Photo: Namaste's pool in the late afternoon light.

Namaste Bungalows

A cute spot

Jalan Raya Sakti, Nusa Penida T: (0813) 3727 1615  contact@namaste-bungalows.com
http://www.namaste-bungalows.com/

Namaste Bungalows

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Namaste Bungalows offers a clutch of modern lumbung-style rooms and the island’s first swimming pool. It’s located a 30-minute walk from Crystal Bay and a 10-minute drive from Toya Pakeh.

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The freestanding rooms run in two rows down from the road, with a small swimming pool to one side and a restaurant and shop to the other. The set-up has been around for a few years now, though the bungalows were renovated from their initial wooden structures to solid concrete air-con lumbungs in early 2016. The garden has got going, with plenty of lawn for the kids to run around on. On clear days you can see Bali’s Gunung Agung rising in the distance, which adds to the pleasant feel of the place.

Namaste!

Namaste! Photo: Stuart McDonald

Rooms are clean and well kept, with the lumbung’s high ceilings lending a sense of airy space. The "family room deluxe" lumbungs are split level, with a steep set of stairs running up to a sleeping platform, and while this is designed for kids, if your kids are not good with heights or a lowish railing, there is room enough to drag the mattresses down to the ground floor (or just send the adults upstairs to sleep). Rooms have sliding glass doors with dark curtains, which can be pulled pack to let the light flood in or hung down to allow for a comfortable sleep-in.

Bed lamps and a small table and shelving should be sufficient for all your unpacking needs and there are enough plugs for charging your gadgets, though be prepared for the occasional power outage. Rooms are available in both fan-cooled and air-con flavours. WiFi is beamed in the restaurant, but is hit and miss -- often not working for a few hours at a time. As there is no 3G signal, if you "need" the internet, this is a bit of a hassle -- luckily you’re on holiday right?

Namaste's family lumbungs (and our tent).

Namaste's family lumbungs (and our tent). Photo: Stuart McDonald

The polished concrete bathrooms are a good size, with piping hot water and mirror. As with the front of the bungalow, the bathroom has a sliding glass door and a similar brown curtain. The glass door could do with some decals or a painted design or something as we walked straight into it twice.

Bungalows have a comfortable deck out front with wooden table and chairs should you want to enjoy a drink or a snack there rather than at the restaurant.

Penida's first pool!

Penida's first pool! Photo: Stuart McDonald

While the rooms overall are solid fare, the restaurant is a bit disappointing, but probably a reflection of the skills level of staff on Nusa Penida, which has lagged way behind Lembongan in development. Fare is simple, mostly a variety of simple sandwiches, pastas and Indonesian staples, but service can be haphazard, with dishes coming out of order, and extra unordered dishes arriving while others are forgotten (especially at breakfast). The staff are both friendly and trying hard, but even taking this into account, it was a bit frustrating at times.

While fish is on the menu, it wasn’t available across our three-night stay. When we asked after the possibility of getting some fish for meals the following day, we were told this "wasn’t possible" (despite our driver saying the opposite). Later the friendly Belgian manager explained that as they do not want to use frozen fish (fair enough) they only have fish when the fishermen bring it. We’d suggest if that’s the case, it doesn’t belong on the printed menu.

The bedroom in a family room.

The bedroom in a family room. Photo: Stuart McDonald

If you lack your own transport, the only other eating options are the nearby Warung Coco Resort (whose restaurant is spectacularly unorganised and hit and miss) or down on the beach. All-round it’s slim pickings. If you have your own transport, you’ll find a few warungs scattered around, still offering only local dishes.

One other point is worth mentioning. Namaste is home to a macaque named Darwin. A flyer in the restaurant explains the situation: Darwin was rescued when very young and once familiarised with people could not be released back into the wild. They’ve received considerable pushback regarding this and we can see why. While we understand he cannot be released back into the wild, keeping him leashed right beside the swimming pool seems a bit ill-considered. Namaste is apparently looking at other options, including building a large enclosure for him, but we’d have thought in the meantime keeping him in an area not quite so close and obvious to guests -- and particularly children upset by seeing him on a leash -- might be a wiser approach.

Crystal Bay is indeed crystal.

Crystal Bay is indeed crystal. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Crystal Bay is a solid 20-minute there, 30-minute back walk along a hilly road. Once there you can easily get an ojek back, or you can hire scooters from Namaste to do the run yourself. Namaste also offer an excellent and very detailed handbook on Penida and various tour options; they keep it behind the counter, so be sure to ask for it. They can arrange a car, driver and guide, just a car and driver or scooters for you to explore the island yourself. Kurna was a safe and friendly driver we hired for the day.

If you want to stay in hotel-style accommodation near to Crystal Bay, then as one of the only hotels in the area, Namaste should be on your short list. It will appeal to those looking for peace, quiet and isolation, who ideally have their own transport and are not bothered eating a fairly limited menu. If you’re looking for a larger room and larger pool, nearby Warung Coco Resort delivers the goods, though their restaurant was a shambles the night we ate there.

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Walk-in rates at Namaste Bungalows

Type of room
Low
High
Type of room, low and high season prices
Superior double room
425,000 rupiah
545,000 rupiah
Fan-cooled
Deluxe double room
550,000 rupiah
650,000 rupiah
Air-con
Family room
750,000 rupiah
850,000 rupiah
Upto 900,000/1,100,000 rupiah
Room: Superior double room, low season: 425,000 rupiah, high season 545,000 rupiah. Notes: Fan-cooled
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: 550,000 rupiah, high season 650,000 rupiah. Notes: Air-con
Room: Family room, low season: 750,000 rupiah, high season 850,000 rupiah. Notes: Upto 900,000/1,100,000 rupiah

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Where is Namaste Bungalows

Namaste Bungalows
Jalan Raya Sakti, Nusa Penida
T: (0813) 3727 1615 
contact@namaste-bungalows.com
http://www.namaste-bungalows.com/
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º28'17.17" E, 8º42'34.13" S
Room rates: 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp

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