Written by Beverley Lennon
Co-written by Antonia Fransiska
Have you always wondered how those Instagram influencers worth 50,000 followers get all kinds of stylish pictures while on vacay? Although they might be only seeing the world in order to post pics on their phones they still have the most catchy Instagram feed (jealous!) and we’d all love ours to be as colourful too!
Now if like us you have a slight (read: strong) Instagram addiction while on vacation, listen up. Your first port of call for jazzing up your Instagram feed is finding a stylish hotel.
With these Insta-worthy hotels below, you’ll find colourful murals and equally spectacular views, so you can start each day snapping photos right at your stay!
We think you’ll agree there’s nothing better than a picture-perfect hotel room or Instagram-worthy breakfast in the pool before sauntering down to the lobby, being greeted by tropical interiors, and posing around for the best #holidayphoto.
Are you camera-ready? These are our favourite photo-worthy stayovers in beautiful Bali!
Where to stay in Seminyak: 20 Hotels/ Villas/ Resorts where you can enjoy Bali’s hippest area with trendiest shops, restaurants beaches and more!
1. #Astaywithaview: MaxOne Hotels at Bukit Jimbaran
MaxOne Hotels at Bukit Jimbaran promises you with views for days. I mean, did you even stay in that super affordable hip boutique hotel with the incredible rooftop views if you didn’t Instagram it?
With a price that is hard to beat, spectacular views from its rooftop pool and the whole surfer-theme shebang, this quirky little stay in Jimbaran guarantees you photos that will leave your followers #jeal. Snap a gram at their SKYMAX Garden Bar and you’ll see all your friends comment: “Bojiooo!”.
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Besides the pool that is a must-soak and a must-snap, a stay at MaxOne Hotels also means cosy, comfortable rooms and friendly staff. You’ll find the very definition of #blessed at their MaxSpa by Saila Bali International with affordable body treatments.
On Saturdays, you get to enjoy their weekend Sunset Food Bazaar at the SKYMAX Garden Bar, animated with live performances and an all-you-can-eat buffet!
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If you’re looking to level up your Insta-game with some uber chic feels but are not ready to splurge on vacation, you’ll love what J Boutique Hotel has to offer!
Admit it, you sure can’t say no to sleek designs and luxurious interiors and somehow you keep an eagle eye out for anything that would make a breathtakingly gorgeous shot while on holiday. Book yourself a room at this hotel and we guarantee you won’t be able to go wrong snapping away your whole stay!
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The short 5 to 10-minute driving time from the airport, the strategic location in the dynamic action of Kuta and of course the forever-loved rooftop pool are few of the many perks of choosing this affordable dwelling.
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The hotel’s 88 rooms offer nothing but city views but their appearance is unbeatable. You’ll also be glad to know that the on-site restaurant operates on a 24-hour basis to serve your hungry stomachs at any time of the day!
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3. Hipster living with paddy field views: Kubu Kutus Canggu
Primary colours and rice paddy field views are what define Kubu Kutus as an Instagram-friendly stay. It does not have much in terms of quirky designs but we’d choose this view over anything, anytime!
It seems that you don’t always have to fork out a big amount of money to enjoy spectacular views while in Bali. And what’s best – this stay is located walking distance to a unique black-sand beach.
Being in Canggu also means you get your whole influx of hipster cafes, picture-perfect breakfast spots, fun and exciting beach clubs, cute bohemian-style shops as well as quirky markets. There’s no way you can go wrong with Kubus Kutus as all rooms are facing the pool and rice paddy fields, and yes, views are complimentary. 😉
I personally feel Instagram was created for untouched places such as serene rice paddy fields. Head down to the fields at sunrise to capture the best shots, but make sure you don’t fall into the mud!
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Pssst, it also looks like the yellow bean bags by the pool are for photo purposes; forget their functionality! 😉
4. Pose with hot shirtless surfers: Bliss Surfer Hotel
Whether you’re a surfer or not, Bliss Surfer Hotel will throw you some serious inspiration to get on a board and catch waves. With interior design feels that are ideal for any beach vibe setting,
laidback, cool, and pragmatic – all that you’d associate with a surfer dude – best describe this budget hotel.
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Located in the busy Legian, Bliss Surfer Hotel is one of the best spots to enjoy the spectacular Bali sunset. Also, we really shouldn’t have to say this but if you don’t go for at least one surf lesson, you’re doing Bali wrong.
This boutique hotel is perfectly located walking distance to almost everything but far enough from the loud nightlife that might keep you awake.
