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Jalan Pantai Medewi, Medewi Beach T: (0878) 6326 0595


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Roll out of bed and into the sea at Umadewi, located right on the point break at Medewi Beach. This comfortable four-star hotel was undergoing an upgrade when we visited in late July 2018 and due to its competitive rates (possibly owing to the ongoing reno), just had the edge on its also excellent neighbour, Bombora Medewi Wave Lodge.

Don’t be put off by the reception area as that is still in the style of the former Medewi Beach Cottages—its earlier guise. If you are after comfort and views, head strait for the Ocean View room, obviously the pricier option, but by far the better value, not only with a gobsmacking outlook, but thirty percent larger than the (equally lovely) pool view rooms. Until they are renovated, forget the standard and garden view rooms as they’re overpriced—unless Umadewi’s fabulous pool, spacious grounds and location outweigh the very tired room offering, go for a standard room at neighbouring Bombora or the less luxurious but good value Sea Medewi in Yeh Sumbul.

The pool is a great size.

The pool is a great size. Photo: Sally Arnold

A row of six duplex bungalows line the palm-fringed shore, set up in a back-to-back configuration with the Ocean View room to the front (obviously) and Pool View rooms at the back of the duplex. Spacious glass-fronted air-con rooms are decked out with stylish modern minimalist interiors incorporating a seaside palette of sand, driftwood and shades of the sea creating a relaxing and unpretentious vibe.

In the Ocean View rooms you can lay in bed and watch the waves from a huge wooden four-poster bed that floats in the centre of the room or if you prefer, move to the comfy couch in front. For families, the couch easily converts to an extra bed too. Storage built into an alcove, holds the mini-fridge, tea-making facilities and space for luggage and extending from the bedhead is a bar/desk with high stools behind, a perfect spot to set up the laptop if you must. A flatscreen TV and DVD player offer an alternative to the sea view. To the side, the ensuite hot-water bathroom follows a similar modern minimalist style and features a full size picture window opening to the bedroom that offers an ocean view from the tub (which is separate from the shower), although a blind can be rolled down for the modest.

Smart modern rooms.

Smart modern rooms. Photo: Sally Arnold

Beds in the pool view rooms butt up against the back wall with built-in bedside tables, rather than the bar/desk, but provide a small desk as well as similar storage options and ammenities as the larger rooms, and although without a couch, are roomy enough for an extra bed if needed. Ensuite bathrooms here are smaller too, and though they lack a tub, the style is identical.

Both categories of rooms provide shady furnished terraces to take advantage of the salty breeze, views and garden as well as racks for your surf board. Amid the verdant manicured lawn peppered with tall waving palms, a tremendous sparkling swimming pool is almost more tempting than the ocean waves (at least to non-surfers). The big blue square provides shaded lounges and beanbags as well as a few for those who prefer to work on their tan. The grounds offer plenty of space for kids to run about and let off steam.

Plenty of space for your boards.

Plenty of space for your boards. Photo: Sally Arnold

Beyond the pool, the back section of the hotel was yet to be renovated with several paths in need of repair—watch your step, and it’s here you’ll find the older garden and standard rooms. The restaurant was under construction during or visit, but meals and your included breakfast (not included with Standard rooms) were still available in the older restaurant area.

We like the carefree relaxed style of Umadewi enhanced by the expansive grounds and of course the seaside location, however if their rates rise once the refurbishment is complete (which we suspect they will), you may wish to consider other options. Bombora misses out on the park-like surrounds and the beachside infinity pool is smaller and less private than the pool at Umadewi, but the rooms themselves feel a tad more luxurious. Alternatively if being spitting distance from the point break is not a priority, Balinese style Puri Dajuma is our pick for a little luxury in this part of the world or you may like the modern-styled secluded Kelapa Retreat.

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Walk-in rates at Umadewi

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Standard double room
450,000 rupiah
450,000 rupiah
Superior double room
850,000 rupiah
850,000 rupiah
Garden view
Deluxe double room
1,350,000 rupiah
1,350,000 rupiah
Pool view
Deluxe Suite
1,750,000 rupiah
1,750,000 rupiah
Ocean view
Room: Standard double room, low season: 450,000 rupiah, high season 450,000 rupiah. Notes:
Room: Superior double room, low season: 850,000 rupiah, high season 850,000 rupiah. Notes: Garden view
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: 1,350,000 rupiah, high season 1,350,000 rupiah. Notes: Pool view
Room: Deluxe Suite, low season: 1,750,000 rupiah, high season 1,750,000 rupiah. Notes: Ocean view

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Where is Umadewi

Jalan Pantai Medewi, Medewi Beach
T: (0878) 6326 0595
Coordinates (for GPS): 114º48'20.33" E, 8º25'10.15" S
Room rates: 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp

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