by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 10, 2019
Ida Beach Village – Traditional, exquisite, affordable, and in a serene location.
This is along a laneway in the tranquil eastern end of Candidasa, but only a few minutes’ stroll from endless shops and cafés. Hidden behind stone walls, with a genuine Balinese village vibe, the cottages are cheerful and spacious. All are traditionally designed and furnished, with a thatched roof, ornate carvings, and Balinese rugs, arts, and crafts. Other accommodation is built like traditional lumbung rice barns, with a sloping roof and sea views from the second level. Meandering stone paths lead to the pool which faces the dramatic coastline and alluring islets just offshore. However, the beach is typically gray and undersized, and often unsuitable for swimming.
Ida Beach Village – The Location
- Address: Jalan Pantai Indah road, Candidasa, on the east coast of Bali.
- Area: Faces the coast in a tranquil area. Along a quiet laneway that starts where the main road heads inland, but only 300m from the facilities and transport along the main road in Candidasa.
- How to Get There: Few metered taxis and chartered cars from the airport (about 1 hour 45-minute drive) will take anyone this far, so best to arrange transfers from the hotel. See under Local Transport later about tourist shuttle buses.
- Handy to: Snorkeling spots.
Ida Beach Village – The Basics
- Guests: Most guests are older couples who relish the serenity and tranquility.
- Beach: Candidasa is a chain of rocky coves with patches of gritty sand created by breakwaters. The beach in front of the hotel is minuscule, with gray sand, and often disappears at high tide. Not much good for snorkeling either.
- Views: Only a couple of bungalows face the sea, with views from the upper level. Cottages are along a village-style street overlooking a private patch of garden.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not provided, nor really expected, at this sort of hotel in Candidasa.
- Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
- Parking: Enough free and secure spaces alongside the lobby, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: (0)361 41119
- Email: N/A
- Website: N/A
Ida Beach Village – Amenities
- Pool: Smallish, but a decent size for the limited number of guests.
- Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided at this sort of hotel in Candidasa.
Ida Beach Village – Food and Drink
- Restaurant & Bar: Modest eatery alongside the pool and facing the sea. Mostly used to serve breakfast to guests, and seems uninterested in offering meals to anyone at other times.
- Breakfast: Usually provided and served at the poolside café.
- Room Service: Not available because there really isn’t a fully functioning café onsite.
Ida Beach Village – Rooms
- Room Types: Cottages • Twin-level Bungalows
- Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms but permitted anywhere else.
- Best Room: The bungalows feature an uncommon design, shaped like a traditional rice barn. And with 2 levels, sea views are possible.
- For Families: An extra single bed can be placed inside all accommodation.
Ida Beach Village – Local Transport
- Walking & Cycling: The main road through Candidasa is only 1km long and an easy walk. The road is flat and reasonably wide (but very busy), so bicycles are a good option. These can be rented from the hotel.
- Public Transport: Long-distance minibusses career along the road between Amlapura and Denpasar (via the turnoff to Padangbai), but not really needed in the local area.
- Shuttle Bus: The main island-wide operator, Perama, offers several services daily to Kuta, Ubud, and Lovina, all via Padangbai. The office is at the far western end of the main road, 1.5km away. 18-minute walk.
- Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: There are no metered taxis in this area, so charter a car with a driver from someone along the main road, or better, through the hotel. Renting a car is possible from local agencies (but not recommended anywhere in Bali), while motorbikes are easy to rent and a terrific way to explore the east coast.
Ida Beach Village – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
- Within 300m in either direction along the laneway, these places are so much quieter than anywhere along the main road:
- Ganesha – Fascinating décor, set-priced menus, and extended list of homemade desserts. Daily specials add to the attraction. 1-minute walk.
- Puri Pudak – Within a new collection of villas facing the beach for inexpensive seafood. 1-minute walk.
- Puri Oka – Best of the seaside eateries for cocktails, and inexpensive and tasty Indonesian standards. 1-minute walk.
- Arco Iris – Burgers, pizzas, and home-baked goodies in a friendly setting. Seafood grilled outside attracts more customers. 2-minute walk.
- Warung Candidasa Moka – Popular for coffee, ribs, and cakes. Unfussy service and air-conditioned. 3-minute walk.
- The 1km-long main road is bursting with all sorts of shops, from minimarts to souvenir stalls. No malls, but enough places to satisfy most.
- Candidasa is an ideal base for exploration of the east coast, including:
- Tenganan (6.2km) – Fascinating millennia-old village pre-dating Hinduism. Maybe get a lift up by car or motorbike. The walk downhill (5km) to the main road in Candidasa is delightful. 14-minute drive.
- Pasir Putih (8.5km) – One of Bali’s premier beaches, yet still remarkably underdeveloped. Accessible by public transport and lovely walk (1.5km) from the turnoff at Bugbug village. 21-minute drive.
- Padangbai (13.8km) – With a scenic cove, more renowned as the terminal for speedboats to the Gili Islands. Accessible by public minibus, shuttle bus, and/or motorbike taxi. 25-minute drive.
- Tirtagangga (16.7km) – Bali’s most exquisite water palace is accessible by public transport via Amlapura or shuttle bus. 30-minute drive.