As first-timers to Bali wanting a bit of surf and a bit of peace and quiet, Bali Starling Homestay fits the bill perfectly. The place itself is down a little lane and away from shops, main roads and the general madness of Seminyak and Kuta, although Seminyak is an easy scooter ride away. Canggu may eventually become the new Seminyak, but for now, it's on the edge between urban and countryside.
There are cafes and warungs in all directions, ranging from the wonderful vegetarian fare at Green Ginger Noodle Restaurant to crusty French bread at Monsieur Spoon at the intersection for Batubolong and Echo beaches. Great coffee everywhere, including at Bali Starling.
Therapy is the place for a massage at Echo Beach, a five minute bike ride away. We had the Panel Beater massage twice.
Lolak Surf School, very close by, has good surf instructors, although don't rely on texting to communicate with anyone. Much safer to use facebook chat as telecommunications seem a bit haphazard.
The complimentary use of the Canggu Club is great too - nice pool, food, and a fully equipped gym just in case you feel like a workout.
The homestay is under new ownership but fear not, the excellent breakfasts continue and Beryl is a more than worthy successor for Mike, who spectacularly failed to give her any of the details of our arrival or to organise any of the things he said he would. She put all of this right within our first morning and was an unfailingly helpful and generous host. (memo to Mike: disappointing performance for a guy who presumably marketed the homestay for sale on the basis of the very high service ratings on Tripadvisor - a very unfair situation to leave Beryl in, but one that she rose to brilliantly).
Thanks Beryl and J for a great stay. Bali Starling was exactly what we were after. P.S. - it's not only spotlessly clean and friendly, but also very reasonably priced.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Homestay Bali Starling is a brand new, boutique bed and breakfast, where you can enjoy the peace and tranquility while still being located at the heart of one of the most bustling and exiting areas in Bali. Homestay Bali Starling is just a short stroll away from world famous Echo Beach, but within 10 minutes you can also reach Seminyak, where you can enjoy great restaurants, shopping and the best nightclubs and bars. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Homestay Bali Starling Canggu