Pondok Pitaya Pitched squarely at surfers, Pondok Pitaya occupies a prime stretch of beach in the quiet village of Balian on Bali’s west coast, with one of the island’s best breaks right on its doorstep. Balian has long been a favourite bolthole for expats and board riders looking to escape the crowded south of the island and it’s still satisfyingly somnolent despite a spate of new developments. Pondok Pitaya houses its guests in traditional wooden joglo houses imported from Java. They’re perfect for groups, each joglo catering for up to five people with a choice of twin or king-size beds. The pool area is a bit of a sunset-gathering ground and the restaurant is probably the buzziest spot in town – though Deky’s Warung up the hill is the place for good local fare. It’s not all about surf either – there are two resident yoga teachers and a spa to boot. And don’t miss the famous buffalo races in the nearby town of Negara, which happen … [Read more...] about Top 10 budget beach hotels, villas and bungalows in Bali and Lombok
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