Leafy, peaceful and friendly
Secluded in the serene mini-jungle that is Rimba Bird Guesthouse, ears filled with birdsong, and it’s hard to believe you’re in the busy part of Canggu.
Tucked down a laneway off Jalan Raya Semat, beyond a parking area, a moss-covered gateway opens to a smallish, but splendid swimming pool. Edging the car park and extending to the pool, a long, narrow open-air white-tiled building houses a fully equipped shared kitchen, large dining area, and cosy TV lounge. Above this communal living area, a decked sunset viewing platform furnished with beanbags and a swing chair is perfect for a sundowner overlooking the owners leafy banana plantation next door. However, if it’s already bagged by other guests, there’s an equally lovey spot on a raised decked platform on the opposite side of the pool.
The inviting swimming pool is fringed by vegetation, but none tall enough to offer shade, however the surrounding wall blocks some of the burning rays. A smattering of rattan sun lounges pepper the pool decking if a little vitamin D is in order. From the pool, a narrow central path is edged by more leafy foliage and two longhouse blocks accommodating the rooms.
Air-con cooled interiors are spacious, cool and sparklingly clean. Sliding glass doors let the natural light flood in, with curtains to block for a sleep-in. Ceilings feature a traditional peaked style with exposed handcrafted wooden beams, a point of interest in the otherwise sleek modern white room. Comfortable bedding and furnishings include a small built-in desk, wardrobe and bedside tables. Flatscreen TV, mini-bar and a small safe add hotel-like ammenities. Sleek and simple ensuite bathrooms are eat-your-dinner-off clean and offer hot-water rain showers and plenty of space to hang your towels and store your toothbrush. Private terraces sport relaxing rattan armchairs and a small table for your books and drinks, and although you are looking directly into the opposite room, the leafy camouflage provides privacy.
Rimba Bird Guesthouse doesn’t cater for breakfast, but a delicious array of snacks and fruit are left out all day for guests to help themselves. At the time of our visit it included papaya, banana and rambutan fresh from the garden, banana fritters, biscuits and tea and coffee makings. Staff and the owner are charming and keen to offer good service.
We love the peaceful atmosphere here and think it’s an excellent value deal for travellers looking for a quiet spot to unwind after a day at the beach. Note that the owner keeps a couple of caged birds, but they were clean and singing happily at the time of our visit. If you’d prefer your quiet seclusion closer to the beach, both Puri Ayu Bali and Red Salt have the goods, but both at midrange price points.
Address: Gang Pucuk Merah, Jalan Raya Semat
T: (0812) 3955 5980;
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º8'35.36" E, 8º39'5.08" S
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Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||350,000 rupiah||350,000 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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