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Delightful tropical houses

(0363) 41096

Ida’s Homestay

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Ida’s Homestay is ideal for anyone who wants to experience timeless old Bali and doesn’t mind missing out on a few modern conveniences.

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From the moment you see the sign for Ida’s, you know it’s going to be something special and not your run-of-the-mill hotel.

The front half of a traditional jukung fishing boat with its smiling face hangs proudly displaying the name. Located not far from the lagoon at Candi Dasa, a classic village-style yellow and green wood-panelled and thatch house forms part of the boundary facing the street. The adjoining stone wall incorporates a traditional gate leading to an expansive, grassy coconut-palm plantation on the ocean’s edge.

Dotted within are five large traditional wood, bamboo and thatch houses — and from time to time a cow or two. Magical Ida’s Homestay is one of those long established places where we’ve often wanted to stay — over the years we’ve sent several friends here who’ve always loved it, however whenever we try to stay, it’s full. This visit was no exception, but we did get to look around. The houses range in size and price from a small single-storey to a large double-storey family room. They are made using traditional materials and techniques. There’s minimal glass, and windows are either wooden shuttered, or have bamboo blinds. Details such as window lock and latches are even fashioned out of wood by the skilled craftsmen who work restoring furniture for the owner’s export business. Rooms are fan and sea-breeze cooled.

Wide balconies furnished with an assortment of comfortable chairs and lounges make great outside living areas. The owner explained that the furniture was “old”, that they were reluctant to call them “antiques” — “antiques” is what they would be sold as in the fancier tourist areas. Facilities are basic, but authentic. Beds are all mosquito netted. Semi-outdoor bathrooms are cold-water only, but staff can heat a thermos for a warm mandi anytime. A sizeable bale on the water’s edge provides a shady hangout and a small on-site restaurant can whip up a snack. You may feel you are hundreds of years away but you can still connect to the modern world with free WiFi. We love the relaxed and laidback atmosphere. Staff are very welcoming and friendly. Bookings are highly recommended.

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Walk-in rates at Ida’s Homestay

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Standard double room
240,000 rupiah
240,000 rupiah
Large: 340,000 rupiah.
Family room
390,000 rupiah
390,000 rupiah
Room: Standard double room, low season: 240,000 rupiah, high season 240,000 rupiah. Notes: Large: 340,000 rupiah.
Room: Family room, low season: 390,000 rupiah, high season 390,000 rupiah. Notes:

Where is Ida’s Homestay

Ida’s Homestay
(0363) 41096
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º34'15.39" E, 8º30'36.59" S
Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp

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