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The Chillhouse - Bali Surf and Bike Retreats
Ranked #1 of 141 Canggu B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 2, 2010

The Chillhouse is indeed a very chill place, located about 2km from the beach. I came here to surf, and there were definitely lots of opportunity for that. I'm staying in a single room in the main Chillhouse, which is very cozy - but very noisy - i hear music from downstairs, voices from staff meetings, the massage therapists chatting outdoors, and i have to share a shower on same level but run down to the downstairs bathroom. If you're squeamish about walking into a public toilet in your barefoot, definitely don't book the main chillhouse! I've checked out the bungalows and they are great (big with private verandahs, outdoor bathrooms, mini bar), as well as the rooms in the Surfer's House. It was just tough to figure out exactly what was what by the website (a clearer description - as in here's the room type, and here's the photo of said room) would go a long way in setting the proper expectations.

Overall, I would come here again, but I would definitely book ahead (it was last minute as I did not discover the Chillhouse until I was in Bali) and to make sure I got a room not in the main house (where the massage rooms, dining area, etc. are).

Also - you pay for your stay in Euros - which always provides the unhappy realization that everything is 30% more expensive in US dollars (+3% credit card transaction fee)

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 20, 2010

Just came back from vacation - and we are still thrilled by this outstanding experience!

Situated in a quiet area, we found true Bali at this place. Rooms were tastefull (we had the opportunity to stay at the amazing treetop loft), food was excellent - but what really makes the Chillhouse unique is its staff and their hosts Alex and Sabina. You feel their attention to details and you feel their passion of what they are doing. Excellent for surfers as the offered surfing packages (and the guides) are great, but also non-surfers will love the laid-back atmosphere around the small pool and will enjoy reliefing massages.
We brought our two and a half year old son with us who also had great fun.

All-in-all an unique experience in paradise!

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 24, 2010

Spent a whole month at The Chillhouse--it just got better and better every day! The food is phenomenal, but manages to play second to the commraderie. I am not an outgoing guy, but the surfers and chillers drawn by the Chillhouse, along with the friend-inducing common meal format, makes this place truly unique. I would stay here just for the food and friends, but it is really the surfing that does it.

For a whole month, I had my own awesome surf coach to mysef. Wayan challenged me every day, put me in some serious sink-or-swim situations, and improved my surfing immeasurably. Wayan's a real surf coach--helped me to do things I didn't know I could do, like getting really macked, then turn around and paddle out for another. Getting "washed" is part of the gig, and they teach you how to do that to. The whole gang of coaches is awesome.

I stayed in the main building's loft, "The Crow's Nest". It's not enclosed, so no A/C, but if you want to have a chat with the gods, that's the best place on earth for it. Reading a book and napping in the afternoon breeze after a great morning session--that's why God made time and Bali, and I'm also thinking He/She consulted on the creation of The Chillhouse.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 12, 2010

Great Owners
Great People
Great Guides
Great Ambiance
Great Food

I loved the Chillhouse Family and it was for sure one of many trips to come.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank mooox
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Reviewed June 27, 2010

My boyfriend and I have just returned from a week at The Chillhouse and we genuinely did not want to leave! Alex and Sabina, their staff and surf guides were incredibly helpful and right from arrival, they went above and beyond the call of duty. We stayed in a bungalow and they were beautifully appointed. The outdoor bathrooms were a real treat, it was lovely to shower under the stars. The beds were comfy, there was heaps of storage space and places to laze about and relax. The room had a stocked bar fridge also.

The food was fantastic and there was so much of it! A small breakfast was served early in the morning before surf lessons, then a buffet brunch was available from 9 - 12 each day. Dinner was delicious every night with a vegetarian choice always offerred. After filling up on salad, soup and a big main meal and desert, we were always offered more, it really made you feel at home. There is a small shop just outside the main door of the reatreat for snacks during the day, however The Chillhouse offered snacks and a full meal menu for between meals plus some little treats for afternoon tea. There are small shops for toiletries etc a couple of minutes walk away.

My boyfriend had surf lessons and the surfguides were absolutely wonderful. They were friendly and professional. He started at a beginner level and by the end of the week was surfing some of Bali's most popular beaches, in some pretty big swell! He really enjoyed the surfing and arranged for a couple of extra lessons, which was of course no problem. I opted for spa treatments in lieu of surfing and it was wonderful!! There is a variety of massage and beauty treatments to choose from. The staff were lovely and professional.

I think it is the thoughtful little things that make The Chillhouse a wonderful place to be. There is a small library if you run out of something to read, a fully stocked fridge is always close by so you never get thirsty, there are so many places designed just for relaxing, a laptop for communal use, sarongs to borrow to laze around the pool, a fast laundry service and the staff who address you by your name to really make you feel at home. We were even given a small thank you gift at the end of our stay!

We are already making plans to return next year. We will take our little one with us next time for some surf lessons. The Chillhouse caters for all groups, singles, couples, families with big kids and little kids. Staying at the Chillhouse is very far removed from the crazy Kuta party scene, however the party scene is only a 70,000 rupiah taxi trip away. It is a beautiful hidden oasis to return to after a day of Kuta craziness, it is about good food, getting to know others, relaxing, lazing about, being pampered and surfing of course!

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 29, 2017
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Room Tip: Sandbar ist sehr empfehlenswert :-)
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  • Stayed: August 2017, traveled solo
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Thank Pascal G
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Reviewed July 14, 2017
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Room Tip: Alle Zimmer sind Top :) Gönn dir ein delux Einzelzimmer und du bist sehr happy!
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  • Stayed: July 2017, traveled solo
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Additional Information about The Chillhouse - Bali Surf and Bike Retreats

Address: Jl. Kubu Manyar 22, Canggu 80361, Indonesia
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Location: Indonesia > Bali > Canggu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 141 B&Bs / Inns in Canggu
Price Range: $98 - $138 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Chillhouse is a surf and yoga retreat situated in Canggu amongst the rice fields on the southern shores of Bali. Our Bali Surf & yoga Retreats offer guest's quality accommodation and delicious organic meals, along with surf guiding, massage treatments, and yoga sessions. It is a place where you can indulge in an unforgettable surfing holiday, filled with endless waves and maximum comfort. The emphasis, of course, is on surfing but our retreats aren't just about chasing waves. ... more   less 
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