We stayed in the Manis Merpati at Alam Jiwa. A house some 50m from the main building and the pool. Rice paddies are on both east and west of the House and it has a view on the distant cone of Gunung Agung - lest it be shrouded in clouds. The sound of the stream some 20 m below, the sight of a raft of ducks moving through the rice fields, and the wind playing with the bright green rice stems is sheer bliss. Just sitting with a book on the large covered terrace adjoining the bedroom, taking in from time to time the sight and sound of rural Bali is immensely relaxing. Aptly named Alam Jiwa - the soul of nature. The room Merpati has no air conditioning, if it gets a bit warm just get the ceiling fan going. Call the desk for afternoon tea, for a bottle of cold Bintang beer or for free transport to a restaurant or shop in Ubud. I remember Ubud to have had this atmosphere of tranquility some 30 years ago. Now, to escape the hustle and bustle of the townyou have to go beyond the monkey forest to the village of Nyuhkuning. Although within walking distance to Ubud, you are in a different world.
Very friendly staff. Good breakfast and dinner if you just cannot bring yourself to go out as night falls and the chorus of frogs from the fields.More
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking