My trip to Bali couldn't have come at a better time. I was feeling stressed and burnt out from work, and I was (probably) deficient in vitamin D after a gloomy winter in New Zealand. And even though I was travelling to Bali solo (in search of a little me-time) and on a budget of US$300 a week, I was determined to find myself a little Indonesian luxury.
I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't hard to find a bit of style and glamour in Bali while on a budget. An hour at a spa set me back just $12 in Ubud, or my private room with a view of the rice paddies in Munduk cost just $15 a night. Many of the hostels I booked included a swimming pool, an onsite restaurant and bar, plus some pretty stylish lounging areas. Some hostels were so gorgeous that I had some trouble deciding where I wanted to stay! Luckily for you guys, I kept all my bookmarks of the places and hostels I wanted to visit during my three weeks in Bali. I never got around to visiting Seminyak, Lovina or Canggu, but that shouldn't stop you.
My hostel in Munduk that I mentioned above, had no online listing. Sometimes when you get off the beaten path, you'll find many hostels and guesthouses are pretty much walk-in only, with limited internet access. However for your accommodation in Ubud, Kuta, or anywhere else that's popular in Bali, I recommend booking ahead - because the best hostels sell out fast.
Note: Prices listed are in $USD at time of publishing.
Ubud - Puri Garden
Puri Garden is a boutique hotel & hostel in the heart of Ubud, just a few steps of the main sights, shops, restaurants and the world's famous Yoga Barn. The recently renovated cosy rooms offer an authentic Balinese feel with a modern touch in a beautiful spacious location, including a gorgeous garden, swimming pool and lounge area. You also can't go wrong with the free daily yoga classes, BBQ nights, live music and movies.
Single dorm bed: $17 per night
Double bed private room $60 per night
Ubud - In Da Lodge
With a great atmosphere and excellent prices it's easy to see why In Da lodge is a popular choice. While not the hostel to choose if you've come to Ubud to relax and meet other travellers, it's a great way to meet people and socialise.
Single dorm bed: $7.50 per night
Seminyak - M Boutique
M Boutique Hostel is the first luxury boutique hostel located in Seminyak. The main concept is a comfortable place with modern pod style beds that gives a warm and relaxed atmosphere for everyone. Their priority is to provide great facilities for guests to have pleasant stay and enjoy their swimming pool and terrace with colorful comfy bean bags.
Single dorm bed: $8.60 per night
Seminyak - Umahku
Whatever you search for in a hostel, Umahku in Seminyak has you covered. They have Balinese style private rooms, gorgeous food that's created at their onsite restaurant, friendly staff, and, of course, a sun dappled pool. They're also one of the best valued hostels in Seminyak for private rooms.
Single dorm bed: $12 per night
Private room double bed: $34 per night
Seminyak - Room & Vespa
Exactly as it says in the name, this hostel offers a Vespa scooter to rent during your stay in Bali, a cheap and effective way of exploring the island. Not only that, but Room & Vespa is clean and comfortable and away from the busy streets, "an oasis of calm" as one reviewer put it.
Private room double bed: $59 per night
Kuta - Kayun Hostel
Kayun hostel is a great option for women looking to make friends and have fun in Bali. Their security is top notch and their female only dorms and are comfortable space to get to know other travellers. You also can't beat Kayuns location at the heart of Kuta - just half a kilometre away from clubs, shops, restaurants and Kuta beach.
Single dorm bed: $7 per night
Double bed private: $16 per night
Kuta - Cara Cara Inn
Cara cara is a vibrant, fun-filled and hip boutique inn, cafe, & bar in the heart of Kuta Bali (450m from Kuta Beach) with cozy rooms & bunks for the free‑spirited and young‑at‑heart. Cara Cara’s pool, water slide, hammocks, & BBQs mean countless opportunities to meet & mingle away from the hectic streets of Kuta.
Single bed dorm: $11.50 per night
Private room double bed: $21 per night
Nusa Lembongan Island - Nyuh Gading Home stay
A simple and family owned apartment on Nusa Lembongan Island, this is the place to stay to get away from it all. Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere by the pool, walk the nearby beaches and enjoy good food at their onsite restaurant.
Single bed dorm: $14 per night
Private room double bed: $48 per night
Nusa Lembongan Island - Lembongan Hostel
Just steps away from the famous Dream Beach, Mushroom beach and Sandy Bay (seriously, google these beaches, they are incredible!) and featuring modern Balinese style design, Lembongan is more than just a hostel. Dorm beds are designed to feel more private than your typical dorm room with individual curtains to provide privacy, while the spacious common lounge will provide the perfect place to make friends before your snorkelling trip out on the reefs.
Single dorm bed: $13 per night
Padang Bai - Lemon House
Lemon House is a newly opened, small but clean and funky guesthouse in the beautiful fishing village of Padang Bai, Bali. Their newly refurbished natural stone bathrooms, panoramic balcony view, and lounge area with free movies will keep you entertained during your free time.
Single dorm bed: $8 per night
Double bed private room: $17 per night
Lovina - Santhika B&B
The name “Santhika” means “work in peace”, but it's not all about work at this B&B. They can be found in the center of Lovina, not far from all the tourist favourites like the hot springs, Buddhist temple, Bedugul area, and waterfalls. They have a natural swimming pool where you can cool down, relax enjoy a foot massage and more in their magical spa.
Single bed dorm: $14
Double bed private room: $20 per night
Lovina - Summer Guesthouse
A brand new hostel, Summer Guesthouse is a place where you can chill, relax, find new friends and enjoy a little peace. From their rooms you can see gorgeous mountainous views of Lovina and the surrounding rice fields.
Single bed dorm: $12 per night
Double bed private room: $24 per night
Canggu - Waterborn Bali
WaterBorn Bali combines a social hostel atmosphere with the feel of a luxury villa. It boasts a crystal clear pool surrounded by sunbeds, a central location, tastefully decorated rooms and a massive free breakfast. Waterborn also happens to be one of the top rated hostels in Bali.
Single bed dorm: $20.50 per night
Double bed private room: $37 per night
Canggu - The Farm Hostel
With glowing reviews, The Farm goes above and beyond the standard in hosteling. They have it all; solid bedding with larger, more comfortable mattresses, curtains on each bed for privacy and an international power outlet and reading light for when you just want to be alone. Not to mention fibre optic WiFi from anywhere on the property. Plus there's a traditional open air shower, to wake you up in the morning.
Single dorm bed: $13 per night
I hope you find what you're looking for here. Bali has a delightful number of hostels that are right on trend, they're well looked after and of course, they'll look after you, whether you've just gotten off a long flight like I had, or you've come for some self care after a long trip around Southeast Asia.
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