MY BALINESE FAMILY'S GUEST HOUSE:
Stay at relaxed, low cost homestay in a private room right on the ocean. This is a homestay right on the beach at Balangan. It is a family-run, laid back operation. The owners of this business are my Balinese family. They are the parents, aunts, uncles and cousins of the children I teach English classes to at Balangan beach on Sundays. Many of my friends have enjoyed this place thoroughly. You'll wake up literally 10 metres from the ocean - even closer if it's high tide.
**Please note when booking that in the high season months of August, September & October there is a minimum booking of 7 nights. We're very busy. For this reason we are currently only considering bookings of 7 nights or more. We may be able to make the odd exception if we can squeeze you in. But please bear in mind that this is unlikely. **
The 10 newly built rooms are basic, with bamboo-matt interior walls and mosquito nets.
There are three share bathroom for all guests - they're clean and very basic. You stay here for the friendly atmosphere, the magnificent view and a super low cost room right on the beach - not for interior design or fancy architecture.
There is a restaurant on the first floor serving tasty western and Balinese food.
You can hire scooters and surfboards on site.
I can arrange transfers with my preferred drivers to and from anywhere in Bali.
Located 45 - 60 minutes south of Bali's International airport.
Swimming, great surfing, amazing sunsets, grottos aplenty to explore with a quiet beach vibe.
This beach homestay has the Bali magic.
If you would like to stay where I live, at my My Eco Villa & Permaculture farm at Pandawa Beach. There are five guest rooms available to rent with generous discounts for long stays.
Die Lage am Strand ist traumhaft. Dem Preis entsprechend ist es eine einfache Unterkunft. Die Zimmer sind so groß, dass genau zwei
Betten hineingehen und sind nach oben offen.
Toiletten und Dusche sind funktionell. Negativ empfanden wir die tägliche
Diskussion, ob bed and breakfast wohl auch ein Frühstück einschließt. Unsere
Badeerfahrung war kurz und schmerzhaft durch den Korallenuntergrund. Im Wasser schwammen viele Plastikteile und sogar Kondome. In der letzten Nacht nagte ein Tier eine
Zimmer auf. Auch wenn die Besitzer nicht auf alle Faktoren Einfluss haben - hatten wir vor Ort das Gefühl nicht wirklich willkommen zu sein.
Für Surfer, mit einem low budget ist es aber sicher ein interessanter Ort.
Beautiful remote beach, wonderful hosts. We left Bali with a bag of wonderful memories, already planning to come back. The living conditions may be a bit 'survival-mode' (e.g. showers and bathrooms), but for us office rats, it only made the place even more appealing.
Sure, long drives and complicated location was a pain at times, but the hosts were always ready to help out (lots of love to them~).
Oh, and it's heaven on Earth, if you are into surfing.
So if you are ok with long drives to other places and being away from the city night life, this is your place to go.
It was quite difficult to find the place since all the houses were the same. Ask for Santi Warung.
The host Raquel was not there. We were quite lost trying to find a taxi, and finally we found another place that helped us to book it.
There was so much noise at night coming from outside since you can hear everything.
Also the beach has coral, so it is not good if you are a beginner.
Dear Cristina, my suggestion to avoid future issues is to read the property description & respond to emails advising you that I do not live in site, and that the property belongs and is run by my Balinese family. Those emails even detailed how I might organise transport for you. **Note to readers: I have 3 properties listed on air bnb, and this review relates to my balinese family's beachfront homestay. I stronly advise you to read all the other positive reviews about this fantastic property. https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1013095
My girlfriend and I had a great stay at Balangan Beach. The rooms are nice and the beds are large and comfy. The restaurant is really good and has both Western and Indonesian dishes for $3-$5 USD per meal. If you like sweets you've got to order the Pisang Goreng (fried banana with Neopolitan ice cream) for dessert. A large beer will run you $3 USD. You walk down two steps from the restaurant onto the beach. There are chairs and umbrellas available to use. The beach is not very crowded; we were there in high season and we never had to worry about getting a set of chairs.
There are surfboards available to rent for $5 USD per hour. Balangan Beach is very subject to tides, so take a peek at the tide calendar and go at high tide if, like us, you're not familiar with reef surfing. At low tide, walk along the exposed rock and jump in a tide pool. You can walk south around the point at low tide to Dreamland Beach.
