Finding a hotel in Bali which is in your preferred location, and has all the inclusions which are important to you, can be a little confusing, as there are well over a thousand hotels to choose from, plus a huge number of homestays.
I think that the international standard hotel/resort rates from US$100 per night upwards, compare favourably with the prices in other parts of the region.
It’s the lower end of the accommodation spectrum, the homestays, which are slowly pricing themselves out of the market. Just a couple of years ago, it was not unusual to pay between Rp50-75.000 per night for a simple room, with fan, cold water shower, and a small breakfast. The same room today costs anywhere from Rp150.000 upwards, without any improvements having been done.
The next grade of accommodation, often still calling itself homestay or pension, costs around Rp250.000 per night for a nice room, usually without air con, but with a fan, hot water showers and breakfast. Rooms with air con generally start at around Rp350.000 per night – regardless of what Lonely Planet says.
To get you started, I am listing some of my personal favourites, in different parts of Bali, ranging from budget homestays to international standard hotels.
Gustav Bali Bead & Breakfast
The staff welcome you in a warm and friendly manner when you arrive. The room I stayed in was clean, the air con worked well, and since it was one of the upstairs rooms, it had a lovely outside sitting area. In the afternoon a tray with a thermos of hot water, coffee, tea, sugar and creamer is placed in front of every room, so guests can have an afternoon “cuppa”. Breakfast is a choice of tea or coffee, pancake or toast with jam. If you like a more substantial breakfast, I recommend going to “The Coconut Tree” The phone number for Gustav’s is 0361281886 – there are only 7 rooms, and I would recommend to pre-book a couple of days in advance, or more during high season.
The location is fantastic, right in the heart of Sanur, almost next door to Hardy’s Supermarket. It’s less than 10 minutes walk to the beach (and I walk slowly since I stop to take photos), and less than 5 minutes walk to my favourite coffee shop/restaurant “The Coconut Tree”
budget, rooms with and without air con, price starts at around Rp150.00 per night for a room with fan and hot water shower, which includes breakfast and tax/service
Laghawa Beach Inn
is an older property right in the centre of Sanur. It has direct beach access
Peneeda Beach View
is an older property which has direct beach access
not as central as the above places, but very good value for money and less than 5 minutes walk to the beach
I don’t stay in this part of Bali any longer, as I find it too crowded
Candi Dasa Accommodation
The Watergarden Hotel and Spa
luxury resort with famous Koi Pond restaurant. Great for a romantic getaway – rates start at US$135, including breakfast and tax & service.
low/mid range accommodation, prices start at around Rp350.000
Tulamben Wreck Divers Resort & Restaurant, mid range, great value at US$37 per night, including full breakfast for two, as well as tax & service. Diving with Tulamben Wreck Divers, the most professional dive centre in Tulamben.
Another hotel in Tulamben which I can recommend is Safety Stop Tulamben Restaurant & Bungalows.
Reef Seen Divers Reef Seen Bali is the longest established dive operation in Pemuteran. Now that they offer their own accommodation as well, there really is no reason for not diving and staying here. Reef Seen Bali were instrumental in starting the Bio Rock reef regeneration project.
Adi Assri Resort comfortable, new resort on the north coast of Bali.
Manahliang Bungalows Munduk is a traditional village, up in the mountains, about an hours drive from Lovina. In Munduk you can still get an idea of the traditional Bali.
A little bit out of the centre of Ubud away from the crowds, about 10 minutes walk, or a couple of minutes by scooter. This is a typical Balinese family compound with three generations of the same family living here. Dani Homestay has a variety of rooms. You can email Dani firstname.lastname@example.org and his phone number is 085238870
This really is my favourite if staying in the heart of Ubud. A stay at Nirvana Pension in Ubud is the essential Bali experience. Set in a lovely, tropical garden, there is an atmosphere of peace and quiet.
Since I live in Bali, I am happy to make reservations for most hotels, as well as many homestays which may not have their own website.
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