Rent an apartment in Bali at the Jayakarta Hotel and Apartment complex in Legian/Seminyak: contact think_tom(at)hotmail.com. Three minutes to the sand!
If you’re considering a trip to the incredible island of Bali, Indonesia for your next vacation, have you considered a Bali apartment rental as a cheaper and probably more comfortable alternative to an expensive hotel? As a resident expat on the island I have plenty of Bali tips that I could share with you, but if you take advantage of this idea you might find that you actually get better value for money with your accommodations versus a hotel. And that means more money available for buying sarongs!
Seriously though, when we book our trip months in advance we normally put hotel reservations near the top of our ‘to-do’ list, right up there with airplane tickets. I can tell you from experience that there are other ways of enjoying your accommodations in Bali particularly than simply picking a hotel hoping for the best.
Now first a disclaimer: we do have a Bali apartment rental unit, just three minutes’ walk from the sand on the grounds of the Jayakarta Hotel in Seminyak, but there are many other wonderful options as well. A word on Seminyak too: it has become the preferred place for people of all ages who want more than the loud non-stop part in Kuta, but don’t want to be too isolated in the rice paddies, away from the nightlife, shopping and outstanding Seminyak restaurants that you’ll find between Jalan Legian and the beach.
So why would it be that apartments in Bali are so attractive? As Bali becomes more popular with tourists and ex-pats over the years we are seeing construction building upward, rather than just more new houses and villas. Especially in the areas down by Ngurah Rai International Airport like Seminyak, Legian and Kuta, the geography is such that if you want to be within five miles/eight km or so of the airport and still be near the beach, there is only so much land available for building. Four- and five-story buildings are becoming much more common on Bali than they were even five years ago, and that means Bali apartments and condominiums are spring up everywhere.
The buyers of these units are rarely the local Balinese. (They are lucky enough to have places to live in Bali already…) The apartments are purchased by Jakarta residents who use their units as opportunities for weekend or short vacations. The other major market for these units are ex-pats who tend not to reside in Bali all year-round. I think you can see the point I’m about to make: absentee owners are often very interested in renting out their units when they are away, as a source of cash flow.
If you are coming as a tourist you can use this simple fact to your advantage, in that you do not necessarily have to pay “retail price” to some hotel for a relatively small room. Your alternative is to book an apartment that has kitchen space and many, many more comforts of home than most hotel rooms ever would, right down to dishes in the cupboards and a DVD player with a collection of DVDs! If your idea of a vacation is most certainly not making your own bed and doing your own cleaning, don’t worry. In Bali you can be sure that the owner already has a maid, and she will be very happy to work for you during your visit, I can assure you!
Especially if you’re coming for more than one week or so, it’s very easy to negotiate weekly rates for your Bali apartment rental with the owner or his local agent. You can expect the prices to run between $40 and $70 US per night, and substantially less if you rent by the week or for an entire month. The fact is that for the price of what Bali hotel would cost for a week, doing a little legwork before you leave could land you an apartment for an entire month in Bali. Can you see why apartment rental changes the whole idea of ‘holiday’ for people who are flexible enough to visit Bali for longer than the usual week or ten days?
So how to find deals on good apartment rentals in Bali? Well, naturally the Internet is your friend, and you are just a few clicks away from discovering quite a few apartments for rent. I’ll mention our apartment for rent in Bali unit again. You can also check the Bali Advertiser.
Even if you decide to go with a Seminyak hotel or a villa in the end, you’ll feel better knowing that you at least explored other options for accommodations on your Bali holiday. The fact is though, that especially if you’re coming with your entire family, having multiple bedrooms and much more space could be more attractive than renting a couple hotel rooms or a suite to accommodate everyone.