Scooters are available for $5 USD a day. You can get a liter of gas along the road for $0.80 USD. We had never driven a scooter before so were a little nervous, but it was totally worth it. If you go to the main drag by Nirmala Market and turn right you will eventually come to Padang Padang Beach, Uluwatu Beach and Uluwatu Temple without too much effort. The road circles back a ways after a temple and heads back to Balangan.
There are three kinds of bad things about this place. None are major, but in the interest of full disclosure:
1. No internet - you can get internet up the hill at Balangan Sea View
2. The walls don't meet the ceiling so you can hear everything from the other rooms (for us it was only an issue once when someone inconsiderate was watching a movie on their laptop).
3. The bathrooms are as described: very basic. Two out of the three toilets were usually working. The showers were cold, but honestly it felt good in the heat.
Thanks, guys! For the rest of your round the world trip. So much amaze in store for you two. xo
Dear Readers, from the emails I've been getting - these reviews have been creating some confusion. I have two properties. One is for my Bali Family's beach shack. The other is where I live, an eco house & villa on an acreage in the middle of The Bukit - 7 klms from Balangan and very close to the majestic Pandawa beach. Air BnB doesn't differentiate the properties - they just list each review in date order.
This review is for the Beach Shack at Balangan Beach.
AMAZING BEDS, they are huge.
Very thin walls so you can hear every cough your neighbors make.
INCREDIBLE surf right outside, this is a surfers paradise.
great value rooms, MADE, the main man is a dude.
also, the food is excellent and the whole place is really nice and chilled out.
This was a great little place to sit back and enjoy the beach. Unless you're a surfer, there's not much to do here, so we read books in the sun, walked on the beach, went for short swims and enjoyed the food in the cafe downstairs. We also hired a scooter (they organised it) and explored some of the local areas, which was very quiet and extremely easy to navigate (unlike north of Bali, north of the airport). The hosts were very easy going and friendly. ***Just beware, there is about 20-40 meters that you have to walk down a rocky hill to get there, so get someone to help you with baggage.
I had an amazing time at the home stay. Raquel's information leading up to my arrival in Bali was invaluable. Manta was a great driver, with fair prices. Suzy and Santi helped me get everything I needed all week. The food was great, and my room was as described. Balangan Beach is a wonderful place and while wish everyone there the best I hope it doesn't get much busier. It's perfect as it is. Thanks for the great stay!
(website hidden)Earth "Balangan Beach Bali" and you will see why this beach is on CNN top 5 secret beach of Bali!
The beachfront homestay got every thing you want: white sandy beach, tasty fulfilling food (around USD 2 in average), cool+calm water for swimming, great surf breaks (for beginners and immediate alike), the room has a fan, mosquito net and hard mattress.
If you can, ask for the room at the back but not the one above the puddle.. I stayed there for one out of 3 nights I was suppose to because I could not sleep the whole night scratching and itching. It seems I was the only one with the problems as other guests were fine.
I am pretty sure that the owner will take care of this issue and I will definitely come back for another stay!
The serenity at night and sound of waves are good enough invitation for me...
Raquel was very welcoming and informative from the start, giving good directions from the airport. The people at the home stay were expecting us and a really nice and friendly family. Raquel was away, but she did come one day and we had a nice conversation about bali, the people, environment, and some good tips on getting around. Thanks! We would definitely come back :)
Wonderful location, down a steep hill that is manageable (heads up for backpackers) and right on Balangan Beach. The price is great for beachfront property. This is an ideal place for surfers and those on a budget. You share 3 bathrooms with other guests which are kept clean. I stayed in one of the new back rooms, which was very comfortable. Unfortunately despite a mosquito net I did end up getting quite a few bug bites but when I told the caretakers - they changed my sheets and gave me some soothing anti-itch oil. The one thing you should know is the guest house does have a small body of water right next to it that gets filled with rain and sea water during high tide - its not the prettiest thing. Overall unbeatable price, with great caretakers and good warung (restaurant). Would recommend for people who like to rough it a little and not squeamish about bugs butes! No Wifi on site but can find in cafes higher up on the cliff.