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Good Karma

Beach shacks with character

What we say: 4 stars

Good Karma offers characterful beachside bungalows made in natural bamboos and woods, ranging from small and basic through to large with great long-holiday-worthy verandas.

Gone snorkelling.

Gone snorkelling.

All the bungalows are fan-cooled only and face the same aspect towards the ocean, but some are larger than others and therefore command a higher price — we’d skip the standards as they are a little squashed together and darker, and there’s just one middle that we weren’t able to see inside. The bigs or deluxes sleep four easily with plenty of space to spare, though the deluxes are slightly more spacious and newer. Beds are bamboo-based and a little lumpy — as is all the other furniture — with good mosquito nets, while outdoor attached bathrooms are cold-water showers only. We stayed in a deluxe as the rest were booked out. Bathrooms are basic and open to the elements.


The “bigs” — at the end of a very dry season.

Proximity to the ocean, coral right offshore and lovely spacious gardens great for kids to explore are what make Good Karma a great deal. You can roll out of bed, put some flippers on and be in the ocean within 30 seconds. We love the day beds on the balconies out front as well as the provided hammocks, so you can while away an afternoon reading a book as the gentle waves lap ashore.


It’s worth springing for a deluxe.

The calm beach is black sand and ringed by traditional jukungs that come and go depending on the weather. It really is spectacular to watch them come ashore: “Like the Allies! D-Day!” another guest quipped. Yoga classes are offered twice a day for 100,000 rupiah, but we didn’t have a chance to see where the practice space is.


That’s my afternoon sorted.

We didn’t snorkel this time around so can’t vouch for the condition of the coral, but other guests were happy paddling and saw plenty of fish.


Sunset peak hour.

The attached restaurant does solid Indonesian and Western fare, though the actual ingredients on hand didn’t quite match what was on the menu (no fish one night, no pumpkin, no avocado — not unusual in smaller guesthouses, and not a problem if you realise this may be the case). Breakfast is included and tea is left on your veranda in a thermos before you wake so you can sip before the restaurant opens at 07:30 (not sure why no coffee was offered — we should have asked). WiFi worked very well in the restaurant and probably stretches to the standards, middle and bigs, but not to the deluxe. There is a very very limited Edge connection - don't rely on being able to access it from your room.


Basic but comfy.

The owner apparently has the whole bay, with some additional bungalows going in during our last visit in September 2014 (it was a little noisy, but only occasionally). We’d recommend having some form of transport to get around if you plan to stay here, but you could also happily spend a few days just in the resort, snorkelling and eating and getting an occasional massage. The occasional vendor stopped by to see if we wanted to buy a boat, or have a massage, or take a boat, but nowhere near as many as just around the corner at Life in Amed, another of our Amed favourites.

For the standard, the prices are a little on the high side -- at these rates, hot water and WiFi throughout should be a given, and you'll pay less elsewhere and have a swimming pool thrown in. But, Good Karma does have lovely, tall trees in its gardens and the bungalows, while simple, leave you feeling far more remote (in a good way) than you really are. If you’re looking for a chilled-out, sleepy place to relax for a few days, and don;t mind the premium you'll pay for it, we thoroughly recommend Good Karma.

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Jalan Raya Selang.  T: (081) 337 531 133, (0363) 430 1025 
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Standard - Single 190,000 190,000
Standard - Double 220,000 220,000
Superior - Single 210,000 250,000
Superior - Double 250,000 250,000 320,000/390,000 for 3/4 people
Deluxe- Single 290,000 290,000 (There is just one called
Deluxe- Double 340,000 340,000 460,000/580,000 for 3/4 people
Deluxe bungalow 390,000 390,000 There are four new

Added to Travelfish on: 2nd November, 2010
Last visited or updated on: 12th July, 2015

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Jalan Raya Selang. 
T: (081) 337 531 133, (0363) 430 1025

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