Photo: Early morning at Candi Dasa.

Accommodation

Jalan Raya Candi Dasa

This is the road that runs the length of central Candi Dasa and contains most of the hotels and guesthouses, along with most of the restaurants.


Ari Homestay
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Jalan Raya Candi Dasa
T: (081) 797 07339

Those on a budget should not go past this popular locally-run cheap guesthouse right on the main road in Candi Dasa. The clean rooms are basic but feature big, comfortable beds, wardrobe, bedside table, veranda with furniture, Western toilet and hot or cold water. The owners are plant-lovers and have a forest of them directly outside the rooms to block some of the noise from the main road. Dorm... Read our full review of Ari Homestay.

Kelapa Mas Homestay
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jalan Raya Candi Dasa
T: (0363) 41 369

Kelapa Mas Homestay is one of the bigger properties on the seaside of the main Candidasa road. The accommodation comes in the form of bamboo and wooden duplex double rooms with half open air bathrooms and more solid brick bungalows scattered back through the garden. The airy rooms are a good size, though the mattresses are squidgy and thin. The very well-tended grounds feel like a manicured... Read our full review of Kelapa Mas Homestay.

Rama Bungalow
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jalan Raya Candi Dasa
T: (0363) 41 778

This comfortable little hotel has clean, quite well kept affordable rooms in a two floor longhouse in both air-con and fan-cooled varieties. Located overlooking Candi Dasa's central pond, within walking distance of many of the restaurants and the ocean, Rama Bungalows is a good midrange option in central Candi Dasa. Facilities include a small swimming pool (with a very limited number of... Read our full review of Rama Bungalow.

Seaside Cottages
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Jalan Raya Candi Dasa
T: (0363) 41 629

Seaside Cottages lies in the centre of town close to Candi Dasa's restaurants and also fronts the ocean. The bungalows range in quality and price from very cheap to midrange. The cheapest bungalows are very good value with cold water shower, springy bed, small bathroom and a veranda with furniture. The rooms are spotlessly clean, well-aired and don't leave you with a dirty feeling like some of... Read our full review of Seaside Cottages.

Agung Bungalows
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Jalan Raya Candi Dasa

Despite feeling a little past its prime, Agung Bungalows still provides cheap rooms and a pleasant environment for its guests to stay in. A distinct jungle feel to the gardens exists with ponds and fountains interspersed at random intervals under the shade of the canopy. The bungalows have bamboo walls, a ceiling fan, a hot water stonework bathroom with sink and some have views of the ocean. The... Read our full review of Agung Bungalows.

Alam Asmara
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Jalan Raya Candi Dasa
T: (0363) 41 929

Given Alam Asmara is on a very compact block, they're done the best then can, with two rows of facing deluxe bungalows running down from reception to where they empty out to a small yet enticing pool and the well regarded Rendevous restaurant. Rooms are plush with chilled air-con and plush white linens — very good beds — and all the standard mod-cons (except for in-room WiFi which we were... Read our full review of Alam Asmara.

Bali Palms Resort
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Jalan Raya Candi Dasa
T: (0363) 42 191

The Bali Palms Resort is part of the Interval International group of time share properties, meaning those with membership can use their timeshare points when staying here. The resort also caters for those guests wishing to pay outright and offers an assortment of room options split between bungalows and apartments. All rooms come equipped with air-con, ocean view balcony, soft bed with crisp... Read our full review of Bali Palms Resort.

Bali Santi
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jalan Raya Candi Dasa
T: (0363) 41 886

The best part about this popular hotel is the peacefulness of the seaside location. An infinity pool sits on the edge of the oceanfront and is surrounded by coconut trees providing some shade from the sun. The rooms here are bungalows with air-con, modern interior, hot water, fridge, free WiFi, veranda with furniture and a safe. The lush gardens surrounding the rooms keep the temperature down by... Read our full review of Bali Santi.

Le 48 Zen and Happy Rezort
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Jalan Raya Candi Dasa 48
T: (0363) 41 177

Le 48 Zen and Happy Rezort (yes, that really is the name) sticks out a bit like a sore thumb in Candi Dasa in terms of its style, but if within your budget it's a good choice. The very clean cement bungalows are spread across a sprawling lawn with a large pool boasting some elevated spots for Thai-style axe-cushions. Inside the rooms minimalist clean lines are paired with simple but decent... Read our full review of Le 48 Zen and Happy Rezort.

Jalan Pantai Indah

This smaller road runs off the northeastern end of the Raya Candi Dasa where the main road takes a sharp left for Amlapura.


Villa Sasoon
Toprange - 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 Rp
Jalan Pantai Indah
T: (0363) 41 511

This high end private villa complex is located about a ten minute walk from the centre of Candi Dasa but it feels like it's a world away. We we shown through a family compound that included a main lounging around villa and two individual free-standing villas (one for the parents and one to lock small children in we assume) along with a cute plunge pool. To say the lounging around villa was large,... Read our full review of Villa Sasoon.

