Rustic back-to-nature bungalows
As you arrive into the cliff-top section of Balangan, one of the first places you will encounter is Flower Bud 2 Bungalows and our advice is to continue no further (except to the beach of course).
This is the newer sister property of Flower Bud Bungalows a little further along the road. Lining a lovely tree-filled tropical garden, gnarly wood and thatch bungalows sit either side of the path leading to the swimming pool and restaurant. Think desert-island-castaway-tree-house and you’ll get the idea.
Bungalows are similar in style, with four options available suitable for up to two, four or six people. The Standard and Superior bungalows are very similar, both ceiling fan cooled, the Standard with a queen-sized bed and cold-water shower while the Superior has a king-sized bed and hot shower with the addition of a mini-fridge. Double-story family bungalows offer either two queen-sized beds or a king plus two queens, the larger bungalow with air-con and adding a bath tub.
The enchanting interiors are constructed with wooden floors and woven bamboo walls that allow dappled light to filter through with glassless windows that employ bamboo shutters, the upshot being that they are a little dark inside. Twisting driftwood beams divide the top section of the walls open to the wafting tropical breeze. Romantic mozzie-netted beds will keep the critters and crawlies at bay and comfy mattresses and soft clean linens offer a good nights sleep, although you may wish to pack earplugs as it more akin to sleeping in a tent than hermetically sealed bricks and mortar.
Additional furnishings count bedside tables with lamps, wardrobes, and amenities include coffee and tea-making facilities plus a small safe. Ensuite bathrooms continue the castaway theme—outdoor-style with stone basins and pebble floors. Note that the shower water flows from a bamboo pipe (surfer style) and not a shower head offering a refreshing splash that some may find a little too primitive. Although lovely, in the bathroom we viewed the natural world had taken over a little too much and was a bit mouldy with a toilet seat that could do with replacing, but was otherwise clean.
Bungalows enjoy wide verandas with built-in day beds to gaze at the flowers, birds and bees—all very calming and relaxing in a simple rustic back-to-nature way. Once you have mused sufficiently, meander though the greenery to the sparkling pool where you can catch some rays on the lounges or move to the shade of the open-style thatch restaurant to enjoy a cool beverage.
A buffet breakfast is included in the rate and as well as other meals, the restaurant offers occasional live music and barbecue nights. We think Flower Bud 2 Bungalows is delightful and friendly staff add to the appeal, but the open nature of the simple huts will not be everyone’s rough-hewn-vessel of organic tea. If you prefer your dessert island hut a little more sealed off from nature, check out the lovely lumbung-style bungalows at Milo’s Home.
Address: Jalan Pantai Balangan, Balangan
T: (0816) 472 2310; (0851) 0088 3560;
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º7'31.48" E, 8º47'35.19" S
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Room rates: 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
|680,000 rupiah||680,000 rupiah|
|Superior double room|
|710,000 rupiah||710,000 rupiah|
Add 500,000 rupiah for air-con
|1,300,000 rupiah||1,300,000 rupiah|
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