A Balinese delight
From the folks at Bumbu Bali who run fabulous restaurants and a cooking school (well worth visiting both while you’re here), Rumah Bali offers the same traditional Balinese hospitality and philosophy in a delightful sprawling resort.
The property is unassuming from the carpark, in fact we almost didn’t go in, but as you walk back, and back, through the Balinese-style “village” you’ll quickly realise this is a beautiful spot spread across a vast property on the off-beach side of Jalan Pratama. Passing a large open-air traditional kitchen, the site for the Bumbu Bali cooking classes, and the resort’s tennis courts, single- and double-storey saffron-coloured thatched-roof bungalows and private villas are arranged in small clusters throughout the immaculate manicured gardens.
One group of three rooms is set around one of the swimming pools and would be ideal for a small gathering of family or friends although all are available individually. Surrounding the wonderfully large organic shaped main pool, many of the bungalows feature an open air kitchenette and dining area, terrific for families with fussy kids (though we suggest adults try to get in as many meals as possible at the Bumbu Bali restaurants—you won’t regret a morsel).
Oversized rooms are as they say on their website “same same but different”—rooms are similarly spacious but with slightly different layouts and feature stone marble and wood finishes and individual hand crafted teak furnishings—attractive, comfortable and classic. Interiors are air-con cooled, but also provide ceiling fans with windows that open for a refreshing cross-breeze carrying the delightful tropical fragrances from the garden (and sometimes from the cooking school).
Standard mod-cons include a minbar, cable TV, a safe and as well as general seating, they enjoy dining areas as well—and room service to boot. Open-air ensuite bathrooms are as individual as the rooms, some with tubs, and enjoy walk-in dressing rooms. Lovely touches such as a daily tropical fruit basket make us love this place even more. Breakfast is included and can be served in the privacy of your room or in one of the dining areas dotted around the resort such as the quirky traditional “warung”.
Staff are not only friendly and charming, they are also very knowledgeable about local culture—the staff member who showed us about pointed out and explained many interesting things about the architecture that the passing tourist probably wouldn’t notice. Top-notch service.
As well as keeping Balinese traditional culture alive though their use of traditional architecture and cooking school, the Bumbu Bali / Rumah Bali team do good for communities and the environment too. In East Java they support the porters working in the sulphur mines at Ijen and were involved in a turtle project at Nusa Dua, however staff mentioned that the turtles haven’t been around for a few years.
Unlike many of the “same same, could be anywhere” resorts in Tanjung Benoa, Rumah Bali is a delightful spot to immerse yourself in Balinese culture, and much much more than a simple B and B that they claim to be. If it’s within your means, don’t hesitate. For folk of lesser means, make sure you at least eat at their restaurant and we’d recommend a room at nearby Pondok Agung Bed and Breakfast.
Address: Jalan Pratama, Tanjung Benoa
T: (0361) 771 256; F: (0361) 771 728
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º13'19.62" E, 8º46'17.46" S
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Room rates: 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
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Pool view. Add $20 for a kitchen. US$++
Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.
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