We arrived in Bali to be greated by a smiling driver who could not be more helpful. The air was instantly sticky and the heat hit you as soon as we left the airport. The heat carried with it the smells of flowers, the noises of Bali and the smiles of the people... I knew I was on holidays.
A trip through the bustle of the city and into the green. We passed little villages and was given little peices of information from our smiling driver. The real gift was about to come into view. The winding, secretive and mossy path to Nirwa homestay was enchanting. A dog ran out from another house as if wanting to guide us to our new home for the next 5 days. We opened a handcrafted gate to meet the our hosts. One of the warmest families we have ever been welcomed by. I have been travelling long enough to know that if you want to experience the truth of your destination then a mass produced resort is not where you want to be.
The family who own and run Nirwa Homestay treat you like honoured guests coming to be part of their family but also pampered and treasured. We have been provided with small treats and gifts daily, just because our hosts seem to understand that we want to experience the truth of the Balinese people, their welcoming natures, their pride in their county and their buisness, and samples of their traditional food.
The room is magnificent from the perspective of true Balinese style accommodation, the air is moved by fans and you are encouraged to open your windows and doors to welcome in nature, the sights of the Rice terraces, the grazing ducks, the Gekkos, and the birds. The floors are tiled to allow the cool beneath your feet. A private bathroom for great low rates and the ability to either open or close the magnificent heavy and beautifully carved doors, and matching windows. A large room which is simple in design, beds with mosquito nets draping down for both looks and for practical reasons. Sleeping under the nets keeps you amoungst the experience but also is the best way to stop being bitten by bugs and not need man made bug repellents.
With everything open to encourage the breeze also encouraged the scents of your surroundings to visit. This will permiate your waking thoughts so you remember you are on holidays and your day is about to be full of sights, scents and sounds that are different from your home. And this is the reason you are on vacation, to grow and absorb little pieces of the culture around you.
Each morning we have woken to coffee waiting for us on the balcony, not because it was a promised part of our arrangements but because this beautiful family had discovered how important morning coffee was to us, without promting nor request this offering became part of our ritual. We've spent 2 days with our hosts being guided around the sights, the temples, the sacred places and to small villages in surrounding areas. I loved every minute.
The location of Nirwa means a short stroll down the enchanted alley, turn left and you walk to shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Turn right to forest, monkies, villages or rice fields. We've truely loved our stay and every part of delicious breakfasts of juice, coffee and a small but amazing selection of cooked meals. Home cooked and always accommodating, it becomes as if you are staying with friends.
I truely reccommend staying here if you want to know the Balinese, and feel part of the people for just a short while. You'll be glad you did. It isn't the Fairmont but the Fairmont isn't Bali!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nirwa Homestay is a family owned business in Ubud, set in the rice fields. just 5 minute to center of ubud [ 0.3 mile to center of ubud .located in the country side / rice field , but close to center of ubud . ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nirwa Homestay Hotel Ubud
- Nirwa Ubud Homestay Bali