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Affordable hostels in Bali

Think of Bali and a couple things come to mind. Tasty food, a poppin club scene, and relaxing vacations, a la Eat Pray Love. While villas may have been synonymous with Balinese retreats for ages, hostels have risen in popularity for being a more affordable, social lodging option. 

The next time you’re planning a trip to the Indonesian island, consider one of these 8 affordable backpacker hostels under $40/night.

Note: The figures provided are based on the cost of a night’s stay from 22nd-23rd January 2023. All prices in SGD.

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1. Kosta Hostel Seminyak – Laid-back Greek vibes

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In many ways, Bali is like the Greece of the East. You get to soak in all the beaches and chill island vibes, but without the 17-hour flight. Kosta Hostel Seminyak has all the makings of a Greek vacation, with a sparkling tiled pool and coastal colour palette to boot.

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The rooms are worth their salt as well. The unfinished interior is reminiscent of a Greek hut, while the bunk beds make every night a slumber party. At around $21-$23/pax a night, it’s a small price to pay for a relaxing, Mamma Mia-style retreat. 

Book a stay at Kosta Hostel Seminyak.

Address: Jalan Dewi Saraswati III, No.77 Kunti 2, Seminyak, Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80361
Contact: +62 361 9347500 | Kosta Hostel Seminyak’s Facebook

2. The Tipsy Gypsy Hostel – Daily game nights & in-house tattooing

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There’s no better way to memorialise a vacation than with a good souvenir. At The Tipsy Gypsy Hostel in Canggu, you’ll have the chance to take it to a whole new level with a tattoo, so you can have your trip be a part of you forever, literally

The hostel in central Canggu is the definition of a fun house, offering in-house tattooing, daily game nights, and free board games. It’s also a 6-minute walk to one of the most popular bars in the area, Pretty Poison Bar. Nights at this hostel start at $11-$12.50/pax, excluding any ink, of course.

Book a stay at The Tipsy Gypsy Hostel.

Address: Jalan Nelayan No.9B, Canggu, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
Contact: +62 821-4409-4465 | The Tipsy Gypsy website

3. Arya Wellness Retreat – Meditation, yoga classes & vegan food

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If your idea of a Balinese vacation is to partake in mindful practices and relax, you’ll want to realign your chakras at Arya Wellness Retreat in Ubud, a hostel that focuses on clean living and health. Here, you’ll find plenty of organised activities, including daily meditations, yoga, fitness classes, workshops, and a number of spa treatments. 

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Uniquely, this is also one of the few hostels that offer vegan dining options, made using the freshest locally-sourced produce to detox the body. Thankfully, the only thing that’ll be drained is bad energy and not your wallet, as a night will only set you back around $37/pax.

Address: Jalan Monkey Forest No.92, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
Contact: Arya Hostels website

4. Beach Hut Hostel – 24-hour reception & quirky common areas

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Beach Hut Hostel

Beach Hut Hostel in Kuta is exactly what it sounds like. The rooms are constructed to look like huts, with exteriors painted in colourful pastel hues – talk about classic island fashion. Each hut accommodates up to 8 occupants, and you can choose from mixed or single-gender rooms. 

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The loft-style hostel has plenty of entertainment on the first floor, including pool tables, cocoon chairs, beanbags, and an outdoor pool. There’s even a cafe to satisfy any late night cravings. All of this and the stay is yours for around $10.50/pax a night.

Book a stay at Beach Hut Hostel.

Address: Jalan Segara Merta No.6, Kuta, Kecamatan Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
Contact: +62 361 757607

5. Surfers House Green Bowl – Surfboard rental & free breakfast

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They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. How else are you supposed to get the energy to last through a day jam-packed with activities? At Surfers House Green Bowl in Uluwatu, breakfast is free. On Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, dinner is free as well. 

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This means from $15/pax, you’ve got both your room and board covered, which is pretty crazy considering that would barely get you a Shake Shack burger here in Singapore. In addition to free breakfast, the hostel also offers a number of equipment rentals, such as surfing gear and motorbikes, so you can catch the waves at the beach 5 minutes away.

Address: Jalan Tukad Dalem No.2, Kutuh, Kecamatan Kuta Selatan, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
Contact: +62 878-6098-0944 | Surfers House Bali Instagram 

6. Warung Coco Hostel – Poolside rooms & island tours

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When we think of hostels, we typically envision simple, no-frills rooms with only the most basic amenities. At Warung Coco Hostel in Kuta, however, you’ll be treated to poolside rooms and a myriad of activities.

If you decide you’ve had enough of the pool and want to see what else Bali has to offer, the hostel is also big on activities. They’ve got an in-house activities desk where you can book all sorts of water sports, ferry tickets, and tours of the island. Stays start from just $9/pax a night.

Book a stay at Warung Coco Hostel.

Address: Jalan Majapahit No.57, Kuta, Kecamatan Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
Contact: +62 361 763102 | Warung Coco Hostel website

7. Castaway Hostel – Large gardens & a swim-up pool bar

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Getting in the water after you’ve had a couple drinks is usually a big no-no. At Castaway Hostel however, the only way to the bar is through the pool. Here, you can grab a seat by the counter as you watch the bartenders mix your drinks on the spot. 

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This Canggu hostel is all about the outdoors, with sprawling gardens, pool tables and even a large covered outdoor area with plenty of space to chill out and meet new people – all for $12/pax a night.

Book a stay at Castaway Hostel.

Address: Jalan Tanah Barak No.19a, Canggu, Kecamatan Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
Contact: +62 821-4649-7798 | Castaway Hostel Facebook

8. Ubud Rice Field House – On a rice paddy with mountain views

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Most of us know Bali for its soft sand and sunny beaches. After all, that’s what we usually see since many accommodation options are by the beach. If you’re looking for something different, you’ll find it at Ubud Rice Field House. Here, you’ll live on a rice paddy, surrounded by breathtaking mountain views. 

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Here, the nature vibes are everything. Not only are the houses made from wood, but the area itself is also incredibly private, tucked away from the noisy streets and bustle of the city. For $19/pax a night, it’s a rustic, countryside experience you otherwise wouldn’t get in Singapore.

Address: Jalan Bisma No.83, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
Contact: +62 812-3973-6583 | Ubud Rice Field House Facebook

Affordable backpacker hostels in Bali

There you go – the next time you’re planning an impulsive retreat to the beautiful Indonesian island, you’ll have 8 affordable hostels waiting for you. All you’ll have to do is pick one, and then get ready to soak in some sun. Who knows, you might even make a new friend or two.

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Cover image adapted from: Arya Hostels, Beach Hut Hostel, @bless_love1224, @surfershouse.bali

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