Since it’s so easy nowadays to reserve accommodation online in one form or another, you owe it to yourself to look at different options that you have when book your next trip anywhere. There are more Bali apartments being rented today than there used to be-Bali’s property market is evolving- so it’s now very easy to find them online and with a quick e-mail exchange or a phone call you can have yourself and your family booked into this wonderful alternative to hotels and villas on your next Bali vacation.
Craigslist is a very good place to start if you’re looking for serviced apartments in Bali, and the Bali Advertiser online version has short and long-term rentals of Bali properties of all types. Naturally you can talk to a property agent in Bali about a whole range of apartments, but with the Internet it is quite easy to deal with the apartment owners themselves. Doing a little legwork could pay real dividends as there are some well-located, inexpensive Bali properties that are real gems right near the beach such as the Jayakarta Bali Beach Resort, otherwise known as the Jayakarta hotel. One of the good things about talking to an owner rather than an agent, or simply doing a conventional online booking for a hotel, is that you can usually negotiate on price with the apartment owner, especially for longer stays.
Dealing With Bali Apartment Owners: Questions To Ask
The owner can answer questions about Bali if it is your first time, as well as tell you about the neighborhood around the apartment. Also, you can be sure he/she will give you much more information on the features of the rental unit itself than that small thumbnail photo one sees on most online hotel booking websites! Be sure and ask if the apartment has maid service included, as well as airport pickup. Does the apartment have a free internet connection included? A Bali apartment rental in should also include most of the little things that you’d expect in a hotel room, such as regular sheet and towel changes as well as toiletry items.
Ask about particularly good restaurants near the apartment, as there is a bewildering array of eating establishments in Bali, and best-looking ones are not always the ones with the best food or value for money. Ask the apartment owner where the best place to change money is nearby, as unscrupulous moneychangers are around. You’ll also want to ask where the best place to buy food and fresh produce is as in all likelihood the apartment will have a kitchen or at least a kitchenette. Ask if there are laundry facilities in the building or the apartment, or if one has to take laundry to one of the many Bali families who make a little side income from doing washing for tourists.
It’s probably a good idea, especially if it it is a Kuta apartment, to ask about the other people staying in the building: are they mostly long-term expats or are many of the units rented out to short-term tourists, who might be more likely to be partying it up 24 hours a day? (Not that there’s anything wrong with that; staying in a building with a party type atmosphere might be exactly what you’re looking for!)
Taking the time to search online for Bali apartments for rent will almost certainly save you money, and in all likelihood you’ll enhance your trip. Living in a place that feels more like home than a semi-sterile hotel room might have you feeling less like a tourist and more like you’re ‘staying’, even if it’s only for a little while. Take advantage of the apartment owner’s knowledge of his neighborhood and be sure and ask the right questions before you book.