Teka Teki: A Traditional Balinese B&B in Seminyak


One of the things I love about Bali is the Hindu architecture: The Hindu effigies, the colourful bricks and the private temples in the residential gardens. So when I found this traditional Balinese B&B called Teka Teki in the heart of Seminyak, I felt I’d truly arrived in Bali. Teka Teki means crossword, which to me seemed quite appropriate because my taxi driver and I found it a bit of a puzzle to actually find the place in the myriad of ‘gangs’ or alleys.

Teka Teki: A Traditional Balinese B&B in Seminyak

                            This photo of Teka-Teki House is courtesy of TripAdvisor


I arrived in the middle of the night after riding a van, a ferry and another van all the way from Cemoro Lewang. So I only realised how atmospheric Teka Teki was the next morning. I woke up in my Kecak room which was tastefully decorated with batik pillows, wicker furniture and local handcrafts. The smell reminded me of my childhood, when I was living in Jakarta. I had my own TV and aircon, but a shared bathroom which was one of those open air ones, a floor covered with pebbles and a lush rain shower right.

Teka Teki: A Traditional Balinese B&B in Seminyak

                                    This photo of Teka-Teki House is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Guided by my grumbling stomach I went out to the porch where breakfast was served. I devoured my sweet banana pancakes and Bali coffee and relaxed on the couch a little bit, taking in my new home for the next couple of days. There is a small garden which is the domain of the two house dogs and some very loud toads. The latter apparently only migrate to Teka Teki occasionally so not to worry.

Teka Teki: A Traditional Balinese B&B in Seminyak

                       This photo of Teka-Teki House is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Teka Teki: A Traditional Balinese B&B in Seminyak

                       This photo of Teka-Teki House is courtesy of TripAdvisor

I asked if I could have a nosey around, and that was okay. There are two rooms downstairs and one upstairs called the Legong room which has its own porch, complete with a traditional Balinese door. There are two more rooms across the street. Since my last stay here, Teka Teki have expanded and they now also offer accommodation in a private villa or, if that is too posh for you, you can opt for a bunk bed in their 6-bed dorm room. Furthermore there is a small kitchen where snacks and drinks are available at reasonable fees.

Teka Teki: A Traditional Balinese B&B in Seminyak

                        This photo of Teka-Teki House is courtesy of TripAdvisor

There is no swimming pool, but I was taken to the pool at a nearby villa complex just around the corner. But of course, the beach is never far away when you’re in Seminyak, so that's where I went most of the time. What struck me most about Teka Teki is that, due to its location in the far end of a gang, it’s utterly quiet and peaceful. The contrast with downtown Seminyak will hit you as soon as you turn the corner into Seminyak road where honking horns and crazy motorbike riders will snap you right back into reality.

I loved staying here so much that I actually returned the next year and I promise I will next time I go to Bali.

For more information on Teka Teki, click here: http://www.tekatekibali.com/

Comments

  1. I've been reading a lot of posts about Indonesia and your review of Teka-Teki has just made my desire to see Bali just a bit stronger. I would like to stay in a traditional structure too. It looks great! Your breakfast also delicious, though I thought at first that those banana slices were garlic!

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  2. Haha garlic pancakes. Yummie. Bali is great. But I think it can't cope with the mass tourism. Go before its too late.

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  4. Thanks for the compliment, Brian.

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