Intimate homestay with a pool
Tucked at the end of a rutted lane off Jalan Pantai Berawa, Bali View Homestay offers four spacious rooms in two face-to-face brick duplexes with furnished terraces, a shared kitchen and plunge pool in an enclosed courtyard garden.
The long, narrow rooms offer comfy twin or double bed options with plenty of room for cat-swinging and provide both air-con and ceiling fans. Rooms are rather dark, and the decor is predominantly brown with exposed brick and dark wooden furniture, but high traditional ceilings with exposed beams make it seem more cosy than oppressive and together with the sleepy location is just the right combo for getting a good nights sleep. If you can’t sleep, a TV with cable and a DVD player offer alternatives.
Clean ensuite hot-water bathrooms supply rain showers and feature natural materials. The tiny swimming pool sits at the front of the small area, so the far end rooms are less likely to be disturbed by any splashing about. Two sun lounges at either end get a bit of shade from the wall, but are otherwise fairly exposed. Windows punctuate the courtyard wall and look to a narrow strip of farmland.
The share kitchen is perfect for a longer stays and includes a sound system for party nights. Overall, we like the intimate nature here, but you’d want to get along with the other guests, or you could always book the whole place for a group of friends.
Bali View Homestay is about two and a half kilometres to the beach, but very near to a whole bunch of tempting cafes and shops. One hundred metres up the road, Klamboo Guesthouse offers a similar set up with spacious rooms, pool and kitchen, but within more expansive grounds, and the style is white bright and open, rather than dark and cosy.
Address: 28 Gang Layur, Jalan Pantai Berawa
T: (0877) 8702 6261; (0819) 1666 0985;
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º8'41.78" E, 8º39'32.74" S
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Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||400,000 rupiah||400,000 rupiah|
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