Puri Alam Bali Bungalows
Infinity pool with spectacular views
Jalan Kayuputih-Munduk, Munduk T: (0812) 465 9815, (0856) 375 8314
If you’re after a hotel with a pool in Munduk, this is your go-to choice, and at Puri Alam Bali Bungalows you’ll get some of the best views in town thrown in for free.
Rooms come in four categories, but most are looking tired and are not particularly appealing.
However, at either end of the price scale — the two standard rooms in front of the pool and two bungalow rooms below the pool — the rooms are quite good deals. Forget the suite and deluxe rooms, as you can do better elsewhere, though you won’t get a pool. If you have mobility problems, Puri Alam Bali Bungalows is not for you, and if you’re in Munduk for trekking, you’ll get a good workout on the stairs alone.
Roomy and clean tiled standard rooms offer comfortable mosquito-netted beds (twin beds in the room we viewed) and simple furnishings. They’re not going to win any design awards, but it’s pleasant and functional. Local artwork brightens the walls. Bathrooms are clean and simple with a hot-water shower. What appeals in these rooms is that the verandas have direct access to the pool and are furnished with large round rattan armchairs that offer you a comfortable spot to admire the mountain views beyond. Downstairs from the pool, the bungalow rooms (which are actually the only bungalows at Puri Alam Bali Bungalows — other rooms are all in one building) offer smart modern digs. Bright and light-filled, they’re sparkling clean. Shiny tiles gleam and the large bed has white sheets and a mozzie net. A daybed gives options for families too. Other facilities include a TV and minibar. Bathrooms are simple, but spotless and have abundant bench space. You can enjoy the scenic vista from the wide furnished balcony.
The primary reason for choosing Puri Alam Bali above other, possibly better, options is the infinity swimming pool. Although smallish, perched over the mountainous plantations and jungle below, the view is hard to beat. Be warned that the water can be really cold — a handful of exposed sun-lounges will warm you up. Right at the very top of the hotel, above reception, the restaurant tries to outdo the rest of the property in the panoramic stakes (and possibly succeeds). Beware of the yappy dog on your way up. Breakfast is included as is WiFi. If you’re planning on staying more than a night, hit them up for a discount. If you’re hankering for something more upmarket with a pool, try out-of-town Sanak Retreat or Munduk Moding Plantation
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Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Standard double room, low season: 350,000 rupiah, high season 350,000 rupiah. Notes:
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: 850,000 rupiah, high season 850,000 rupiah. Notes:
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