After good value villa-like accommodation, but your budget is more midrange and beachside isn’t a priority? Pick a colour. United Colors of Bali offer cute and colourful two-bedroom thatched-roofed bungalows in private bamboo-fenced gardens edging a communal swimming pool and manicured lawn.
Located to the north of Jalan Raya Canggu, a fifteen minute drive to the beach (or a decent hour-long walk), the double-storey bungalows enjoy fan-cooled open-plan living downstairs with living room, kitchen and outdoor-style bathroom, and two air-con bedrooms upstairs, one overlooking the pool, and a “green” outlook for the back-facing room.
Each bungalow is identified by a colourful feature wall—we viewed “blue”. The tiled living area is spacious, but a tad dark, even considering it’s completely open on one side (no wall), but it may have been the time of day we viewed with the sun obscured by the high bamboo fence. White rattan lounges and whitewashed wooden dining table and other furnishings endow a casual island-living style, and if island living is for you, the kitchen is well set up for a longer stay.
A patch of lawn and shrubbery graces the small private garden adding to the topical ambience and granting kids a spot to play. Close the gate for privacy, or leave it open for a view of the pool. The stairs leading to the bedrooms are a little precarious, not really suitable for young kids or clumsy adults. Bedrooms are compact but comfortable and plenty roomy enough, much brighter than the living area as light floods through the large arched window.
The house we viewed had double mosquito-netted beds in each room, but others are set up with twin beds for families. Pretty embroidered white sheets and bolster pillows add to the romance and bedcovers match the colour theme of the house. The bamboo enclosed semi-outdoor bathroom is decked out with a hot-water rain shower, and is positioned off the living area, so careful on those stairs if nature calls in the middle of the night.
Outside your bungalow, the deep-blue swimming pool is long enough for a decent lap, and a rainbow of coloured umbrellas offer some shade to a smattering of sun loungers, a relaxing social spot to meet the neighbours. A shady pavilion sweetens the kitty with beanbags and books, and another is set up for massages.
Above the office, a restaurant overlooks the pool, but only open for your included breakfast. There’s a couple of nearby dining options, and many local restaurants deliver if you don’t want to venture out (just mention the colour of your bungalow).
We love the relaxed open outdoor living style and the roomy digs, but you wouldn’t want to have noisy neighbours (don’t be those noisy neighbours) and as it’s the tropics you will get critters coming to visit, and if that’s not for you, a hermetically sealed room may be a better choice. United Colors of Bali offer all sorts of package deals some that include unusual, but useful things like a local phone and motorbike hire along with massages, excursions and your own private chef. They also offer larger (and pricier) two- and three-bedroom Joglo-style villas with private Jacuzzis, however we didn’t view these.
We think United Colors of Bali is a great deal if you can get a good rate—we were quoted 900,000 rupiah, but friendly staff said rates fluctuate, so check the booking sites as well. If United Colors of Bali is too far from the action, The Calmtree Bungalows near Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong offer a more rustic thatch style, or Red Salt have thatched rooms and although still a little out of the way is far closer to the beach. If off the beaten track suites, but your budget is limited, the standard hotel-style rooms at neighbouring Grandpa Resort are a steal.
By Sally Arnold
Last updated on 15th March, 2017.
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