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Accommodation



Karimunjawa Islands

Karimunjawa’s accommodation is mostly centred in the southern village area around the port of Karimunjawa Island, although a couple of options are dotted around the coast, and one or two others on outlaying islands in the archipelago including a luxury resort on its own a private island. Basic homestays predominate, but a growing number of tourist style guesthouses and hotels widen the options. Air-con is common, but a hot shower is not, and electricity, although 24 hours is unreliable—be prepared for blackouts. All accommodation listed here is on Karimunjawa Island and all offer free WiFi. Booking is essential over weekends and holiday periods, but other times you can easily arrive and find a bed. If you prebook, transfers from the port are often included. It’s also possible to arrange overnight camping trips to uninhabited islands, worth considering as an alternative.


Jalan Kapuran, Karimunjawa
150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Ayu Hotel
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jalan Kapuran, Karimunjawa
T: (0813) 2749 0558

We’re suckers for a seaside location, but occasionally friendly hosts can trump a view, and Ayu Hotel certainly wins our tick for hospitality and charm and, besides, is only minutes walk to the sea. Run by a German and Indonesian couple along with a handful of their kids, this is very much a family business and the hotel is an extension of their home with three styles of rooms on offer.... Read our full review of Ayu Hotel.

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Jalan Danang Jaya, Karimunjawa
1,000,000 to 2,500,000 Rp
Breve Azurine Lagoon Retreat
Toprange - 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 Rp
Jalan Danang Jaya, Karimunjawa
T: (0297) 319 1059

Aside from a high-end resort on a neighbouring private island, Breve Azurine Lagoon Retreat is top of the class on Karimunjawa, and if you have the dosh, this French owned and managed boutique resort is a penny well spent. Commanding a stupendous site overlooking a devastatingly gorgeous bay and “private beach” (they have the only land access), hand crafted stone and wood bungalows and... Read our full review of Breve Azurine Lagoon Retreat.

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Pantai Bunga Jabe, Telaga, Karimunjawa
Under 150,000 Rp
Bunga Jabe
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Pantai Bunga Jabe, Telaga, Karimunjawa
T: (0853) 2648 0858

Want to really get away from it all? Think lean-to bamboo, thatch and driftwood beach huts surrounded by coconut palms on your own strip of sand miles from anywhere, and you’ve got Bunga Jabe. Tucked away 18 kilometres by road north of the port, just to the east of the airport, you’ll need to arrange transport if you don’t want to be “stuck” at Bunga Jabe for every meal (though that... Read our full review of Bunga Jabe.

Jalan Danang Jaya, Karimunjawa
400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Coco Huts
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Jalan Danang Jaya, Karimunjawa
T: (0812) 3556 3136

Like a sea view? We hope you’re fit! Coco Huts clings to the side of the hill, bestowed with sweeping views of the harbour and town below. The higher you climb, the higher the price tag, but also the better the outlook and more lavish the rooms. Even if you opt for a less expensive room on the lower slopes, bear in mind the restaurant is still up the hill. Four styles of rooms are on offer,... Read our full review of Coco Huts.

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Jati Kerep, Karimunjawa
150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Karimun Lumbung Resort
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jati Kerep, Karimunjawa
T: (0815) 796 4696

Karimun Lumbung Resort, as it says on the box, offers comfortable air-con cooled “lumbung-style” (traditional rice barn) bungalows and while opened mid-2016, the thatched roof smelled as new almost a year later when we visited. Just far enough out of town to feel a little secluded (for now), but close enough to indulge at the night fish markets, Karimun Lumbung Resort consists of five... Read our full review of Karimun Lumbung Resort.

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Jalan Dermaga Baru, Karimunjawa
Under 150,000 Rp
Samsara
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Jalan Dermaga Baru, Karimunjawa
T: (0839) 343 4959

After a chilled backpacker vibe on a budget? At the time of research, Samsara offered the only dorm beds in Karimunjawa, although the folks at The Coconut House are building a new guesthouse that will offer dorms too. This simple open-plan house is decked out with a handful of basic fan-cooled private rooms with ensuite cold-water bathrooms, and one four-bed fan-cooled mixed dorm, also with... Read our full review of Samsara .

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Jalan Dr. Sutomo, Karimunjawa
150,000 to 400,000 Rp
The Coconut House
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jalan Dr. Sutomo, Karimunjawa
T: (0274) 414 431

Our friends who run the terrific Happy Buddha and Good Karma guesthouses in Yogyakarta continue their good work here in Karimunjawa at The Coconut House (and soon to be new guesthouse opposite the BNI Bank). Five rooms in a suburban house share two basic cold-water bathrooms and chill lounge space along with their signature extra special breakfasts and port transfers included in the rate and... Read our full review of The Coconut House.

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Jalan Slamet Riyadi, Karimunjawa
150,000 to 400,000 Rp
The Panorama Guesthouse
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jalan Slamet Riyadi, Karimunjawa
T: (0852) 9014 4638

Newly opened in April 2017, The Panorama Guesthouse is run by the charming Dutch and Indonesian couple who operate The Happinezz, a nearby (longer running) guesthouse. Both offer simple basic rooms and excellent attentive service, but for our money, The Panorama Guesthouse has the edge with its waterfront location. Don’t get too excited, it’s harbourfront rather than beachfront, and until... Read our full review of The Panorama Guesthouse.

Jalan Danang Jaya, Karimunjawa
150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Escape Beach Hotel
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Jalan Danang Jaya, Karimunjawa
T: (0823) 2844 6246

If an island holiday is all about the seaside for you, Escape Beach Hotel will have the sand between your toes and sea views from the boudoir for a very reasonable deal, especially if you can live without air-con. The hotel is built in two sections, divided by the open restaurant, set back about 50 metres from the seafront in grassy, sandy grounds speckled with casuarinas and coconut palms,... Read our full review of Escape Beach Hotel.

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RT 02 / RW 02; Karimunjawa
Under 150,000 Rp
Homestay Tri Putra
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
RT 02 / RW 02; Karimunjawa
T: (0852) 2671 5519

While just about every second family home on Karimunjawa has opened its doors as a homestay, Homestay Tri Putra stood out from the crowd for us—perhaps it was just the eyeball-numbing lime green paint job, but we were still impressed with the neat-as-a pin bright and airy rooms and friendly helpful hosts. By and large homestays are an excellent budget option and you’ll be putting cash... Read our full review of Homestay Tri Putra.

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