Photo: Peak hour.


Medewi Beach

In Medewi it's all about proximity to the ocean, and the best Medewi hotels and homestays are spread across a couple of kilometres of oceanfront.

Brown Sugar
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jalan Pantai Yeh Sumbul No.66
T: (0819) 163 91970

In a fabulous location right in the middle of verdant ricefields across the river to the west of Medewi, Brown Sugar is a complex of four two-storey wooden lumbungs each with two rooms. It’s quite remote down here and you'll need your own transport if you want to go for a bite to eat in town, but you may not want to as everything is available at Brown Sugar itself including a range of learn to... Read our full review of Brown Sugar.

Mai Malu
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Main Medewi Beach road

The tiny rooms here might be a little stuffy, but there is a fan to stir the air in the long hot nights and the windows can be opened. The bathrooms are small, but clean and are of the cold water variety. The friendly staff are right on top of cleanliness and a stay here is a pleasant one. The attached café serves the best Western fare in town and is regularly packed with those seeking... Read our full review of Mai Malu.

Medewi Surf Homestay
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Medewi village
T: (0812) 362 3182

Set at the back of a family compound, a solid ten minute walk from the beach, Medewi Surf Homestay is a rural getaway with a two-storey wooden house, surrounded on three sides by rice fields and distant mountain views. There are three simple rooms in all, one ground floor, two upstairs, all that share a common cold water bathroom and face over a pleasant garden enclosure. Resident Ugis is a Bali... Read our full review of Medewi Surf Homestay.

Puri Dajuma Cottages
Toprange - 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 Rp
Pekutatan (2km East of Medewi)
T: (0365) 43 955

The rooms are Puri Dajuma are large and all have plush four poster beds with mosquito nets, great verandas with quality furniture, hammocks, outdoor showers, indoor baths with hot water and are modern through. We were impressed by the cleanliness of the place despite there being few customers and rooms not being occupied regularly. The pool is a good one overlooking the ocean and has a good... Read our full review of Puri Dajuma Cottages.

Homestay Gede II
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Pulukan village (2km east of Medewi Beach down the hill from Hotel CSB on the right)
T: (081) 239 766 68

Some would enter Homestay Gede II and use the word charming to describe the atmosphere here, but it may give the impression that it is without flaw and has some neat comforting touches. It has neither of these and the word character is more apt. The rice barn bungalows are very basic, but the additions by surfers over the years, such as old couches, makes them feel strangely less basic than they... Read our full review of Homestay Gede II.

Hotel CSB
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Pulukan village (2km east of Medewi Beach)
T: (081) 338 667 288

It's apparent that someone at Hotel CSB cares enough to make sure the large rooms are cleaned properly, maintained relatively well and given a good airing. The cheapest of the 18 rooms come with hot water showers and the most expensive have ocean views and air-con. It's located 300m from the Medewi right hander on the eastern side of the river and is signposted from the main Gilimanuk road. Take... Read our full review of Hotel CSB.

Medewi Beach Cottages
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Main Medewi Beach road
T: (0361) 852 8521

At Medewi Beach Cottages you're paying for proximity to the beach and a swimming pool. The more expensive rooms are clean, but nothing to write home about at this price point. They have air-con, hot water, tastefully decorated open air bathrooms and look out onto the pretty palm trees that surround the swimming pool. Overall it is a little overpriced for the facilities, especially considering it... Read our full review of Medewi Beach Cottages.

Medewi Hotel
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Main Denpasar-Gilimanuk road (50m west of Medewi Beach road)
T: (087) 762 943 811

Entering the pleasant pine tree-filled gardens of the Medewi Hotel you feel as if you are entering your own slice of paradise. Rice barns on one side and concrete monoliths on the other invite the visitor inside for a look. But horror waits as the rooms open up into desperate caverns reminiscent of a 1950s asylum. For your money, you are treated to hot water — your only luxury. The staff are... Read our full review of Medewi Hotel.

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Where to next?

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

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