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“Wonderful host, great setup, *****”
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Ari Homestay
Ranked #6 of 18 Candidasa B&B and Inns
Reviewed January 4, 2013

The host Gary makes this place a joy to stay at, nothing is too much trouble and his western food is simple but delicious.
I booked one of the air con rooms(9) and it is like having your own apartment, comprehensively kitted out with A/C, fan, lcd, dvd, fridge and even your own cooking range outside, complete with kettle, pans, etc etc.
You have the choice of complete privacy or you can meet fellow guests in the bar area which is also popular with non residents.
Candidasa is a fairly quiet resort and the Ary is pretty much the epicentre for socialising.
Ary is justifiable in its ranking and I would recommend you seriously consider it as an option in Bali.

Room Tip: If staying for a few days choose the AC rooms with cooking facilities
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

I've been here on four occasions now. I went twice on one trip around Indonesia and twice on the second trip a year and a half later.

I've stayed in hostels and hotels all over and this is by far the most homely and friendly place I've been, on my second trip around they even managed to recognise my face from 18 months prior! That just shows the kind of people that run this establishment.

If you're after some company with genuinely nice and caring people then you can't go far wrong here. Gary and Tyo (the owners) are as hospitable and helpful as any hotel in the world.

There's 'the coldest beer in Bali' and 'No Nasi Goreng' but there is some amazing Bali cider and spectacular burgers, hot-dogs and chips. That's in the restaurant downstairs where you'll also meet the expat friends of the owners who pop by regularly for a beer and a burger.

Oh and the breakfast!! Colossal portions and great comfort food if you're missing home. AND it'll keep you going all day.

In essence if you're in the area then stay here. Simple as that.

Room Tip: The rooms near the front can be a little noisy as the trucks go by the hotel alongside the road. It...
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 30, 2012 via mobile

My wife and I turned up without booking and were immediately offered a beer by Gary, the owner, who then introduced us to everyone in the bar/ cafe and made us feel really welcome.
We took room 13 and for the price it was really good value. The bed was large and comfy, the aircon worked well, the shower was hot and everything was spotless.
There was also an LCD tv and DVD player complete with a small library and outside on the patio was a sink and stove and pots and pans to cook if the urge took you.
Breakfast of bacon, eggs, toast, fruit and coffee was superb with the added bonus of Vegemite! This was taken on the balcony overlooking the sea.
The cafe served excellent burgers, great chip "buddies" and cold beer all at a very reasonable price.
The homestay is located on the main road through candidasa but you cannot hear the traffic in your room and right next door to the Perama bus office.
You can use the pool at the Watergarden hotel just down the road for a small fee.
A great, friendly place at a reasonable price.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Reviewed September 1, 2012

I stayed at Ari Homestay based on a recommendation from another traveller. I am so glad that I did! I arrived in Candidasa completely on my own and was greeted by Gary who owns the homestay. He was so welcoming and friendly and even introduced me to the other people staying at the homestay. He invited me to join them for a birthday party they were throwing for someone who was staying there. Such a relaxed friendly atmosphere!

My room was basic but nice and most importantly it was clean (and I'm very fussy!) I had a double bed and a wardrobe with a padlock. The bathroom was also clean and had a hot shower. There is a kitchen area that guests can use. There is also a hot dog shop which is open to passers-by as well as those staying at the homestay. Even if you don't stay here I would definitely recommend visiting for a hot dog or burger. They are amazing!

The best thing about this place is the breakfast (which is included)! I travelled around Asia for a month and went to several places in Indonesia as well as other countries. I stayed in a variety of accommodation including posh hotels. This was by far the best breakfast I had anywhere! It is a proper home made breakfast - none of this mass produced big hotel buffet style stuff. The breakfast is also huge and will fill you up for most of the day! I had a big bacon omlette which came with fried potatoes and some vegetables. That was followed by toast with home made marmalade and finally a plate of fresh fruit. Delicious! Like I said it was so big I didn't need to buy any lunch.

Gary and his wife are so helpful - if you want to know what is on offer in the area they will help you and will also sort out transport for you so you don't have the hassle of trying to find a reliable taxi driver and haggling the price etc.

I would definitely recommend this place! It is such good value for money!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

Stayed a couple of nights here and had an excellent stay - was glad that I paid attention to previous reviews. Felt immediately at home as Gary the owner was very welcoming - there are a range of rooms, all fairly basic but very clean with simple touches that make it way better than other places that charge a similar amount or more. We stayed in the 160,000 room and were very happy. Very clean room/bathroom - spacious - fresh bedding - decent shower - nice sitting area outside - good location - super breakfast - very friendly staff - great value. There is also a cafe at the front that does indeed make great burgers - the breakfast is a welcome change to pancakes and it is big - bacon, eggs (done about 3 ways), fried veggies and potato with a side of toast (there's Vegemite too). This is accompanied with a hot drink and followed by a plate of fruit. In addition, Gary the owner is extremely friendly, chatty and helpful - he told us places to go on our moped, which route to go, what we should be paying for things and gave general advice when moving on. His wife and the rest of the staff were very nice and friendly. You can do your laundry for cheap too. Would recommend this place to ALL travellers regardless of budget (there's even a dorm that is cheaper again and includes the breakfast) - and to people who usually spend lots on 'top' hotels because you don't lack for anything here. Stay here in Candidasa.

Room Tip: A couple of rooms near the front are close to the road - so if this may be a problem, get one of the...
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

Best free breakfast in Bali
Clean comfortable rooms
Cheap laundry
Friendly and willing to help owners
Great burgers
Accommodates for all budgets
Lovely ocean views
Close to other restaurants and shops
Lots of nice touches, hand soap, mirror, towels, toilet roll included

Room Tip: Don't over look Ari homestay, rooms for everyone
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 6, 2012

We came to Candidasa for the Pandan Leaf fighting ceremony and were very happy to find Ari Homestay amid all the impersonal resorts along the main street, with a beach view across the road. We stayed in one of the older rooms, which was very clean, very comfortable (spring-mattress!) bed, ceiling fan, western toilet and hot-water shower. The price was 180,000 Rp, which is a bargain for Candidasa. One of the best (and biggest) breakfasts we have had so far in Bali was included in the price. Hosts Gary and Tyo are extremely friendly, welcoming and informative. We were immediately told to make ourselves at home, and there is a kitchen where you have access to tea and coffee making facilities all day - very generous. There is a cafe downstairs, where Gary and Tyo offer western food (burgers, hot dogs), but if you prefer local food, there is a large cluster of warungs virtually opposite the homestay and slightly to the right, on the beach, where you can get nasi campur (10,000 Rp), bakso and all the other awesome Bali delights plus meet some interesting locals.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Jalan Raya, Candidasa, Karangasem, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Karangasem > Candidasa
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Free Parking
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Ranked #6 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Candidasa
Price Range: $16 - $118 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Ari Homestay 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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