We recommend their pool-access room; you’ll have almost no reason to leave the hotel as you also get to enjoy a sand area with spacious loungers to relax on! Grab your travel buddy and have a candid laugh session next to the surfboards by the pool – these make perfect props for your snaps.
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Keep your other standard cool girl poses for the room and lobby. You’ll even find a stall with plenty of Rip Curl products so nevermind if you forgot to bring your bikini. They’ve got you covered for 10k worth of likes on your next quirky, playful and extremely cheeky Instagram post! 😉
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5. They’ve got all the pool floaties you keep seeing on the Gram’: Cara Cara Inn
If you’re one who doesn’t care how big your hotel bed is or how luxurious the amenities are but rather look out for quirky stays with popping colours, aesthetically pleasing interiors and nothing like a generic 5-storey hotel, you’ll love a vacation at Cara Cara Inn!
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Skip bland four walls and check into this funky stay in the heart of busy Kuta, where you’re surrounded by hipster cafes, and the beach is just a 3-minute walk away.
Just like a fun playground for adults, Cara Cara Inn comes with a pool with fun floaties, a slide, hammock, colourful furniture, and a sweet little cafe to fill your hungry stomach! At night, you can even grab a few drinks from the bar, which is actually a Volkswagen Kombi!
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We bet your photo gallery will be bursting with all those fun shots! And yes, your stay is far more than just a place to sleep in after a long day of exploring the tropical island; it’s an experience in itself!
6. For an almost “Eat, Pray, Love” feed: Pondok Tropical Guesthouse
If you have ever seen the movie Eat, Pray, Love (being my favourite movie, I have watched it more than 7 times!), you sure will remember that the famed Julia Roberts’ was riding a bicycle along the quiet alleys of Bali’s cultural centre, Ubud and living in a house overlooking the beautiful rice fields.
Well, you can find similar settings at Pondok Tropical Guesthouse, which is a typical open Balinese house set overlooking the vast seas of rice fields. Your room offers an Instagram staging area around every single corner. Wake up and relish the greenery lying in front of your eyes. Take a bath and again enjoy the views as you dip in!
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Perks include waking up to the beautiful sights of rice fields naturally filtered by the sun rays, giving your pictures that instant calming look and the rights to be hashtagged as #nofilterneeded! Compared to your usual four-coloured walls traditional hotel room, this guesthouse enables you to reconnect with Mother Nature and experience something authentic. In fact, the stay itself is an attraction, paradise within paradise!
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Trust us, a stay at Pondok Tropical Guesthouse will have you torn between snapping away with your smartphones, and putting the gadgets away to enjoy the peace and to live in the moment.
7. Pop decors come with a rooftop pool!: Ibis Bali Legian Street
Besides trusting the brand itself, you can be sure that Ibis Bali Legian Street will guarantee you some exclusive amenities for all of your flattering selfies.
With sunset views from the rooftop pool and bar, a kid’s pool, contemporary rooms (including interconnecting ones), the hotel is one that sees sunset chasers in ultimate delight!
Watch out world, your social media feed is about to get even more striking while you step into your straight-out-of-a-magazine room. Indeed, your #nofilterneeded photo session begins at the rooftop pool!
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We reckon the hotel’s popularity also has to do with its strategic location as you get to enjoy both the shopping street and beach nearby. And you sure know that this means – even more opportunities to snap away.
8. Step right into Hawaii: Liberta Hotel Seminyak
No doubt black-and-white images can be absolutely gorgeous, but creating a consistently eye-catching Instagram feed relies on the thoughtful use of color. If your feed is begging for some Aloha vibes and popping neon colours, bookmark Liberta Hotel Seminyak as you’ll be guaranteed unique charm (and most importantly, content) at every corner.
Now coming to the most important details and speaking of photo ops, we’ll forgive you for taking snap after snap of the tropical-inspired wallpaper in your room. The pastel hues and pattern design are really a no brainer when it comes to providing the perfect backdrop for your breakfast-in-bed shot!
A hot tip from us would be to spring for a direct-pool access room if you really want to take your photoshoot mission a notch higher. With your terrace door opening up directly to the pool, it allows in a lot of natural light for your pictures.
The stunning boutique hotel is located 5 minutes by foot from the famous Potato Head Beach Club, yet another spot for multiple impromptu photoshoots with plenty of hipster cafes and restaurants around too.
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9. Got Greece on your bucket list?: Bali Bio Villas
Is there anything more photogenic than Greece’s blue-and-white palette? At this whitewashed villa, you get to enjoy Santorini-inspired cave-like decor.
