Sila Urip Guest House is a rather inexpensive guesthouse that only offers 4 rooms, which will delight the travellers wishing to experience a traditional Balinese homestay.
During our stay and according to the current exchange rate, the price per night was about €10.8 (IDR 175,000).
It is located in Peliatan village, in a calm and authentic neighbourhood of Ubud, around 2 km from the centre of Ubud. The area invites to some strolls in the surrounding rice fields or even bike rides and you will find several typical restaurants nearby. As it happens, talking about restaurants, do not miss out Sawah Indah (bordering the rice fields) only a 15 minutes walk from the guesthouse.
The family owning the guesthouse is very welcoming, always smiling and is willing to answer all our queries. Their English is not perfect but it is sufficient to get understood. To access the rooms you need to go through the house, which also shelters the family temple.
From its private terrace, each room offers a sight on a garden and a small luxurious forest where chickens go around freely. The guesthouse also offers bike and car rental services.
The rooms consist in a large double bed with a carved wooden bed frame, a travel adaptor, a bamboo storage unit, a private bathroom inside the room (but with no door!) with hot water and towels. However, hygiene items (soap, shampoo) are not provided. WIFI connection is stable and offers a high-speed broadband, even in the room that is the furthest away from the router.
Breakfast is optional, €1.2 (IDR 20,000) per day and per person, it is served in the morning from 8 a.m. on the terrace of the room. During our stay it consisted in tea and coffee, local fruits and a Balinese rice specialty on the first day and 2 toasts with butter and jam on the second day). Breakfast was good but, according to us, a slightly light meal.
What nights did we spend there?
We spent good nights in this guesthouse. Even though the mattress starts getting old and the bed frame is slightly creaking, the tranquillity of the place invites the guest to a good rest. Opaque curtains prevent the daylight from disturbing you in the early morning, while the noises of animals outside remain bearable (which is very often an issue in Bali!). Beware if you are afraid of dogs, many dogs are living in the area and bark, especially in the evening, when they see pedestrians passing by . . . but remain inoffensive according to their owners.
Finally, and most importantly, the family is very welcoming! They even invited us to follow the ceremony held in the family temple (unfortunately we could not attend it as we had to leave before the officiant arrived to their house, the last one on his path) and the family offered us a typical Balinese rice dish for lunch. We hope you will have the same experience we had.
Spending several nights at Sila Urip Guest House will allow you to actually step in the Balinese way of life and to observe how their life is organised within the house all of which for the modest price of €10.8 (IDR 175,000) per night. The hosts’ genuine kindness and generosity really turn this place into a charming accommodation despite the apparent sobriety.
For this rate, you nevertheless have to make a few concessions: the lack of intimacy due to the absence of door between the bathroom and the bedroom, limited equipment and distance from the city centre. However the rooms are clean and rather well maintained.