Madra Homestay, conceived 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, internationally known as a masterful painter of Balinese legends and stories and also a masked dancer and musician of local renown, bought the first piece of land for his homestay in late 1973. The first guest moved into the new small cottage, or pondok, at the edge of the rice fields in the southernmost part of Peliatan in January 1974.
Since then, the Madra Homestay has served individuals and small groups – especially those who are eager to learn about aspects of Balinese culture– as a welcoming home in Bali. Until his retirement in 2018, Madra taught painting and rebab (the two-stringed lute that accompanies a gamelan) to two generations of guests and introduced scores of visitors to teachers of Balinese painting, gamelan, wayang kulit, woodcarving, mask making, and much more. His son Madé Berata, who now runs the homestay with his wife Komang, is also an artist, gamelan musician, and masked dancer, as well as a banjar leader. He has expanded the homestay’s ties to teachers and artists working in every medium throughout South Bali, and also in the academies of Denpasar, and connects interested guests to lessons they are seeking.
Over the past 47 years, visitors from all over the world have included scholars, writers, 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.
Madé Berata has recently renovated two of the rental cottages in the compound to include kitchens with two-burner gas stove and fridge. One of them, Uma Dangin, has a downstairs bedroom and bathroom and an upstairs room, also with bath. Each bungalow can serve one person with a bedroom and separate workspace, or as a two-bedroom combination that works well for a family.
While the homestay has served for almost 50 years as the Madra family’s “window to the west,” they remain deeply in and of their culture. Their guests have the opportunity to attend nearby temple and family ceremonies that are rarely open to tourists. They can also easily secure front-row seats for the weekly performances of Peliatan’s renowned Tirta Sari gamelan ensemble.
Reservations and further information:
Madra Homestay, Banjar Kalah, Peliatan, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Reservations available on booking.com by searching for Madra Homestay. For direct contact, please call Madé Berata, +62 (0) 812 3956 1165, mobile and WA. Email: berataoffice (at) gmail (dot) com.
The homestay has a near 50-year history of connecting guests with Balinese artists and teachers across all genres: gamelan musicians, performing artists, painters, mask makers, wood- and stone-carvers, metal workers, and myriad others with all kinds of local knowledge.
We are also able to help guests with airport connections and vehicle rentals. WiFi connection is available.
Location: The 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.