May 10 2013
We love Bali’s wild and beautiful east coast, and we’re glad to see more places opening in out-of-the-way places to make the most of its stunning views and surf. Komune Resort and Beach Club opened just last year and offers a great, relaxed midrange choice, particularly for surfers and their partners in this neck of Bali’s woods.
Motel-like rooms — currently there are 33 or so, with more on the way — are set up well back from the beach in three long lines, facing each other but with plenty of still-growing greenery offering some privacy. There’s space on the verandas for surfboards to be parked, but no furniture. Once you see the pool and restaurant set on the beach, you’ll understand why.
Rooms are small, but chic and functional, with brushed-blue tiles and white walls lending a breezy atmosphere. The polished concrete floors make it easy to brush sand out; the bedhead is smart; a few toiletries are provided, which is a nice touch at this pricepoint; and with a desk, small lounge and TV, you won’t go nuts if you’re holed up here for a few hours in bad weather. The bathroom is accessed from two different sides — one for shower, the other for toilet and basin (no tub).
While the rooms do the job competently enough, the resort really shines when it comes to its gardens and beachfront location. Between the reception — topped with bamboo and solar panels — and a veggie patch boasting purple eggplants and various other goodies is flourishing. (It seems veggie patches are becoming a thing — Kali Manik has its own as well.)
A glassed-in joglo serves as the spa — 150,000 rupiah for a 60 minute massage, plus other treatments available — and finally you hit the circular restaurant and baby-blue pool, set on the black sands of Keramas and at a popular surf break.
If you don’t surf, plenty of activities are on offer to keep you distracted, such as snorkelling, scuba diving, quad biking and fishing trips, plus day trips to places like Nusa Lembongan.
The restaurant menu, offering a good range of international plus local dishes, is reasonably priced considering the quality and location, but quite a bit more than your average surfer warung. Cockails for instance are 80,000 rupiah baht (++) and a small Bintang 30,000 rupiah. A few sample dishes: chilli calamari 55,000 rupiah, prawn and mushroom pizza 150,000 rupiah and nasi campur 79,000 rupiah. That’s quite a pricey nasi campur, but it was excellent — a few skewers of squid, prawns, generous hunks of fish, green beans in coconut plus rice and crackers. A kids’ menu is available too.
The current best room price is US$55 per night for a minimum of three nights’ stay. Extra cot is provided free of charge or they can make up the small sofa (not suited for older kids though).
The only downside we can see here really is that the rooms are too small to have kids past toddler age easily accommodated; you’d have to take two rooms and divide and conquer come bed time. Two-bedroom bungalows however are expected to be open by the end of the year, which solves this problem.
Even if you don’t want to stay here, though you have to do a bit of a loop on the highway to stop here if heading north, you could do worse than stopping here for lunch on say a Seminyak to Amed trip.
Komune Resort and Beach Club
Jalan Pantai Keramas, Gianyar, Bali
T: (0361) 301 8888
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