Photo: What a view!

Kirra’s Beach House

Modest comfort, fab vistas

Jalan Pantai, Pulukan T: (0817) 051 8557

Kirra’s Beach House

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Just south of the Medewi Point break in Pulukan, Kirra’s Beach House scores superb beach and rice paddy views from its second storey communal lounge and not bad views from the modest rooms to boot.

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On offer are four tiled air-con rooms, three with ensuite and one with an outside, but private bathroom, along with a communal kitchen and the upstairs lounge and terrace. The three ensuite rooms are housed in brick cottages siting in a row behind the street- and ocean-facing double-storey building with the other guest room occupying the lower level of the front building. Rooms are clean, bright and good-sized with the front room securing a slightly larger footprint along with a better view, so if you don’t mind going outside to use the bathroom, this is the better deal as all rooms are the same rate.

Proudly Pulukan.

Proudly Pulukan. Photo: Sally Arnold

Furnishings count a wooden bed with a decent mattress and though most beds were unmade when we popped by, the one that did have linen (although unmade) looked clean and snowy white. Bedside tables with lamps will appeal to bedtime readers. Bathrooms are relatively clean, though corners could do with a scrub, but to be fair we viewed the rooms before they had been serviced.

The basic rooms are equipped with hot-water showers and Western toilets and a small self above the basin provides a spot of your toothbrush. The room with the separate bathroom adds a tub, worth the inconvenience of walking outdoors for folk who enjoy a hot soak after a long day catching the waves. Each room is graced with a furnished terrace overlooking the narrow leafy garden.

While the room we were shown wasn’t ready for guests, it was clean and well-sized.

While the room we were shown wasn’t ready for guests, it was clean and well-sized. Photo: Sally Arnold

At the back of the guesthouse, an open-style communal kitchen is well stocked with cereal and other staples to help yourself for breakfast along with the makings of a cuppa. The friendly Aussie owner mentioned that when he is in town they sometimes offer a communal meal, otherwise you can make use of the cooking facilities if you wish, but a handful of local warungs are only 500 metres away.

A hammock strung up in the garden is ideal for a snooze and a read, but it seems you’ll have to fight the manager’s young son for a turn, but not to worry there’s ample room on the lounge upstairs and the view there is a stunner—we would find it difficult to leave this magical spot.

Someone is very keen on that hammock!

Someone is very keen on that hammock! Photo: Sally Arnold

If Kirra’s Beach House is full, check out rooms 208 (air-con) or 108 (fan) across the paddy fields at CSB, both are more bare-bones than Kirra’s but snag winning views, although other rooms here are not such a great deal. We think Kirra’s Beach House offers better value than the guesthouses along the main road down to Medewi Point, but if you prefer to be in the thick of it, you’ll need to spend a little more for an equivalent room—consider The Point and Medewi Beach Inn.

Alternatively back from the beach in Medewi village a bunch of good value homestays, many with ricefield views are on offer. We like Padi Surf Villa with air-con and hot water (choose an upstairs room for a view) and Pink Barrel which is a little pricier but adds a swimming pool. For a friendly family vibe, but a cold shower only, Medewi Surf Homestay is also worth a look.

Plenty of space to enjoy the outlook.

Plenty of space to enjoy the outlook. Photo: Sally Arnold

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Walk-in rates at Kirra’s Beach House

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Standard double room
250,000 rupiah
250,000 rupiah
Room: Standard double room, low season: 250,000 rupiah, high season 250,000 rupiah. Notes:

Where is Kirra’s Beach House

Kirra’s Beach House
Jalan Pantai, Pulukan
T: (0817) 051 8557
Coordinates (for GPS): 114º48'49.64" E, 8º25'18.05" S
Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp

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