I found the hotel on the way from Kuta to Bedugul, up in the mountains. Its name was Taman Rekreasi Bedugul, so it’s not far from the town of Bedugul. I discovered it a year ago when I was in Bali for a month and couldn’t wait to get back up there to film it so that more people could enjoy it at the comfort of their couches. To me it is definitely one of the most interesting non-touristy places in Bali one can visit.
The hotel is about a dozen years old and it was abandoned about 10 years ago. It’s weird how there is no information on why it was abandoned (I talked with quite a few locals and Googled it many times). Apparently the land and the hotel has to belong to somebody, but judging from the fact there is no permanent security, those people either don’t care about it, or are not around anymore.
I guess a lot of people wouldn’t feel safe walking on the hotel’s balconies, roofs or going to the basement (since it’s completely dark), but I found it very enjoyable and interesting. Also I wouldn’t say it was scary since I went during the day-time, but all of my Indonesian friends kept repeating there are ghosts living inside. I find that funny, since I don’t believe in stuff like that.
Author Bio: I am Jacob Laukaitis, a 21 years old digital nomad, who’s already been to more than 30 countries in the past 2 years. The main reason why I can travel is the company I co-founded, ChameleonJohn.com, because of the flexibility and remote income that it provides. Because of this, I can travel for 9-10 months a year.