In the far South of the island, Uluwatu is one of the crown jewels of Bali for its famous surfing beaches with clean white sand and crystal blue waters, as well as incredible cliffside sunset spots. Whether you are a surfer or sun seeker, Uluwatu is one of the most picturesque areas in Bali and definitely worth a visit!
With hostel lovers in mind, I have put together my top 10 list of the best hostels in Uluwatu – from basic dormitory-style shared rooms to trendy guesthouses, I have something for every budget.
Settle in, cos here we go!
Taman Sari Uluwatu – For the Budding Surfer
Beautifully located on a hillside overlooking jungle and ocean views, Taman Sari Uluwatu is a chill and tranquil accommodation filled with cosy bungalow-style rooms. A surf-camp style hostel, you can take the opportunity to work closely with friendly on-site instructors to improve your surfing skills, or even start from scratch. I love the bright pool area where you can lounge on the beanbags and refresh in the cool waters looking out over the landscape. I’m not a surfer, but I’m certainly willing to learn if I get to wake up here!
Ulus Backpackers – Ideally Located for Surfers
Here we have a traditional hostel with the classic dormitory bedrooms and bunk-beds. Ideal for the traveler on a budget, Ulus Backpackers is a trendy and modern home where you can relax and enjoy the island sun. Just 10 minutes drive to Nyang Nyang and Bingin beaches, it is a great place for a surf-enthusiast to rest after a day on the waves. Centred around a sparkling swimming pool, you can relax on the lounging sun beds and meet some other travellers. Close to restaurants and cafes, Ulus Backpackers is an idyllic Uluwatu hostel.
Sultans of Swell – Perfect Central Location
Slap, bang in the middle of Uluwatu, Sultans of Swell is a haven for travellers wanting to be in the midst of everything. Just walking distance from a wide range of restaurants and cafes, a short drive to all the beaches of the South and in a quiet, peaceful location, what more could you ask for? The hostel offers both private and dormitory bedrooms to meet each traveler’s budget and preference. The common areas consist of the lush gardens and an on-site shop where you can pick souvenirs and chill with the other guests. A great place to meet your new surfing partner!
Lala Homestay Bingin – Serene Paradise Homestay
You can overlook the simplicity of this Uluwatu hostel for the stunning scenery. Encompassed by vast tropical gardens and luscious greenery, this is a perfect place to escape the crowds of the island and enjoy a serene retreat. Offering on-site yoga sessions in a large airy yoga bale, this homestay is a beautiful place to unwind. I can picture myself waking up early to the sounds of birds and nature, and meditating on the quaint garden bale. Plus, it is just a short drive from one of my favourite beaches on the island – Bingin Beach. I think I’ve found my paradise.
Pod Styled Hostel – Basic Pod-style Hostel
If you are looking to explore Uluwatu and want a cheap and easy place to stay, this Pod Styled Hostel is the ideal option. Comfortable but basic, I recommend this hostel to the travellers who will be spending long days surfing, or visiting the tourist attractions, and only need somewhere to clean off the sand and rest their head at night. Centrally located just a short drive from popular beaches and a wide variety of restaurants, you can’t go wrong with this affordable accommodation.
Taste of Bali Hostel – Comfortable Central Hostel
A mixture of modern and traditional style, Taste of Bali Hostel is a comfortable and affordable place to spend your Uluwatu getaway. Located on the main street close to restaurants and the GWK Cultural Park, you can easily explore all that the town has to offer by car or motorbike. Venture to the stunning nearby beaches for long days in the sun, and the cliffside bars for unbeatable sunset views. With comfortable shared bedrooms and breezy living areas, you can enjoy a restful night at this Uluwatu hostel after a day of activities.
Pecatu Guesthouse & Hostel – Budget Friendly Hostel
Also located just off the main road of Uluwatu, Pecatu Guesthouse & Hostel is a cosy accommodation filled with capsule-style dorms, regular bunk-bed dorms and private rooms. A good option for a traveller on a tight budget, this cheap and cheerful hostel is a comfortable island home. With lush green gardens and a small plunge pool, you can relax in the sun and explore the town.
Casamar Hostel – Among the Treetops Hostel
Perched on the hillside among the towering treetops, Casamar Hostel is a serene jungle paradise just a moment’s walk from the famous Padang Padang beach. A peaceful escape from the busy streets, this Uluwatu hostel features a large infinity swimming pool looking out to the luscious jungle views. I would love to spend a few days here relaxing and enjoying a tropical breeze. The private bedrooms have plush cosy beds, and the more basic dormitory rooms are great for collapsing after a long day of surfing. My favourite spot is the rooftop lounge for watching unbelievable sunsets.
Uli Bali Hostel and Suite – Simple Island Retreat
A simple cosy hostel in the heart of Uluwatu, Uli Bali Hostel and Suite is an ideal option for travellers looking for somewhere to rest after long days on the waves or exploring the town. Relaxing and peaceful, the small hostel features comfortable shared and private bedrooms, breezy common areas and a small refreshing pool. Just a short drive to the most popular beaches of the area, you can venture down the cliffside to find stunning white sand, blue ocean spots.
Bali Beats Guesthouse – Trendy Boho-chic Hostel
I’ve saved one of the best hostels in Uluwatu until last, Bali Beats Guesthouse is trendy and comfortable, located just a short drive from the famous Melasti Beach. A beautiful place to spend a relaxing island escape, the boho-chic interiors and style of the hostel are perfect for relaxing in the sun. Spend days around the pool with the fellow guests, basking in the rays and cooling off in the water. Offering delicious homemade Indonesian and Western cuisine, you don’t need to venture far for a good meal. A calm and homey place to base your Uluwatu adventures, I highly recommend this hostel if you have a bit of cash to spare.
There you have it, my collection of the top 10 hostels in Uluwatu! I must admit, I’m pretty impressed with myself for the variety in this selection, there really is something for everyone.
My personal favourites and go-tos are Lala Homestay Bingin and Bali Beats Guesthouse for their chill peaceful vibes, but I would love to watch the sunset from Casamar Hostel’s rooftop lounge. Which one has you packing your backpack and ready to go?
Get yourself ready for hot sweaty walks down the cliffside to reach the most unbelievable and scenic tropical beaches – brutal, but totally worth it! After a sip of a fresh cold coconut and a dip in the ocean, it’s all forgotten. (Until you need to walk back up).
Featured image: Taman Sari Uluwatu