The Brekele Berawa Beach House consists of 9 rooms, located just off Jalan Pantai Berawa, a two minute walk to the beach or a fifteen minute drive to the buzzing night life of Kuta Town.
The kitchen serves as the central communal area of the guest house. All guests are allowed to utilise the kitchen facilities including two gas hobs, hot and cold drinking water dispenser, rice cooker along with basic food items such as rice, onions, garlic, chilli, dried spices and herbs, tea, coffee, sugar and salt. On the other side of the kitchen area sits a dining table with four chairs.
Brekele Berawa Beach House offers superior double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, flat-screen satellite television, large fridge and free Wi-Fi internet access. As the guest house is based on one level there is just one room that has to be accessed via stairs (this room tends to be the last one booked out and only used when all other rooms are full.) All of the rooms have a private patio along with two chairs, a table and a clothes airer for towels, bikinis, shorts etc.
The rooms are accessed via the private patio using sliding double doors. Our spacious room included a very high Balinese wooden ceiling, large double bed, bedside table and lamp, air-conditioning unit and large refrigerator. The flat-screen satellite television sat on a sideboard unit along with a DVD and CD player and countless free DVD’s. Next to this was a large wardrobe with plenty of hanging space, four clothes hangers along with shelf storage.
The large en-suite bathroom consisted of sink (with plenty of space for toiletries), fitted mirror and complimentary soap, European style toilet with fitted spray hose and separate walk in tiled shower area and shelf for shower items. The bathroom also included a towel rack with two large bath towels.
Getting to Brekele Berawa Beach House
During most of our time in Indonesia, we have tended to stick to using the Bluebird taxi cab group as they are generally trustworthy and reliable. However, many people also follow this rule, so in airports for example, you can have a long wait for a Bluebird taxi cab (we waited for 90 minutes for a Bluebird cab from Jakarta Airport).
Please be aware that taxi cab rates at Denpasar airport can be hugely inflated. It pays to check how much it costs to get to your hotel or that area, giving you a realistic price marker. A few taxi drivers even told us that our location had ‘moved’ and that we were ‘wrong’; needless to say we moved on and found another taxi driver who charged us a much more reasonable price to get to Brekele Berawa.
The Brekele Berawa Beach House can book a taxi collection and drop-off service on your behalf at 150,000 IDR each way. (We paid 120,000 IDR which is still rather high, or so we were told.)
The hotel entrance is just off Jalan Pantai Berawa – the first turn on the left down the small alleyway. The guest house does have a large sign on the main road to help you find your way (it reads; W Brekele Berawa Beach House).
- The use of a kitchen was an absolute joy for the both of us. After six months of travelling we were so happy to be able to cook and put into practise some of the things we had learnt on our travels. Brekele Berawa is a little out of the way (especially if you don’t have a moped), so options for dining out were limited without transport. We tended to walk to the two nearest small shops and purchase all the things we needed like eggs, chilli, coconut milk, noodles and rice. A small delicatessen (Canggu Deli) was another fifteen minute walk away and offered a good selection from fresh fruit and vegetables to raw and cooked meats as well as cereals, biscuits and much more. It was more expensive than using the smaller local shops, but meant we were able to create a better range of food during our stay.
- Our bedroom was well-decorated, well-equipped and very comfortable. It was also spacious and had high ceilings.
- We loved having our own outside space. The small private patio gave us somewhere to relax after a swim and at night time after dinner (sometimes with a few beers).
- Having the use of a clothes airer really helped to dry towels, bikinis and shorts especially after a visit to the beach.
- It was a nice gesture to have access to hot and cold drinking water along with complimentary tea and coffee.
- Our room had a choice of over 30 DVD’s along with a DVD player. Always a bonus when the weather takes a bad turn or just for a quiet evening in.
- The sliding double doors did have a few gaps, allowing mosquitoes in at night. We always travel with plug-ins and with incense coils, so they didn’t bother us too much, but it was something we were aware of.
- Unfortunately there was building work on the other side of Jalan Pantai Berawa. Our room was literally road side and so we were woken at 8am every single morning. I am sure this isn’t always the case, but best to be located on the other side of the guest house, away from the road.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Brekele Berawa Beach House. It is in a very quiet area, and tends to be frequented by surfers given its proximity to the beach. Unless you have a moped, dining and shopping options are rather limited, however most guests utilise the communal kitchen rather than dining out every day. The guest house is family run and very friendly without being overbearing. I was surprised that they do not offer surf and body/boogie board hire, given the few shops around charge ridiculously inflated prices and try to hire out the oldest boards they have. If you like to surf, or just to get away from it all, Brekele Berawa is the place to come and if you do fancy a night out, just jump in a taxi to Kuta Town and head for Sky Garden nightclub. The best bits for me, pretty much everything, especially the use of a kitchen.
Click here to see our video ‘un-boxing’ of our bedroom at Brekele Berawa.
Date of stay: 12th – 21st June 2013
Room type: Superior Double Room with air-conditioning
Cost per night (IDR): 305,000
Bookings are also taken on their website.
Address and Contact Details
Brekele Berawa Beach House
Jl. Pantai Berawa,
Gang Family No. 1,