An excellent selection of friendly flashpacker accommodation predominates in the centre of Munduk, with one real backpacker option. Rooms are clean and well maintained, as most are part of the family home.
Bali can be really beautiful when it wants to be. While in heavily touristed Ubud and the southern beaches, a room with a view has become an expensive room with a view, but off in Munduk in Bali’s central heartland, the views are still delivered free of charge just for making the effort to visit — regardless of your budget.This is the view from the restaurant …The picture above is from an... Read our full review of A room with a view… in Bali’s Munduk.
This excellent value family-run homestay offers a range of clean and comfortable flashpacker options, some with spectacular views. Two double-storey buildings sit side-on to the view, facing a courtyard dotted with potted plants, the family shrine and a satellite dish. A north-facing uncovered restaurant in the centre fronts the property. Most rooms in the lower price range are ground floor,... Read our full review of Aditya Homestay.
Walking into the small manicured garden at Dangin Mangkalan Homestay, we were warmly welcomed by the kind elderly owners with coffee, fruit, biscuits and cake — friendly Balinese hospitality at its finest. Positioned down a short, steep lane on the north face of the ridge, the small homestay offers six immaculate rooms overlooking the valley below. Four rooms occupy a two-storey brick... Read our full review of Dangin Mangkalan Homestay .
Friendly, family-run Karang Sari offers two styles of rooms: airy and modern, some with views (Frangipani), or cheaper in an original colonial Dutch house, sans view (Bougainvillea). The large modern rooms are better value, as the older rooms are a little rundown, however they have plenty of historical charm. Modern rooms are housed in a two-storey and a four-storey building facing a spacious... Read our full review of Karang Sari Guesthouse.
Smack bang in the heart of Munduk, Puri Sunny offers a mix of simple brick or wooden single-storey duplex or two-storey bungalows, and like it says on their sign, all have scenic views — and those views are terrific. Rooms closest to the road can be noisy, but on a clear day have views out to sea. Other rooms are quieter and their outlook over the opposite side of the ridge is just as... Read our full review of Puri Sunny Hotel.
Set in a friendly family compound, the two large spotless rooms at Taman Sari Guesthouse offer fabulous views at an excellent flashpacker rate. It’s well located in the centre of Munduk, next to the family’s small coffee roasting and grinding business. Sparking tiled rooms are in mint condition, if a little bland. Unadorned cream walls look fresh and bright in the light-filled rooms.... Read our full review of Taman Sari Guesthouse.
If you are after a cheap sleep with a view in Munduk, one homestay with a great deal has a name that nails it: One Homestay. They offer four simple clean rooms, all with hot water, and they take full advantage of the magnificent view. Two budget rooms are the cheapies on offer; you’ll have to sit on the balcony to enjoy the views in these rooms as windows are tiny, and with tiled walls... Read our full review of One Homestay.
Quaint Taman Ayu is a rambling family-run, old-school homestay. The highlight here is the cute almost Juliet-style balconies overlooking the clove plantations that invite you to linger and enjoy the sounds of buzzing cicadas and croaking frogs. It’s a little like stepping into a time machine entering the well maintained rooms; everything is a little mismatched but comfortable and... Read our full review of Taman Ayu Homestay and Warung.
Closer to Munduk’s waterfalls, accommodation falls mainly into the midrange and higher categories, although a couple of newer flashpacker spots can be found here too. You’ll have a bit of a walk into the village, but the payoff is less early morning village noise.
If you’re after a hotel with a pool in Munduk, this is your go-to choice, and at Puri Alam Bali Bungalows you’ll get some of the best views in town thrown in for free. Rooms come in four categories, but most are looking tired and are not particularly appealing. However, at either end of the price scale — the two standard rooms in front of the pool and two bungalow rooms below the pool... Read our full review of Puri Alam Bali Bungalows.
When we visited Melanting Cottages in June 2016, they were in the midst of renovation, with only a couple of rooms in operation. It’s an upwardly mobile reno, moving this once decent flashpacker right up to the top range bracket, and the one finished and two half-finished bungalows we viewed looked terrific. Some of the older rooms that are still operating have plans to be pulled down and... Read our full review of Melanting Cottages.
In a quiet location away from the busy main road, Villa Dua Bintang offer fabulous jungle mountain views from comfortable and spacious rooms. Doubles and family rooms overhang the cliff, built from wood with huge glass picture windows on two sides, inviting in the natural soundings. Exposed wood and bamboo-clad walls, along with dark stone coloured tiles, add to the earthy ambience. Large solid... Read our full review of Villa Dua Bintang.
We visited Adila Warung and Homestay on their opening day in June 2016, so of course everything was pristine; we get the impression from the friendly family that they intend to keep it that way. Overlooking Melanting Cottages, with views out to sea, the homestay is very close to Munduk Waterfall. Four bright but sparsely furnished, smallish rooms sit side by side in a longhouse block clinging... Read our full review of Adila Warung and Homestay.
Set up like a traditional village amid ricefields, gardens and ponds, Puri Lumbung Cottages sells itself as an upmarket eco-resort. Traditional wooden rice-barn style bungalows and brick villas are authentic and full of character, however they are well overpriced. Rooms are old, and while that’s not a problem in itself, some seemed a little rickety and worn at the edges. Mosquito-netted... Read our full review of Puri Lumbung Cottages.
In the villages and valleys around Munduk, some excellent mid- to top-range hotels and resorts take advantage of the stunning landscape. You’ll need private transport to reach them.
Secluded in the valley below Munduk, about four kilometres to the west in the village of Kayuputih, eco-friendly Sanak Retreat offers a touch of luxury. Ten one and two-bedroom wooden bungalows and a three-bedroom private villa nest in a village-like arrangement surrounded by paddy and tropical vegetation. We were impressed with the environmental policies of this hideaway — no greenwashing... Read our full review of Sanak Retreat.
Tucked away amid rice terraces, Lesong Hotel and Restaurant offers four spacious rooms and fabulous scenery. Housed in a two-storey brick building, which looks more like a house than a hotel, light-filled rooms are decked out with polished wooden floors that give warmth and add character to the simple furnishings. Mosquito-netted wooden beds have lovely thick mattresses and cosy white covers.... Read our full review of Lesong Hotel and Restaurant.
If you plan on trekking around Lake Tamblingan, you can’t go wrong staying at nearby midrange Terrasse du Lac Tamblingan Sari, if it’s within your budget. There are just two homely rooms, which offer a comfortable sleep -- they boast fireplaces to warm up the chilly mountain evening. That's right, cosy wood fireplaces inside the room -- bet you didn't think you’d find that in... Read our full review of Terrasse du Lac Tamblingan Sari.