Quirky, colourful and secluded
Secluded in a bushland setting back from the main road, yet only 700 metres from Padang Padang Beach, Kampung Jimba’s spacious rustic cottages ooze charm with their patchwork of wood and stone in this quirky colourful “village”.
Thirteen rooms are housed is five converted traditional joglos set on a small terraced hill behind the large open street-facing restaurant and swimming pool. The interiors are unique with fun contemporary touches blended with traditional elements and offer double rooms or family rooms that sleep four.
All provide air-con, ceiling fans and hot-water ensuites and most share (thin) wall with neighbours—these are traditional buildings and are not soundproof, pack earplugs if you are a light sleeper.
Some of the joglos are divided into four rooms while others are divided into two and within you’ll find bright and clean arty spaces with large super-comfy mosquito netted beds and some form of seating, be it actual chairs or a built-in bench along with desks and storage. We love the safety box we spotted in one room—a large lockable trunk! Here it’s simple and rustic—you won’t find a TV, fridge or hairdryer, but you may meet a friendly critter or two—say hi to the mozzie-eating geckos and watch out for the monkeys.
The unconventional style continues to the ensuite bathroom whose walls don’t reach the high ceilings, opening into the main room, which may not suit the modest. Not all rooms offer private outdoor seating to enjoy the natural surrounds, but the mid-sized infinity swimming pool provides a handful of shaded sun lounges and beanbags. Our only quibble, is that the pool is also open to the restaurant guests—great for a dip if you are not staying there—but for a small boutique hotel we would expect a little exclusivity in the pool.
The restaurant serves Indonesian and “Australian” cuisine (mostly pasta or sandwiches it seems) and conforms to a similar nonconformist style. Breakfast is not included in the rate but a decent spread is available for 50,000 rupiah.
We like Kampung Jimba’s eclectic hippy vibe and the relaxing get-away-from-it-all jungle location, but some folk may find it a bit “remote” as although it’s not too far to the beach, it is a hilly walk on a hot day. If you appreciate the quirky mismated flavour but are looking for a bit of a splurge, The Temple Lodge is the perfect retreat, or if you would prefer to be a bit more in the centre of the action, yet still value unique design, Pinkcoco Hotel is a decent alternative.
Address: Jalan Umpeng Sari, Padang Padang
T: (0812) 4629 6224;
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º6'19.23" E, 8º48'57.6" 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||550,000 rupiah||700,000 rupiah|
|Family room||890,000 rupiah||1,000,000 rupiah|
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