My useful Bali

On 5 April 2014 by From elephants to kangaroos

To see all my articles about Bali, click here.
Current exchange rate when I was there: 1€ = 15 558 IDR (use 1€=15 000 IDR).

Indonesian visa can be done before going at the embassy or, simpler and cheaper, upon arrival at the airport in Depensar for $ 25 or 21€. Careful, remember to keep 200,000 rupees to pay the departure tax in the country on and off.

Rent a villa
Know that as I was in Bali with my family, 7 people then, we preferred the villa rental at the hotel, which seemed to us to be a more pleasant and user-friendly solution and that is not more expensive than the hotel (or less in some cases!). Moreover, this solution has the advantage of providing you some staff who can cook for you, a driver who takes you around (day price found: 400 000 IDR to the immediate surroundings, when you have more Km to do, 600,000 IDR). And so you have the opportunity to talk with them, learn a lot of things and even cook with them or squatter the kitchen to cook your own food :)
As I was in Bali family, I have no “good backpackers plan” as I have been able to offer you before, having stayed in places more “luxury” than usual but still there are good real addresses noted.

My Info by city now. Note that I put you “visits around” but the island is not so large, you can visit the majority of these sites from any city (example from Ubud). I just put up the sites according to the city from which I am personally part.

Nusa Dua
Ellies Hotel: 450 000 IDR double room with private bathroom and breakfast included. No restaurant but ability to deliver (they have several cards of different restaurants).
Nusa Dua beach: accessible by taxi from the hotel, quite nice, surf beach (can be hired on site)

Villa Mini Royal Balinese Palace to discover here : can accommodate 10 persons (5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms), from 120 € per night. Super typical Balinese villa with beautiful details including doors and fine furnishings. 2 very nice women are at your service for meals and cleaning the rooms and shopping (according to your desires, to do with them). Not possible to get to the beach on foot, but the owners can put you in touch with a good driver.
Visits around: beyond the beaches, especially for surfing (Kuta, Balangan, Padang Padang, Jimbaran, Nusa Dua, Canggu) on which you can rent chairs for 50 000IDR the day, you can also radiate from Jimbaran around and visit and Uluwatu Temple (20 000 IDR / person so 1.2€)

Villa Santai : just beautiful, the most beautiful in which we have been, for group of 8 to 10 people! 4 bedrooms with private bathroom and possibility to add beds. Super friendly staff, very caring while being super discreet. A real favorite! From 400€ per night approx.
Visits around: Tegallalang rice terraces (5000 IDR/pers so 0,3€ the entrance), a must for me. Possibility to see some coffee plantation. Tirta Empul temple (holly water – 10000 IDR/pers so 0,6€ + 2000 IDR/car the entrance).
Yoga class at the Yoga Barn: 110 000 IDR for a class that lasts 1h30

Candi Dasa
Villa Anjani : superb villa with 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms so can accommodate 10 people, again staff for meals and possibility of having a driver. Small private beach in front of the villa. From around 250€ the night.
Visits around: temple on the water in Tirtagganga (10000 IDR/pers so 0,6€ the entrance), really nice. And the beautiful white sand beach.
Diving: 2 dives with one on the Liberty wreck and the other one on the wall for 55$ if you have your open water and 70$ just as a Fun dive (you’ll have your own dive master)

Hôtel Puri Bagus : 70€ the double room with private bathrooms (1 inside and 1 outside) in a VERY large bungalow, including breakfast and a welcome massage of 15 minutes offered. Beautiful hotel with large infinity pool overlooking the sea (direct access to the beach from the hotel). Excellent restaurant!
Visits around: GitGit waterfalls (10000 IDR/pers so 0,6€ the entrance to the site – 100 000 IDR to take a guide with you but it’s not necessary), Ulun Danu temple on Bratan lake (15000 IDR/pers so 0,9€ the entrance + 5000 IDR/car so 0,3€)

Hotel Sanak Retreat Bali : one of my favorite during my world tour, in the middle of the rice fiels, 100€ for a private bungalow/house with 2 bedrooms and bathroom, breakfast included. A real must do!
Visits around: wonderful Jatiluwih rice terrace (15000 IDR/pers so 0,9€ the entrance + 5000 IDR/car so 0,3€) and Tanah Lot temple (30000 IDR/pers the entrance so 1,9€ + 5000 IDR/car so 0,3€)

Hotel Kirana : 65€ the double room, breakfast included, hotel close from the beach, modern. No special charm but well situated and nice.
Visits around: you can go from there to see Tanah Lot temple or Uluwatu, that I mentionned before, or the surf beaches…

Villa Agus : private bedroom with bathroom for 400 000 IDR the night (negotiable if you stay longer). The villa has 5 bedrooms, a swimming pool and a common kitchen. French owner who can explain some stuff about Bali as he works as a guide.
Visits around: same, possibility to go to some of the places already mentionned from Sanur. City close from the airport so practical for the 1st / last days of a trip in Bali to take the plane!

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