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Budget accommodation pick: Airbnb’s “Villa Surya Abadi” in Canggu, Bali

If you’re searching for an accommodation, especially in a tourist-friendly place like Bali, you may come across a sea of choices. One way to narrow down your search is to look at specific sites, such as,, or You can also get a recommendation from a friend or an acquaintance, as long as your preferences of travel requirements line up. Let’s take a short survey:

Is there a pool? Check!

Is the room clean and tidy? Check!

Is there a restaurant nearby? Check!

Is it a beautiful retreat? Check!

Is there a quiet place to read/meditate/do yoga/morning exercises? Check!

Is it inexpensive? Check!

Is there a place to rent motorbikes/taxis nearby? Check!

Does it feel like EAT/PRAY/LOVE-type accommodation? Check!

Let me introduce you to Villa Surya Abadi (Bungalow on the rice field – as it is called on Airbnb). It is a beautiful resort in Canggu, Bali, located away from busy crowds and streets. The room that you can rent from Airbnb is a small bedroom, done all in Balinese style wood – Jati. The downstairs area has a lovely living room space with a garden bathroom in between. The views of the fields, trees and the swimming pool are abundant and serve a romantic view in the evenings.  On the property there is a restaurant, which sells breakfast, lunch or dinner as well as cold beverages.  The pool is a refreshing and keeps you entertained on those hot, humid days.

We got lucky and were staying there during a period when almost no one was there or maybe most people chose to rent bikes to explore the island.

We were happy to just… be!

Small note of disclosure: there are a lot of mixed reviews for this place on Airbnb website. It is as beautiful as it looks in the images below and on the website. It is not always quiet or always empty. The bathroom is not an all enclosed thing – it is as says – a garden bathroom with 3/4 walls and lots of ventilation! Some people choose the nitpick and complain, while others embrace the negatives and enjoy a day in Paradise! What type are you?

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Top Airbnb Bali Accommodation: Villa Surya Abadi, also known as Bungalow on a rice field. Check out more info on this relaxing place here!

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  1. Gorgeous villa! I’ve never stayed in Canggu — only Ubud/Kuta/Seminyak. Ubud is my fav area in Bali though it is far from pretty much every where.
    Maybe next time T and I will give Canggu a try too 🙂

  2. Wow! That place looks nice! We are actually planning another trip to Bali and considered using AirBnb! You have just confirmed that we should! We will check this place out.

  3. Oh this place looks fantastic! We were pleasantly surprised by our accommodations and the range of amenities to be had for a reasonable price in Bali, but yours looks to take the cake! Bali is amazing and relaxing villas like this make for such a comfortable experience. I wanna go back, and this villa will be on ourr rradar whenever that happens!

  4. Oh how wonderful! When my husband and I went to Bali a few years ago we also used AirBNB to book our accommodation. It made thins so easy to book and deal with the hosts. This place looks so beautiful and that swimming pool looks amazing! Your photos make me want to book a flight there right now! We loved Bali! x

    • I saw your accommodation somewhere, I think you guys paid a bit more than us haha. This past trip we even stayed at some $5 places in Chiang Mai, can you believe those exist?! We’re still alive haha

  5. I’ve been there! The pictures-while nice- don’t do it justice. I miss Canggu! What a beautiful place and the accommodation was the icing on the cake!

  6. I would definitely embrace the positives because Bali is so gorgeous. I love your photos and the picture of the empty pool away from people makes me so happy! If I go to Bali, I’ll definitely stay!

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