All bamboo, sustainable house based in quiet rural bali. Panoramic view from high on Mount Batukaru. Surrounded by organic gardens and coffee plantation, 75m from the start of the rainforest. Experience real bali far from the tourist scene.
Ideal for nature and adventure lovers; a stay at Pondok Kaja offers an escape from modern life into a world dominated by nature and traditional Balinese culture.
Set in the traditional Balinese farming village of Anyar, high on the slopes of Gunung Batukaru, Pondok Kaja is a two storey bamboo house surrounded by 2000m sq. of organic gardens and food forest. 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 sleeping area (with a large double bed) surrounded by a 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.
Far from the tourist scene of Bali, it is easy to forget that the outside world exists. 15 minutes walk from the village Anyar and 10 minutes from neighbouring Biyahan, quiet days are punctuated by passing farmers, the daily arrival of the swallows and little else. Relax in a hammock, enjoy a massage or wander around the gardens.
For a more active day there are many options. With the entrance to the rainforest 50m to the north, trek through the jungle, visit jungle temples or trek to the top. On the opposing ridge is the village of Anyar and large temple Muncak Sari where guests can experience Balinese village life, society, culture and religion. Further to the East, following a stunning trek through paddies, lie Pura Batukaru and Pura Jatiluwih or a short car or motorbike trip to the south takes you to the closest town Tabanan, where you can experience local markets, the town or enjoy dinner at the night market. Enjoy a bike ride to the local hot springs or local beach.
Sustainability is built into the very core of Pondok Kaja: all the materials used to build the accommodation are sustainable and the majority gathered from within 3 km of the house. Additionally, waste management systems, organic gardens, aqua culture ponds and natural pest management help reduce the impact of your stay.
Double bed with mosquito net
Three organic meals daily prepared from the gardens or using local produce
English Speaking Pembantu to prepare food, clean, organise trips and generally help out
Half-day gardener and twice day monkey feeding and cleaning
From february 11th until february 13th we were able to stay in Simon´s fascinating bamboo house. Simon is a very nice, kind and tolerant person. He was a great host. He also allowed us to be part of the village life. We were able to attend an impressive ceremony. In Simon´s bamboo house we were taken care of by two friendly and nice woman who supplied us with the best and freshest food out of Simon´s garden.
The house itself, is located in the middle of gorgeous nature and is approximately 50 meters away from the rain forest. While exploring the rain forest we were most fascinated by the most beautiful plants and the different sounds of so many different animals. During our stay we were always entertained by the interesting conversations with Simon and the puppies and kittens. Lola, the ape, had a ritual, everytime my husband would get close to the cage, she would examine his hair,ears and pockets. Simon did not look after us to much but also did look after us that much. His hosting skills were just the right amount to feel welcomed but also to feel left alone to enjoy the time we had together. He gave us tips on what there is to do in the area and he also helped us to find a friendly and trustworthy driver. For us it was very sad that we had to say goodbye after only 3 days. We would have loved to talk with Simon or to explore more of the beautiful area around us. Hopefully we will be able to come back soon.
We can only recommend this place to everybody!!
Vom 11.-13.02.2014 durften wir in Simons faszinierendem Bambushaus verweilen. Er ist ein sehr offener, warmherziger u. toleranter Mensch. Er nahm uns herzlich auf u.schloss uns gleich in sein Dorfleben mit ein: wir konnten an einer beeindruckenden Zeremonie teilnehmen. In seinem Haus wurden wir ganz liebevoll von 2 Damen mit den köstlichsten u. frischesten Speisen aus Simons prachtvollem Garten beköstigt.
Das Haus steht in einer traumhaften Naturkulisse ca.50 m vom Regenwald entfernt. Darin faszinierten uns die riesigen Pflanzen u. die verschiedensten Geräusche der Tiere. Während unseres Aufenthaltes u. den interessanten Gesprächen mit Simon, konnten wir uns immer wieder an den Balgereien der Hunde- u. Katzenbabys erfreuen. Lola, der Affe, hatte ein Ritual: immer, wenn mein Mann an ihren Käfig trat, inspizierte sie gründlich seine Haare, Ohren, Arme u. Hemdtaschen;-)
Simon kümmerte sich nicht zu viel u. nicht zu wenig um
uns. Er machte Vorschläge für Trips, organisierte uns einen netten Fahrer u. ließ uns aber auch genügend Zeit zum Genießen u. für eigene Unternehmungen.
Wir waren sehr traurig, dass wir am 3.Tag schon wieder weg mussten. Wir hätten uns gern noch stundenlang mit Simon unterhalten u. noch mehr von der traumhaften Gegend erkundet.
Wir kommen hoffentlich bald wieder.
This is an authentic experience of village life in rural Bali. Simon's place is truly an amazing house in which to stay and he is a wonderful host. There are numerous pets at the property including Lola the monkey of whom we grew very fond during our short stay. We felt welcomed by everyone in the village and had a wonderful relaxing time here. If you are looking for the genuine cultural Bali experience in a beautiful location, this is it. Highly recommended.