Gobsmacking vista, modest rooms
Kembang Kuning Ocean View Bungalows is all about its location, and boy is this a winner in that regard—if you care for nothing but the view, this should be on your shortlist.
Perched on the cliff edge above Bingin Beach with a gobsmacking unobstructed vista, Kembang Kuning Ocean View offers very pretty, pristinely kept grounds dotted with fragrant frangipani and scattered with a bale here and there. The real reason for staying here though, is a small crescent-shaped horizon pool that quite literally drops right over the edge and has views across Bingin (and down to the eyesore once known as Dreamland).
Unfortunately the rooms themselves are a lot less “winning”, and though we have had very good experiences here in the past, when we dropped by for our latest inspection, the staff were downright rude and made us feel like we were inconveniencing them. Additionally the basic room we viewed, although clean was rather on the nose—perhaps as they have recently upgraded from fans to air-con the rooms simply don’t get enough fresh air.
Kembang Kuning Ocean View Bungalows’ name is a bit of a misnomer, but in a good way. The accommodation is most absolutely “Ocean View” but the bungalows, if they ever existed are long gone, replaced with a series of two-storey buildings with simple but clean rooms upstairs and downstairs. While all offer an ocean view to some degree, definitely angle for an upstairs one if you can—the outlook is superb.
The modest tiled interiors are light-filled with firm mosquito netted-beds, but the bedding and ornately carved wooden furnishings are a little dated—in a grannie’s parlour kind of a way, but in the scheme of things this doesn’t really matter as unless you’re on your deathbed, chances are you’ll spend precious little time inside your room. Stone bathrooms are stained and could do with a scrub, but are clean enough and though they have upgraded from fans to air-con, the water here is cold and falls from a pipe without a shower head surfer–style (although their website mentions hot-water, an upgrade here too may be in the works).
Furnished balconies and terraces provide a spot to enjoy the lovely garden and beyond, but we’d find the cliffside lounges hard to resist—roll from lazing about straight into the smallish but spectacular swimming pool then roll back again. Just don’t plan on much of a holiday read—the view is simply too distracting. Breakfast is not included, but is available in their small onsite restaurant, but we’d be hitting up The Temple Lodge next door—their food is excellent
Access to Kembang Kuning is via a narrow, but flat path inaccessible by car or motorbike, so don’t plan on bringing a ton of luggage. Kembang Kuning Ocean View Bungalows isn’t for folks looking for mod-cons and arty decor (Bingin offers several options if you are—for a price!), but if you’ve been travelling on a budget and want somewhere for a final splurge, somewhere that is spectacular in an old-school kind of way, you’ll get an eye full here.
If you still wish for the vista and Kembang Kuning is above your means, climb down the cliff to Stiky II where lodgings with shared facilities are considerable simpler, but more stylish too.
Address: Jalan Pantai Bingin
T: (0812) 3991 0444; (0851) 0043 4424 ;
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º6'47.54" E, 8º48'24.03" 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||650,000 rupiah||650,000 rupiah|
Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.
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