Photo: Early morning at Candi Dasa.

Accommodation

Most of the accommodation in Candi Dasa is on the same-named main road through town, or on Jalan Pantai Indah -- a spur that runs off to the east after the main road turns inland. Sengkidu and Buitan are two villages along the coast to the west of Candi Dasa which are much sleepier, and also offer a small selection of places to stay.


Jalan Raya Candi Dasa

Most of Candi Dasa’s guesthouses and hotels are bumper to bumper oceanside along Jalan Raya Candi Dasa, with one or two "restaurant-side". A small cluster is hidden within a maze of laneways next to the pretty lotus-filled lagoon. You'll find something to suit all budgets, and if you don't end up with a sea view, you'll only be a salty whiff away.


Ida’s Homestay
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
(0363) 41096

Ida’s Homestay is ideal for anyone who wants to experience timeless old Bali and doesn't mind missing out on a few modern conveniences. From the moment you see the sign for Ida’s, you know it’s going to be something special and not your run-of-the-mill hotel. The front half of a traditional jukung fishing boat with its smiling face hangs proudly displaying the name. Located not far from... Read our full review of Ida’s Homestay.

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Relax Beach Resort
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Jalan Raya Candi Dasa, Candi Dasa
T: (0363) 41 982

In the middle of Candi Dasa’s main drag, hidden behind a high lava-stone wall with no signage except for a couple of colourful umbul umbul (Balinese flags), a traditional multi-coloured and ornately carved Balinese door opens to Relax Beach Resort. A promising beginning. Rows of neat and colourful art-filled bungalows edge either side of a path that leads to an excellent ocean-side pool area... Read our full review of Relax Beach Resort.

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Puri Pandan
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
14 Jalan Raya Candi Dasa, Candi Dasa
T: (0363) 41541

Puri Pandan offers two rows of sweet thatched bamboo and brick bungalows sitting staggered either side of a path leading to a seaside restaurant. A very pretty and fragrant garden full of tropical flowers weaves its way all around the bungalows and down to the sea. Sweet! Puri Pandan offers twin and double rooms with either fan or air-con. Rooms are older, yet well maintained, cosy and clean... Read our full review of Puri Pandan.

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Seaside Cottages
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jalan Raya Candi Dasa
T: (0363) 41 629

Behind the popular Temple Cafe, Seaside Cottages offer a range of rooms from budget to midrange. The budget rooms here are the best deal, but look elsewhere for better midrange or oceanfront options. Neat rows of brick and tile bungalows line a tree-shaded stone path, as the name suggests — to the seaside. The good-sized tiled rooms are simple, airy and clean. Fans whirl from bamboo... Read our full review of Seaside Cottages.

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Agung Bungalows
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jalan Raya Candi Dasa, Candi Dasa
T: (0363) 41 535

Agung Bungalows provide some of the cheapest rooms in Candi Dasa, and the cheapest absolute seafront rooms -- and you'd be hard pressed to actually see the bungalows when you walk in — as they say — for the trees. You enter this exceptionally welcoming family-run budget homestay through a narrow corridor of gnarled branches and orchids — and more orchids — that leads directly to the... Read our full review of Agung Bungalows.

Gedong Gandhi Ashram
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jalan Raya Candi Dasa, Candi Dasa
T: (0363) 41108

Located on one of the most picturesque spots in Candi Dasa, considered spiritually auspicious in Bali — between the sea and the lagoon, in front of hillside Pura Candi Dasa — Gedong Gandhi Ashram is not a hotel, but they do provide accommodation open to the general public, and it’s a great deal — with some conditions. Firstly, this is a religious community which means no smoking,... Read our full review of Gedong Gandhi Ashram.

Le48 Zen and Happy Resort
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
48 Jalan Raya Candi Dasa, Candi Dasa
T: (0363) 41177

Although not on the sea, Le48 Zen and Happy Resort has a central location and is an excellent midrange option for families who’d like a bit more space than some of the smaller hotels in Candi Dasa. The oddly named resort’s modern style has a strange starkness about it. Its colourful blocks of green lawn, bright blue pool and white bungalows remind us of a David Hockney painting from the... Read our full review of Le48 Zen and Happy Resort .

