Friendly and intimate
Very tempting Tropica Tranquility is not exactly on the beach, but across the road at Jungut Batu as it turns the corner to Mangrove Beach.
Set within a compact walled enclosure, you don’t get sea views from your room in this Australian-run joint, but you can still enjoy the vista from an elevated poolside bale, and the smell and sound of the sea wafts by on the salty breeze. As they say on the box, tranquility is the name of the game here. A handful of cute wooden and thatch bungalows surround a leafy garden and small swimming pool.
These prefab huts are becoming more popular on Nusa Lembongan, particular at the western end of the island. Many are indistinguishable, but what sets Tropica Tranquility apart is the care and thought gone into providing all the amenities and little extras a traveller may need, as well as the friendly and knowledgeable owner and staff.
Immaculate interiors are a decent size—not hugely spacious, but not cramped either. Impressively, the bungalows provide secure insect screens, so you can leave the doors open without fear of a mozzie attack. The all-over dark wood is a little, er dark, but natural light and decent lighting prevent it from feeling oppressive, and more akin to a cosy cabin. Shower water here is desalinated and purified for a clean non-salty wash and water you can drink from the tap. A hot/cold water dispenser is in every room—refill your water bottles to reduce plastic, and make a cuppa!
Rooms have both air-con and ceiling fans—open the door and use the fan only to further reduce your carbon footprint and truly enjoy the tropics. Additional facilities include a small flatscreen TV with a DVD player and a DVD library for a holiday movie binge, and a well stocked minibar. Super comfy beds sport clean, quality sheets, and we are informed they have added mozzie nets since our visit too. Lighting and power outlets are where you need them with ample storage and bench space to keep your bags out of the way.
Ensuite hot-water bathrooms are decked out with glass-screened rainfall showers, a decent sized bench and storage spaces. There’s even a fan in the bathroom, so you’re not drenched in sweat as soon as you dry off. Furnished balconies offer a comfy cool spot to enjoy the garden and pool. When the power goes (a fairly common occurrence on Nusa Lembongan), fear not, the generator here kicks in, so you can continue to enjoy the air-con and WiFi.
The small blue swimming pool is shaded by sun cloth to ward off those dangerous rays (not the mantas) and is more of the plunge variety than for laps. If you wish to worship the sun, grab a poolside lounger or stay in the shade under the comfortable bale. Climb to the bale’s upper level for views or a massage—just ask the friendly staff to arrange one for you (they have the table set up).
Tropica Tranquility provide bikes for free for guests, and a decent breakfast is included, served poolside or on your balcony. Be aware that the owners keep a small friendly dog, a bonus for some, but maybe not for others. Tours and transfers are easily arranged too.
Tropica Tranquility is a little off the main drag and the road isn’t that well lit at night, but some excellent eateries are nearby. Recommended. Gecko Bungalows nearby presents a similar deal if Tropica Tranquility are full or, if diving is on your agenda, consider neighbouring Planet Nomadas, as an alternative place to stay. If you’d prefer the sea at your door, Villa Pasir offers an intimate (but pricier) stay.
Address: Jalan Raya Jungut Batu, Mangrove Beach, Nusa Lembongan
T: (0821) 4418 5057; (0877) 6162 7284;
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º27'12.36" E, 8º39'49.14" S
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Room rates: 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||850,000 rupiah||1,100,000 rupiah|
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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