Where We Slept is our hotel roundup from our time on the road. We hope it helps budget travelers see how far their dollar can go--even though sometimes, it's not far enough!
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For $38/night, the three of us had a beautiful room at Ohana Hotel, just a bit off the tourist strip.
The beds were clean and comfortable, breakfast was good, and pool (aka beach) towels were provided. Overall, a great find and super modern. You feel like you're staying somewhere ritzy without paying the price.
It was just Rob and me during our second stop in Bali, so we opted for a quieter beach to the south of Kuta. Tubon Beach, or Airport Beach as we called it for its perfect view of landing planes, was a lot quieter and more peaceful than Kuta. There were hardly any touts, but if you wanted to catch waves you needed to charter a boat as they break farther offshore here. In my opinion, that's a huge plus as you're less likely to get hurt on the sand. The breaks were also completely empty except for a few lone surfers.
Here we stayed at the Bakungs Beach Resort. We booked the first two nights on Agoda for $32 and negotiated $30 for the third night in person.
The first room we saw was dated and smelled like cigarettes so they moved us to a newer room that had good amenities AND a TV with HBO. Let's just say I gorged myself on movies, BBC news, and white sheets/comforters.
The pool here was also much nicer than at the Ohana and the hotel was about 5 minutes from the beach. There was a good buffet breakfast with fresh juice and plenty of egg-less options. In America, it would cost $125/night minimum.
Interested in seeing the temples and beaches without paying for a plane ticket? Check out our Bali photo tour.
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