PART SIX // where to stay
If you are planning to go to Bali, you will find a crazily wide range of options for potential sleeping places online: homestays, hostels, hotels, apartments/ bungalows, surf camps or whole villas. In the following we wanna give you some examples of the different types of accommodations.
We are located in Canggu (West of Bali), so we have focused on this area. Our experiences and relationships to local people help us to give a reliable overview of cosy, comfy places to sleep and stay.
First some general tips:
- If you plan to stay in Bali for more than a month, it makes sense to book a cheap accommodation (e.g. a bed in a dorm) in advance and look for YOUR perfect place when you are already here. It is easier to check out the atmosphere, location and the condition of a place personally.
- Another option is to book a nice accomandation in advance for a couple of days and decide afterwards if you want to extend your stay. Maybe you can even negotiate a small discount face-to-face. Don't stress yourself: there are many hostels or home stays available here, you don't have to schedule your whole trip in advance.
- If you travel with some friends or family you can save some money if you book a whole apartment/villa (e.g. on Airbnb).
- Good to know: most hostels/hotels offer airport transfers for a reasonable price. Just ask for it!
- Define your requirements first! Standards are varying strongly and the cheaper the accommodation, the less comfortable it will be. Thoroughly check out the facilities offered (western toilet/air condition or fan/WiFi/hot water)!
Hostels - $
Close to Batu Bolong Surf Spot (approx. 5min by motorbike), you can find the Surfers House which offers new and clean 4 bed dorms including bathroom, good wifi and a beautiful area to hang out. Each room is equipped with a balcony and a fan. Hugo and her Balinese husband offer free surf theory lessons 1x per week and organize movie nights and BBQ 2x per month.
Price: 130.000 IDR per night (cash only)
*you can book surf lessons with Hugo's husband for 450.000 incl. board rental 🙂
For more infos and booking: www.indasurf.com
Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No. 32, Canggu
The Farm Hostel
Hostels - $/$$
Ideally for backpackers, the Farm Hostel is located only 20 minutes walking distance to Batu Bolong beach. It's a safe and calm place to stay, where it's even possible to work easy to meet new people. Join your fellow travellers for a Bintang at the pool, group-dinners or movie nights. At 10 pm "the party stops", so everyone who wants to sleep is able to do so. Aryo, the friendly manager, speaks English fluently and is always there to help. The farm opened 2 years ago, so all facilities are new and modern. Each room has comfy beds, an air condition and open air bathrooms. The common space comes along with an open, full equipped kitchen fast wifi.
Price: 170.000 IDR per night (if you stay longer ask for discount)
*the hostel offers private surf lesson for 350.000 IDR (board inclusive)
More infos and booking: www.thefarmhostel.com
Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.29, Canggu
Berawa Beach Surf Stay
Hostels - $
On the way to Berawa Beach you automatically pass the Berawa Beach Surf Stay. This family-owned hostel is a really cosy place which has everything you are longing for. Two pools (one of them is even on a rooftop!), good WiFi and an open plan kitchen offering free coffee and tea! The family tries everything to make their guests feel comfortable, especially the owner's wife Ayu is heartbreakingly nice. She is the friendliest Balinese woman you can imagine, knows all the names of her guests and is always up for a chat.
Price: 150.000 IDR per night
More infos and booking: www.berawabeachsurfstay.com
Jl. Pantai Berawa No.29, Canggu
Lay Day Surf Hostel
Hostels - $
The Lay Day opened in late 2015 and offers a chill out area, a lounge with a bar (open 7 days a week), a self-service kitchen, free wifi, a motorbike rental, party excursions and 2 pools. Stunning rice fields imbed the hostel which makes it super special. You can book one of its 10 dorms with 6 beds each (women only dorms are available). All rooms have air condition and a bathroom ensuite. Meet fellow surfers and open-minded people on a lay day!
