The Farm Hostel

The Farm Hostel

Social but chilled boutique hostel

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In the midst of Balinese bucolic beauty, overlooking (hopefully not the last of) Canggu’s rice fields, The Farm Hostel, offers social spaces and chill zones, a clean and comfy rest, swimming pool and walking encyclopaedias of local knowledge, AKA the staff.

Travelfish says:

This “boutique hostel” (read pricier than a cheap homestay) is housed in a large open-plan Joglo (antique Javanese house), and at the time of our visit in February 2017, was in the process of extending to a property next door. One eight-bed female dorm, and two ten-bed mixed dorms are the current deal, all crispy air-con cooled and graced with lovely outdoor-style hot-water ensuite bathrooms, fitting of a boutique hotel.

Homely. : Sally Arnold.
Homely. Photo: Sally Arnold

Wooden bunks are nice and roomy with privacy curtains, personal lighting and international sockets. In the dorm we viewed, top bunks didn’t provide safety rails, so restless sleepers hati-hati. Bedding is cosy and fresh (we saw mattresses being aired in the sun, nature’s own germ killer). Lockable draws under the bed (BYO padlock) are roomy but the majority of travellers just store their bags on the floor.

A fully equipped kitchen is on hand for folks who like to cook up a storm (or just heat instant noodles), but a gazillion cafes and fine restaurants are within spitting distance. TV, DVDs, lounges, beanbags, hammocks and cushioned bales have chill-time sorted and if you’re feeling more animated there’s the three Ps: pool (as in swimming), ping and pong. A spot of yoga may be on the cards too.

Well kitted-out dorms. : Sally Arnold.
Well kitted-out dorms. Photo: Sally Arnold

The swimming pool is a bit of a stunner — tiny, but like shimmering jade, and if you’re learning to surf you can practice on one of the poolside boards. The vibe is chilled, but there’s always someone to scoot out with (guests we spoke to were enamoured by the lovely crowd The Farm Hostel attracts).

Weekly barbecues ensure you’ll have at lease one square meal and offer the opportunity to meet said lovely folk. The team can sort you with surf lessons, transport, ding repair, ink, bars, and secret right-handers. If you’re a single traveller looking to meet others in a friendly but not too crazy party hostel, The Farm Hostel is one of Canggu’s best.

Layabout area. : Sally Arnold.
Layabout area. Photo: Sally Arnold

Elements B and B near Jalan Nelayan, is another decent hostel to consider, or if there are a couple of you and you’d prefer a private room, but still a social vibe, Mote Surfstay is a solid option.

Contact details for The Farm Hostel

Address: 29H Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong
T: (0813) 3966 1667; (0878) 6164 2661; (0812) 3720 8240;  
Email: thefarmhostel@gmail.com
Web: http://thefarmhostel.com
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º8'17.74" E, 8º38'45.79" S
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Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp

Room rates

What we were quoted as a walk-in.

Dorm air-con 170,000 rupiah 170,000 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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