The Chillhouse in Bali: A True Retreat
I’ve been wanting to stay the Chillhouse in Bali for quite some time. I first saw the video that Brooke of World of Wanderlust did with them, and fell in love. I hadn’t even really been that keen on going to Bali until then! When Elissa and I realized we could match our summer vacations this year, we decided to go for a week.
I’m so happy it lived up the hype I was giving it. You know how you make something better in your head than it probably is in real life? Okay, well this place is not that. It’s awesome, and if you don’t believe me, you can ask all the different people who choose to stay there year after year! It has such a quiet, relaxed vibe, the decor is bright and cheerful, and their whole motto on life is awesome.
So comfortable! We stayed in the Pisang room and paid for an extra person. We actually wound up falling asleep in the room a lot in the afternoons, especially after our bike ride and the sunrise hike. The mattress is like sleeping on clouds– even my brother, and his total princessy tendencies when it comes to his bed,–would approve. Someone comes in each day (usually around breakfast) and remakes it and everything. There is also a mosquito net just in case.
The bathroom is beautiful. It’s partially outside and covered in stones. If we hadn’t arrived at night and immediately unloaded everything in there, I would have some really pretty pictures of it. The toilet is in its own little nook, and, yes, you do have to throw away your toilet paper in a trash bin. However, someone cleans that out every day as well.
The shower did turn a bit cold towards the end of our stay, but it was so warm outside that we didn’t mind or think to ask the front desk about it. Water pressure is also perfect– not too hard or soft. Ours came with a thing of homemade shower gel, and you’ll get a big and small towel per person. The sink area also comes with a pitcher of filtered water and homemade hand soap.
In your room, there’s a mini-fridge with snacks and drinks. Each day whoever cleans your room will also tally what you’ve taken from the fridge. But… that’s nothing compared to the amazing breakfast and dinner that come with what you pay for with accommodation. Yes, both, and they’re actually amazing. Breakfast starts at 6 a.m. You can get cereal, fruit, homemade bread (shout out to that delicious milk bread!), homemade jams, peanut butter, and coffee. You can also order egg and pancakes. At 9 a.m., they then have two plated options to choose from– some sort of fruit bowl and something more savory. You can choose one or both and get seconds if you’re really hungry.
Dinner-wise, holy cow. First off, let me just say this is how awesome this place is. We arrived from the airport at maybe midnight. Everything was closed, and the security guards met us to show us our room. Before we went, they actually asked us if we wanted dinner, meaning they had leftovers for us hours after mealtime had ended. Anyhow, dinner is amazing, and we cleaned our plates each night. They change style each day. One night was a buffet and a few nights were sit down and served, but my favorite was when we had a huge barbecue. Like, if I had known, I wouldn’t have eaten lunch to prepare myself. There was a lot, and everything was insanely flavorful.
Side note they do have lunch options as well, and the prices were pretty low and comparable to nearby restaurants. We grabbed lunch there twice, and thoroughly enjoyed the smoothies and food. Totally recommend the curry cashew chicken salad. Holy mama, was it good.
I know, I just wrote an essay on the food, but I also have to mention the fact that they have a ton of activities. I mean, it’s a retreat after all. Their three main activities are surfing, yoga, and mountain biking tours. For something more relaxing, they also have massages and manicures/pedicures.
Elissa and I decided to do the easiest mountain biking tour through rice fields in central Bali. Keep in mind, easy is the operative word, and neither of us was quite prepared for how hard it was going to be. My friend who had gone a week earlier warned me she fell into one of the pits and cut her ride short. With this warning in mind, we opted for walking our bikes through some of the more difficult areas. Our guide was awesome, though, and always encouraged us. He really wanted to make sure we’d be able to enjoy the views.
While I don’t know much about the yoga or surfing, a lot of the couples we wound up having dinner with really enjoyed them both. I remember someone telling us that the surfing coaches were much more hands on and helpful than other surfing classes they’d taken.
*Disclaimer: Our bike ride was sponsored, however opinions and memories of sore bums are all my own ;).
Oh yeah, there’s more. If you do want to venture out of the Chillhouse, you can head on one of their many day trips. They have specific tours laid out for Ubud, Central Bali, and Uluwatu. If you don’t, they can help you hire a transport service and make your own tour. A full day was 600,000 IDR ($45), half day was 450,000 IDR ($33) total. You could plan your own itinerary with the driver. We joined a girl to Ubud our first day in and then did our own half day tour later to see some other sites we missed.
WHERE TO HANG OUT
I know, there’s more. My “Other Amenities” section is usually a quick list, but this is really its own post! There are two pools to hang out around, and the pool by the dining area has this fantastic nook with books and board games. On the second floor of the dining area is a quiet room. It’s awesome for work or falling asleep when you try to do work… *cough*. There’s also a little area for hanging out on the 3rd floor (more like a little loft). If you do want some alone time, the second pool past the yoga area and by the massage rooms was totally empty each time we saw it!
Fantastic. Easily some of the best I’ve ever had. From the cooks to the receptionists, everyone was super kind and attentive. They helped us set up everything that we wanted to do, and even took the time to get to know everyone’s names. Before we arrived they emailed us with how to get to Canggu from the airport and even made sure we knew prices so we wouldn’t get scammed. When they ran out of seconds for one guy at dinner, they tried to make up for it by offering him extra dessert! Honestly, if this whole place had wound up being totally crappy, the customer service would have saved it by a twofold.
It’s a little far from the main part of Canggu. They do have pushbikes that you can rent for free, but we got a taxi for about 60,000 IDR to get to the beach. It’s actually quite nice because it doesn’t feel busy or crowded, so it really does feel like a retreat.
For Pisang, a Deluxe Single Room, we paid IDR 1, 100,000 ($83) and added an extra person for IDR 528,000 ($40).
You can see their full rates for the different rooms here.
WHERE TO BOOK THE CHILLHOUSE
10/10, more like 1000000/10
Guys, as you can tell I really loved this place. Easily one of my top places so far, maybe even more than La Maison Bacana B&B in Paris, which has held the top spot in my accommodation heart by a landslide for years.
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Seems like you guys had a nice trip. Seems like a bit of bike riding and a lot of relaxation! :D
It was! Between the bike ride and the sunrise hike, I needed it!
That bed is so inviting. And I would have to agree, it is very rare to have dinner set aside for your late arrival. That’s so thoughtful of them.
I love the breakdown of this post! I’ve been meaning to start reviewing some spots but I have no idea how to set it up so the inspiration is appreciated :) I need to put this place on my list too.I want to do a Bali trip soon but I’m not sure how realistic it is unfortunately. At least I know that when I go, I’ll have my accommodations down! And I cannot believe they had leftovers for you?!? I have never heard of that being done anywhere! SO SWEET! :D
Wow ! Between your review and that of our dear friend who fell in the pit while biking thjs place has gotten stellar reviews! I think after my contract is up a month in Bali needs to be on my list!
My favorite part of Bali were definitely the lush rice fields. Didnt know you could have bike rides through them, probably more dangerous than it is fun. Your accommodation looks fantastic, albeit 4 times more than we paid at a similar type resort
This looks like a place out of a dream. I love places like this. I wish I could go to Bali in the near future.
Irs the best feeling when a place meets or exceeds expectations. This place certainly looks it would do that. The bike trail is something i would totally do. I wish i could visit Bali as i hear so many wonderful things.
I love boardgames. This sounds like a great place to hang with all the pools.
This place looks like a dream!!!! I love the simplicity of it. Seems like there is also a lot to do around the area as well. Definitely on my list when I visit
This looks like a spectacular resort with such amazing landscapes and scenery to wake up to every day! I have to be honest that Bali isn’t a place that we have considered visiting yet but it’s nothing against the location, rather our list is just so long and we have many other spots to visit first. Will definitely consider this as a viable option when we do visit though, hopefully sooner rather than later! Thanks for sharing such an awesome location.
Yes hopefully sooner rather than later! ;)
I’m with you, I love good customer service (especially for hotels). I’ve seen the best of them and the worst of them. The one thing I look for is attention to details and being friendly no matter the situation. This place sounds like a winner purely from the way you described the customer service.
Wow. The place looks really relaxing and the views around is magnificent. Never been there before but i would love to try it on my next Bali trip.
I’ll definitely bookmark this one. It looks like a home away from home and a lovely place to stay if you’re travelling with friends or family. 1 million out of 10 is a pretty good rating!
I think it`s quite rare that they actually care and save late-arrivers dinner and it was very nice on their part. Food being from heaven was a huge plus! (note that i haven`t eaten yet and I`m drooling over your article – good thing you haven`t included more pictures of food haha)
I`ve been looking to take a mountain bike tour when I`ll get there, so this sounds like a good place for me.
Thank you so much for your kind works Samantha! We loved reading your words!
I’ve enjoyed that milk bread at warungs throughout Bali, from little village neighborhoods in off the beaten path spots.
I love the indoor-outdoor bathrooms too; even when snakes and toads and fruit bats fly thru – and yes, we’ve had ’em in Bali ;) – it’s a special experience….OK….until you need to go at 2 AM LOL.
Looking forward to a Canggu stay during our next Bali trip.
This place looks so awesome! If we didn’t already have accommodation we would totally go stay here on our upcoming trip to Bali! We should just go to check it out one afternoon anyways and see if we can get any of that incredible food you’ve been sharing in photos!
Thanks, Megan! It really was awesome. Definitely check it out even for lunch or dinner. It was so delicious and filling, and everyone was so nice!
Yes Megan for sure you can come for some food or a massage when you are in Bali!