March 5th, 2013
What a blessing ... We were able to return to Michael's house in Bali for a second time and spend a few weeks.
Actually the first time we visited was in 1982.
It is as beautiful, as peaceful, as quiet as it was in 1982 and 2001.
This time we were there without teenagers.
Made and Ketut made our visit a joy. We went on to Flores afterwards and I can definitely say the best food we had in Indonesia was made by Ketut and I cook for a living so I know food.
It was wonderful to reconnect with Made, Ketut, and Pak.
Pak, Made's father brought me campaka flowers as well as gardenia flowers everyday. I love him so much.
Bali is very busy these days so the joy of returning or never leaving Rumah Kartika made our stay in Bali perfect.
The beautiful rice paddies across from the house are still green and stunning. Walking distance to dance ... And other adventures await outside the gate.
A beautiful house, caretaken by kind and helpful people... Oh I wish I was still there. Oh and Made's language lessons.... Ketuts great cooking and many kindnesses finding a tailor, Made's help with Drivers.
Made's brother Wayan is a great driver and also an excellent language instructor. I keep them in my heart.
I hope that the level of stress from tourism spares them pain. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
Sin Can Can..
We are settled into your amazing place in Ubud and couldn't be happier! I
apologize for the delay. But unpacking for the first time in 5weeks put us into
relax mode. Then we rented bikes and have been exploring for two days.
What a great situation. We love the location, Penestanan is great and the house
is just perfect for us. Love the view and privacy, simply amazing. Food and meals
have worked out great. And there is no lack of things to do both culturally and
self indulgent as well.
I have paid Made for the remainder of 13 nights in total. We had planned on two
weeks (checking out on the 15th) but spent an extra night exploring the island as
you know. I plan to leave on the 15th as planned to visit Nusa Langbongan island
where we will do some more snorkeling etc. The beaches are just too fabulous
to pass up. Something we really cannot experience near home. My girls have
fully embraced the beauty of snorkeling. If we simply cannot leave on the 15th…I
will try my luck at contacting you to see if we may stay another couple of nights.
In the meantime, please accept my thanks for such a lovely place and to the
universe for keeping the developers away from the amazing hillside across from
you and making it all available to us at this time!
We loved our experience in Bali, your home being the
center of our life there. We felt very comfortable and relaxed sitting on the
corridor and looking at that unforgettable view. Pak gave us a massage every other
day and Ketut was willing to bring home big papayas for juice. We walked a lot and
celebrated their holiday by joining the villages in Penestanan for the waving procession.
We would love to go back. Madé was helpful and gentle, great company during
our long drives. We thank you for the delightful opportunity to stay in your home.
Your house in Bali worked out great for us! It was the perfect spot to start our
honeymoon. The house and grounds were just as you described. ... Ketut and Madé
made us feel most welcome. Ketut's cooking was better than any of the local
restaurants, too! They are very warm and friendly people...
Rhumah Kartika Dharma is magical! My wife and I really
enjoyed our stay there....Madé and his family made us feel comfortable right from the
beginning. In addition to tasty breakfasts, Ketut fixed delicious and memorable
dinners for us and friends. Thanks for letting us stay at your Balanese home.
We hope to be able to return soon!
...our stay at Rhumah Kartika Dharma was all that we expected
and more...the pool is delightful, refreshing and private... Pak's smilling face, gamelan
playing, and all around good vibes warmed us daily; our hikes provided extra and
unexpected discoveries. We were treated like royalty. We'll be back!
Just wanted to touch base as our three weeks in your lovely house come to a close to
say how much we have enjoyed our time here. The house is simple and comfortable but
much of the credit for happiness goes to Made and Katut and Made's father who is quiet but
a peaceful and loving presence. Made is around in a very non-obstrusive way and is
always helpful and positive. He makes the house beautiful every morning with flowers
and offerings and is just a delight to have around. Katut is only present for meals
but is a wonderful cook and a joyful spirit.
The house is kept in pristine condition and the pool sparkles. We have been very
happy and peaceful here. The internet connection via Telkomsel Flash has been just
Happy New Year, Michael!
I thought I would take this opportunity right at the
beginning of the New Year to thank you for the wonderful stay our family had at Kartika
The house and grounds were everything we had hoped
for, and with Jen and I being only 150 metres away it all worked very well.
Our entire family wanted me to express to you how
marvelous Made and Ketut are. Their friendliness, openness, honesty, good humour and
respectfulness was always obvious. We thoroughly enjoyed their presence in our family. In
fact, we had Ketut, Pak, Made, Kadek and Nalani [wrong spelling I'm sure] with us at the
Christmas dinner, which was a real honour and privilege. Nalani and Kadek danced for us
and delighted in watching the video replay later. What a beautiful Indonesian family.
Ketut's warm, smiling welcome each morning got us all off to a great day. And the cooking!
We were just SO well looked after in the food department. We had one evening meal before
Christmas and then the Christmas feast. So much food and every morsel tasty and succulent.
And Pak - what a character. He toodled around each day making sure the grounds were spot
on. the way he zoomed up those slopes was amazing. We even got to meet the land owners on
the last day; so we've met everyone except you; even though we feel we know you as a
result of all the people who spoke of you in and around Ubud!
Michael, we sincerely hope this is not the first and
last visit to your Bali home. We had a wonderful family time together which we will
remember for all time. Thank you.
All the very best,
Danny, Jenny, Patrick, Andrew, Chris, Elise and
Traveling around the island the first week was the
perfect way to quietly soak in the culture and pure beauty of Bali. The locals we met
along our path touched my heart forever. The smiles... the pure genuine nature that
bombards an "aware" foreigner's senses on a daily. The paintings! Every glance
was a snapshot in my memory... filled my creative tank with juices that have not yet
inhabited such spaces. My mind was in a constant creative pursuit.
After moving around for 7 days, your home was a
much needed settlement. The beauty! No way I could have been warned of such... . your
house is truly special. The energy, the architectural layout and open space, the location
it sits beside. Heaven.
I miss it already... all of it.
We wanted to let you know that we REALLY enjoyed
our time at Rhumah Kartika Dharma, the two weeks we spent there passed too quickly. The
house was perfect for us, spacious and comfortable with entertainment at the door provided
by the geckos, chickens and squirrels all in the lush green setting of the garden. The
pool was a great oasis for us in the hot afternoons, it's so large, clean and cool. The
house is located close enough to Ubud to enjoy the cafes and warungs and do some shopping
but far enough away that that the noise and heat of town are quickly forgotten. We
especially loved walking in the paddy fields where we found the cool breeze that blows
across these open areas a relief.
Made, Pak and especially Ketut took great care of
us. Ketut's cooking is truly superb. One of the things we love about visiting Bali is the
food and Ketut certainly indulged us. Made keeps the house spotless and does many of the
unseen chores while Pak tends the garden with love. They all contributed to making our
holiday a peaceful and relaxing one.
The driver Made arranged for us was great, his
English is good, he is very prompt, patient and a safe driver. Best of all he doesn't take
you to shops you don't want to go to.
We have some friends that have expressed an
interest in visiting Bali and will pass on the link to your web site to them with a
recommendation. Ubud is a great alternative to the big city feel of the Kuta area, we are
very glad we chose as we did.
We thank you for establishing such a great place.
During our internet searches for accommodation none provided the peace, privacy and
services that your house does. We hope that next time we visit Bali we will find your
Sue Sheehan & Keith Abraham
Wollongong, NSW, Australia