Ubud: Rumah Pakir Dormy Inn
Get There: Go up the hill behind Campuhan bridge into Penestanan village and take the third left. When the driveway splits in the three, go down the middle path and follow it till you cross a rice paddy. Your destination will be on your right down a teeny tiny alley. Check this map.
Cost: 80 000 – 90 000 IDR for a dorm in low season, and around 100 000 IDR in high
Free Breaky: No
Free WiFi: Yes
Set in the grounds of an exquisite Balinese compound in Penestanan’s rice fields lies Rumah Parkir Dormy Inn: a gorgeous retreat walking (panting) distance from Campuhan Bridge. For the same price as all the run-down hostels in the downtown drag, you can wake up in comfort, take a dip in the sandstone pool and stretch out on a lounge chair under a passionate vine groaning with fruit. Ah, the serenity. The accommodation is dormitory style and spotless, with brand-new bunks that don’t creak, though the rooms do leave you with the feeling of being in a hospital. There are hot showers, a tank of drinkable water and a small library, and you can book a bunch of tours through the front desk, such as a Mt Batur climb or a cooking class. All the staff, including the Japanese manager Kim and Balinese owner Pakir, are fascinating, hospitable legends, so if you see them floating around, brew them a cup of sweet Balinese kopi and sit them down in the lush garden for a chinwag.