Off beach hideaway
Jalan Bantan Kangin, Canggu, Bali T: (0821) 4414 5012
If location close to the beach isn’t important to you during your trip to Bali, and you’d like a house but your budget doesn’t quite stretch to a villa, the relatively new United Colors of Bali in Canggu makes for a top value choice of place to stay, offering cute two-bedroom houses surrounding a pool set in a quickly-growing garden.
The hotel is in Canggu but is set on the far side of Jalan Raya Canggu, within a short drive of Jalan Pantai Berawa and then Bali’s southwest coast beaches themselves. You’ll definitely need your own wheels staying here, as it’s a long walk down a very rough, unpaved road to get here.
But if you do have your own wheels — this place is a real find. Pristine alang-alang roofed houses, each decorated in a tasteful, beachy theme, surround a decent sized swimming pool and manicured lawn. There’s something of a magical fairyland feel to the place that we loved.
Houses are identified by colour, with each painted its own colour on one wall — if you order food from the handy delivery menus supplied, you’ll just have to supply your villa colour for easy identification.
Downstairs is a fan-cooled living area, with an all-weather rattan lounge, a table and benches for dining and a spacious kitchen. Upstairs are two air-con bedrooms, with one looking back over the pool. Our house had a mosquito-net-draped double bed plus twin beds.
The stairs are a little precarious for small kids — we’d probably recommend staying here with kids aged four and up only.
You could really settle in for a long stay here, given the kitchen is stocked with all you’d need to self-cater and there’s space for unpacking properly in the bedrooms into cupboards. Small touches like a large Aqua dispenser make it clear the owners have thought about what people actually need when staying in a house for a while — no need for a million plastic water bottles to be wasted.
Although the houses are wrapped around a communal pool, each house has a high fence so you get your privacy is you like it. If you want to be social, loungers around the pool beckon — there may not be enough for everyone if it gets hectic though — as well as a small poolside bar and a restaurant upstairs overlooking the pool (you get your included cook breakfast served here).
Bathrooms are partly open air but private — our drain was slow to clear the water in the shower, but it wasn’t a big deal.
We found the French owners to be friendly and eager to make sure our stay was comfortable. The only potential hiccup here could be if your neighbours decide to throw a party, as there’s not much stopping the noise affecting other residents. But we get the feeling the owners would step in to keep the space enjoyable for all.
The current website price on United’s own site is 95 euros per night, but we paid around A$60 booking at the last minute with Agoda.com — that’s quite a discount, and made the stay a real bargain, particularly given the great quality and spaciousness of the digs.
By Stuart McDonald
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.