Cosy mountain bungalows
Head straight to Strawberry Hill Hotel for the most comfortable and stylish midrange choice in Bedugul. Dotted around a lovely garden, Strawberry Hill Hotel features a collection of traditional-style hillside bungalows, each named after a mountain in Indonesia.
Cosy and inviting, the spotless wooden-floored brick bungalows burst with traditional Indonesian arts, while batik curtains and wooden carved details add to an authentic feel. Beds are springy and comfortable, with clean, crisp white sheets and snug duvets to keep you warm in the cooler mountain climes. Fans hang from high beamed ceilings, but are most likely unnecessary. Furnishings include matching wooden bedside tables and a built-in desk and separate storage.
A daybed doubles as an extra bed, with additional fold down and pull out options to accommodate up to six people, for an extra per person charge. More than two adults and two kids could get a little too cosy, though. Light switches, power sockets and lamps are all right where you need them. Flatscreen TV with satellite channels and free WiFI offer in-room entertainment options.
Ensuite bathrooms are delightful, with deep freestanding tubs, a separate shower and strong hot water. Pebbled floors, wooden shutters, fragrant handmade soap and fluffy towels add to the luxurious feel.
Glass doors open to spacious furnished balconies overlooking the immaculate garden and water features. Some rooms have views to Bali’s mountain peaks of Batur, Abang and Agung.
True to its name, Strawberry Hill Hotel grows its own strawberries and guests are free to pick their own. Mmmm — fresh strawberries. The attached pub-style restaurant keeps it cosy with a roaring open fire (yes, it gets that cold). A pool table and dart board will make you think you’re in the old country. The menu offers a mix of reasonably priced Indonesian and Western fare, and strawberry drinks and desserts feature. Strawberry daiquiris (76,000 rupiah) and wine make a change from the usual Bintang.
Staff are funny, friendly and attentive. Breakfast is included with the option to have it delivered to your door — brekkie in bed! Toast comes with homemade strawberry jam and a bowl of strawberries is one of the choices. The only negative of this charming hotel is that it’s situated right on the bend of a busy road, so traffic noise can be a problem in some rooms — book a room in the centre of the hotel.
Strawberry Hill Hotel is located at the southern end of Bedugul, 1.3 kilometres along the road south of Candikuning market — watch out for the sharp turn into the driveway.
Address: Jalan Raya Denpasar-Singaraja Km 48, Bedugul
T: (0368) 21265; F: (0368) 21442
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º10'8.22" E, 8º17'9.63" S
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Room rates: 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||550,000 rupiah||550,000 rupiah|
Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.
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