Photo: Cute and comfy.

Bali Tiger

Glamping style beach huts

Jalan Pantai Yeh Sumbul, Desa Yeh Sumbul T: (0823) 4100 8864

Bali Tiger

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For folks who love camping but also enjoy the comforts of a decent bed and hot shower (TF writer raises hand), Bali Tiger may be just the ticket.

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At the far northern end of Yeh Sumbul Beach, scarcely metres from the sea, Bali Tiger is one of the cutest guesthouses we’ve come across in a while, and is one of our top picks for flashpackers in the Medewi area. Assorted beach huts line this narrow strip, all angled so as to take advantage of the seaview (until built out by neighbours in this quickly developing spot).

Think bungalow meets tent.

Think bungalow meets tent. Photo: Sally Arnold

Our favourites of the bunch are the four front huts made from bamboo, thatch and canvas, more akin to a “glaming” style tent with canvas walls, zippable doors and sewn in flyscreen windows with roll-down canvas flaps supported on a bamboo platform. Slightly more glam than just camping, the roomy interior is furnished with a bamboo bed sporting a comfy mattress that can be configured as a double or twin. Bottom sheet and a blanket are supplied, but they were happy to offer a top sheet on request, as it can get a little cool with the sea breeze in the evening, although we think they should skip the strongly perfumed fabric softener.

Lighting and power switches, a standard fan and running hot water add to the “non-campsite” accoutrements. A small lockable cupboard isn’t big enough to hold bags, but will lock away valuables well as doubling as a bedside table. At the back of the room a canvas “wall” can be rolled down to create a changing room, and it’s here that you’ll find the stylish stone washbasin, mirror and drying rack rather than in the outdoor ensuite bathroom. Slide the bamboo door and step down into the pebble surfaced room with clean western-style toilet and outdoor hot-water shower.

Rooms are staggered and run down to the beach.

Rooms are staggered and run down to the beach. Photo: Sally Arnold

The shady veranda is graced with beanbags and a low table with chairs made from recycled tires on the grassy patch in front to enjoy the sun and sea vista. When the afternoon sun is a little too fierce, bamboo blinds offer some additional shade. Although it is a delight to lay in bed and listen to the thundering waves, the call-to-prayer also booms nearby.

If you prefer your walls made from something a little more solid than canvas, two small and one larger bungalow are constructed from recycled teak traditional houses with tiled roof and solid cement foundations with tiled floors. Bathrooms are more enclosed, but otherwise facilities are similar to the tent-style rooms—all are fan-cooled with hot-water showers. Two smaller bungalows are made entirely of bamboo with thatch roof and glass windows and while they are very appealing, they are rather cosy, and a bit of a squeeze for two.

Too cute.

Too cute. Photo: Sally Arnold

A tiny plunge pool offers an alternative to the sea, however it was looking less than sparkly—friendly staff said they were having a little trouble getting the chemical balance right, but probably soon fixed. Bali Tiger include breakfast in the rate, but the choice is limited and inflexible, even so you can purchase extras. A small reasonably priced menu of simple meals, juices and drinks (including cold beer) is available for when you can’t drag yourself away from the comforts of your beach hut.

As with most of the accommodation in the area, Bali Tiger can organise surf lessons, board hire, transport and excursions. We think Bali Tiger is adorable and we love the simple relaxing beach hut style, but if not well maintained could deteriorate quickly—sheets were already slightly stained (but clean), and considering Sea Medewi, the resort up the road with two swimming pools, charges an equivalent rate, this is a tad pricey.

The pool is pretty small and not all that tempting.

The pool is pretty small and not all that tempting. Photo: Sally Arnold

If you’re in Medewi to surf, neighbouring Brown Sugar has more of a surf camp vibe, with a range of lovely rooms, and if sea view and a bigger swimming pool are more of a draw, Villa Khalisha offers good value.

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Walk-in rates at Bali Tiger

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Bungalow fan private bathroom
250,000 rupiah
250,000 rupiah
Bamboo bungalow, 300,000 for glamping style
Deluxe bungalow
300,000 rupiah
300,000 rupiah
Wooden bungalow
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: 250,000 rupiah, high season 250,000 rupiah. Notes: Bamboo bungalow, 300,000 for glamping style
Room: Deluxe bungalow, low season: 300,000 rupiah, high season 300,000 rupiah. Notes: Wooden bungalow

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Where is Bali Tiger

Bali Tiger
Jalan Pantai Yeh Sumbul, Desa Yeh Sumbul
T: (0823) 4100 8864
Coordinates (for GPS): 114º47'28.34" E, 8º24'35.18" S
Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp

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