Bali hotels have slashed prices on rooms in a desperate bid to revive tourism during the coronavirus pandemic, with some lucky Australians soon able to escape their home nation for a break.
The once bustling tourist mecca has become a deserted ghost town, forcing accommodation operators to rethink their survival strategy and send their prices plummeting.
With the holiday island set to reopen to international visitors at the start of 2021 – just six weeks away – it means incredible bargains have become available to eager holidaymakers.
Operators in the town of Ubud have slashed normal rates by up to 50 per cent, where a room costs as little as A$14 a night and meals as cheap as 48 cents.
As soon as Bali opens up, Australians can seek government approval to take advantage of the bargain deals if they’re willing to meet strict criteria.
Businesses in Ubud (pictured), popular with Australian tourists, are offering some huge discounts on hotels as they struggle to make ends meet during the pandemic
Former Australian Bachelorette Anna Heinrich at Finns Beach club in Bali. More than a million Australians travel to Indonesia each year and make up more than a quarter of Bali tourists
Many Bali hotels now rent rooms on a weekly and monthly basis rather than per night, helpfully meeting Australia’s requirement that travellers leave for at least three months.
‘We’re targeting long stay guests, for monthly or even annual rent with a 50 per cent discount than the normal rate,’ Ubud Homestay Association head Ida Bagus Wiryawan told the Bali Sun.
A stay at Pillow Inn Ubud cost $58 per night pre-COVID but has since halved to $29, which includes breakfast.
Luxury resort The Yoga Amertham Retreat & Resort has been forced to rely on Indonesian tourists during tough economic times, and are now offering a one-night stay that once cost $24 per night for just $14.
‘The meals start from 35 cents per portion and for swimming in our pool we only charge $2 per person,’ Kadek Rudiantara said.
A search of Ubud hotels on booking.com reveals another ten venues with prices under $10 per night.
Flights in early January, when the country has flagged it is likely to open to international tourists, are on offer for as little as $774 return.
Many resorts in the town of Ubud have slashed prices on hotel rooms by 50 per cent (pictured, the Pillow Inn Ubud – which is offering room and breakfast for just $29 a night)
Travellers can still fly abroad if they prove to the Australian government that they plan to be away for three months or more (pictured, a family in Melbourne on Monday flying to Sydney)
Indonesia closed its international borders in April which crippled the Balinese economy, normally almost entirely dependent on foreign tourism.
Bali Governor Wayan Koster recently announced that the reopening of Bali for international tourism would be delayed until the start of next year.
It comes after he originally announced the island