A sparkling clean inviting pool and simple neat-as-a-pin rooms make Pondok Wisata Villa Jaya worth seeking out.
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Rooms overlook the pool in a double-storey brick block, not really a ’villa’ as such. A choice of fan-cooled or air-con rooms provide matching dark wooden furniture and the beds sport snazzy blue sheets that almost match the crystal-blue pool, brightened with runners and cushions. A bit of thought has gone into the furnishings — bedside tables, reading lamps, hanging space and a small table and chairs deck the simple but well maintained rooms. All that’s missing is a minibar, however icy cold beer is available from the kitchen. Ensuite hot-water bathrooms provide a separate shower cubicle with shower curtain rather than the all-wet usual Balinese-style bathroom, and the washbasin has plenty of space and flat surfaces. Everything is clean and bright without the icky feeling of some similarly priced offerings.
Balconies and verandas invite relaxation with large cushioned lounge chairs and a table for the books and cocktails. Simple breakfast and free WiFi are part of the deal. A couple of palms and a bit of foliage offer shade over the pool which has a small kids pool too, and sun loungers are shaded by umbrellas. The quiet location has no through traffic but is only five minutes' walk to shops and restaurants. The path is well lit at night, so feels safe. If all you want to do is hang out by the pool, the small attached restaurant can fix up a simple meal. Pondok Wisata Villa Jaya is an all-round pleasant place to stay, and an excellent value flashpacker option. We like the upstairs rooms, as the balconies seemed more private with a bonus view beyond.
Look for the sign along Jalan Mawar at the turnoff to Jalan Palem, and keep walking, and then a bit more. It’s only about 250 metres, but on a hot day, that pool is a welcome sight.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Dbl fan private bathroom, low season: 250,000 rupiah, high season 300,000 rupiah. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 350,000 rupiah, high season 400,000 rupiah. Notes:
Jalan Mawar, Kalibukbuk (actually Jalan Palem, off Mawar)
T: (0362) 343 5644
(0851) 0500 1238
Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp