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All bamboo sustainable house in quiet rural Bali. Panoramic view from high on Mount Batukaru. Set in farmland, experience traditional Balinese community, lifestyle and food far from the tourist scene. Visit temples or trek in jungle and rice paddies
Set in Banjar Anyar, a small village on the slopes of mount Batukaru, experience traditional Balinese village life on the edge of the rainforest. Ideal for nature lovers, the adventurous or those wanting to see a side of Bali hard to find in tourist areas.
The two storey bamboo house is surrounded by 2000m sq. of organic gardens and food forest and can accommodate up to four comfortably. Downstairs, the accommodation comprises of an open kitchen, bathroom and a seating/dining area, opening directly out into the gardens and ponds. Upstairs consists of a central sleeping area (with a large double bed), a partitioned second double bed and relaxation area, and can be completely opened up to provide a 360 degree view encompassing the rainforest to the North, Pura (Temple) Muncak Sari and Gunung Agung to the east, the lights of Kuta and Nusa Penida to the South and food forest stretching out to the West.
The local area offers a wide variety of activities from visiting the neighbouring Pura Muncak Sari or Pura Batukaru (both part of the UNESCO protected Catur Angga Batukaru), trekking in the jungle or a more sedate walk through the small villages, expansive rice paddies and protected rainforest. A wide variety of hot springs are available in the area ranging from a large commercial operation with swimming pool through to a couple of pools by a remote temple.
For those already trekked out, we also offer lessons in Bahasa Indonesia/Basa Bali by the local school's English teacher, a carving workshop with a local carver, a local priest with car also offers a half day introduction to Balinese Hinduism (visiting home, village and regional temples, explaining their function and place in Balinese life), and the staff can teach offering making and give cooking lessons. A variety of massage is also available on request.
The surrounding gardens produce a large amount of coffee and a wide variety of other fruits, vegetables and local crops. The land is still actively farmed providing organic meals and snacks for guests. It's also a great opportunity to learn about the local crops from coffee, bananas and rice through to local delicacies such as bongkot and ferntip. We also raise rabbits, ducks and a number of types of edible fish.
Food is usually prepared by staff from the village who cook at the house using ingredients from the surrounding organic gardens. The guys are on site from 8am through to 7pm either cooking, gardening or offering locally grown coffee and snacks for Rp150.000 per person per day all inclusive. Three meals a day are made up of local dishes and usually include a chicken dish, a tempeh or tofu dish, a couple of vegetable dishes and sambals all prepared using what is currently in the garden. It's a great way to try some new food with dishes featuring ingredients like banana flower, heart of palm, banana stem, coffee leaves and wide number of local ingredients.
Guests have access to the entire surrounding land and house. For those interested, someone can be organised to explain what all the plants are and their use either as food, medicine or in ceremonies. The surrounding area also offers some nice walks and views with the local temple and start of the rainforest 100m to the north of the house.
People in the village are very welcoming and although little English is spoken, guests are strongly encouraged to take a trip into the village to visit either the temples, take a walk around the area or have a coffee at one of the warungs.
The area is still untouched by large-scale tourism and is still very traditional with little English spoken and life still very much driven by tradition and community. Ceremonies are frequent and guests are welcome to join any of the many local ceremonies ranging from funerals and weddings through to temple odalans, home odalans, three month baby ceremonies, tooth filings etc. English speaking guides are available, if wanted, to explain what it going on and a contribution is given to the banjar for all guests which covers donations to ceremonies or temples.
To the north of the village is protected rainforest which runs up to the summit of Mount Batukaru. Treks to the summit are available to those with a good level of fitness and a shorter trip to Jatiluwih temple in the middle of the forest offers the chance to experience the rainforest first hand.
The area is remote, hard to find and the roads in the area are frequently broken. It is highly recommended to use one of the drivers available from the village who are experienced driving on what can be dangerous roads. Pick-ups, drop offs and shorter trips are all available – please enquire for price.
The house was built with sustainability in mind and I would like that to continue through the behaviour of guests. It's not too difficult: minimise your waste, don't throw it on the ground, don't trample plants, don't take things from the forest, don't kill things; respect nature. My local community are important to me and they too demand respect. My village is a traditional Balinese Hindu community, composed primarily of farmers living in multi-generational family compounds. Life here is punctuated by a flow of ceremonies of various sizes, ranging from offerings in family temples, through to odalan at Muncak Sari. You are more than welcome to attend any of these ceremonies - my village would, in fact, be delighted - however traditional dress must be worn. Appropriate clothing is available for free and the pembantu or I can help you dress correctly. Respectful behaviour is expected at all times in the village and the temples. Please note that very few people from Anyar understand any English but will happily spend time with you in the village - a few words of Bahasa Indonesia or Basa Bali will go a long way. If you would like some useful phrases before visiting, please let me know.
About the Host, Simon
I was raised in England and lived in London for over a decade working as a software architect. As I approached 30 I started to wonder what else there was out there. Before I knew it I was living in a bamboo house in a remote village on the border of the Balinese rainforest with two dogs, a cat and a monkey. I have not looked back. Love music of all varieties, nature, peace, learning about Balinese culture, teaching English and IT in the village, beef rendang, nangka goreng and organic gardening.