putri made truly memorable meals for us, better than any restaurant.
We had a truly fantastic vacation and hope to come back soon.
Left on 03/02/2013 for a stay in January 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Mar 2, 2013Stayed Jan 2013
Been to Bali many times but this beats it all,it´s FaB!!!
Suzan, the owner, is great and can´t do enough to make you feel at home, fix trips and will def walk the extra mile for you.
The location is literally in the rice fields serenaded by the frogs and crickets at night and the ducks is alarm clock in the morning.
The house and rooms is absolutely beautiful and every detail is thought through and now to the food, it´s absolutly the best Balinese food I´ve ever had, organic and much from their own garden, thank you Putri!!!
So all in all, if you want a special and different vacation stay at Swallow!!!
Thank you so much Suzan, I will def come back :-)
Left on 02/28/2013 for a stay in February 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Feb 28, 2013Stayed Feb 2013
We (my husband and 2 boys aged 5 and 3) stayed at Swallow Guesthouse for a week in Feb 2013, and really enjoyed the views of the rice fields, farmer planting rice, ploughing the fields, and farmers chasing the ducks, and lots more sights of a rural life - cows mooing, roosters crowing (sometimes throughout the day, sometimes in the nights!!!), frogs singing. There is so much "music" at night that I could not really sleep well first night, but its something I missed when back home. We had Wayan drive us around, and my sons adore him! We had Putri cook a delicious meal.
The house is awesome, lots of room to run around, a pond terrace with lotus.
Do note, must bring super power torch lights, if you come back late from a tour, its pitch dark, with the moon as the main light, you need it to walk the 400 steps path to reach the house.
Its just sad that a week stay is short but we alternate between going out and just relaxing at home, cooking simple meals in the kitchen, because you mustn't miss having your meals in the "bale" above the kitchen, a view to take in, 360 degrees of green! Read more
Terima kasih, thank you Bee Lian for a lovely review, with wonderful description of the feelings and sounds at the Swallowhouse. It truely is a unique experience and we are pleased you and your whole family enjoyed.
We hope to see you again in the future, Wayan, Putri and Suzan
A FlipKey verified reviewer
Tasmania - Australia
"Do yourself a favor and consider this place. 100% Recommended!"
Left on 12/08/2011 for a stay in October 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Dec 8, 2011Stayed Oct 2010
This place is truly an excellent one to stay in, close enough to Ubud to be accesible yet far enough away to maintain the peace. I wanted something laid back and quiet to just relax and chill out and that's just what happened. The location is fabulous and the guesthouse is clean, bright and well laid out with everything you need. Wayan, Putri and Made are about as good as it gets as hosts, available when needed yet at no time obtrusive. I love Bali, I love the people and I love this place.
Left on 08/19/2011 for a stay in August 2011 | amazing vacationReviewed Aug 19, 2011Stayed Aug 2011
My husband, my kids and I were guests in the Swallow house in august this year. We had an amazing stay there. The house is in the middle of the beautiful rice field and it is one of the most peaceful places that you can find. The house is very clean and it has everything you need. Be ready to experience the real Bali. The house is close to the village where you can walk and it is also about 15 min drive from Ubud.
If you are traveling with teenagers, unless they are not into nature... they might get bored there... My 13 year old was fine and loved, however you should onside that.
The best thing about the Swallow house is Wayan and Putri - the couple that takes care of the house. Wayan's wisdom and knowledge about everything in Bali is unbelievable. Anything you might need he can find for you - rent a car, driver, mobil phones, food, etc. One of the best things for us was driving around with him as he knows everything and can tell you the most interesting and beautiful stories about Bali, the Balinese people and their rich history and traditions. He should be a travel guide.
His wife Putri is the best cook on Earth. She prepared delicious breakfast and dinners for us almost every day. She cooks authentic Balinese and Indonesian food with the most organic ingredients you can find.
We love them and we will try to keep in touch with them.
I would strongly recommend The Swallow house for people that are looking to experience the real Bali - Bali with no tourist, no noise etc.
It was a life changing experience for us to be there and to be around Wayan and Putri and to witness the simplicity and beauty in their relationship and in their life and connection to everything around and nature. Read more
Thank you Tatiana,
We are so pleased you and your family had a memorable time at the Swallowhouse. I will pass on your comments to Wayan and Putri - they truly are an amazing couple. Keep in touch - Suzan
"The "real" Bali at it's best!"
Left on 07/26/2011 for a stay in May 2009 | The IrishesReviewed Jul 26, 2011Stayed May 2009
From the time we arrived at the airport until we departed we were treated with incredible hospitality. Wayan, our driver was very knowledgable and quickly learned what we were interested in seeing and doing for the time we were in Bali. All of our meals were served and cooked at the house and were native dishes. We were even invited to their home and religious services.
The house, surrounded by rice in a rural area, was large, comfortable and quiet. We felt like we saw the "real" Bali.
Left on 07/26/2011 for a stay in August 2009 | LucReviewed Jul 26, 2011Stayed Aug 2009
It has been two years that I stayed in Swallow Guesthouse and I can't forget this wonderful place!
During my stay I was amazed by the charm of the traditional Balinese house. I also enjoyed every days the delicious traditional meals made of fresh vegetables from the garden by Putry, the chef of the house. And some of the best memories I keep from the place are : planting rice next to my room, meeting local people in the small villages around the house, the absolute calm of the place (no neighbors except the ducks), the amazing 360° view on rice fields and the unforgettable sunsets. As you understood I would definitely recommend anybody to stay in Swallow house during its holidays!!! Read more
Luc, it was a real pleasure having you at the Swallowhouse. I'm please I was there to share the rice planting with you - your lines were much straighter than mine!! I still have some of the local fellows asking about you - they were pleased you joined in their activities. We wish you success in your endeavors. Bon Soir!
A FlipKey verified reviewer
"A paradise among the ricefields"
Left on 07/14/2011 for a stay in August 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jul 14, 2011Stayed Aug 2010
Highly recommend this place. The service was so personable. The food absolutely delicious. This quiet house is the place to be if you like the real Bali.
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