Price: starts from 133.500 IDR per night
More infos and booking: www.laydaysurfhostel.com
Jl. Batu Mejan 14B (Also known as Jalan Padang Linjong), Canggu
Surfers Dorm House
Hostels - $
This hostel is well located at one of the main roads and only a short walk away from Berawa Beach. The Surfers Dorm House has got a rooftop terrace with ocean view and a shared kitchen to offer. Opened in late 2016, all facilities are in a really good condition. You can choose between 8 bed dorm with fan, 4 bed dorm with air condition and private 2 bed rooms.
Price: starts from 95.000 IDR per night
More infos and booking: www.youthhostelbali.com
Jl. Segara Perancak, Berawa
You're not really down for crazy hostel livin' and instead are looking for a serene place to calm down at? Homestays might be your thing!
Lemon Guest House
Homestays - $$
Owned by one of the Batu Bolong surfer boys, the Lemon Guest House has opened just in 2017. The new and modern rooms are available either as double room or twin room. A nice chill-out area with a pool and shared kitchen facilities makes this place really comfy. It is a quiet place where you can perfectly hang out and slow down.
Price: approx. 500.000 IDR per night
More infos and booking: E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Jl. Nelayan No. 9A, Canggu
Puri Rama Homestay
Homestays - $$
If you are looking for a comfy and familiar place to stay, you might like the Puri Rama Homestay. This homestay offers 5 lovely rooms in a typical Balinese house. A big bed, wifi, air condition, a shared kitchen, pool facilities, your own balcony and bathroom inclusive. The friendly and lovely owner will help you with every issue. Despite the central location, there is a calm and relaxing athmospere.
Price: starts from 300.000 IDR per night.
More infos and booking: www.ramahomestay.com
Jl. Pantai Berawa, Banjar Berawa, Canggu
Damar Emas Guest House
Homestays - $$
Damar Emas Guest House is a comfy, pleasant place with a lush tropical garden and a pool. The garden welcomes you to hang out and soak up the sun. Besides that, you can work from one of the tables in the kitchens. The staff, especially the housekeeper, is really friendly. Every room has an air condition, a cozy bed and ensuite bathrooms. We recommend renting a scooter when staying here as Batu Balong / Berawa surf spot are 15 min away from here.
More infos and booking: facebook.com/damaremasguesthouse
Jalan Raya Padonan No. 37, Tibubeneng
Ayok Stay and Surf
Homestays - $$
A stone's throw away from hip and vibrant Canggu, you will find the Ayok Stay and Surf Homestay. It offers comfy beds, air condition, hot water, wifi, a clean and modern bathroom, all in a stylish setting. Batu Bolong, the beach and surf spot, is in walking distance. The place does not offer a pool or kitchen. Besides being the owner of the homestay, Ayok is also a surf teacher at Batu Bolong. He will happily help you with all your issues in and outside the water.
Price: twin- or double-rooms 300.000 IDR per night, 2.100.000 per week and 6.500.000 per month in low-season and 8.000.000 during high-season.
More infos: www.facebook.com/Ayokstayandsurf or via e-mail: email@example.com
Jl. Munduk Catu No.3, Canggu
For a higher budget and comfort, we recommend to book a hotel. Lean back, get spoilt and enjoy the bright side of life.
Koa D’Surfer Hotel
Hotels - $$/$$$
This mid-budget hotel offers big suites with balconies and private bathrooms. It's equipped really modern and comfy just as European hotels: Wifi, TV, air condition etc. The hotel offers a rooftop terrace with a pool, a restaurant, bar and lounge where you can hang out and sip your cocktail all while overlooking the rice paddies and beaches of Canggu. You can rent a car or motor bike and the hotel can organise you an airport shuttle as well.
Price: double room 384.000 IDR per night
More infos and booking: www.koasurferhotel.com
Jl. Pantai Berawa, Sri Khayangan No.88, Canggu
Aston Canggu Beach Resort
Hotels - $$/$$$
Directly located at Batu Bolong Beach, the Aston Canggu Beach Resort is a welcoming and modern place which has much to offer. It was opened in 2017 and fullfills the highest standards: furnished very stylish, every room offers a flat-TV (ok seriously not needed in Bali!), Wifi, ensuite bathroom and private balcony, slippers and a hairdryer. You can relax at the rooftop pool, terrasse, restaurant or the bar, panoramic ocean view included!
