“Funky lumbung-style hotel in up-and-coming Petitenget (next to Seminyak) - stylish budget rooms close to a secluded beach and Bali’s party capital”
Puri Madawi has just 16 suites and bungalows. The Suites are built in traditional lumbungs (2-storey houses roofed in alang-alang), clustered around the pool. The style is most definitely Balinese: the decor, vibrant; the scents, spicy.
If you’re on a budget, you’re not settling for second best if you opt for one of the Garden Bungalows: the lovely big bedrooms have windows along the whole of one curved wall, traditional carved doors lead out into romantic private garden shower-rooms. You’ll have every right to feel smug: quite simply, they’re the best and most stylish budget rooms we’ve found in Bali.
The two-storey Suites have their own brightly-painted sitting rooms open to the gardens, giving a friendly, community feel. Terrazzo floors, occasional tables, urns and fresh flowers give the individual spaces their cosiness, while wood carvings and garish paintings add a quirky personality. Inside, at mezzanine level, you’ll find a small but adequate marble bathroom. The bedroom is upstairs, and for a few dollars more you can have one of the larger Extra Suites, which has an Asian-style lounging area with floor cushions and a low table.
The open-sided dining pavilion is between the pool and the gardens. Built as a giant version of a traditional Balinese balé, the restaurant opens in time for early risers and closes only when the last person at the bar says goodnight.
For breakfast, eat your fill of scrumptious fresh croissants (they’re brought in from top Balinese patisserie, Le Bake), fresh fruit, yoghurt, freshly squeezed orange juice and pancakes or eggs with bacon, ham, tomatoes or sausages. The coffee is Balinese (and can sometimes be a tad grainy) even in the cafetiere.
Snacks through the day are on the safe side: nasi goreng, lumpia, club sandwiches and chef’s salads, with a couple of Austrian specialities such as Fiaker Gulasch thrown in. Though the restaurant’s not going to make Puri Madawi famous, there’s enough on the menu to tide you over from one food-fest at a swanky Petitenget/Seminyak eatery to the next. Some of Bali's best restaurants are just a few minutes away by taxi.
Children are welcome in the Extra Suites; staff are happy to mind your baby, or the owner Daniel will help find a professional babysitter.
Babies (0-1 years), Teens (over 12)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Babysitting available by arrangement
Baby cots available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking