Tired of the over-crowded and increasingly Westernized Bali of the Kuta-Legian-Semniyak "Strip? Even Ubud? Then DEFINITELY come to this seaside piece of Paradise, before the developers get there. The Padangbai Beach Home Stay is owned by the non English-speaking village elder, the wise but sleek looking, 55 year old, Mr. Putuh, and it is run by his business savvy wife, Dani, who sopeaks English. This is not your hip, Euro, Bloo Lagoon deal, but the PBHS' pool and garden are worth the stay alone, particularly if you remember why you came to Bali, for its seaside quiet, its white sandy beaches (Padangbai has one of the most reknowned white sand beaches in all of Bali, not to mention an untouched black sand beach in adjacent Mimba), its whispering winds, and its night time lack of bustle. Still, there are many excellent, local & "bule" (Indonesian gringos) fish restuarants, and plenty to do in Padangbai like diving, swimming, mostly chilling out, and of course, taking the ferry to the Gili Islands or to Lombok. I stayed 10 days, got to know the staff, and was even invited to Mr. Putoh's private residence, that looked like 5 Hindu-Bali temples in one, made in his village elder image.
The rooms are very comfortable, finished in local bamboo, and there's a choice of AC or fan, hot or cold water, double or twin beds, budget for 250,00 rupiah during low season (500,000 in high), to pretty deluxe overlooking the sea. I loved the staff although I made an effort to get to know them, but that's exactly what I like to do when I travel, meet the local people, learn the customs, see "real life". I do not travel for luxury, entertainment, or night life. If YOU do, maybe you should stay in Kuta-Semniyak, or take the speed boat to Gili Trawangan where you can get high and drunk with the other partiers.
This was the place for me. I'm coming back!
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