Photo: Temple ceremony at Pura Luhur Lempuyang.


Amlapura is great for a day-trip, but there isn’t really accommodation specifically for tourists in town. However, just 15 minutes up the road at Tirta Gangga there are several good accommodation options overlooking beautiful rice fields. Five kilometres southwest of Amlapura, accommodation at Jasri Beach ranges from affordable flashpacker through to amazing luxury.

Tirta Gangga

The water palace of Tirta Gangga is an attraction that draws daytrippers from all around Bali, but there is a range of good accommodation that allows visitors to stay longer. Cheaper guesthouses are mostly clustered around the carpark area. Head up the hill for midrange options with better views.

Villa Gangga-Amangga
Toprange - 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 Rp
Jalan Villagangga, Ababi, Karangasem
T: (0812) 362 5271

Tucked behind a high-walled compound along a lane off a back road behind Taman Tirta Gangga, Villa Gangga-Amangga is a little hard to find, but well worth seeking out. Time to relax. Run buy a Balinese and French couple, this upscale and well-appointed small hotel has just four comfortable and spacious bungalows overlooking a swimming pool with views out to sea. Beautifully designed with lots... Read our full review of Villa Gangga-Amangga.

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Cabe Bali
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Temega (Near Tirtagangga), Padangkerta, Karangasem
T: (0363) 22045

Off the main road near Taman Tirta Gangga, Cabe Bali has wide sweeping views of the surround countryside and offers the opportunity to soak it all up, relaxing in a village setting. Large and spacious bungalows are well spaced around the beautiful gardens and good-sized swimming pool. The brick and tile bungalows have high ceilings with interior exposed beams, and ceiling fans. Air-con isn't... Read our full review of Cabe Bali .

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Geria Semalung Bungalow
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Desa Ababi, Tirtagangga
T: (0363) 22116

It’s really worth climbing up the hill for this great flashpacker option. A row of four simple but stylish bungalows sit side-by-side along the cliff edge above Taman Tirta Gangga. When we visited, the friendly staff apologetically commented that, “It’s a little bit expensive!”, but it is actually one of the better value hotels in the area. The sweet and cosy bungalows are tastefully... Read our full review of Geria Semalung Bungalow.

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Dau Homestay
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Enter from just outside Tirta Gangga carpark
T: (0813) 3879 6378

Dau Homestay is a quirky one room family-run homestay taking over the entire top floor of a two-storey home, smack bang in the middle of a rice field. Large picture windows on both sides bring the rural outdoors in. The room is large and spotless with some unusual features — a long, high bench under the window is half storage/magazine rack and half high lounge chair — it’s odd, but a... Read our full review of Dau Homestay.

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Dhangin Taman Inn
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Enter from inside the Tirta Gangga carpark
T: (0363) 22059

You can pay top dollar for a hotel with views of Taman Tirta Gangga, or you can stay here for very little. When you pay top dollar you get a nice room, and here — well it’s cheap. The three hot-water “good rooms” that overlook Taman Tirta Gangga were occupied when we visited, but we were promised they were “much better” than the view-less rooms we saw. One is rented long-term, so... Read our full review of Dhangin Taman Inn.

Puri Sawah
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
150 metres north of Taman Tirta Gangga
T: (0363) 21847

Puri Sawah is the best budget offering close to Taman Tirta Gangga. Four rooms in two large double-storey bungalows each with wide verandas and magnificent views of the surrounding rice paddies. Large clean rooms come with solid bamboo furnishings and a standard fan. Beds are smartly decorated with coloured runners and matching cushions and there’s handy bedside tables and lamps. Some rooms are... Read our full review of Puri Sawah.

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Jasri Beach

Jasri Beach is home to some spectacular high-end villas with mesmerising wild ocean views. Dotted within and higher up in the hills a couple of good midrange and flashpacker spots offer an escape from the busy tourist areas of Southern Bali.

Aashaya Jasri
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jalan Pantai Jasri, Amlapura
T: (0363) 21 045

On peaceful beachfront at Jasri, Aashaya Jasri Resort is one the loveliest midrange village-like hotels in East Bali. Aashaya Jasri oozes classical understated elegance with a relaxed atmosphere and style. A range of rooms in five traditional buildings, all with modern comforts, are well spread out around a gorgeous manicured lawn that leads to the sea. The money shot. At the rear of the... Read our full review of Aashaya Jasri.

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Villa Campuhan
Luxury - over 2,500,000 Rp
Jalan Pura Mascima, Jasi Kelod, Karangasem
T: (0818) 0538 6053

Wow, just wow! We are officially in the market for a sugar-daddy, so we can move into Villa Campuhan full time. This magnificent hotel’s six large traditional houses sprawl around an extensive coastal tropical garden at Jasri beach, next door to Turtle Bay Hideaway. A real-life postcard. To be honest the rates here are a little out of range of the usual Travelfish radar, but when those... Read our full review of Villa Campuhan .

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Jepun Didulu
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Jalan Raya Bungaya (Jalan Raya Perasi-Timrah), Desa Perasi
T: (0813) 3737 5512

Tucked away in a hillside village beyond Candi Dasa, Jepun Didulu’s four cottages are surrounded by a beautiful tree-filled garden. Three of the four cottages are fan-cooled. Perched on stilts, they are traditionally constructed from wood, bamboo and thatch. The fourth air-con cottage is made from more contemporary brick and tile. We recommend the more charming bamboo cottages unless you... Read our full review of Jepun Didulu.

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Pondok Shanti Agung
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jalan Pantai Jasri, Amlapura
T: (0813) 3855 5833

Amid the coconut trees and set back a little from the black-sand beach at Jasri, Pondok Shanti Agung’s bright yellow house and friendly staff await. Originally set up as a yoga resort by an Australian couple to support the local village, and run by a local family, they offer a range of rooms from basic huts with a share bathroom to the whole house. It’s pretty adorable. Entering through the... Read our full review of Pondok Shanti Agung.

Turtle Bay Hideaway
Toprange - 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 Rp
Jalan Pura Mascima, Jasi Kelod, Karangasem
T: (0363) 23611

A bit of trek down a dirt track leads to the private oceanfront retreat of Turtle Bay Hideaway. Three enormous wooden “tribal” houses face a wild pounding sea. One house has two fan-cooled rooms, upstairs and down, and the other two available as whole houses — a one-bedroom air-con house with private swimming pool and a two-bedroom fan-cooled house that share a large oceanfront infinity... Read our full review of Turtle Bay Hideaway.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Amlapura? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Indonesia.

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