Puri Bagus
Toprange - 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 Rp
Jalan Pantai Indah
T: (0363) 41 131

This hotel is located at the far northern end of Jalan Pantai Indah a good fifteen minute walk from the centre of town. The main advantage of this is just about zero traffic noise. Greeted by a small gamelan playing traditional music, from the very moment you enter Puri Bagus' sprawling and neatly presented grounds you know you are in for a treat. The 47 bungalows are well-spaced and well fitted... Read our full review of Puri Bagus.

Puri Oka Bungalows
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jalan Pantai Indah
T: (0363) 41 092

Despite being called Puri Oka Bungalows, the rooms here in fact are not bungalows, but just regular run-of-the-mill hotel rooms. The cheapest rooms really are of the austere variety and don't offer good value with bamboo bed, cold water, ceiling fan, old bathroom and a veranda. As prices rise, so do levels of comfort and amenities with the medium level rooms having a fridge, air-con, hot water... Read our full review of Puri Oka Bungalows.

Puri Pudak Bungalows
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jalan Pantai Indah

Puri Pudak Bungalows is another Candi Dasa hotel with untapped potential. Despite the gardens being pretty and the layout of the bungalows being orderly, the hotel has a distinct ghost-town feel about it. This becomes more evident when entering the rooms as they feel as they haven't been used in some time. The bamboo bungalows feature a bath/shower with cold water, a big bed, tiled floors and a... Read our full review of Puri Pudak Bungalows.

Sengkidu and Buitan

To the west of Candi Dasa, the villages of Sengkidu and Buitan have a small selection of places to stay. These are not walking distance from the main town.


Lumbung Damuh
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jl. Pantai Buitan 1
T: (0363) 41 553

The main drawcard at this well-established family-run operation are the beautifully designed bungalows in a jungle garden setting. The more expensive bungalows are made out of solid wood, have alang alang roofs, hot water, fridge, fantastic stone bathroom and views over the ocean from the second floor balcony. The cheaper rooms are made from bamboo, have cold water showers and no view. However,... Read our full review of Lumbung Damuh.

Alila Manggis
Toprange - 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 Rp
Desa Buitan, Manggis, Karangasem
T: (0363) 410 11

If you’re looking to be ensconced in a bit of luxury in Bali, and you want to get away from the ridiculous crowds and gridlock of the crazy south, tasteful Alila Manggis on the often neglected east coast of Bali, about a two- to three-hour drive from the airport, is an excellent choice for a few days of blissful escape.I suppose it will do.I’m often asked to suggest family-friendly Bali... Read our full review of Alila Manggis.

Amarta Beach Inn Bungalows
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Sengkidu village, 1km west of Candi Dasa
T: (0363) 41 230

This spot is positioned right on the seafront about 1km west of Candi Dasa and boasts a variety of bungalows set among a serene coconut grove. Each bungalow comes with a veranda with bamboo furniture for staring out at the ocean from, stone bathroom, bright and airy feel and a choice of hot or cold water. Breakfast is served at the cafe which overlooks the bay towards Padang Bai and Nusa Penida.... Read our full review of Amarta Beach Inn Bungalows.

Nirwana Resort and Spa
Toprange - 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 Rp
Sengkidu village
T: (0363) 41 136

The Nirwana Resort and Spa is a little out of Candi Dasa itself, set on the waterfront at the end of a partially sealed track in Sengkidu village. We arrived in the midst of a ceremony but the staff still very obligingly showed us right through the property and we're glad they did as while the rack rates are high here, there are often significant discounts (like 60% off) available online, so... Read our full review of Nirwana Resort and Spa.

Nusa Indah
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Jalan Pura Segara
T: (0363) 41 062

Nusa Indah is really quite a find. We stumbled upon it while trying to find something else and well, what a welcome surprise. Shown around by the affable Wayan, Nusa Indah offers a mix of standard and family-styled rooms in a couple of rows running down to a compact, unusually shaped swimming pool, cafe/restaurant, and a glorious strip of sand. Owned by a German couple (not in residence when we... Read our full review of Nusa Indah.

Anom Beach Inn Bungalows
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
1km west of Candi Dasa at Sengkidu Village
T: (0363) 41 902

The brochure claims that this place is right on the beach, but unfortunately there is no beach here so leave the bucket and spade at home: you won't be needing them. Rather, Anom Beach Inn is right next to the ocean and affords terrific views across the bay. The bungalows come with a variety of options depending on your budget with the cheapest offering hot water, fan, mini-bar, bamboo furniture,... Read our full review of Anom Beach Inn Bungalows.




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