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Coronavirus: Bali hotel rooms on sale for as little as $14 a night as Australians look to holidays

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

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

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)

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)

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

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Brit, 25, faces four years in a Bali jail after fleeing a hotel bill



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A British tourist is facing four years in jail after refusing to pay an almost £200 hotel bill, claiming he had already settled it online.

Scott James Deakin, 25, ran up the 3.7million Indonesian rupiah bill (£197) at an unnamed hotel in Kuta on the island of Bali. 

He reportedly stayed at the hotel between July 21 and August 1, claiming to have booked the room through travel website Agoda but hotel staff said the payment had not gone through and that his card had expired.



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‘Then the suspect made another booking and the same thing occurred. The suspect insisted that his credit card was still valid and that he will sort it out with Agoda,’ Made Putra Yudistira, head of the crime investigation unit at Kuta sub-precinct, said.  

At this point, the holidaymaker promised to wire the money for the bill.  

Instead, Deakin vanished from the hotel on August 1, leaving his belongings behind.  

Last month, the hotel filed a criminal complaint, prompting police to track down and arrest the British tourist on Sunday. 

Deakin is now in police custody awaiting trial. If convicted of fraud, he could spend up to four years in prison. 

A post about Deakin’s arrest in a Facebook group called Bali Blacklist drew several comments from different users alleging that the Brit owed money to other hotels and restaurants and was even wanted for crashing and abandoning a rental car. 



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British tourist, 25, faces four years in a Bali jail after going on the run over a hotel bill


By Charlotte Mitchell For Mailonline

14:54 06 Nov 2020, updated 15:00 06 Nov 2020

  • Scott James Deakin, 25, is in police custody in Kuta, Bali on fraud charges
  • He was arrested after going on the run over an unpaid £197 hotel room bill
  • Deakin reportedly tried to pay for the room several times with an expired card

A British tourist is facing four years in jail after refusing to pay an almost £200 hotel bill, claiming he had already settled it online.

Scott James Deakin, 25, ran up the 3.7million Indonesian rupiah bill (£197) at an unnamed hotel in Kuta on the island of Bali. 

He reportedly stayed at the hotel between July 21 and August 1, claiming to have booked the room through travel website Agoda but hotel staff said the payment had not gone through and that his card had expired.

British tourist Scott James Deakin, 25, is facing up to four years in a Balinese jail on fraud charges after fleeing an unpaid hotel bill

‘Then the suspect made another booking and the same thing occurred. The suspect insisted that his credit card was still valid and that he will sort it out with Agoda,’ Made Putra Yudistira, head of the crime investigation unit at Kuta sub-precinct, said.  

At this point, the holidaymaker promised to wire the money for the bill.  

Instead, Deakin vanished from the hotel on August 1, leaving his belongings behind.  

Last month, the hotel filed a criminal complaint, prompting police to track down and arrest the British tourist on Sunday. 

Deakin is now in police custody awaiting trial. If convicted of fraud, he could spend up to four years in prison. 

A post about Deakin’s arrest in a Facebook group called Bali Blacklist drew several comments from different users alleging that the Brit owed money to other hotels and restaurants and was even wanted for crashing and abandoning a rental car. 

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outdoor swimming pool splits alexis dornier’s ‘bond house’ in two in bali

located on a lush green plot in ubud, bali, alexis dornier’s ‘bond house’ is a private residence split in two by an outdoor swimming pool area. a cross diagram defines the home’s spatial organization, with different elements intersecting to create zones for gathering and recreation throughout its two levels. the pool area forms the dominating main axis of the building, splitting the living room into two living spaces.exterior with round window in alexis dornier's 'bond house' in baliall images by KIE

 

 

alexis dornier has designed ‘bond house’ as a non-intrusive building that frames its natural surroundings without obstructing the eye, that is left free for gazing. the approach to the residence leads straight onto the pool area, which forms the main axis of the project, and, together with the living room spaces, the main gathering level for its residents. the sculptural spiral staircase in the pool area connects to the vast roof terrace, from which one can enjoy views of the surrounding rice fields as well as of the pool area below.

 

‘the cross is one of the oldest diagrams of space organisation in architectural history,’ explains the bali-based architecture studio. ‘”bond” is designed through the interplay of intersecting elements coming together to shape planefields for gathering and recreation on all levels – a junction that unifies elements traveling in all directions.’

front view of the entrance and pool area in alexis dornier's 'bond house' in bali

 

 

the slab, which is seemingly hovering above the pool, has large openings that provide views from the roof terrace back onto the pool. a curtain wall façade wraps the two living rooms, creating very little visual barrier to the outside. a collection of remarkable furniture pieces, the sculptural kitchen and dining table complete these spaces, while the wooden ceiling adds warmth and creates a distinction between interior and exterior.pool area with roof terrace in alexis dornier's 'bond house' in bali

 

 

below the main level, the ground level of the house encloses five bedrooms, which have access to the living room spaces through voids that hold stairways. all rooms can also be individually accessed from the outside, and without having to go through the living rooms they form the pedestal for upstairs. chosen materials amplify the seamless continuation of the outside, such as sukabumi stone, which defines all hard surfaces as conceptual fossilization of the jungle.sculptural spiral staircase in the pool arearooftop terraceoutdoor swimming pool splits alexis dornier's 'bond house' in two in balioutdoor swimming pool splits alexis dornier's 'bond house' in two in balioutdoor swimming pool splits alexis dornier's 'bond house' in two in balioutdoor swimming pool splits alexis dornier's 'bond house' in two in bali

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