Dreaming of old Bali
In the thick of the labyrinthine concrete jungle of Poppies Lane, the small leafy refuge of Mimpi Bungalows offers a handful of charming old-school brick and thatch bungalows and rooms in a larger newer block peppered around a pleasant pool.
They start with basic fan-cooled rooms with cold-water showers and move through to newer air-con rooms with hot-water. Interiors are fairly spacious but bare bones, so a little on the steep side price-wise for the offerings, but included breakfast sweetens the deal, and the rooms have much more charm and appeal then similarly priced chain hotels, albeit with less amenities.
Single and double-storey bungalows house the simple whitewashed fan-cooled rooms, offering cold only or hot-water showers. Tropical breezes flow through louvred glass windows in some rooms and teak furnishings and doors and window frames add a quality feel. Twin beds sport crisp white linens and can be pushed together to form a double (one of the bungalow rooms has a double bed). Bring a mozzie net if you’d like to sleep with the windows open. A built-in lockable teak hutch serves as a safe for your valuables. Ensuite bathrooms are no-frills, but clean.
We love the furnished terraces overlooking the garden, a relaxing spot to catch upon some holiday reading. The double-storey bungalow enjoys the pick of rooms on the top floor (number five), as the secluded wide terrace here is almost the size of the room itself. This room also offers an interconnecting door to the lower level, ideal for a family, although larger family rooms are available in the newer block. Newer rooms offer air-con, and more amenities including some with a kitchenette, however we prefer the more traditional bungalow style.
The kidney-shaped pool is a tad 80s-style with mosaic dolphin disguised by the dappled light of the overhanging trees. For a bit more sunshine Mimpi Bungalows is a five-minute stroll to the beach—don’t trip over the raised turtle traffic bumps in the driveway on the way.
If you are a little overwhelmed by the development of Kuta, friendly Mimpi Bungalows captures a little of the spirit of old Bali, a sanctuary in the heart of Kuta. We think it’s a delightful spot, but don’t expect much more than the basics. Alternatives offering old-school Bali charm include Un’s (although rooms are a tad dark) and, in Legian, The Tree Brothers Inn, or for a top dollar spend, Poppies Cottages.
Address: Poppies Lane I, Gang Sorga, Kuta
T: (0361) 751 848;
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º10'16.68" E, 8º43'8.48" S
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Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl fan private bathroom|
|300,000 rupiah||300,000 rupiah|
|Superior double room|
Fan, hot water.
|400,000 rupiah||400,000 rupiah|
|Deluxe double room|
Air-con, hot water.
|500,000 rupiah||500,000 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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