I choose this place mainly because of top reviews and nice pictures of the property, so I had high expectation, and it was a delight to find that this place and its wonderful people manage to far exceed my already built in high expectations.
I stayed here three nights and this place is so wonderful and so extraordinary I enjoyed every minute of it. On top of that there are amazing staff who are always there to help you and make your stay a wonderful stay.
My Bungalow (No. 1) was superbly build and located on the side of a endless rice field. The Bungalow is beautifully build in traditional rustic Java style village houses, but then infused with ultra modern facilities and comfort. So perfectly blended and complimenting each other. Their is a front porch and table and chairs to have your Lunch/Dinner/Breakfast while having a nice view of the village, then you can use the building built in walkway to go to the back of Bungalow have have your tea/coffee and relaxation in front of a huge rice field and green hills and far distance. The breakfast was by far the best breakfast I had in Indonesia. You can order Lunch and Dinner to be prepared and be served at your Bungalow at very reasonable prices. The shower are is open concept and it was a delight to use it every day. I think it made me take more shower than normal. The hot water is hot and the water pressure good. During our stay it rained and not a drop of rain any where in our room or surrounding seating are.
If you looking to a romantic place, or like to feel the rustic living of Indonesian without giving up any of your western comfort, you are not going to find a second to this place. But even it you like to still got to city and do city stuff, this place is only 15 minutes ride from city center, so you still fine.
I normally have something negative to say about any place, even the ones I give 5 star, but for this place I can't find anything negative say, since it really was perfect and I immensely enjoyed my stay, which word can not describe and it must only be experienced.
If I ever go back to Yogyakarta, without a doubt this would be my place of stay, if I can find vacancy :).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Yabbiekayu homestay is located on the edge of the ricefields in the small village of Tembi, 15min south of Yogyakarta. The bungalows are designed to be environmentally friendly and culturally sensitive, constructed from 100% recycled timber uitlising traditional solid teak houses from the area, then enhanced with luxurious modern western facilities and old fashioned service. Yabbiekayu offers you a village lifestyle experience away from hassle and humbug of Yogya's main tourist zones, yet close enough for you to experience the wonders of Indonesia's most famous historical and artistic city.The name Yabbiekayu comes from an Australian colloquial word for a fresh water crayfish [yabbie] mixed with the Indonesian word for wood [Kayu] and is a reflection of the owner's personal background, fascination with ecology and timber, love of Indonesia and the desire to share this with visitors. Yabbiekayu offers real livelihoods to people within the village of Tembi and surrounds, and aims to help the village achieve it's goal as an eco-tourism village. The surrounding village has much to offer visitors including the Tembi Cultural Centre, museum, restaurant and pool, the nearby D'Omah Spa and Restaurant, batik gallery, handicrafts factory, Waterbom, Gabusan art and craft markets and much more.Our friendly loyal staff have extensive experience in assisting visitors to Indonesia and can help you hire a car, organise a tour, find a restaurant, massage or art gallery. One off traditional meals are available on special request for lunch or dinner, bicycles and motorbikes are available to hire.Accommodation includes a luxury breakfast of your choice of home made muesli and home made yoghurt with fresh seasonal tropical fruits, fried rice or eggs on toast to your liking, coffee tea. Guests have access to our free wi fi network, with even faster access available to those who need it for work.We look forward to your next visit to Yabbiekayu, your home beside the rice fields. ... more less