Photo: The views are not shabby.

Stiky II

Stylish boho surfer shack

Bingin Beach T: (0813) 3978 3402 (0815) 5895 6230 (0816) 573 940

Stiky II

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Clinging to the cliff face edging Bingin Beach, Stiky II not only nabs an unobstructed ocean vista, but is in the running for the most stylish budget surfer crash pads on the Bukit.

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The beaches around Bali’s Bukit are lined with a multitude of beach shacks that mostly fall into one of two categories: basic bamboo huts with share cold-water bathrooms or pricey upmarket digs. Stiky II falls into the former pigeonhole but with the style of the latter, and if you don’t mind sharing facilities, this basic beachfront homestay offers excellent value.

Very simple lodgings.

Very simple lodgings. Photo: Sally Arnold

But be warned: Stiky II is not for the unfit and requires a steep hike down the hill to reach the simple double-storey wood, bamboo and thatch shack. The path leads to the lower level warung with open dining area, kitchen, the two shared cold-water bathrooms, one of the basic fan-cooled rooms. From here, a ladder type staircase connects to the upper level offering a wide hammock- and beanbag-strewn shared verandah and four simple bamboo rooms with another three loft-style rooms above. Floors, walls, beams and furnishings are whitewashed, contrasting with the natural thatched roof, enhanced with colourful textiles evoking a relaxed boho beach style.

Although they were full when we popped by, the rooms are open enough that we could take a good sticky inside. The fan-cooled rooms are small but with ample space for a comfortable mosquito-netted double bed, a bedside table and a spot for your bag. Glassless windows sport bamboo shutters that can be left open to enjoy the salty breeze or shut when it’s blowing a gale or if you prefer a darker room for sleeping. The loft-style rooms, accessed via ladders, provide a mozzie-netted mattress on the floor with the front of the room open to the elements, or screened by the roll-down bamboo blind.

A good spot for meeting others.

A good spot for meeting others. Photo: Sally Arnold

While Stiky II is unquestionably charming, it is somewhat rustic and the thin bamboo walls mean you’ll hear your neighbours snores and rustles, but you’ll also cop an earful thanks to the crashing ocean waves which more than compensates in our book. Clean shared bathrooms provide Western-style toilets and cold-water showers. From waist height above, the long bench with the washbasin is open to the ocean views, so you can check the swell while you brush your teeth.

Breakfast is not included, but charming Wayan can rustle up simple tasty meals and a handful of nearby beach warungs mean you’ll never have to leave the beach, so you can surf, sleep and eat before you have to face those steep stairs up the cliff again. Run by Balinese Wayan (master of the kitchen) and Italian Anna—evidently a dab hand with Italian design flair—when we visited, most of the guests were Italian.

Boards up top, bodies down below.

Boards up top, bodies down below. Photo: Sally Arnold

Stiky II is not that easy to find, but if you follow the path alongside Pondok Indah to the beach, the doorway is on your right after you pass the upmarket Sal Beach Resort. If you love the view, but prefer a bit more comfort with your stylish digs (and have a heap more cash), stop in at Sal or Rock ’n’ Reef a little further west along the coast, or nab a bed at Dreamsea Surf Camp at Padang Padang. For an alternative cheap stay at Bingin sans view but with a pool, check out the dorm at Bingin Inn.

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Dbl fan share bathroom
200,000 rupiah
200,000 rupiah
Room: Dbl fan share bathroom, low season: 200,000 rupiah, high season 200,000 rupiah. Notes:

Where is Stiky II

Stiky II
Bingin Beach
T: (0813) 3978 3402 (0815) 5895 6230 (0816) 573 940
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º6'51.89" E, 8º48'17.75" S
Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp

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