A mix of offerings, but a lot of trash
Very long-running Matahari is, like much of Long Beach, slowly making a transition from cheap and rustic to more mid-market, best represented by a two-storey concrete building full of air-con and hot water rooms just off the beach.
Their more rustic wooden bungalows are slightly more charming, albeit quite rundown, and we expect that as they slowly fall apart they'll be replaced by more concrete. Staff are informal, affable and friendly and there is WiFi available in their slapdash reception area, but overall Matahari isn't great value. If you want concrete and air-con you'd be far better served at Bubu (though at a considerably higher pricepoint) and for wooden rusticness, Bintang directly behind is our preferred choice. A new restaurant was under construction when we visited and it looks like it will have promising views over the ocean. This part of Long Beach is quite noisy -- from generators and the nearby diveshops through the day and restaurants and bars at night. The other issue here is the trash. There is a concrete walkway that leads from the southern end of the resort to the beach and it crosses a disgusting pit of trash. While this isn't all Matahari's fault (you could clearly see grey water run off from a nearby shack also filtering into the pit), it is disgusting and they should be working with their neighbours to clean up the mess.
By Stuart McDonald
Last updated on 4th May, 2014.