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Beachside women's dorm

Jalan Ndalem Agung, Mendira, Sengkidu T: (0363) 42087 (0813) 3962 3277

Crystal Beach Bali

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On an out-of-the-way section of beach in Sengkidu, the very friendly — but a little bit strange — Crystal Beach Bali has a selection of rooms mostly midrange to higher priced.

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If you are after something cheap, they have the only dorm near Candi Dasa, but they are women-only. Additionally there’s one budget double air-con room with a share bathroom, but you’ll get better value for similar in Candi Dasa.

They are planning on building a dorm for men, and improving the current one, but for now, the five-bed dorm is in a converted garage. From outside it doesn’t look that great — worn, peeling paint, rusty door hinges — however, the interior is a pleasant surprise. Five single beds — not bunks — with thick spring mattresses and clean white linen line up in the super cool (freezing) air-con room. Fresh white paint and clean tiled floors make the windowless room feel bright. Presumably hiding the garage doors, a golden curtain adds colour and a large bright floral painting creates a homely touch. Entertainment is provided in the form of a small flatscreen TV and DVD player — hopefully your roommates have the same taste in movies. There are only four lockers — glass fronted lockable cupboards. We asked about one for the fifth guest, but only received a shrug.

Pleasant as it is, the major downside of the dorm is that the share bathroom, with only one combined toilet and shower, is 50 metres across the lawn behind the hotel lobby. If that doesn’t bother you, this is not a bad deal. It’s absolute beachfront, with a small swimming pool and plenty of lounging areas, including some shaded daybeds on the small, well maintained black-sand beach. Buffet breakfast is included, and other simple Indonesian meals are available. A free shuttle ferries guests back and forward to Candi Dasa five times per day. Inside the share bathroom, a washing machine is available for self-service laundry at a low cost. WiFi is free and available throughout. You can snorkel the small reef at the front, but you’ll have to bring your own equipment.

The midrange rooms at Crystal Beach Bali, built in a large block behind the reception, seem aimed more at the domestic market and are not really to our taste. The dorm is good value.

To find Crystal Beach Bali, from Jalan Raya Candi Dasa, turn into Jalan Mandira near the large Kantor Perbekal Sengkidu building. There’s a large signpost here with several hotels marked. Continue along Jalan Mandira for 1.2 kilometres. Look for the Crystal Beach Bali sign on the left and follow the dirt road for about 100 metres.

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Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dorm air-con
100,000 rupiah
100,000 rupiah
Women only.
Standard double room
200,000 rupiah
200,000 rupiah
Room: Dorm air-con, low season: 100,000 rupiah, high season 100,000 rupiah. Notes: Women only.
Room: Standard double room, low season: 200,000 rupiah, high season 200,000 rupiah. Notes:

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Where is Crystal Beach Bali

Crystal Beach Bali
Jalan Ndalem Agung, Mendira, Sengkidu
T: (0363) 42087 (0813) 3962 3277
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º32'45.58" E, 8º30'19.03" S
Room rates: Under 150,000 Rp

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