Charming wooden bungalows in a rural spot
Pana is one of the first places you reach up the hill off Makasanti Road.
It’s certainly a quiet spot -- and the resident hounds were peaceable -- and offers a choice of rooms in a bamboo longhouse-type building or individual wooden and woven bamboo chalets. The rooms are average size, with attractive design features like wooden slat windows looking out on narrow balconies, and natural bathrooms with tropical plants and stone. The huts are set in a cultured jungle, with banana plants and palms in abundance. Friendly staff serve food and drinks and offer tour services from their open-air restaurant, while a campfire creates atmosphere on cold winter nights. If you're looking for cable TV and breakfast in bed then look elsewhere, but if you want to experience a truly rustic and authentic jungle vibe with a friendly family style atmosphere, Pana’s is a good bet. (And they do have WiFi.) Yes, it has seen better days but unlike some of its neighbours, efforts at maintenance have been made and for the price it’s a good deal.
By Mark Ord
Last updated on 12th August, 2015.