Every corner of the villa is magazine-approved and although Henry Miller once said, “It takes a lifetime for someone to discover Greece”, you can have a slice of it right here in Uluwatu, Bali!
If finding peace and quiet in remote areas is your thing — especially if it’s in a paradise like Bali — you’ve found your next picture-perfect bucket-list accommodation. They have various room types, which makes it ideal for a getaway for couples, families, and groups of friends!
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There’s certainly no shortage of space at Bali Bio Villas, you’ll feel like an olympian god! The villas are equipped with a communal swimming pool, yoga terrace and organic garden.
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And while the stay looks fit for a supplementary scene in Mamma Mia, it is not close to being extravagant. At Bali Bio Villas, they aim to be as eco-friendly as possible – you’ll find inventive recycled decor throughout all their villas as they believe in reusing and recycling whatever they can to welcome guests who follow an environmentally-conscious ethos.
10. Be the queen of the beehive: Bali Bee House
Bzzzz Bzzz Bzzz, are you a busy bee looking for a creative accommodation in Bali? Well, it looks like the world-class engineer of the animal kingdom – the honey bee – has been the greatest inspiration behind this unique stay. Bali Bee House is structured to replicate a honeycomb!
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Choosing the dormitory gives you the unique opportunity to sleep in a bed set in the hexagonal design that evokes the natural geometries you find in honeycombs. You will even find a pool in what looks like a riad within the bee house, don’t forget to fire up your feed and have your Insta-BFF ready to capture your best angle!
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Bali Bee House is all about making sure you have a great time and fill your social media feed with plenty of proof of that good time. It is the ideal place if you are travelling with a group of friends or if you are on a solo journey and keen to mingle with other fellow travellers.
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The common areas are rustic but super cosy for your days in and the stay also offers unique interactions with locals. If you are up for something authentic, sign up for their cooking class as Putu, the chef, works his magic and turns you in a real Indonesian cook!
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11. Diamonds and glamour for the fashionista: Fashion Hotel
If the name sounds familiar or reminds you of a popular nightspot in Singapore (hint: F Club), you probably guessed it right. Fashion Hotel Legian Bali is owned by the renowned Fashion TV, which prides itself as the expert of the lifestyle and fashion industry.
Living up to its reputation, the Fashion Hotel Legian Bali is nothing short of being the fashionista of Bali’s hotel industry. Having opened in late 2014, the hotel is modernly and glamorously decorated to make you feel like a celebrity, complete with an amazing rooftop swimming pool – perfect for sunset chill outs instead of crowding with the hordes of tourists at Kuta Beach.
The hotel closely follows the design of their main logo, which consists of a diamond, so don’t be too surprised to spot various diamonds located in and around the hotel – they are perfect Instagrammable corners.
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And if you can’t sleep without partying, you’ll love the Love F Bar that opens till 3am! With the party located just a few floors above your hotel room, you won’t even have to worry about trying to find a cab to get back safely – just take the lift down and your comfy bed awaits you. Shopping along the streets of Legian and Seminyak is also just a five-minute walk away from the hotel, with Kuta Beach a 20-minute stroll away.
Who says living a glamorous life means burning your cash? Make all your friends envious with everyday #ootd shots that look like twice of what you paid for.
12. Act cool at this quirky, funky and fun stay: Tijili Seminyak
If you’re one aesthetically conscious traveller looking for a budget option to please your eyes and soul, here’s where you should be heading to while in Seminyak because Tijili Seminyak Hotel feels and looks like an art exhibition with its colourful interiors and furnishings!
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Tijili Seminyak Hotel offers a fun and funky atmosphere with tons of Instagram opportunities, while conveniently located near restaurants, bars and shops – only a few minutes away from your daily essentials!
Don’t forget to check out their restaurant – many have raved that they serve an excellent breakfast and delicious chicken skewers (Sate Ayam). The staff is also very attentive and dedicated to making your holidays memorable – they’ll even go the extra mile for vegetarian guests!
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Later in the evening, it’s time for tea by the pool while the gentle breeze runs through – the ideal way to put an end to your busy day out.
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When you are finally ready to call it a night, the comfortable, cozy rooms are the perfect sanctuary for a well-deserved rest after a long day out at the beach!
13. A stylish nature escape within the city: Grandmas Plus Hotel @ Seminyak
Grandmas Plus Hotel Seminyak is another hotel that will dominate your Instagram feed. The hotel perfectly embodies some of the more natural elements of the tropical island to ensure an ultimate relaxing holiday – an uber-cool accommodation option at backpacker prices!
