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 Hostels.com, Booking.com, Expedia.com or Airbnb.com. 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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