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“Excellent Value, Fantastic Home Stay!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Homestay Bali Starling
Ranked #24 of 105 Canggu B&B and Inns
Bangkok, Thailand
1 review
“Excellent Value, Fantastic Home Stay!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2013

Run by Marcella and Mike, a really friendly and helpful couple, this place is great! Brand new rooms, very tastefully decorated. Fast free Wifi and A/C in the rooms, as well as LCD TV with DVD player and a big selection of movies (If the weather is bad) Nice communal area with comfortable couch and view across the rice fields. Very easy to find with lots of good restaurants near by (They have a helpful list of recommended places) and easy to get to the beaches of Canggu. Complimentary access to the Canggu club is a real treat as well! (Nice pool and fitness facilities) They arranged taxi transfer to and from the airport and motor bike rental - could not have been easier. Best find in Canggu, will definately stay again. Thanks again guys, and congratulations on your beautiful baby girl! :-)

Room Tip: (2 Pools and Fitness facilities at Canggu Club. All very good) All rooms very nice :-)
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Scott B
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BaliStarling, Manager at Homestay Bali Starling, responded to this review, November 19, 2013
Hi Scott,

Hope you're doing well
Thanks a lot for your friendly words. It was great getting to meet an energetic and positive guy like you. Take care and hope to see you again!
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Hanoi, Vietnam
Level Contributor
10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2013

This is an amazing find. We stayed here for 8 nights and had no regrets. The home stay is run by a young Dutch couple. They are extremely helpful and they go out of their way to make you feel at home without being intrusive.

The room is comparable to a good four star hotel: with a DVD player, a very comfortable bed, Cable TV with English channels, fridge, safe, air-conditioning and so on.

The breakfast is outstanding. Very fresh, all homemade ingredients a range of choices such as balsamic mushrooms, homemade onion marmalade, homemade granola, humus (I'm guessing that was homemade too), eggs, tropical fruits, bacon. It is filling and delicious. The coffee is good quality and good 'n' strong with a choice of cappuccino, latte, espresso or long black.

The location is idyllic on the edge of a tropical meadow spotted with bannana trees. It is bustling with an orchestra of insect noises to lull you to sleep. You will need transport to enjoy the area but the owner arranged a moped for us within 30 minutes of arrival (50, 000 rp a day)

If this wasn't enough, the deal comes with free membership to Canguu Club a 3 minute drive away. The daily rate to join this club for two people would be 60, 000 rp. This is more than we paid for the room which included membership and breakfast! Canguu Club is fantastic Google it. It's like something from the colonial Raj. A fantastic gym, large pool, tennis courts, playing fields, even a library. I believe there are squash courts too. The club is all wicker chairs, white, sophistication with impeccable service all very posh. Don't forget to bring your tennis rackets.

We also loved their dog (only allowed outdoors). A friendly white mongrel who greets you with a wagging tail when you arrive 'home'.

Canggu is also very nice. Padi fields, close to the beach (on a moped) lots of great healthy eateries.

This really is an exceptionally good deal and is ideal for anyone who is prepared to ride a moped.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the meadow/banana trees have a sweeping view and are slightly bigger and better but als...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Chris R
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BaliStarling, Manager at Homestay Bali Starling, responded to this review, July 16, 2013
Thank you so much for your kind words, Chris. We enjoyed having you and Kyoka over and we really like the pictures you posted! Looking forward to having you over again.
Take care.
Marcella & Mike
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

This place is fantastic! The owners are really nice, they have got plenty of tips for you! The room is brand new and perfect and the breakfast is sublime! I highly recommended this homestay to everyone!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Maren5
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BaliStarling, Manager at Homestay Bali Starling, responded to this review, July 16, 2013
Thank you so much for the recommendation!
We're glad you enjoyed your stay.
Hope to see you again when you visit Bali.
Marcella & Mike
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2013

Myself and my son stayed here at the beginning of our Bali travels. Host Mike is very helpful and knowledgeable about the area and Marcella offers a choice of 8 breakfasts, between us both we tried most of them!

The rooms are quite trendily decorated and hygiene is excellent.