The hotel has a strong reputation for providing excellent guest service, with their overly-appraised staff, but also for all their comfortable amenities and facilities.
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A bare 5-minute walk brings you to the beach while the stay is surrounded by amazing food options and shops. For breakfast, you surely don’t want to miss Grandma’s banana pancakes – a favourite of every guest staying over.
This unbeatable budget option also features a pool and offers comfortable rooms with reasonable space – enough to feel cozy and intimate after enjoying their nightly live band and happy hour that runs from 6pm to 8pm!
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Not least, go for a nice massage at the hotel – it’s a good deal considering that you’ll be pampered by the spa’s attentive staff, and rates are more affordable than the surrounding massage places!
Note: Bicycle and scooter rentals are also available!
14. If you’ve dreamt of a home on an island: Summerhome Umasari
Summerhome Umasari has done an outstanding job when it comes to blending graffiti with nature. So you get a good mix of backdrops for your pictures! Yes, this stay sure has social media potential that guarantees your likes aplenty!
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We’d say that the hotel is doing a marvelous job at establishing that classic colonial persona when it comes to the rooms – there are only 11 of them so make sure to book early! Price-wise, Summerhome Umasari is a complete steal.
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Besides securing Instagram bragging rights, the hotel is set in an ideal location and is run by a devoted team who would go the extra mile for you!
P.S If you’re an ocean lover, this stay has the perfect backdrop for you! We ain’t telling you more!
Note: There are no elevators here!
15. Stay amidst the Paddy Fields – Tegal Sari
Located in the city center of Ubud, Tegal Sari is a jewel amidst the rice paddy fields.
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Where one can wake up to the sun shining over the paddies, and the sound of ducks quacking on fields of newly cut rice along with the symphony of countryside animals.
Suitable for families, a deluxe room comes with a queen sized bed along with a single bed, especially essential if you’re travelling with your older children.
At Tegal Sari, you can even choose to sign up for some hands on culinary classes in an open air kitchen, and learn the best of Bali’s homemade cuisines – yum yum!
16. Fan of abstract art? You belong here!: Loft Legian Hotel
Did Picasso drop by here? Loft Legian Hotel is almost an art gallery, so creative buffs out there, we bet you’ll fall in love with their unique room decor!
Okay, yes the rooms may not offer much space, but they are by no means lacking in the cool factor as you check into your very own museum. Comfy and convenient, this stylish, clean and modern stay is the stuff photoshoot dreams are made of. Dress to impress as you pose by abstract art paintings, play around with some funky filters and collect plenty of social media likes, comments and probably… jealousy!
The cosiness continues at the lobby as you’ll find a Coffee Bean outlet bang in your hotel stay. Be lulled into a perfect night’s sleep and wake up to a comforting cup of kicking coffee, without having to step out! Get the best seat against the wall, you’ll certainly want to snap multiple shots of the wallpaper masterpiece too.
Much as the hotel is fodder for your social media feed, don’t hole yourself up! Explore the surroundings and take a short 5-minute walk to exciting Kuta Beach. Sign up for a fun surf lesson and who knows, you might be able to brag about standing up on your board on your Insta-stories!
17. The best seat for window shopping: Tanaya Bed & Breakfast
Smack-bang on Legian street, Tanaya Bed & Breakfast is a heart stealer for any millennial. The stay is a fabulous pastel-coloured space while the pièce de résistance is undoubtedly the semi-outdoor deck overlooking the busy shopping street of Legian.
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Can you imagine the amount of books the hotel is getting because of its location? I had passed by the stay several times and I have to say I was quite jealous of their guests who only had to take a mere step to explore shops, bars (Sky Garden is around 10 minutes’ walk), and restaurants.
The best part is that as a guest, you can go back to your stay anytime to drop all of your heavy shopping bags (before they start cutting your fingers, we’ve all been there, haven’t we?!) or for a quick shower before dinner.
The lobby has an almost colonial style that makes it great for classy chic pictures before your party night out, but I repeat, the outdoor deck makes it for real cool hipster shots (Tip: Grab a Bintang as a prop from the nearest 24-hour mini-mart!).
18. Live the American dream!: Fame Hotel Sunset Road
A Broadway-themed hotel? We’re so there and we’ve got our smartphones ready! This hotel is about to make you feel FAMOUS and FABULOUS by making you live like a movie star! Outdoors and interiors are bound to wow you with opulence as music and movie ambiance dominate.