Price: superior double room ca 935.000 IDR per night
More infos: www.aston-international.com
Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.99, Canggu
Hotels - $$
The Frii Hotel is located just around the corner from Echo beach. It offers 77 rooms with either pool or ocean view, ensuite bathrooms, air condition, TV, minibar and balcony. A bar, pool, wifi, an internet-corner, a surf store & rental, a small spa for massages and mani&pedi and a car, motorcycle & bicycle rental are also provided. This leaves nothing to be desired, does it?
Price: double room starts from 550.000 IDR
More infos and booking: www.phm-hotels.com/friihotels/
Jl. Pura Batu Mejan, Gg. Munduk Catu No. 32, Canggu
Bungalow / Villa
Completely unwind in one of Bali's many stunning villas together with your friends or family!
If you travel with friends or family and would like to have your own space, check out Airbnb to rent a villa or bungalow. There are lots of offers and every villa is somehow unique and breathtaking. It is going to be fun just staying home and enjoying your place. Most accommodations are adapted to the climate and are designed with open plan living rooms and often open air bathrooms (we love!!).
Offers start from 29 Euro - open end (in Bali you can seriously rent the craziest villas that you couldn't even dream of!) per night for a whole flat. The average price depends on the season, location and the level of luxury. When booking via Airbnb, it makes sense to travel with a group and share the price. How much do you want to spend on your accommodation? If you rent the place for a few weeks, you can try to get some discount.
Salti Hearts Surf & Yoga Camp
Surf Camps - $$$
Yeni, the owner and our friend, offers packages of daily surfing lessons, daily yoga practice, fitness and relaxation in a women only surf camp. The 3/5/7/10 day packages consist of accommodation in a beautiful Bali villa incl. breakfast, daily surf and yoga lessons and some meditation sessions. Go and improve your skills, seek new inspirations, positivity and get insider tips from Yeni. By the way, Yeni is the most welcoming surfergirl we know and you'll absolutely feel like coming home away from home!
Price: 1.205 USD per person in twin room for 5 days package
*Use the code SaltiHeartsXzealous when inquiring your stay to get 10% off for 5/7/10 day packages 😉
More infos and booking: www.saltihearts.com
Jl. Tegul Cupek Banjar Semer, Canggu
Kima Surf Camp
Surf Camps - $$/$$$
Beginner, intermediates and advanced surfers can improve their surf skills at the Kima Surf Camp by having 2 surf lessons daily, surf theory classes and surf video analysis 3 times a week. Breakfast, drinks & snacks included. The place provides a garden, pool, open kitchen, living room with TV/DVD, WiFi, air condition in the rooms and airport transfers. Plus: free use of cars and bicycles. They also offer other activities like yoga, diving, daytrips like hiking a volcano etc!
Price: mixed 6-bed-room with bathroom ensuite starts from 20 Euro per night, price for a double room starts from 36 Euro
More infos: www.kimasurf.com
Jl. Munduk Catu, Canggu
Chill House Bike & Surf Retreat
Surf Camps - $$/$$$
The so called "Bali's No.1 surf & mountain bike lifestyle retreat" offers stylish accommodation and delicious organic meals. It is going along with surf lessons, mountainbiking, yoga sessions, body and soul treatments and a wide range of cultural activities. Chill and regain your energy! Relax either at one of the pools, hang out at the pool bar or get a massage. Meals are included (vegetarian and vegan are available too). AND the chill house even provides a nanny service.
Price: starts from 980.000 IDR for a single room (Kids under 10 years are free)
More infos and booking: www.thechillhouse.com
Jl. Kubu Manyar No. 22, Banjar Pipitan, Canggu