Pemuteran offers many terrific accommodation choices, mostly in the flashpacker to midrange and up price-points — there are not a lot of backpacker options here. Excellent bargains can be had outside of the busy months of July and August, but in high season rates sometimes triple. Hotels and homestays line both sides of the main road for a two-kilometre stretch, generally with resorts beachside, and cheaper options back towards the mountains. All have easy access to the beach. Some of the cleanest and neatest rooms we’ve seen in Bali are in this small village. Places usually offer outdoor-style bathrooms, included breakfast and WiFi. Be wary of roadside rooms, they can be noisy, and elsewhere the symphony of roosters, dogs and other critters all night long may disturb light sleepers — bring earplugs.
Arjuna Homestay strikes the right balance between a small comfortable hotel and a friendly homestay. On quiet Jalan Ajuna, 250 metres mountain-side from the main road, 16 rooms in a double-storey longhouse block overlook a screen of foliage, curtaining the splendid inviting swimming pool. Comfortable, simple but stylishly decorated, tiled air-con or fan-cooled rooms afford solid wooden... Read our full review of Arjuna Homestay.
Tucked away down a short rutted track off the main road, Mimpi Nyata is a real surprise — here you’ll find a neat and trim haven with unexpected style. This great little place was newly opened when we visited in June 2016. Enter through the double-storey reception and restaurant building to reveal five simple, tastefully decorated rooms edging a lovely pool and garden. The garden had a bit... Read our full review of Mimpi Nyata Villa.
Set in a sumptuous tropical garden, traditional architecture and a fabulous pool at Pondok Sari help create a secluded and sophisticated retreat. A forest of carved teak features heavily in the decor, and traditional stone carvings punctuate the lush grounds. Running from the main road down to the beach, the double-storey deluxe rooms here are the pick of the bunch, and are really worth forking... Read our full review of Pondok Sari.
Smart and modern, Sudi Guest House offers the best value flashpacker accommodation in Pemuteran. Low season walk-in rates make it a particularly good deal. Set on the mountain-side of the main road at Pemuteran, 80 metres back from the street within a private walled compound, Sudi's small longhouse-style block faces a pretty garden of lawns and fledgling frangipani trees. Medium-sized rooms are... Read our full review of Sudi Guest House.
Sun Suko Boutique Retreat had not yet opened its doors when we popped in mid-2016, but friendly staff let us have a good poke around the all-but-finished hotel that should be open by the time you are reading this. With a stunning mountain backdrop, this smart boutique hotel reimagines traditional teak houses into 10 modern and comfortable rooms surrounding a sparkling pool. The Swiss fashion... Read our full review of Sun Suko Boutique Retreat.
Sophisticated and relaxing, Taman Selini Beach Bungalows oozes the magic of bygone Bali. Amid well manicured established gardens, full of fragrant frangipani trees, 11 traditional thatched bungalows offer an excellent value seaside stay. Carved teak doors open to the simple, yet stylishly elegant air-con rooms. A four-poster bed is romantically strewn with flowers, and the antique writing desk... Read our full review of Taman Selini Beach Bungalows.
In the backyard of a family home, Giri Sari Guest House greets you with a sarong-wearing statue decorated with umbrellas and umbul umbul (Balinese flags) and offers a handful of spotless rooms in duplex blocks. Zingy colourful feature walls brighten up the modest rooms, and matching accessories give them the edge on similarly priced options. Spacious and comfortable, the bright interiors are... Read our full review of Giri Sari Guest House.
Behind a dive centre right on the main road at Pemuteran, two rows of super cute bungalows line a pretty garden path at Global Dive Lodges, and despite the name, you don’t have to be a diver to stay here. The bungalows small air-con rooms are decidedly tasteful and feel a little more luxurious compared to similar homestays in the area. Dark toned walls add a mood of sophistication, and... Read our full review of Global Dive Lodges.
There are swimming pools, and then there are swimming pools like the one at Kinaara Resort: a stupendous wobbly donut-shaped, natural hot spring water-fed pool with island bar, backdropped with a mountain view. They can almost be forgiven for not having a seafront location. Two styles of traditional Indonesian wood and thatch bungalows encircle the pool, curved lumbung-style, and box-shaped... Read our full review of Kinaara Resort.
Sweet family run Bhakti Guest House follows the same neat and functional style of a lot of similar homestays in Pemuteran, but this cute little place just seems to make an extra effort. Set in a quiet village location on the mountainside of the main road, 250 metres back from the middle of Pemuteran, with only two air-con rooms sitting side by side in a duplex style block. The basic but clean... Read our full review of Bhakti Guest House .
If a swimming pool is a priority, but you enjoy homestay hospitality, Suka Sari may fit the bill. From Suka Sari Warung on the busy main road at Pemuteran, a Balinese gate leads to a tree-filled garden, where a scattering of neat rooms encircle a shaded and welcoming swimming pool. Rooms range from standard duplexes and triplexes to deluxe bungalows and offer ceiling fans or air-con. The... Read our full review of Suka Sari.
Sprawling Taman Sari harbours a vast range of accommodation choices from cottages and bungalows to deluxe hotel-style rooms, through to private suites and villas, some with ocean views and many with outdoor bathrooms. The popular upmarket resort is accessed via its own private road at the western end of Pemuteran. Rambling gardens provide plenty of space to run around, or zip about on one of... Read our full review of Taman Sari.
Away from the relative crowds at Pemutaran, and closer to West Bali National park, resorts and hotels are tucked away in the hills and bays. Most fall towards the luxury category, but one or two homestays offer a glimpse into village life.
There’s something special about Santi Sari, a secluded luxurious boutique hotel bordering West Bali National Park: from the moment you step through the traditional gateway to the expansive lotus-filled ponds you are immersed in a world of calm graceful elegance. To the foreground, a double-storey sea-facing building houses a living room upstairs and open-air restaurant down, overlooking a deep... Read our full review of Santi Sari .
Eight kilometres west of Pemuteran and a further one and a half kilometres up a winding road off the main drag, Sumberkima Hill lords it over the surrounding area with views to the bay and Java beyond. Sumberkima Hill offers a handful of luxurious one- to three-bedroom villas in a mix of styles including traditional Javanese wooden houses. Set ups can accommodate from two to 11 guests, some with... Read our full review of Sumberkima Hill.
Located smack-bang in West Bali National Park, The Menjangan is spread across 382 hectares — yes, it’s massive — though the actual development covers a very modest area. If you’re looking for somewhere secluded and plush beachside in Bali that’s a bit different, you enjoy nature-based activities and your budget stretches to luxe, it may fit the bill.View of Menjangan Island from the... Read our full review of The Menjangan.
In a remote village 10 kilometres west of Pemutaran, down a rutted track, Tuke Menjangan is a cute-as-a-button, extremely friendly family homestay. Two simple bamboo-clad duplex rooms share the family compound with a pretty garden and one of the tiniest swimming pools we’ve seen. Although the neighbourhood is a little far-flung and you’ll probably be the only outsiders in town, the... Read our full review of Tuke Menjangan.