Social but chilled boutique hostel
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Sally Arnold
Last updated on 15th March, 2017.
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