Photo: Early morning views off the coast of Amed.

Pondok Laut Bungalows

Unique in Amed

Jemeluk Beach, western end T: (0813) 3817 7324

Pondok Laut Bungalows

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We don’t often use the word unique, but across the many bays collectively referred to as Amed there are really none as genuinely unique as Pondok Laut Bungalows. The quirky, beachside property boasts a Japanese theme, and offers just a handful or so of eclectically furnished rooms that make for a memorable stay.

Dragons and green sunloungers.

Dragons and green sunloungers.

Set towards the western end of Jemeluk beach, just after Casa de Amed, a chalk board on the street reads, “Sorry, no ‘cheap rooms’ only quality cottages”. Descending down the plant-lined steps brings you into a decidedly unusual compound, with rooms (each is different) scattered haphazardly around and above you.


The door to look for.

There’s a small and slightly chilly dark-blue splash pool to the left as you face the beach, then Pondok Laut empties out onto a mixed pebbly and black sandy stretch of Jemeluk. With a few sunloungers spread both inside on a deck, and on the sand itself — right next to a superb decorative green naga — this is a great spot to just chill and watch the waves (or ripples, depending on the season).


It’s all about the details.

It’s the attention to detail at Pondok Laut that stands out and is evident right through the rooms and into the kitchen. With the friendly owner on hand to oversee everything is done just right, there’s a feeling of care here that simply isn’t evident in many other Amed properties (though Life in Amed is another).


The textures and colours are all just right.

The rooms themselves are well sized and comfortably furnished, with an array of tastefully mismatched ceramics, wooden furniture, bedding and cushions. Our room had a double bed downstairs, plus an upstairs loft, reached by more or less a ladder, with a single Balinese-style bed that was perfect for an eight-year-old to curl up on and read Famous Five into the night. The room is a little dark during the day — though as this is a beach spot, it’s not likely that you’re going to want to be inside all day anyway.

It’s not open for lunch or dinner, but you’re within walking distance of plenty of spots.

You’ll need to imagine the seabreeze.

You’ll need to imagine the sea breeze.

The one of the two front rooms we were shown was decidedly spacious, with an equally large area out front to relax in. It’s all very hybrid Indonesian-Japanese, with glassless slotted windows and light mosquito nets allowing the sea breeze to reach every corner.

Not your average furnishings.

Not your average furnishings. And good lighting!

Breakfast is included in the room rate and is one of the best we enjoyed in two weeks of hotel hopping in Amed. Large pots of tea, not awful coffee, six-in-one pancakes with proper pancake syrup, properly poached eggs and loads of toast. The restaurant location isn’t beachside, which is a bummer, but given how narrow the property it is something had to give. Upstairs is a small antiques gallery.

Rooms up on high.

Rooms up on high.

You need to book directly with this property. When we asked about the room rate, it seemed a little plucked from the air, so be sure to ask for a discount if you’re staying for more than a few nights — but not just one night, because these are, as it says out front, quality not cheap rooms!

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Type of room, low and high season prices
Standard double room
700,000 rupiah
700,000 rupiah
Room: Standard double room, low season: 700,000 rupiah, high season 700,000 rupiah. Notes:

Where is Pondok Laut Bungalows

Pondok Laut Bungalows
Jemeluk Beach, western end
T: (0813) 3817 7324
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º39'26.09" E, 8º20'8.6" S
Room rates: 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp

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