Welcoming with excellent views
Western tip of Nusa Ceningan T: (081) 855 9084
Jenny’s Place, with just three spacious wooden bungalows and two bedrooms in a modern house, is refreshingly old school Bali with a few comforts thrown in and magnificent views and access to Secrets, one of the best surf breaks in the Lembongan/Ceningan/Penida cluster of islands off the east coast of Bali.
We took the two bungalows to the right when facing the ocean, which both come with comfortable beds upstairs — a double and option additional single — and a veranda with chairs so you can hang out up here and enjoy the surf and seaweed farming views, with Gunung Agung just able to be glimpsed in the far distance to the right.
Downstairs is a lounge area, kitchenette without much in the way of equipment (we imagine you could ask for anything you need from the house kitchen), a very well stocked minibar, welcoming hammock and, at the front overlooking the sea, a communal table and chairs in a bale.
The shared pool is long and delicious, with plenty of deckchairs and lounges. You can dial in a massage, though we didn’t try it. A breakfast of tea and coffee with toast is included in the room rate, but eggs, bacon and other dishes are available at very reasonable prices. Order it up at the house and enjoy it in the bale as the coast comes to life in the morning and the surfers — depending on the tide — start to catch waves.
While you can order a few Indonesian and Western dishes for lunch — we had a decent mie goreng — the newly-opened Palms right next door has a great range of exceptional food, with an emphasis on Mexican. This makes Jenny’s even more attractive as if you don’t have your own transport, you’re quite stranded here — though this is one of those typical Southeast Asia spots where you really won’t mind just hanging out and relaxing.
The bungalow bathrooms are probably the only place where you’ll feel like you’re getting what you pay for — the light in ours only worked some times, the shower water is the salty variety — which is not unusual for this area — and there are no shower heads, so you’re just rinsing off under a pipe really, though there’s a big drum of fresh water to finish off with so at least you won’t feel salt-crisp afterwards. If you want a bit more luxe, stay in the house, where there are hotwater shower and bathtubs and you’ll get a DVD player and TV in your room as well.
Another downside if you’re looking for a squeaky white sand beach is — well, you won’t find it here. There’s no beach and at low tide the seaweed and rocks are all exposed. This however makes it a great spot for beachcombing and critter spotting with kids.
Jenny’s really is quite an exceptional deal and it’s one of those offline bargains as well — you can’t book through Agoda or anyone else we’re aware of. You’ll have to give Jenny a call!
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