I like to stay in accommodation that reflects the country’s culture. I chose Rumah Roda homestay, a traditional Balinese building. The rooms had plenty of privacy as the pool and garden separated the family living quarters.
The homestay has been in the family for three generations. A book named ‘A Little One O’clock’ has been published portraying the homestay family history. More information available on their website at rumahroda.com.
Situated in a quiet lane Rumah Roda is walking distance to the main street, temples and rice fields. The rooms overlook a tropical garden surrounded by Hindu statues and a large swimming pool. The rooms are large with a bathroom, air-conditioning, fridge and a large terrace. The cost for one night is from IDR400,00 (about US$23) which included breakfast.
A restaurant is open all day overlooking a lane where you can view daily Balinese life. There is an extensive menu of Indonesian food and Beverages.
In the mornings I walked in the heat, visiting temples and sightseeing. The afternoons were spent relaxing on the lovely terrace overlooking the rooftops of Ubud. A small temple nearby would play Balinese music every evening creating an ambiance which was so peaceful and relaxing.
Whilst I was staying here there was a three-day Hindu festival called ‘Gulungan’ The family decorated the statues in the garden and made Bamboo decorations that lined the streets of Ubud. I was treated to a traditional lunch consisting of Pork and Balinese vegetables.
The family and the staff at Rumah Roda were very friendly and as I was travelling on my own; it was nice to have someone to talk to. I used the services of a family driver to Tellallang Rice Terraces and a Buddhist Temple Brahmavihara-Aramain in North Bali. He also picked me up from the airport in a air-conditioned car.
Dharta the owner of the homestay speaks good English, is a character and was very helpful.
This was a really beautiful place to stay, enriched in so much Balinese culture. It is probably my second favourite villa I have stayed in, after my stay in some costa rica villas a few years back. I would highly recommend this homestay to anyone visiting Bali and Ubud in particular, especially if you have a keen interest in culture.