The Ketut Madra Homestay, started in 1973 as “a quiet place to learn about Bali,” has always focused on providing simple, long-term accommodation with a remarkable Balinese family in a traditional and spacious garden compound.
Ketut Madra, a well-known painter of traditional Balinese legends, as well as a musician and masked dancer, opens his home to individuals and small groups – especially those who are eager to learn about aspects of Balinese culture. He has taught painting and rebab (the two-stringed lute that accompanies a gamelan) to two generations of guests and has introduced scores of visitors to teachers of Balinese painting, gamelan, wayang kulit, woodcarving, mask making, and much more. Madra’s ties to teachers and artists working in every medium, throughout South Bali and also in the academies of Denpasar, often help connect serious students to the lessons they’ve been seeking.
Over the years, guests have included writers, scholars, and artists, families with young children, and budget-conscious travelers as well as study groups and volunteers in Balinese schools. While the home-stay’s 12 rooms are small and simple, all have bathrooms with hot showers. The luxury of the homestay lies in the warmth of the welcome, the openness of the garden, and the uncrowded peace and quiet that feel so far removed from the Starbucks bustle of 21st-century Ubud.
Madra and his son Made Berata have recently renovated the largest rental cottage in the compound. With one bedroom upstairs and another below, it’s the first to have a kitchen with gas stove and fridge. The downstairs bedroom has its own bathroom and there’s a separate indoor-outdoor garden bathroom for the upstairs room. Either bedroom can also serve one person as a study or office, or the combination works well for a family.
While the home-stay has served for almost 40 years as their “window to the west,” Madra and his wife Wayan Konderi remain deeply in and of their culture. Their guests often have the opportunity to attend nearby temple and family ceremonies that are rarely open to tourists. They also easily secure front-row seats for the weekly performances of Peliatan’s renowned Tirta Sari gamelan ensemble.
Reservations and further information:
Ketut Madra Homestay, Banjar Kalah, Peliatan, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Telephone: 62-361-975-749, Ketut Madra Homestay / 0812-3956-1165, Made Berata, cell phone; berataoffice(at)gmail(dot)com
The homestay is able to arrange for study opportunities with Balinese artists and craftsmen.
We are also able to help guests with airport connections and vehicle rentals. WiFi connection is available.
Location Ketut Madra Homestay is in Banjar Kalah in the southern part of the village of Peliatan. Ubud and Pengosekan are just to the west and the village of Mas is to the east. Peliatan is about one hour north of the airport, 40 minutes from central Denpasar, and 20 minutes from the regional capital, Gianyar. It is a convenient location from which to visit other parts of Bali.