I usually like to stay in accommodation that reflects the country’s culture so chose Rumah Roda Homestay. A traditional Balinese family compound and three generations live on the property. The pool and garden separated the family living quarters from the homestay allowing some privacy.
Rumah Roda is situated on a quiet lane and walking distance to the busy main street. Nearby a ten minute walk takes you to the rice fields.
A book named ‘A Little One O’clock’ has been published portraying the family history. More information available on their website at rumahroda.com
The rooms overlooks a tropical garden surrounded by Hindu statues and a delightful swimming pool. And my room was very 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. Tea or coffee is available all day and Balinese coffee is delicious.
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 a anbiance 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 in North Bali
Dharta the owner of the homestay speaks good English, is a character and was very helpful.