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Fame Hotel Sunset Road is where superheroes, Hollywood actors and vintage pop come in all harmony. If you’ve always had wild dreams of enjoying some intimate time with Angelina Jolie, Michael Jackson or Audrey Hepburn, you’ll get this kind of privilege at Fame Hotel.
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The hallway to your room itself feels like you’re going into a movie theater. You’ll also find a fun photo booth where you can capture quirky moments with friends and family. While away the days editing your selfies from the comfort of your Director chair right in your room!
Besides, when was the last time you got a deal like that? Checking all of your boxes, Fame Hotel is not only cheerful but also affordable and located strategically. Service is equally good so that’s something to humble brag about in your captions.
Let us know which star you’ve got to share the room with! 😉
19. Live the minimalist life: The Grey Boutique Inn
If checking into an over-styled, flashy hotel makes your head spin, you’ll find your dream stay at The Grey Boutique Inn, hidden in Legian. With immaculate minimalist design, this hotel is bound to soothe your senses with simple decor.
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Each room is brought to life by contemporary lighting and with very limited amount of furniture.
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Whether you only post pics that fit your colour scheme and work hard to maintain your Instagram ‘theme’ or you just appreciate beautiful interiors and exquisite architecture, this pleasant affordable stay offers picture-friendly plain backdrops (Tip: Opt for colourful clothing to stand out from the whitewashed interiors!). Interiors are limited to white-and-grey tones (as illustrated by the hotel’s name).
If you make the right decision of choosing a pool-access room, you can enjoy unlimited time with toes in the water!
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This stay is centrally located, close to some good dining options and entertainment not too far off-the-beaten-track but enough to make you feel you’re away from the rat race of Kuta and Seminyak.
Special Mention 1: Canggu living with Malibu feels: Koa D’Surfer Hotel
Snap away with your camera at Koa D’Surfer Hotel! We guarantee that you’ll be the envy of all your friends when they see your aesthetic shots flaunting your holiday 😉
Fall in love with the cute Baywatch-inspired lookout here, or simply take a short walk to the cafes nearby to add on to your collection of memorable photos~
The surfer theme and rooftop pool at the hotel welcomes many beach-goers who can’t get enough of parties and suntanning so get ready to catch some waves here!
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Prefer staying in? The pool and sandy areas within the hotel recreate the beach (minus the crowds!) so that you won’t be missing out on all the perks that the beach offers. Spruced up with tropical decorations and surfboard decorations, the clean and comfortable rooms will definitely not disappoint you as well!
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The colourful restaurant by the pool is also a great place to enjoy both local and international cuisine while admiring the alluring sunset sky (and of course cute surfers ;)) so don’t forget to drop by in the evening!
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TripCanvas Tip: This place is highly recommended for young travellers looking to mingle and mix with new friends!
Special Mention 2: Celebrate every day like it’s a Friday here: FRii Hotel
If you’re here in Canggu for a memorable time with your friends, the affordable rooms here at Frii Hotel that come with a superb pool and ocean view will be perfect for you guys!
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Not only are the rooms really budget-friendly, but the Frii Hotel also allows you to make the most of Canggu with its ideal location putting you near popular cafes like Roti Canai, Monsieur Spoon, and even a hidden spa salon called Therapy offering indulgent spa sessions at an affordable price tag!
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A strong casual and cosy vibe from within, the hotel also has a rooftop restaurant overlooking the city and vast paddy fields to make sure you get your fill of Canggu’s amazing sights.
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Don’t forget to bring your swimwear! The aesthetic outdoor pool in the hotel is great for afternoons when everyone just wants to chill and hang out or have a splashing good time!
Whether you are here for the beach or the Instagrammable cafes, Frii Hotel is a friendly and relaxed accommodation option for those who prefer a no-frills simple stay!
Special Mention 3: A cute and charming bohemian stay: Brown Feather
Would any list of Instagrammable places to stay be complete without a vintage-style accommodation? No one can possibly pass by the intriguing façade of this stay hidden in Batu Belig. Oriental charm meets modern tropical-decor at Brown Feather.
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If you ask me, the stay looks just like one from a 90s’ cartoon on TV. Cosy looks, peaceful earthy tones highlighted with vines on the walls, and with rooms that are pleasantly old-school, it is a home-away-from-home experience.
You’ll also be surprised to see the view from here. You cannot beat the serene atmosphere and ambience created by the endless seas of rice fields before your eyes. With interiors and exteriors fit for the Gram, another potential spot that could complement your feed and attract new followers would be their perfectly-located pool that sits right in the middle of the courtyard.
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