Stay at relaxed, low cost homestay in a private room right on the ocean. This is a homestay right on the beach at Balangan.
**Please read this description thoroughly before booking**
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. Many of my friends have enjoyed this place thoroughly. You'll wake up literally 10 meters from the ocean - even closer if it's high tide.
This property is rustic - think Robinson Crusoe.
The 16 rooms are basic, with bamboo-matt inside walls and mosquito nets.
There 4 share bathrooms for all guests:
The bathrooms have western toilets but without the usual electric flush system. In other words - you need to pour water into the toilet manually to flush it. This is very common practise in Bali's budget accommodation.
This homestay is located in a secluded, old school Bali location in a friendly beach bum atmosphere.
Enjoy breathtaking sunsets over the Indian ocean every evening.
There is a restaurant on the first floor with an ocean view which serves tasty western and Balinese food from morning to evening. Please note: Breakfast is not included in the rate. However you can buy a delicious western breakfast for US $3.50
You can hire scooters and surfboards on site.
I can arrange private car transfers at special rates with my preferred drivers to and from anywhere in Bali.
Located 45 - 60 minutes drive 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.
***Surfing and Swimming***
During the wetter months of December, January and February the surfing here is not good unless you get up really early before the wind picks up. Early in the morning there are fun waves small waves to enjoy. It is also during these months that rubbish can be found washing up on the beach do to the weather. However, if you can ride a scooter, you can rent one from the owners of this homestay and find other beaches nearby with better surfing conditions.
The best months (depending on swell) for experienced surfers on this beach are May, June, July, August, September, October and November. While March, and April can be good too.
This property is not my place - I manage it online to help this lovely Balinese family out. Most of the reviews you see on my Air BnB profile are for my place in Pandawa beach village. If you would like to stay there, please make a separate enquiry.
The place is all the way down the beach and taxis either cannot find it or refuse to take you all the way down. We're really busy so it's hard to coordinate a meeting at the top of the hill with your arrival. So please advise your flight or pick up details on booking. I will organise a driver who knows where we are located to collect your from The Airport, Kuta or Seminyak areas for 200 000 and take you all the way to the beach. From Ubud it is 300 000.
The place was described as 'basic'. But for 26 euro/night our expactations were much higher then what we received. We were disappointed when we arrived and decided to leave this place after 1 night (We booked 4 nights). We were even more disappointed when we spoke with the very friendly Made, the indonesian owner of this house. His price for a room is 13 euro's which is completely correct price. We really love travelling in an airbnb way, but discovering that people use it as a way of making money, taking advantage of local families and even not show up on the location is heartbraking and not what air bnb stands for.
It's pretty simple why it's a higher rate to book online. If you were to find the place by chance or you were a repeat guest, and the beach house had a room available - you would have been able to stay for the rate they offer walk ins (offline guests). Furthermore, you would NOT have been able to be guaranteed a booking. But instead you discovered the property online, you wanted to make a booking to make sure you had a space - through Air BnB - so the rate you pay is higher. My services, our combined admin costs and Air BnB fees add up very quickly. As much as it would be nice, we cannot work for free.
Had a nice stay down at the beach. An easy place to relax and surf. Made and the family down there are really friendly, hire a scooter and drive around the Bukit. Highly recommend this place to anyone that knows what living 'indo style' is like and that like it.
DON'T book this accommodation! I booked it for six nights. The price was 165 Euro which is 424400 Rupiah per night ... thats way too much for what you get! We had very small rooms in the back of the house, they don't have a proper window. You won't feel comfortable!
The first day the staff told us that breakfast isn't included, which is wrong according to our booking. We were very upset, it even got worse when other guests told us that they pay 150000 Rupiah per day ... more than half of what we payed!!! At that morning we were 6 six who tried to contact the manager and rachel. The number you get from your booking in airbnb isn't a real number! The manager can't really speak english.
We moved to the rooms upstair, which are ok.
We left two days earlier, because we didn't want to ruin our holiday!
My advise: DONT book. Just go there and look around, there are always free rooms ... even in high season!
It's pretty simple why it's a higher rate to book online. If you were to find the place by chance or you were a repeat guest, and the beach house had a room available - you would have been able to stay for the rate they offer walk ins (offline guests). Furthermore, you would NOT have been able to be guaranteed a booking.
But instead you discovered the property online, you wanted to make a booking to make sure you had a space - through Air BnB - so the rate you pay is higher. My services, our combined admin costs and Air BnB fees add up very quickly. As much as it would be nice, we cannot work for free.
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.
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Writer, nature loving, people ponderer. I live on an amazing eco property in Bali's far south with my Balinese family. We're creating a tropical permaculture farm here. These days I spend most of my spare time planting seeds - both literally and metaphorically - with my Balinese partner Tommy, who grew up in nearby Uluwatu. I bought a motorcycle and named her Phylis. She gets a lot of attention around The Bukit. And rightly so - she's pretty hot.
I have listed three properties on Air BnB.
1. The place where I live - Beachside Permaculture farm & villa
2. My friend Pakir's family compound of 5 self contained studios in Ubud.
3. My Balinese family's beach shack - a guest house directly on the beach.