What we say:
Matahari lies between the beach road and the main road just past Little Bali and offers reasonable wooden bungalows in both private-bathroom and shared-bathroom flavours. The overall layout is far more spacious than Payung, with a leafy garden, a lawn and, well, rabbits! The bungalows themselves are okay; very stuffy at first but once you open the windows and run the fan they are habitable. Water pressure is more of a problem, but we managed. The big difference between here and Payung is the level of service. With a bit of effort this could easily be the best place to stay, but there just doesn't appear to be much happening on the organisational front. They do rent bicycles for 10 ringgit a day, which is a handy bonus. Surfboards can also be hired here.
Contact details:Off the beach, behind Cherating Cottage.
What we were quoted
|Type of room||Low season||High season||Notes|
|Bungalow fan share b'room||30 ringgit||30 ringgit|
|Bungalow fan private b'room||40 ringgit||40 ringgit|
Added to Travelfish on: 24th November, 2012
Last visited or updated on: 24th November, 2012
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Rated 4 out of 5
Based on 1 ratings and 1 reviews
Rustic but comfy place to chill
They have about a dozen basic wooden cabins clustered around a central green area. All the cabins have large front porches. The cheapest ones are small A-frames and share the use of a toilet block. The larger cabins have their own ensuites and a couple of windows, letting in a bit more light. I stayed in an ensuite cabin. Like all the budget options in town, the showers are cold water only, and the cabins are very rustic, but I found the bed comfortable, and it was reasonably clean. They made up the bed with fresh sheets when I arrived, and offered to change the sheets after a couple of nights. There was a comfy chair as well as a table on the porch, so I could sit out there and relax, and a mosquito net over the bed, in case I wanted to leave the windows open in the evening to catch the sea breeze. There's a very basic communal lounge area with a small kitchen (and some run-down sofas), so you can prepare some simple food as well as tea and coffee. It is basic and rustic - don't expect to receive in-room toiletries, wifi, or ironed sheets. But for a cheap place to relax for a few days, I was perfectly happy here.
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