Saturday, September 24, 2005

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, 6-11 October 2005

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival

This looks like a fine festival, featuring Michael Ondjaate, Xanana Gusmao, and Amitav Gosh, as well as lots of Indonesians and expatriates in Indonesia. It's US$200 (about $A260) for the whole thing. You can subscribe to its newsletter at its website. It seems to be yet another territory in Janet de Neefe's empire in which Casa Luna and Indus Restaurants, Casa Luna Cooking School, and Honeymoon Guesthouse, all good, are coloured red on the imperial map, and of which more anon.

Bali is 5 hours' flight from Melbourne, and Ubud is one hour's drive from the airport. You need not think accommodation will be expensive. Tegal Sari where rooms cost between A$30 and A$62 gets consistently outstanding reports (see, for example, A Singaporean's Vacation in my links), and Nick O'Neill over at Bali Blog has done some great work in putting some of the homestays in the middle of town on the web. They cost between $A6.50 and $A20 a night and accommodation goes up from there to US$700 a night (not including breakfast or taxes, presumably 21%) at Four Seasons Sayan Resort. Have a look at the homestays before dismissing them: they're really small hotels run by families on extended family land, not exactly what you might expect from the term "homestay". Published room rates at the Tjampuhan Hotel are only $US70 per night, and it is a beautiful hotel.


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