Homestay is a little difficult to find, especially for taxi drivers, but we had a scooter and everywhere is accessible 5-10 mins away. Recommended.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Sandrastravel
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BaliStarling, Manager at Homestay Bali Starling, responded to this review, July 16, 2013
Dear Sandra,

Thank you so much for your kind words. It was a pleasure having you and your son on your first Bali trip. We made someone really happy with your surf vest, so thanks for that.

Regards,
Marcella & Mike
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perth
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2013

Having spent nine, fun but 'testing' days combatting the street hawkers in Kuta, my stay at Marcella and Mike's B&B in Canggu was just what I needed - a peaceful retreat with all the comforts of home. Everything you see in the website photos is how you find it in real life. Large well-decorated rooms, comfortable beds, fresh bed linen, breakfasts to kill for and hosts who are happy to help with any requests, always with a minimum of fuss.
Membership to the nearby Canggu Club is another huge bonus - swimming pools, gym and tennis courts all available to Bali Starling guests.

Thanks to Marcella and Mike for a wonderful week. .... all the best for August.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank dodgee
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BaliStarling, Manager at Homestay Bali Starling, responded to this review, July 16, 2013
Hi John.

It was a pleasure having you over. And thanks again for the nice dress.
We try our best to keep our homestay tidy and clean, and we're glad it's noticed.
Take care.

Mike & Marcella
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Houston, Texas, USA
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27 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2013

After a long day of beach or exploring, Bali Starling is a great place to come back to and unwind. All the rooms are big and nice and have all the amenities you could want to feel at home, not to mention super fast internet which is rare to find in Bali accommodations. The owner Mike and his girlfriend are helpful with whatever you need, but you're able to really come in and out of the house and kind of do your own thing at your own pace. In the morning though you get a nice big breakfast and good conversation with Mike who can recommend nearby things to do.

The other great perk about staying at Bali Starling is that although you don't have a pool onsite, you get access to the nearby Canggu Club, which is basically a country club with great facilities including a nice pool, workout room, tennis courts, the whole deal. Really much nicer to go use the nice big pool at Canggu Club than use some little splash pool in a little hotel courtyard, plus it gives you somewhere to go and you can make a day out of it and just hanging out.

Highly recommend this place for all travelers who want to get away from the hectic mess at Kuta, but still be close enough to nice restaurants and bars in the Seminyak area (<10 minutes on your motorcycle, which Mike can also help arrange for you). Excellent place to stay.

Room Tip: The rooms are of various sizes, but all are excellent, well-appointed and super clean.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank M1027
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BaliStarling, Manager at Homestay Bali Starling, responded to this review, July 16, 2013
Thank you so much for your comprehensive review. And for the conversations.
Hope to see you again when you're in Bali.
Take care.
Mike & Marcella
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Stockholm, Sweden
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2013

The rooms are nicely decorated and very comfortable. The hosts helps with whatever you need from scooter rental, laundry, restuarants or just local knowledge.
The breakfast puts the last piece to the 5 rating. The eggs benedict or home made granola is top notch! By far the best breakfast I had during my 1 month stay on Bali.
Perfect location very close to places like Cafe Beetlenut and cool Ex Machina. And all of Canggu surfspots are within 5 min drive with scooter.
This is the place to stay if you are going to Canggu!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank AndreasPils
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BaliStarling, Manager at Homestay Bali Starling, responded to this review, May 9, 2013
Hi Andreas,

Thank you for your kind words. We're glad you enjoyed your stay that much.
Hope to see you again.

Marcella & Mike
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Property: Homestay Bali Starling
Address: Jalan Raya Semat | Gang Bekul 8, Canggu 0000, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Canggu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 105 B&Bs / Inns in Canggu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Homestay Bali Starling is a brand new, boutique bed and breakfast, where you can enjoy the peace and tranquility while still being located at the heart of one of the most bustling and exiting areas in Bali. Homestay Bali Starling is just a short stroll away from world famous Echo Beach, but within 10 minutes you can also reach Seminyak, where you can enjoy great restaurants, shopping and the best nightclubs and bars. ... more   less 
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