Balangan has a handful of flashpacker through to high end places up on the cliff behind the beach. Budgeteers will want to go for one of the shacks on the beach itself.
Choose between lumbung-style bungalows and rooms above the reception area at the compact Balangan Sea View which is perched on top of the cliffs at Balangan. The lumbungs are two-storey affairs which when used by four people are great value, but staff are open to renting out just the bottom floor to those willing to pay a small premium. The clean rooms feature a comfy bed with mosquito net, a... Read our full review of Balangan Sea View Bungalow.
This cozy little place is just across the road from Balangan Sea View Bungalows, a short walk from the cliff steps down to the beach. Accommodation is a mix of wooden mostly two floor bungalows overlooking a lawn area which has a swimming pool up at one end. The rooms have semi-outdoor bathrooms and tend to have the bed downstairs and a layaround area upstairs. They've also got balconies. Like... Read our full review of Flower Bud Bungalows.
Set on an undulating plot, the bulk of the accommodation at La Joya is spacious freestanding bungalows (some with outdoor bathroom), each with their own little fenced-in garden (great for containing kids!) and lawn. A larger two-storey building has more hotel-style rooms along with a very large private villa with its own pool. Two infinity swimming pools (one with spectacular views) and a... Read our full review of Hotel La Joya.
At the southeastern end of Balangan Beach is a cluster of beach shacks serving warung-style food, but also home to an abundance of very basic surfer accommodation. Most of the rooms are very small, containing only a bed with mosquito net and bathroom facilities shared between guests (and sometimes the family) at the back of the building. Some of these communal facilities are Western style, but... Read our full review of Balangan Beach Bungalows.
The cliffs of Bingin host a madhouse of laneways and staircases leading to all manner of places both wedged into the cliff face and atop them. Parking, especially for cars, is extremely limited.
This is the pick of the bunch for Bingin's luxury resort scene. A truly lovely clifftop offering, The Temple Lodge is a unique property, with each of its half-dozen suites individually designed and decorated. The best are those perched right on the cliff — with the Coral Cliff actually being carved right out of the cliff itself. Facilities are simple yet stylish and all rooms come with a... Read our full review of The Temple Lodge.
One of the advantages of travelling with a four-year-old boy is he tends to leave a steady trail of toy matchbox cars on beaches here and there. On our recent travels through Flores in eastern Indonesia, the boy in question happened to leave a firetruck in the sand at Seraya Island. A day or so later, a couple of Canadian travellers we had met there stumbled upon it and dropped us an email a few... Read our full review of Kembang Kuning Ocean View Bungalows.
This especially friendly, family-run homestay has clean and spacious rooms in a bunch of two-storey buildings overlooking a garden compound. The fan-cooled rooms are a good size with four-poster beds with semi-soft mattresses and mosquito nets and, somewhat oddly, open plan cold-water bathrooms (no door). There's a table and chair out front and a common dining area with hammocks and a TV. Simple... Read our full review of Pondok Indah.
Very close to the Bingin dropoff, at Leggie's you are really paying for the pool as the other facilities are about the same as many other hotels that are slightly cheaper. The bungalows are set among a garden of frangipani trees and contain beds with mosquito nets, clean cold water bathrooms and a pleasant veranda. From this hotel, you still require your own transport to Bingin Beach. Choose this... Read our full review of Leggie's Bungalows.
Set just before Temple Lodge, this is your last budget bet before descending down onto the cliff properties. Rooms are a good size, with big beds and enough space for an extra mattress should you need one. Cold water bathrooms are unusually large for this price level, and are, like the rooms in general, very clean. Spacious lawn grounds are dotted with frangipani trees and a small restaurant is... Read our full review of Susie's Beach Inn.
Uluwatu has some accommodation options, but they're not without controversy, as most are located within a no-build area close to the temple. Moves are afoot to see them demolished, but that is considered by many to be unlikely.
