Strategic East Denpasar property on the main road into the city close to the by-pass making it easy to travel to all parts of the island from here.
This is Yok, Emily’s husband’s family home and he is on site to help in addition to the free wi-fi !
Built in the early 1970’s by my husband’s father to accommodate his family of 10 this house would have been seen as the epitome of modern Indonesian architecture surrounded by verdant green rice fields on the main road into the city. Forty years on the location may not be so scenic as it is now Denpasar city central and the house has a distinct feeling of faded glory BUT it is still very well placed if you need easy access to Denpasar, Sanur, Seminyak and Ubud and you will definitely experience an authentic modern day Balinese family vibe.
My husband Yok will be your local host and on hand to give you his own unusual take on life in Bali after 10 years living in England! I would particularly recommend it for someone looking for a safe place to stay whilst needing to be close to the city.
The property is now divided between the 3 sons and our third is to the rear, farthest away from the road. It is a simple open plan space consisting of a living room with kitchen area surrounded (email hidden) garden and the main double bedroom with large open air bathroom attached plus a second extra bedroom that sleeps three in a bunk and single bed.
In the living space there is a television and DVD player with a sofa and coffee table, a dining table with chairs, a desk and a basic kitchen with sink, fridge, double gas hob and toaster.
The main double bedroom has a large double bed with a cool kapok mattress, cotton sheets, a hanging rail for clothes and a powerful overhead fan combined with old fashioned wooden louvre windows for ventilation. The second bedroom (which is not photographed yet ) is slightly more basic with bunk beds and a large single bed but it also has a fan and louver windows for ventilation. This room is not quite so private but we thought we should offer it as an overspill room at an additional cost per person as we think it offers great value and we have had requests from families and larger student groups.
The large shared bathroom is built of stone and terrazzo with a nice hot shower and wash basin with a large mirror. Plenty of space for hand washing and drying towels and clothes.
Added bonus’s include :
1. FREE WI FI
2.The proximity of a very tasty little “Warung” run by my husband’s mother and sisters at the front of the property serving super fresh and very good value “nasi kuning” and “nasi bunkus” every morning, the perfect start to a working day or as a packed lunch.
3.The security provided by being part of a Balinese household and the location of the house at the back of the property.
4.Safe off road parking on site.
5. Yok’s local knowledge of Bali and Indonesia and the fact that he lived in England for 10 years so has an understanding of Western culture and speaks reasonable English.
6. Yok offers an airport transfer service and help with other transport issues.
7. Close to the public bus service operated on the by pass and bemo routes into Denpasar.
The down side is that Denpasar is a very noisy city. It is particularly noisy from about 7am – 9am during motorbike rush hour and many Balinese start work much earlier at 5am so this is not a good place for late risers. However it is quite relaxing during the day and a pleasant place to be in the evenings.This is not a tourist area so there is generally not late night music or drunken street noise.
Guests have a large open plan living space, kitchen and garden as well as the main bedroom and bathroom plus the extra bedroom if required. The only room you share with Yok, your host (my husband) is the bathroom if you are staying more than 3 days. There are alternative facilities in the compound but he prefers to use his own bathroom if possible. He is quick and clean! If you want complete privacy in the living areas that is fine but most guests so far have enjoyed talking with Yok.
Interaction with Guests
I have to be in England quite a lot for my work but my Balinese husband, Yok is your host and is happy to sit down and talk over coffee or respect your privacy. His unique take on Balinese life and his own experience in the west ( he lived in England for 10 years! ) means he is a useful source of information .
The strategic location of the property on a main road into Denpasar city and on the East side close to the By-pass makes it easy to travel to all parts of the island from here. There is a convenience store opposite and various ‘local’ style supermarkets nearby as well as the traditional markets and food sellers all along the main road. There are local buses into the main Denpasar market and the night market and Yok may also be able to accompany you depending on his work schedule!
Yok can also provide local transport information and there is free Wi-Fi to help you too.
You can get buses and taxis from here most of the time and it is a short walk down to the main by pass where there are public buses all the way down to Nusa Dua.