Bamboo and island vibes

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On the quiet side of Canggu, Ehomestay offers island vibes in a breezy bamboo and wooden structure.

Travelfish says:

Behind a sliding blue wooden gate with “Trojan horse” wheels a small grassy courtyard, guarded by barking, but friendly watch dogs (we’re informed they don’t bark once they get to know you), EHomestay is home to the open double-storey structure that houses a dorm upstairs and the communal areas and kitchen downstairs.

A quaint lawn outlook. : Sally Arnold.
A quaint lawn outlook. Photo: Sally Arnold

A teak “gladak” (Javanese wooden house) adds a private double, and share toilets and showers take up the other corner. The spacious six-bed dorm is far removed from Ikea bunkbeds, and instead provides thick mattresses on the floor sporting sky blue linen and mozzie nets. Standard fans keep the air flowing, but with thatch roof and bamboo walls, it’s pretty much open to the elements. Lockable bamboo cupboards (BYO lock), are large enough to store a backpack, and deliver a modicum of privacy when you sleep. Individual bedside lamps and power outlets move it up a notch from camping.

Light and sound filter through the bamboo, so if you’re a light sleeper bring earplugs and an eye mask, although you’ll probably still wake up from the creaky floor when someone comes in at night. The share amenities block provides two toilets and two hot-water showers in separate cubicles and is pretty clean considering the outdoor rustic nature of the place. You’ll need to bring your own towel but there’s liquid soap dispensers, although it’s probably not Lux.

No signage, so look out for the gates. : Sally Arnold.
No signage, so look out for the gates. Photo: Sally Arnold

The gladak is perfect for couples, and a great deal with air-con, TV and private outdoor-style ensuite for just the cost of two dorm beds. As the windows are wooden shutters, not glass, it’s a bit darker inside too.

What makes Ehomestay a winner is the terrific communal area with large TV and DVD library, beanbags, hammocks, and sun lounges, a big communal dining table and a functional share kitchen. However you may not appreciate a movie night if you want to sleep as the noise will carry directly upstairs. Water refills are available anytime too. If you’re here to surf (probably most guests), surfboard racks are plentiful.

A wood and bamboo theme throughout. : Sally Arnold.
A wood and bamboo theme throughout. Photo: Sally Arnold

Ehomestay is still (February 2017) surrounded by ricefields and may be too remote for travellers who want to be in the centre of the action, however the beach is only 450 metres away, and a couple of local restaurants and a small mini-mart will keep you sustained.

We like the natural materials and unpretentious style, but if you don’t like camping, Ehomestay is possibly not the place for you. Ehomestay has no street signage, so is a little difficult to find—the entrance to the lane is past Kubudiuma on Jalan Pantai Pererenan the way to the beach, look for the first blue gate. If you like this area, but a hostel is not your style (and you have a whole chunk load more of cash), beachfront Pondok Nyoman Bagus Guesthouse is worth a look.

Contact details for EHomestay

Address: 1 Gang Rumah Kayu, Jalan Pantai Pererenan
T: (0812) 396 0660; (0821) 4342 1377;  
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º7'22.27" E, 8º39'0.22" S
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Room rates: Under 150,000 Rp

Room rates

What we were quoted as a walk-in.

Dorm fan cooled 100,000 rupiah 100,000 rupiah
Dbl air-con private bathroom 200,000 rupiah 200,000 rupiah

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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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