Canggu is a beach town in southern Bali (about a 20 minute drive from Seminyak) that is home to several of Bali’s prime surf spots including Batu Balong and Echo Beach. Whether or not you are a surfer, staying in Canggu is a good idea when you are in Bali. Besides surfing or enjoying the sunset from its beaches, there are various eateries and entertainment options (among them is the new water theme park called Splash Waterpark). There are so many hotels in the area, but I chose FRii, a modern new hotel located in central Canggu, which has nice facilities and services, but with affordable rates.
A modern hotel stay for a great value
When staying for just a day or two, I prefer to stay in a more luxurious hotel. Nevertheless, when you plan to stay in Bali for more than a week, you may start to think about a budget-friendly option. Surely there are many budget hotels in Canggu; however, you’ll still want to stay in a hotel with high quality amenities. You have not made a mistake if you choose to stay at FRii Bali Echo Beach Hotel. Unique, functional, clean, enjoyable, centrally located and affordable; these are the right adjectives to describe this hotel.
As you arrive and get your welcome drink in the lobby (iced tea), you will be shown to your room and on the way you will notice how this newly built hotel is full of creative designs.
You won’t find the traditional Balinese wooden walls or thatched roofs like many hotels across the island, but instead you will see two long swimming pools stretching from one end to the other of the building, parallel to the back door of the rooms on the first floor!
Rooms with pool access
This hotel has 77 rooms, located on the first to third floor. Rooms are compact but tidy and clean and each is equipped with amenities that include an en-suite bathroom, complimentary Wi-Fi, a TV, safe, as well as a coffee maker.
You will like your room no matter which room you choose. If you stay on the first floor, you will have a direct access to the hotel’s swimming pool from your room’s back door. Imagine getting up in the morning and jumping right into the pool from your room.
Each room on a higher floor has a balcony, from which you can enjoy a view of the town and ocean. In fact, FRii is the tallest hotel in Canggu, so this is the right hotel for you if you are looking for a view of the ocean.
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Comfortable swimming pool
The pool is always convenient for a swim or in the morning, day or night. The tropical weather of Canggu makes swimming in the morning or at night comfortable, and since most of the pool is protected by shade from the hotel building, swimming during the day will be refreshing and not sweltering!
Affordable, quality food at Seaduction
The complimentary breakfast buffet is served in the hotel’s restaurant, Seaduction, and it includes fried rice, noodles, bread and juice. They also have an egg station where the chef will cook omelettes for guests. The menu changes daily, so if you stay for more than a day you will have different items every morning.
Do not hesitate to tell the staff if you are a vegetarian or if you have any dietary requirements, as they will cook a special dish for your breakfast.
For lunch or dinner, this restaurant serves quality options at affordable prices. If you are looking for Asian and Western food, you should decide to have lunch or dinner in the hotel! Try their sweet and savory spaghetti with crab for only 3 USD (39,507 IDR).
The restaurant is located on the rooftop. It’s a semi-open restaurant, and since it is located on the 4th floor with a nice view of the ocean. After your activities for the day, why not spend the evening here while stargazing and having a beer?
One of the many considerations when choosing a hotel is location, and you hit the jackpot with Frii Hotel. It’s only about a 5 to 10 minute walk to Echo Beach, known for its dark sand and ideal waves for surfing. Nearby, you’ll also find eating spots like the Batu Bolong’s beach lounge The Lawn, the vegetarian friendly The Shady Shack, and the Indonesian restaurant Monggo. These eateries are open till very late at night (around 1 am), so you won’t go hungry!
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Other amenities include free Wi-Fi and a bike rental service. Staff are attentive and cater to guests arriving early in the morning, as the hotel’s reception is open 24 hours a day to assist guests and to help with check-in. With these amenities, a room at the Frii Hotel only costs 48.76 USD (639,275 IDR) for a ground floor room with access to the pool. This hotel is never lacking guests during the weekdays and is often fully booked during the weekends. So be sure to plan ahead and make your bookings in advance!