Minimalist and boutique
Smart, simple, modern and exceptionally clean, Ju’blu Hotel is one of Lovina’s newer offerings, having opened in July 2015.
The boutique hotel is tucked away on a quiet lane close to the beach and has just four rooms, two up, two down, in a large block edging a spacious manicured lawn with frangipani trees, all overlooking a fabulous pool area.
Generously sized, minimalist air-con rooms are decorated in a pale stone palette with whitewashed wooden furniture. It’s almost too minimalist — one room we saw had no bedside tables or lamps, although it did have a small desk. Glass-fronted, they let in plenty of air and natural light and open to furnished balconies and verandas. Amenities too are minimal — a small flat screen TV with DVD player is it. There’s no tea-making paraphernalia or a minibar, which we would expect at this pricepoint.
Ensuite hot-water bathrooms are spotless — the downstairs rooms are open-style with pebbles and plants, while upstairs more standard enclosed rooms with glass screened showers. Round double washbasins sit atop wide benches and towels are fluffy and white.
The pale stone theme continues to the pool surrounds, and contrasts with the inviting large rectangular turquoise swimming pool. A forest of banana and palm trees edge the fence line, keeping it private and providing shade. As appealing as it is, only four umbrella-shaded sun lounges are provided — one per room, so you’ll have to race the other guests.
An open pavilion serves as a small restaurant where the included breakfast is served. We love the serene, almost pure, ambience of Ju’blu Hotel, but feel it’s a little overpriced. However it would be a good choice if you’re after a peaceful retreat in the midrange bracket. Although central, Ju’blu Hotel is hard to find — look for the small sign near JB Warung on Jalan Mawar. For a more traditional Balinese-style peaceful retreat, Rumah Kita is nearby.
Address: Jalan Mawar, Kalibukbuk
T: (0362) 339 1529;
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º1'37.55" E, 8º9'37.89" S
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Room rates: 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
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