Photo: Beach reflection, Balian.

Where to stay in Balian

Balian Beach

Most of Balian’s hotels and guesthouses are within a five- to ten-minute walk of the beach, set either atop a bluff that rises above the beach or by the river. Not a great deal of bargain-basement options are available, but many of the budget guesthouse are willing to negotiate rates, especially for a longer stay. Mid and top range digs offer several comfortable options and high-end private villas are dotted all over the coast.


Jalan Pantai Balian, Lalanglinggah
1,000,000 to 2,500,000 Rp
Gajah Mina Beach Resort
Toprange - 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 Rp
Jalan Pantai Balian, Lalanglinggah
T: (0811) 386 052

With a romantic windswept clifftop location at the northern end of Balian, Gajah Mina offers an assortment of sophisticated accommodation options in this classically styled resort. Designed by the French owner, the plush and comfortable bungalows afford European flair although are quintessentially Balinese and although it is looking a little tired, this upmarket joint still manages to appeal... Read our full review of Gajah Mina Beach Resort.

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Jalan Pantai Balian, Lalanglinggah
400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Istana Balian
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Jalan Pantai Balian, Lalanglinggah
T: (087) 862 095 656

Set a mere five- to 10-minute walk from Balian beach, Istana Balian is a family-friendly hideaway that really delivers the goods at a midrange price-point. Run by the very friendly Australian and Indonesian couple of Michael and Komang (and their young daughter Eka) along with an affable local staff, the hotel is appealing both for the comfort on offer as well as the family-friendly vibe... Read our full review of Istana Balian.

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Jalan Pantai Balian, Lalanglinggah
400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Pondok Pisces
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Jalan Pantai Balian, Lalanglinggah
T: (0813) 3879 7722

With truckloads of charm and ocean views from several rooms, Pondok Pisces boasts a bunch of character-filled traditional cottages and bungalows amid lovely gardens perched over Balian Beach as well as a sister property, Balian Riverside Sanctuary, by the river behind the beach itself. This simple friendly place fosters a tremendously relaxed ambience with five rooms at Pondok Pisces and... Read our full review of Pondok Pisces.

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Jalan Pantai Balian, Lalanglinggah
1,000,000 to 2,500,000 Rp
Pondok Pitaya
Toprange - 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 Rp
Jalan Pantai Balian, Lalanglinggah
T: (0361) 831 1118

Scoring absolute beachfront digs at Balian Beach at the mouth of the Balian River, Pondok Pitaya does a solid job of delivering family-friendly resort-style comfort with laid-back surfer-beach-hut vibes. With two restaurants, a well-placed pool, yoga sala and a range of comfortable rooms there is a lot to like here. Accommodation is scattered across a lawn garden that fronts right onto the... Read our full review of Pondok Pitaya.

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Jalan Pantai Balian, Lalanglinggah
150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Balian Hill
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jalan Pantai Balian, Lalanglinggah
T: (0813) 5321 2486

As it says on the box, Balian Hill is perched high on the hill above Balian Beach, and this no-frills homestay delivers the goods when it comes to scenic outlooks. A row of brick duplex bungalows house the cool tiled air-con rooms with interiors that are as bare-bones as they come, but spic and span all the same. A wooden bed with clean linen is the only furniture unless you count the... Read our full review of Balian Hill .

Jalan Pantai Balian, Lalanglinggah
400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Krisna Villas
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Jalan Pantai Balian, Lalanglinggah
T: (0822) 3663 4663

Overlooking Secret Bay, just north of Balian Beach, neighbouring the fancy-pants Gajah Mina Beach Resort, Krisna Villas offers a decent deal for this corner of the planet with a handful of bungalows peppering the grassy grounds along with a swimming pool. Although the bungalows won’t win any design awards, they are cool and airy, spotlessly clean and comfortable. With the exception of one... Read our full review of Krisna Villas.

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Jalan Pantai Balian, Lalanglinggah
150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Pondok Balian
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jalan Pantai Balian, Lalanglinggah
T: (0819) 3601 6116

Pondok Balian’s tranquil tropical garden and enticing infinity swimming pool raise this budget homestay from just a cheap and cheerful place to sleep to a relaxing haven. This secluded spot is situated less than 500 metres from Balian Beach, 100 metres from the river’s edge in the heart of the village, and while it doesn’t score views of either, the leafy outlook over the neighbouring... Read our full review of Pondok Balian.

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