The high season here is European summer (June-August) and outside of then heavy discounts come easy. All of these places are within easy walking distance of the market.
Bali can be really beautiful when it wants to be. While in heavily touristed Ubud and the southern beaches, a room with a view has become an expensive room with a view, but off in Munduk in Bali’s central heartland, the views are still delivered free of charge just for making the effort to visit — regardless of your budget.This is the view from the restaurant …The picture above is from an... Read our full review of A room with a view… in Bali’s Munduk.
One Homestay offers just two rooms, with no plans for more. Both are clean, but the upstairs one has hot water and takes full advantage of the magnificent view while the downstairs one has cold water and its view is partially blocked by buildings in the foreground. The rooms are best described as very basic, but the beds are comfortable and the balconies have lounge chairs for taking in the views... Read our full review of One Homestay.
The main draw here are the original Dutch colonial houses that were built prior to when the old man who lives here was born in 1930. It's possible to stay in three of these houses, with two of them having a single room and the other having two rooms and two bathrooms suitable for a family or two couples. Internally, the rooms are charming and different to almost anything else in Bali, with many... Read our full review of Pondok Wisata Meme Surung.
On the gang leading to One Homestay, Aditya has some very good value flashpacker rooms. They're very new, so are well polished and the upper floor corner rooms have the added value of having glass doors and windows that can be opened on two sides to really take in the breeze. The views are excellent. Run by two brothers, they mentioned that more rooms will be built through 2013, but they looked... Read our full review of Aditya Home Stay.
Slightly offset down the north face of the ridge, brand sparkling new Dangin Mangkalan Homestay is outstanding value for those looking for a larger room who really value cleanliness. The two-floor building has downstairs rooms opening onto a small garden area and upstairs rooms onto a shared veranda, with the upstairs offerings not surprisingly having the better views. Rooms are oversized to the... Read our full review of Dangin Mangkalan Homestay .
The lovely owners of this family-run guesthouse on the western side of the Munduk ridge run a tight ship and add extra touches to make your stay more pleasant, such as using a coffee pot for brews and extra mangosteens for hungry six-year-olds. The rooms are very bright and clean, and somewhat modern for this price range. The beds are big four-posters with mosquito nets, the bedside tables are... Read our full review of Karang Sari Guesthouse.
After Number One Guesthouse, this is the best budget bet in town, set on the north side of the ridge almost opposite Puri Sunny Hotel. Taman Ayu has simply decorated, but well sized and very clean rooms with great little terraces and views to boot. Bathrooms are clean and well maintained. There is an elevated restaurant which the very friendly owner claimed on a clear day you could see Java from... Read our full review of Taman Ayu Homestay and Warung.
Puri Sunny is the closest offering to the centre of Munduk village. On offer are atmospheric two-floor bungalows with terrific views — this is a place to bring a good book, some music with headphones, and a spare few days to just chill. Rinse and repeat for a few days. Some rooms are wooden upstairs and stone downstairs — we’d definitely go with the wooden upper offerings — while a... Read our full review of Puri Sunny Hotel.
Set back from the road, Guru Ratna Homestay has a couple of colonial houses that have been renovated to make them slightly more modern than Meme Surung next door. The problem with the renovation though is that it adds a bit of mainstream Indonesian styling into the mix and it doesn't really work — especially the floor tiles. This small annoyance aside, the rooms still have a heap of charm and... Read our full review of Guru Ratna Homestay.
Most homestays and hotels in Munduk are located in town, but there are others along the road to Bedugul.
Puri Alam doesn't look like that much from the road, but it actually offers some great rooms, with arguably some of the best views in Munduk and an even better view still from its top floor restaurant — and all this at very competitive rates. The rooms are of a reasonable standard with both twin bed and double bed configurations available, TVs are standard and minibars are an optional extra.... Read our full review of Puri Alam Bali Bungalows.
This is pretty much last off the rack before you leave Munduk proper and you're a very solid 20-minute uphill stroll from the heart of the village. But if you're looking for some peace and quiet, Melanting could be well worth the walk. As with Manah Liang and Puri Lumbung down the road, the rooms here are mostly bathroom downstairs, bedroom and balcony upstairs. In this case they are spacious,... Read our full review of Melanting Cottages.
The rooms at Munduk Sari Nature Villas are very modern with large-tiled floors, solid wooden furniture and great beds with good quality linen. It feels like a bit of luxury in an area where you'd ordinarily expect much less. The bathrooms are very clean and modern, with hot water and some even have a bathtub. The family rooms here are perfect for a family with two children as they are two... Read our full review of Munduk Sari.
The most isolated of all the accommodation in Munduk, Arya Utama is close to an hour uphill to the east of town, so you're very unlikely to stay here unless you have your own transport or want to be very close to one of the area's waterfalls, which sits 15 minutes away on foot. The oddly bright orange rooms are very solid, though largely charmless affairs, but they're a good size with terraces... Read our full review of Arya Utama Bungalows.
Previously Lumbung Bali Cottages, Manah Liang is set a solid 15-minute uphill walk out of the village, and while it doesn't look like much from the roadside, but it is well worth considering. Put together in a similar fashion to Puri Lumbung down the road, the rooms have their bathrooms and washroom downstairs and bedroom and balcony upstairs. Rooms are similarly a little dark and the views are... Read our full review of Manah Liang Bungalow.
These cottages are the main upmarket digs close to Munduk village and while this is a very attractive site with paddy views and a fruit and herb garden, the rooms are woefully overpriced compared to other very similar offerings a little further up the road. In low season we were offered close to a 50% discount without even trying ($79++ dropped to to 500,000 rupiah net), but even at 500,000 this... Read our full review of Puri Lumbung Cottages.