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Lotus Bungalows
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Jalan Raya Candi Dasa, Candi Dasa
T: (0363) 41104

Fronting a wide seafront at the far western end of Candi Dasa, Lotus Bungalows offers classically styled, well-appointed air-con bungalows set in a grassy landscaped garden. Sea-facing brick bungalows are well spaced, however each has two rooms abreast. Tastefully and elegantly styled, rooms have solid and comfortable wooden furniture and feature framed classic batiks and Chinese ceramics in blue... Read our full review of Lotus Bungalows.

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Rama Shinta Hotel
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Jalan Raya Candi Dasa, Candi Dasa
T: (0363) 41778

Overlooking Candi Dasa's beautiful lotus-filled lagoon, long-running Rama Shinta Hotel has spruced up its older-style rooms with a January 2016 renovation. The double-storey longhouse building affords spotless, simple classic-styled, air-con rooms with quality wooden furniture, private safe, tea-making facilities and minbar. Beds, complete with mosquito nets and crisp white sheets, are... Read our full review of Rama Shinta Hotel.

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The Watergarden
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Jalan Raya Candi Dasa, Candi Dasa
T: (0363) 41540

Lush maze-like water gardens obscure a variety of classically styled bungalows in this well-established, top-range small hotel. Despite the price tag, The Watergarden is not oceanside nor has views, however the cool and pleasant gardens and ponds are lovely. Large and well-appointed rooms provide comfortable beds with mosquito nets and good quality linen; wicker chairs; solid wooden furniture... Read our full review of The Watergarden.

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Jalan Pantai Indah

At the quieter northeastern end of Candi Dasa, hotels become more sparse. Interspersed with village life, coconut trees and an increasing number of private villas, it’s still walking distance to the action on Jalan Raya Candi Dasa.


Aquaria
Toprange - 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 Rp
Jalan Puri Bagus Samuh, Candi Dasa
T: (0363) 41 127

Fresh and bright Aquaria is an intimate beachside resort with a health-conscious focus. Beyond an organic restaurant at the front of the hotel, a row of longhouse-style rooms edge the swimming pool, with larger double-storey rooms oceanfront. Rooms range in price and size from a fan-cooled double to an air-con family room that can sleep six. Compact but it works like a charm. Spacious and... Read our full review of Aquaria.

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Puri Bagus
Toprange - 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 Rp
Jalan Pantai Indah, Candi Dasa
T: (0363) 41131

Puri Bagus has a great location at the end of a quiet beach, accessed from a lane at the far end of Jalan Pantai Indah. It’s a surprise when you enter the reception of this well maintained, but rather mainstream resort almost in the middle of nowhere — it’s more on par with what you would expect in the grander resorts in Southern Bali. Expect huge flower arrangements, wafting incense and... Read our full review of Puri Bagus.

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D’Tunjung
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Jalan Raya Candi Dasa, Candi Dasa
T: (0363) 41999

Hidden amid the small maze of hotels next to Candi Dasa's lagoon, D’Tunjung offers two styles of oceanfront bungalows and is a good solid midrange option. Mostly sea-facing deluxe bungalows are arranged around a large manicured lawn with landscaped gardens leading to the oceanfront infinity pool. In a separate area, a neat line of smaller standard bungalows set further back in the garden... Read our full review of D’Tunjung.

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Ganesh Lodge
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Jalan Pantai Indah, Candi Dasa
T: (0363) 41567

Ponds, water features and a fabulous large natural-style swimming pool with jacuzzi are surrounded by a jungle of lush foliage that all but hide the rooms at Ganesh Lodge. All set for the day. Located behind the attached streetside restaurant on quiet Jalan Pantai Indah, Ganesh Lodge isn’t beachside but only a short walk away, and the great pool makes up for it. All-natural feel. Ganesh... Read our full review of Ganesh Lodge .

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Ida Beach Village
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jalan Pantai Indah, Candi Dasa
T: (0363) 41118

From Jalan Pantai Indah, impressive oversized ornately craved wooden doors open to an even more impressive carved gilt and marbled reception. Beyond this lavish entrance is Ida Beach Village — designed as a miniature Balinese village. A ‘street’ of private compounds, each with separate bungalows and small gardens, leads to a seafront communal swimming pool and restaurant. The path is... Read our full review of Ida Beach Village.

