With Indonesia home to thousands of breathtaking islands adorned with pristine sands, blue seas and lush forests, hopping from place to place is an ideal way to truly immerse yourself in the country’s diverse beauty.
Well-served by budget-friendly airlines like AirAsia, Lion Air, and Batik Air, the transition between its enchanting destinations is remarkably affordable.
If your itinerary involves extensive island-hopping, it’s almost inevitable that at some point you’ll spend some time at Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar.
Whether a brief layover to catch a connecting flight or an extended pause between destinations, this pivotal airport plays a vital role in facilitating exploration of Indonesia’s myriad islands.
Luckily, an accessible and budget-friendly accommodation option awaits nearby – the HARRIS Hotel Kuta Tuban Bali.
With room rates starting at just USD30 per night, the property is around a 10-minute walk or three-minute taxi from the main international and domestic terminals.
For really tight turnarounds, it’s possible to stay in the terminal itself at the PassGo Digital Airport Hotel, but prices are around double those of HARRIS.
Keeping costs down further, a free shuttle bus running between the hotel and airport leaves on the hour, every hour – even in the middle of the night when many budget airlines time their take-off slots.
Rooms are basic but clean and feature plenty of amenities, including sustainably glass-bottled water (refillable at points throughout the hotel), strong air conditioning and even a bottle opener fixed to the wall of the bathroom.
Comfortable bedding and long round pillows – plus the hotel’s location on a quiet, tucked-away street – make for a solid sleep.
Some areas in the hotel could be doing with a lick of paint, but the bright orange colour scheme and colourful decor lend a buzzy, youthful vibe overall.
Staff are friendly and accommodating, not only helping with luggage on check-in but offering to securely store it free of charge for several days following our stay – handy if you’re flying off to another destination for a short hop and don’t want to cart your main suitcase all the way.
Although many guests are here only for a short stint between flights, those around for longer can take a dip in the outdoor pool, work out in the compact but functional gym or head for a massage at the on-site spa.