originally from california, have been living in asia for the last 20 years teaching yoga and chasing waves.
We had a wonderful week in Oli's bungalow - far from the tourist crowds (seriously, the place isn't too quick to get to), quiet, close to the beach (just amble through the garden and you're pretty much there), rustic, lovely. There pretty much wasn't anyone around, so we had the entire property to ourselves and met a couple of other travellers at the nearby hotel and restaurants.
Never having met Oli in person, I can say that he looked after us really well nonetheless, through his proxies and via email. Yande (the driver) and Arsa (the caretaker) are total gems and helped us get sorted out and oriented. Oli also gave us some great tips as to things to do.
Just a note - bring a lot of mosquito repellent. Seriously. A lot. We couldn't find any to buy at the nearest minimarket, so we ended up driving 10km to fill up our supplies.
Neither of us surf, but we didn't mind just having quiet time and doing day trips on the scooter, but if you don't like creating your own adventures, you could get frustrated I guess. We loved it though.
good bungalow rustic and sweet. a lot of details so nice (showers, doors...)
good spot for yoga & surf.
only just in front of the house, a other house to building, is unpleasant...
We enjoyed our three-night stay at the bungalow. It's a very simple accommodation, clean and charming in its own way--nice enough if you come to Balian for a couple of days to surf or just chill. We liked the cozy veranda, the kitchen (although shared) and the tidy garden (with gorgeous flowers).
Well-thought-out: towels, mosquito nets, two fans, a safe, enough electrical outlets in the room.
The staff were very good, and we also appreciated that they were flexible about when we checked out. (The place also had a friendly cat when we were there :)
The beautiful beach with black volcanic sand and great waves is indeed very close (you can't see the ocean, but you can hear it). So are a couple of restaurants, which is convenient (you don't have to use a motorbike so much to get around).
The accommodation was clean and very close to the beach. But the room was not cosy and we didn't really had a host. Good to know is that there is really not much to do but surfing.
Amazing! Caught some good surf all four days that I was there ( to short of time) the surf, people, the lodging , food, was good. I will be back next year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Bungalow is very sweet and the little garden is really wonderful. Thanks for the little paradise.
The only problem was that next door was built. Unfortunately, it was not actually very quiet so we stay all the time there. Would that not have been, it would be a little paradise.
Sandra & Jakob
Balian beach is a great surf spot and laid-back community. The bungalow is close to the beach with a nice pool. We really enjoyed our stay there. Oliver is really nice and helpful. We hope to come back someday!
Beautifull quiet place to relax. We enjoyed the sun, pool and ocean view and a wonderful balinese massage at the beach. What more do you need for holiday? Vera and Martin
Thanks to Oliver! It was just what we expected. Nice and relaxing place to stay. Perfect!
We stayed for 6 weeks. Was a really wonderful experience. Highly recommended for calm and relaxation...
What a lovely family with such an adorable little girl Olivia who was the sweetest with my kitties . short but nice meeting you . I might see you one day soon at your bungalows .