For anyone new here, last year Bronte and I decided to embark on a months long trip to Bali. 12 days of which was a guided tour at the beginning and the rest was going to be booked spontaneously whilst we were there. I say “was going to be” as it turned out that Corona had other ideas and we swiftly had to return after two weeks. Nevetheless we still managed to stay in some pretty remarkable locations that I’d love to share for anyone looking to venture to this area of Asia (when we can travel again!)
So in the order we stayed in them, let the ratings begin…
Quest Hotel San Denpasar
Cost: £8 per night*
As lovely as this hotel was, Bronte and I ended up here by mistake thinking it was really close to the airport. Since Bali’s International Airport is known as Denpasar Airport, we assumed when we booked this hotel the night before flying that we were going to be fairly close to the airport. Turns out it was actually a half an hour journey and it wouldn’t have been much further to stay in Canggu (my fave place ever) and where our tour would be beginning a few days later. That’s what happens when you book things last minute without much research ahah but it all added to the adventure and it turned out to be a great place for peace and quiet! The location of this hotel is definitely not touristy and compared to some of the unique accommodations you see in Bali, this was very standard but it did the job to settle us in and it was nice to see more of Bali that we wouldn’t have seen otherwise.
Frii Hotel – Canggu
Cost £30 per night*
An absolutely dreamy hotel with such a sociable vibe, this is where our first few nights of our guided tour began. Right in the centre of the touristy hub of Canggu, Frii is the perfect place for a bit of luxury. At roughly £30 a night (which is quite expensive for accommodation in Bali!) the price definitely reflects its beautiful facilities. Frii had such lovely rooms with some even leading straight out to the beautiful pool, a rooftop eating area with an amazing view and extremely helpful staff! It had plenty of restaurants nearby and was just a short walk to the beach. I absolutely loved staying here!
Villa Gayatri – Lovina
This place was absolutely sensational! I dropped 2 points overall purely for it’s location as it was extremely remote as well as its lack of bedrooms as there were 4 of us in a room in bunks but wow what a place! The infinity pool was probably the nicest pool I’ve ever been in and the bathroom was unreal too. There was just so much space and it was just so peaceful. I’m not sure this villa is available to stay at as I’m pretty sure it’s owned by Ultimate Travel for their Bali tours now but if you get to go there then you’ll believe me when I say it’s a very special zen place to be.
4. Abdi Hotel & Bungalow – Gili T Island
This place was on a a tiny paradise island a short boat ride away from Bali but I’m including it in my list anyway! Again, this was another beautiful place that blew me away as soon as we arrived. It’s a very small hotel which is lovely as it feels like you have the whole place to yourself and the pool was fantastic. It all just looked so idyllic. The rooms were spacious and clean and the breakfast was brought to our door every morning which was lovely! Gili T is a tiny island anyway so you’re never too far away from anything but we were right next door to shops, restaurants and most importantly a short stumble away from the Jungle nightclub. The one thing I do remember is that the room was quite hot but nothing unbearable!
Pertiwi Resort & Spa Ubud
Cost £25 per night*
Right in the middle of Ubud, this hotel was about a 10 minute walk from the monkey forest and a 10 minute walk to the famous markets. It was the perfect relaxation resort with on site massages, plenty of pools and rainforest vibes. We had a huge balcony and an extremely spacious room. This was the last place Bronte and I stayed that was part of the guided tour.
Double A Guesthouse by Bukit Vista Canggu
Cost £12 a night*
What a find this place was last minute! Bronte and I had to rapidly find a place to stay after our tour finished and we found this gem of a place close to the centre of Canggu. I cant express how cheap this was compared to other places in Canggu. It was basic but I couldn’t fault it, it had everything you need and the hosts were lovely and accommodating. It made me feel guilty that it was so cheap! Unfortunately we had to leave this place 2 days early because the lockdown was looming and we had to make a swift exit back home. If you want a slightly quieter place in Canggu then this is the place to be. A rare find!
I really can’t fault any of the service given by the places we stayed at. Tourism is such a huge part of helping Bali’s economy and you can really tell they will do anything to make you feel welcome. I really hope that we’ll be able to go back soon because these places were paradise!
* Prices may vary