Set at the end of a dirt track not far from Sandat Mas Cottages, this lovely little property has just three rooms (one in a house, the other two in a two-storey wooden building) all set on a lawn slope ideally situated for total sunset appreciation. We were not able to see inside the rooms as they were all occupied, but this nevertheless struck us as an especially good value flashpacker joint for... Read our full review of Bali Reef Villas.
Tucked away a few kilometres south of Uluwatu surf break, the Gobleg Inn's location at first can seem like it is too far away from all the action. The beaches are all a few kilometres away, the restaurants are not within walking distance and it feels like it is in the middle of nowhere. But you soon realise that this is pretty much the norm on the Bukit and no one location is perfect. With that... Read our full review of Gobleg Inn.
Uluwatu Surf Villas offers two rows of deluxe villas, each with their own plunge pool looking out to sea over the Uluwatu cliffs. They are fitted out three bedrooms apiece, with full Western-style kitchen, living and dining area, flat screen TV and a full range of mod-cons. They're very spacious and well appointed, the furnishings are comfortable, and there's also plenty of relaxation space by... Read our full review of Uluwatu Surf Villas.
Uluwatu's Rocky Bungalows is set a little away from the other hotels, to the west of the more popular approach to Uluwatu beach, down a scrabbly road that also runs off to various private villas and other soon to be completed homestays. The position is great with tremendous seaviews from the cliff, and while there is an on-site restaurant, we got the impression the menu would be, well, limited.... Read our full review of Rocky Bungalows.
Jocko House is one of a cluster of homestay places just off Jalan Pantai Suluban that cater to budget travellers and surfers. Rates are very reasonable and discounting common for anything more than a night or two of stay. Jacko's has been around a while and it struck us as one of the better of the bunch, but there are a few others to choose from (with more on the way it seems) should it be full.... Read our full review of Jacko House.
The original Sandat Mas is a collection of chalet-style lodgings set in a row at the rear of the grounds. The gardens are pretty, scattered with coconut palms and with lots of lawn. There's also a good sized swimming pool with unshaded deckchairs and a bale. Beside the pool is a new in 2011 two-storey building that houses the internet cafe and restaurant. This new addition is as gleaming and... Read our full review of Sandat Mas Cottages.
Padang Padang is one of the smaller beaches on the Bukit but it has a good range of accommodation across a range of budgets, within walking distance of the sand.
It's all about the magnificent views at Thomas Homestay. In fact, the views are so good that you forget about the size and quality of the rooms. The cheaper rooms share a mandi-style bathroom while the more expensive ones have self-contained bathrooms with squat toilets that are elevated to about waist height — the mind boggles. The rooms are basic and the beds are cheap, but comfortable... Read our full review of Thomas Homestay.
Compared with the Gobleg Inn a few kilometres up the road, this place is not as good value. But this place is so popular with tourists because it's within walking distance to Padang Padang beach and is closer to the other surfing beaches on the Bukit. It's quite clean, the rooms are a touch on the small side and the bathrooms are of the cold water variety. More expensive rooms are available with... Read our full review of Padang Padang Inn.
There are two types of rooms at Padang Sari Homestay: the basic and the very basic. The deal is that the more basic rooms go for 70,000 rupiah, but you have to deal with a mandi-style bathroom. In all the rooms, the beds vary from trampolines to concrete slabs — test them out before committing. Despite the very basic facilities, for these prices and with a location just 100m from the beach, the... Read our full review of Padang Sari Homestay.
This popular hotel is the closest you can stay to the main entrance to Padang Padang beach. The rooms are austere with dodgy beds and questionable sheets but the price is right and even heavily negotiable if you choose to stay a few nights. The staff are very friendly and a pleasant restaurant is attached to serve you cheap meals throughout the day and despite some misgivings, this hotel... Read our full review of Guna Mandala Inn.
Look, it doesn't get any more basic, nor any more on the beach, than this. Made Suardani has a handful of shacks perched on the cliff-face as you climb down a steep trail. They come with shared facilities and simple Indonesian food can be prepared upon request. At high tide there's just about no beach here, just waves, but at low you'll get some sand. If full (likely in high season) try Bali... Read our full review of Made Suardani.
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