We love it when the hotels and other sorts of accommodation in Bali make an effort to look…um, Balinese! Because yes, we do like the spotless snow-white villas so modern they look like a recreation zone of a space ship, but it simply feels betterso! much! better! -when you can touch the century-old wood, step on the handpainted tiles instead of polished concrete and let your eyes feast on vibrant colors that reflect what this island is all about. That’s why we almost lost our breath when we walked into Umakayu complex for the very first time – what a beauty!

It’s a dream oasis that you don’t expect to find in the mayhem of touristy Batu Bolong street. The complex consist of authentic teak wood joglos and gladaks – the traditional houses of Java and Bali. Each room is different, and all of them are too pretty to be true: the wooden carcass of the building has been painstakingly restored, all the artful carvings preserved, the colorful floor tiles were made by hand at the oldest factory in Bali, the white & indigo washing sinks were hand-painted, and there are lots of tiny deco details that keep you entertained. If you are wondering why some of the joglos are called “Piggy House” or “Wardrobe”, you can look up the whole process of the old pavilions’ renovation, which is documented at the Umakayu’s Facebook page – you’ll be amazed!

Even the sun loungers by the pool are one of a kind: the solid wooden base was made of recycled rice farmer’s plow! Sit back by the pool or on the terrace overlooking the serene rice field, sink in the batik cushions and feel like home – because that’s exactly how it feels like in here!

Go check it out: Umakayu 

Umakayu complex consist of 9 rooms. Book one of them here.

Check other beautiful and unique accommodations in Canggu we’ve hand-picked and tested for you here.


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