Those ready to abandon their uninspiring home or hotel desks for greener pastures will be happy to know that Bali now offers numerous co-working spaces with access to top-notch office amenities.
But this is not where the story ends. A large attraction of co-working spaces is getting the job done amidst some of the most motivated and inspiring individuals you are ever likely to meet on the island. Below is our pick of Bali’s top six collaborative workspaces.
Hubud: Ubud Coworking and Community Space – Ubud– www.hubud.org
With over 250 active members from around 30 countries, it would be hard not to be inspired by the sheer diversity of this collaborative space.
An impressive bamboo structure set around 100 metres from the Monkey Forest, Hubud is a tech-savvy space that makes the most of its verdant surroundings. Be inspired as you gaze at the distant volcano and the surrounding rice fields from the compound’s garden cafe. The menu here includes a granola station and daily-roasted organic coffee for an instant energy boost.
The 400-metre square space features a conference room for around 20 people, a meeting room for six, Skype booths, and a fibre optic line with a shared 50 mbps internet connection, which Hubud claims “is by far the best in town.” Other amenities include printers, photocopiers, scanners, private lockers and the use of the centre’s mailing address.
Hubud also hosts regular skill-sharing sessions, development courses and tech boot camps.
Price: US$60 – US$275 per month. Discounts of between 5 and 20 percent are available for memberships of over three months. Indonesians receive an instant upgrade to the next membership level.
Operating Hours: 24/7
Kumpul Coworking Space – Sanur www.kumpul.co
With an emphasis on a down-to-earth communal vibe, Kumpul, which translates as to gather, is a haven for creative souls and professionals. Explore new possibilities as you network, brainstorm and generally feed off the diversity of the Kumpul community.
The open-plan office space offers high-speed internet, a printer, scanner, video conferencing equipment, a projector, private lockers, meeting rooms and an LCD TV, as well as free skill-sharing sessions, workshops and seminars. There is also a balcony with a hammock if it all gets a bit much, and free coffee, tea and snacks.
An added bonus: Kumpul is in the same building as Rumah Sanur, a creative hub that hosts a variety of social events and exhibitions.
Price: Rp.250,000 per day (including one free drink at Kopi Kultur) – Rp.2,500,000 monthly. For Indonesians: Rp.150,000 per day (including one free drink at Kopi Kultur) – Rp.1,750,000 monthly.
Operating Hours: 24/7
Lineup Hub – Seminyak – lineuphub.co
Lineup Hub is all about motivation, positive energy and unleashing your inner creativity. Located on Sunset Road in Seminyak, Lineup is away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist area but not at the expense of being too far from the action.
Unlike most of Bali’s other co-working spaces, Lineup doesn’t host events. Nevertheless, the venue definitely delivers when it comes to international-level office facilities and a professional setting.
With dedicated work and chillout areas, Lineup features large LED monitors, quality office chairs, meeting areas, a coffee machine, and one of the fastest internet connections on the island (20mbps dedicated line). Use of the venue’s mailing address, private lockers and printers are also available.
However, it is not all work and no play. For those who achieve enough to warrant taking things easy, Lineup offers a comfy lounge area and video games consoles.
Price: Rp.200,000 per day – Rp.2,200,000 per month. Contact Lineup Hub for a free trial.
Operating hours: 10:00 am – 1:00 am daily
Dojo Bali (formerly Salty Volt) – Canggu www.dojobali.org/en
A stone’s throw from the swells of Canggu’s Eco Beach, Dojo Bali screams work-life balance. Set in an open, lofty bamboo structure centred around a tropical swimming pool and a cafe, this open-air office delivers three business grade internet connections, conference rooms for private meetings, Skype booths, lockers, a library and hot shower facilities. There is even a rack for your surfboard.
Dojo Bali holds regular seminars and workshops, and provides space for artists to exhibit their work.
Price: Rp.50,000 hourly – Rp.2,000,000 monthly. Indonesian KTP cardholders receive a 50 percent discount on all services.
Operating Hours: 24/7
Outpost – Ubud – www.outpost-asia.com
Located just out of the centre of Ubud in a quaint village of Nyuh Kuning, Outpost is the new kid on the town’s co-working block. The two-story building features a host of the usual amenities such as a Skype room, meeting rooms, comfy office chairs and private lockers, as well as some more out-of-the-box offerings including two swimming pools, a riverside cafe and a masseur.
Bright and spacious, at 500 square meters, Outpost is currently the largest co-working space on the island. The venue can accommodate over 50 members at any one time and features a number of private offices.
Outpost also runs community outreach programmes and events to inspire members with stories of accomplished entrepreneurs or presentations about important global issues.
Price: US$14 per day – US$155 per month
Operating hours: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday to Saturday (24/7 by appointment)
WAVE Bali Co-working Space – Kuta – www.wavebali.com
Right in the thick of the action between Legian and Sunset Roads in Kuta, WAVE is a low-key, cosy co-working haven. It is also the most affordable co-working space option on the island.
As with other co-working spaces, WAVE provides all the basics that a digital nomad could ever ask for, including internet, a printer, a scanner and a photocopier. The minimalist space can be rented out for events.
Price: Rp.50,000 per day – Rp.500,000 per month
Operating hours: 10am – 6pm daily
Coworking Unconference Asia
With the slogan ‘The Future of Work is Here!’, the second Coworking Unconference Asia (CUAsia) once again delivered a fun-packed programme exploring out-of-the-box ways to live, work and learn. Organized by Hubud: Ubud Coworking and Community Space, in cooperation with Kumpul Coworking Space, the pre-event sessions held from February 24 to 25 revolved around the topics of opening a co-working space, the future of co-work in Indonesia, and how co-working shapes the way we work and do business. The main event, which ran from February 26 to 27, included speeches from some of the mentors and visionaries in the world of co-working, as well as panel discussions and debate sessions on the future of work. Participants also got the opportunity to visit some of the co-working spaces on the island.