Stylish, simple, family-run guesthouse
Ayok Stay and Surf is a simple, stylish family-run guesthouse, minutes walk to the beach—word is Ayok and his dad are top blokes, and patient and funny surf instructors too (surf lessons 350,000 rupiah for two hours), but we only met the very friendly staff.
The double-storey guesthouse is enclosed in a tiny private garden next door to the family home. There’s no pool, but really the sea is that close you don’t even need a scooter. Six spacious, bright and breezy, air-con rooms offer either twin or double comfortable wooden beds which sport bright white linens.
Exposed brick, both painted white and unpainted fit in with the Canggu hipster aesthetic, as do the stylish minimal photos on the walls. Clean ensuite hot-water bathrooms have even more of an industrial feel with polished cement and repurposed enamel bowls as washbasins.
There’s plenty of space to chill outside your room—upstairs rooms share a long balcony and get a bit of a view, and downstairs enjoy garden access, all graced with a couple of comfy wooden armchairs and a drying rack for your rashie and bordies. Ayok’s has a definite surfer vibe, but it’s chilled, quiet and relaxed.
Breakfast isn’t included, but a free coffee will get you on the way to one of the nearby cafes before the swell’s up. If Ayok Stay and Surf is full Bali Manik Homestay on Jalan Batu Mejan T: (0821) 4740 2349 (no email or website) and The Wina Guesthouse (two locations) are both friendly family-run (and a little less expensive) homestays with smart and stylish rooms, but further from the beach. For more of a surf focus at other price points, backpacker dorms at Surfer’s House and midrange rooms at Big Brother Surf Inn are good options.
Address: Jalan Munduk Catu
T: (0819) 1632 2992;
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º7'51.27" E, 8º39'11.51" S
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Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||300,000 rupiah||300,000 rupiah|
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