Best hotels and hostels in West Bali

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Balian Beach

    Gajah Mina

    Designed by the French architect-owner, this 11-unit boutique hotel is close to the ocean. The private, walled bungalows march out to a dramatic outcrop of stone surrounded by surf. The grounds are vast and there are little trails for wandering and pavilions for relaxing. The on-site seafood restaurant, Naga (mains from 70,000Rp), overlooks a picture-perfect private black-sand beach.

  • Lodging in South of Tabanan

    Soori Villas

    This luxury villa compound on a (still) remote stretch of Bali's west coast has 48 very private villas, each with its own plunge pool. The accommodation has a modern minimalism and the setting is very secluded. Canggu and Seminyak are 45 minutes to an hour away; the resort offers transport.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Belimbingsari & Palasari

    Taman Wana Villas & Spa

    For a near-religious experience you might consider staying at this remote boutique resort, a striking 2km drive through a jungle past the Palasari church. An architectural stunner, it has 27 rooms in unusual round structures. 'Posh' only begins to describe the luxuries available at this cloistered refuge. Views are panoramic; get a room overlooking the rice fields.

  • Lodging in Cemagi

    Ombak Villa Cemagi

    Typical of the luxe villas cloistered in the Cemagi area, Ombak offers lavish comfort at a fairly good price, considering what you get. There are three large bedrooms, a grand pool, stylish sitting areas, a full kitchen and much more. A group can have an entire holiday without ever leaving, although the sunset views from the beach should entice.

  • Lodging in North of Tabanan

    Bali Homestay Program

    You can sample village life as part of this innovative program that places travellers in the homes of residents of the rice-growing village of Jegu, 9km north of Tabanan. The recommended full two-night package includes activities such as making offerings, village visits and cultural tours plus all meals. Book at least two weeks in advance.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Medewi

    Puri Dajuma Cottages

    Coming from the east on the main road, you won't be able to miss this seaside resort, thanks to its prolific signage. Happily, the 35 rooms – either in suites, cottages or villas – actually live up to the billing. Each has private garden, hammock and walled outdoor bathroom; most have ocean views. The Medewi surf break is 2km west.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in North of Tabanan

    Bali Silent Retreat

    Set amid gorgeous scenery, this place is just what its name says: somewhere to meditate, practise yoga, go on nature walks and more – all in total silence. The minimalist ethos stops at the food, however, which is organic and fabulous (included in the US$37 day pass). It's 18km northwest of Tabanan.

  • Lodging in Balian Beach

    Surya Homestay

    There are eight rooms in bungalow-style units at this sweet little family-run place (Wayan and Putu are charmers), which is about 200m along a small lane from the main road. It’s spotless, and rooms have cold water and fans or air-con. Ask about long-term rates.

  • Lodging in Medewi

    Anara Surf Camp

    This surf camp and modern guesthouse is on the shores of Pantai Medewi, with the sea on one side and rice paddies on the other. There are different levels of accommodation, but all are newly constructed with attractive hardwoods, comfy four-poster beds and mosquito nets. A couple of bungalows near the water offer large glass windows and open-air bathrooms.

  • Lodging in Balian Beach

    Pondok Pitaya

    Right on wave-tossed Balian Beach and fresh with the scent of ocean spray, this complex features an eclectic range of rooms: from vintage Indonesian buildings (including a 1950 Javanese house and an 1860 Balinese alligator hunter's shack) to more modest accommodation. It's a great place for families as it has a popular pool. The cafe (mains 40,000Rp to 85,000Rp) serves juices, organic fare and pizzas.

  • Lodging in Balian Beach

    Pondok Pisces

    You can certainly hear the sea at this tropical fantasy of thatched cottages and flower-filled gardens. There are 12 rooms; those on the upper floor have large terraces with surf views. In-house Tom's Garden Cafe (mains 52,000Rp to 120,000Rp) has grilled seafood and surf views.

  • Lodging in Medewi

    Surf Villa Mukks

    About 900m east of the Medewi surf break at Pulukan, this Japanese-owned guesthouse has modern rooms overlooking rice fields and distant surf. It's a chilled spot where some rooms have large bamboo blinds instead of doors. It rents boards and offers surf lessons.

  • Lodging in Balian Beach

    Made's Homestay

    Three basic bungalow-style units are surrounded by banana trees back from the beach. The rooms are basic, clean, large enough to hold numerous surfboards and they have cold-water showers.

  • Lodging in Balian Beach

    Ayu Balian

    The seven rooms in this slightly shambolic two-storey block look down the road to the surf. Some have hot water and air conditioning; the friendly owner Ayu is a genuine character.

  • Lodging in Balian Beach

    Gubug Balian Beach

    On a spacious site close to the beach are 14 rooms, some of which have views down the lane to the surf. The cheapest rooms are fan and cold water only.