The Best Hostels in Bali

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22 January 2021

Hostels in Bali are among the most luxurious in the world. If you are looking for real bang for your buck, you’ve certainly come to the right place. Expect idyllic pools, on-site yoga studios, hammocks in the garden and super-clean communal kitchens. Not that you’ll be doing much cooking – many hostels serve gourmet food for very reasonable prices by Western standards. Female travellers will also be happy to learn that this province of Indonesia is one of the safest Asian countries to travel solo. Book into one of these top hostels in Bali on your next visit.

Puri Garden Hotel & Hostel, Ubud

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With its picturesque paddy views and sleek rooms, this high-end hybrid is well-qualified to convert even the most hostel-phobic travellers. Base yourself in a white linen-swathed twin, double or dorm; enjoy Balinese dance at the weekly barbecue; and vinyasa in the Zen garden. Alternatively, slip on your Havaianas and hop over to the famed Yoga Barn, where open-air hatha takes place among the cries of exotic birds.

Cara Cara Inn, Kuta

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Fun and free-spirited, this boutique inn is in the business of facilitating friendships – a great shout for solo explorers. Sleeping spaces are compact yet savvily designed; cook-outs, giant Scrabble and an inflatable-filled splash pool with water slide maximise opportunities for meeting new pals. Haul yourself out of your hammock and saunter along Kuta Beach before elevenses at Cara Cara’s Opeum Den, where the sweet-toothed are in danger of overdosing on the gelato-topped croissants being served out of a Volkswagen Kombi.
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Ubud Tropical

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Immersed in an exotic garden with split-level infinity pool, the leafy setting of this glamping/dorm accommodation lends itself to a slightly more rustic experience. Since it’s outside the main part of the town, expect peace and quiet bar the babble of nearby brooks. Fancy a trip out? Flag down a scooter taxi and hang on tight to a friendly old Balinese biker’s belly – zip-wiring over the spectacular rice terraces and the madness of Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary await.
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Kos One Hostel, Canggu

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Kos One Hostel is a little slice of paradise, with views of rice fields and the colossal Mount Agung volcano. The wave-shaped pool comes complete with a twisting slide, over-water swing and a spherical swim-up bar as the centrepiece, serving refreshing tipples like salt-rimmed margaritas. Balancing out its pulsing DJ nights and sunset barbecues is also a fitness studio, hosting a range of high intensity workouts and daily yoga classes. Dorms can sleep up to four and are mixed or female-only. Each includes charging points, reading lights and mini wardrobes.
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Bread & Jam Hostel, Kuta

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Bread & Jam promises budget accommodation with style – and boy does it deliver. Clean white rooms of bunk beds with stunning turquoise highlights make for a soothing sight that goes perfectly with the tropical island vibe. Located in downtown Kuta, guests can enjoy a laid-back atmosphere while only minutes away from the central hub of the island. Bread & Jam caters to every backpacker’s needs, offering an 11-bed mixed dorm, a 10-bed female dorm, an eight-bed capsule, a four-bed family room and a two-bed private room.

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  • Kosta Hostel, Seminyak

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    With calming white-and-blue shades, cosy rustic design, tropical greenery, a pool and comfortable daybeds, Kosta Hostel has pretty much everything you’ve ever imagined for an exotic island getaway. Emphasising sustainability and eco-travel principles, this stunning property was made from recycled old houses. Kosta Hostel is strategically located in Seminyak, close to local bars and clubs, but private enough for a tranquil day in paradise.

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    Pudak Sari Unizou Hostel, Kuta

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    The Pudak Sari Unizou Hostel sits in the heart of Kuta, steps from countless waterfront eateries and the popular Waterbom Bali waterpark. Ranging from eight-person dorms (both mixed and female-only) to private rooms sleeping two, rooms are airy and minimalist with white walls and wooden furnishings. Lose yourself in a book behind your bunk’s privacy curtain, soak up the sun with a dip in the hostel’s secluded pool or meet fellow travellers over food and films in the open-plan communal area.
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    Mana Earthly Paradise, Ubud

    Eco Hotel, Hostel, Lodge, Eco-Lodge
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    In true Balinese style, Mana Earthly Paradise is an eco-conscious sanctuary, hidden away in the mountains. Fusing traditional architecture with natural materials, the beehive-style villas are built by stacking bags of earth together like bricks, resulting in organic structures that blend seamlessly with the natural surroundings. Each cavernous dwelling is decked out with sustainable features, such as zero-waste mattresses, solar panels and furniture made from reclaimed wood. Pull up a seat at the onsite Mana Kitchen to tuck into homemade fare, such as the signature veggie broth, made using heirloom vegetables from the garden.
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    Chloe Byrne and Amanda Nicholls contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on January 22, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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