Benthos Bali Dive Resort
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Jalan Raya Candi Dasa, Candi Dasa
T: (0363) 438 1002

At the far eastern corner of Jalan Raya, Benthos Bali Dive Resort is a dive operation with a lovely small hotel behind. It’s not beach side, but has a very tropical feel, and is just across the road from the beach anyway. Bright but rustic too. Four solid wooden air-con bungalows, each divided into two separate rooms, are set closely together along a swimming pool and ponds. The warm... Read our full review of Benthos Bali Dive Resort.

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Sengkidu and Buitan

The small villages west of Candi Dasa conceal some secluded seaside hotels. It’s far from the madding crowd and you’ll need transport to get you to civilisation.


Alila Manggis
Toprange - 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 Rp
Desa Buitan, Manggis, Karangasem
T: (0363) 410 11

If you’re looking to be ensconced in a bit of luxury in Bali, and you want to get away from the ridiculous crowds and gridlock of the crazy south, tasteful Alila Manggis on the often neglected east coast of Bali, about a two- to three-hour drive from the airport, is an excellent choice for a few days of blissful escape. I suppose it will do. I’m often asked to suggest family-friendly Bali... Read our full review of Alila Manggis.

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Nirwana Resort and Spa
Toprange - 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 Rp
Jalan Raya Sengkidu, Sengkidu village
T: (0363) 41136

Edging the Padang Bai side of Candi Dasa, accessed through an adventurous local road, Nirwana Resort and Spa is an intimate and quiet, upscale resort by the sea. Once you make it, the lobby opens to an impressive entrance, with a wooden deck surrounded by lotus ponds and fountains leading to the ocean. An expansive tree-filled landscaped garden with grid-like black lava stone paths leads to... Read our full review of Nirwana Resort and Spa.

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Pondok Pisang
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Banjar Mendira, Sengkidu, Candi Dasa
T: (0363) 41065

Secluded at the end of a remote track, Pondok Pisang incorporates six huge and delightful boho hippy beach huts. Windswept and faded sea-and-salt-worn colours and textures abound in this utterly charming and idiosyncratic hotel. That looks like an all-day kind of nook to us. Two large double-storey traditional-style wooden houses sit either side of a wide wooden beach sun-deck, each with two... Read our full review of Pondok Pisang .

Amarta Beach Inn Bungalows
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Mendira, Sengkidu village, 1 km west of Candi Dasa
T: (0363) 41230

Away from the busier end of Candi Dasa, in the seaside village of Mendira, Amarta Beach Cottages offer a range of beach-facing options. The older, cheaper rooms here are badly in need of renovation, so look elsewhere for better value. The spacious double-storey air-con “sweet” rooms (we’re sure they mean suite) are a good deal. Rooms are glass-fronted and sea-facing. The top-storey room... Read our full review of Amarta Beach Inn Bungalows.

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Lumbung Damuh
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jalan Pantai Buitan 1, Candi Dasa
T: (0363) 41553, (0813) 5312 5888

In an out of the way corner of beach between Padang Bai and Candi Dasa, in the small fishing village of Buitan, you’ll find Lumbung Damuh. Four large wood and thatch bungalows in the style of Balinese lumbungs (rice barns) and one small bamboo shack are peppered across a small beachside garden and family home. Rooms vary in size and price, the cheapest with cold-water only, and the most... Read our full review of Lumbung Damuh.

Crystal Beach Bali
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Jalan Ndalem Agung, Mendira, Sengkidu
T: (0363) 42087

On an out-of-the-way section of beach in Sengkidu, the very friendly — but a little bit strange — Crystal Beach Bali has a selection of rooms mostly midrange to higher priced. If you are after something cheap, they have the only dorm near Candi Dasa, but they are women-only. Additionally there’s one budget double air-con room with a share bathroom, but you’ll get better value for similar... Read our full review of Crystal Beach Bali.

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Where to next?

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


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