Fabulous tree-house style bungalows
Jalan Kayuputih-Munduk, Munduk T: (0362) 700 5266, (0362) 702 9777, (0362) 706 2999 F: (0362) 703 9888
When we visited Melanting Cottages in June 2016, they were in the midst of renovation, with only a couple of rooms in operation.
It’s an upwardly mobile reno, moving this once decent flashpacker right up to the top range bracket, and the one finished and two half-finished bungalows we viewed looked terrific.
Some of the older rooms that are still operating have plans to be pulled down and rebuilt. A proposed swimming pool will turn Melanting Cottages into a top-notch resort. The large stilted wooden bungalows will dot the steep forested hill with tremendous views over the plantations and forest to the north. The completed suite room we viewed is built of golden-coloured wood with a tiled roof. The upstairs room is entered from ground level (if that makes sense), which gives way steeply down the hill, as the structure juts out from the cliffside, creating an open living room in the area below. A slate tiled entrance hall has a minbar, safe, tea-making equipment and luggage storage, and leads to the bathroom and bedroom. A traditional dark wood four-poster bed smartly contrasts with the modern pale wood furniture of the rest of the room. A TV and DVD player offer entertainment other than the scenery. Large glass doors open to the furnished balcony with sweeping unobstructed views. The vast bathrooms are a little bit jaw-dropping with tubs so large you could do laps, or at least share with a friend. Recycled dark wood panels and slate tiles contrast with the modern white fittings and a rain shower offers an alternative to the tub. On the lower level, a double bed sized wooden swing is suspended, an idyllic place to relax and soak up the wonderful mountain vistas.
Down the hill a little, two almost identical bungalows bookend a smallish infinity pool not yet complete when we visited. The plans are that this villa-style arrangement will be sold as separate rooms or together as a private villa. We also viewed the older deluxe room built in similar style, but of darker wood. Fronted with more traditional wooden shutters rather than the glass doors of the newer bungalows, we found the room a little dark and depressing and recommend going for the more expensive suite rooms or looking elsewhere.
The street level restaurant was not yet open when we visited, but had been given the same smart facelift. Online booking sites offered good discounts when we checked, but you may do better as a walk-in. Rates include breakfast. Go for the suite room.
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Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Standard double room, low season: 1,000,000 rupiah, high season 1,000,000 rupiah. Notes:
Room: Suite, low season: 1,500,000 rupiah, high season 1,500,000 rupiah. Notes:
Room: Private pool villa, low season: 3,000,000 rupiah, high season 3,000,000 rupiah. Notes:
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