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Namaste Bungalows

Relaxing stylish rustic bungalows

Jalan Raya Sakti, Sakti, Nusa Penida T: (0813) 3727 1615 (0819) 1671 4477

Namaste Bungalows

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Relaxed Namaste Bungalows offers an array of modern lumbung-style bungalows peppering a tropical garden featuring a small swimming pool and onsite restaurant, all a 30-minute walk from the sands and underwater splendour of Crystal Bay.

The bright fuchsia painted brick and thatch bungalows sit in two rows lining the long narrow property which heads slightly downhill—the bungalows themselves are well kept, but the grounds are in need of a little bit of maintenance here and there. We’ve stayed here in the past and overall had an enjoyable stay—some of the photos in this review are from the earlier stay.

A small pool but with plenty of seating.

A small pool but with plenty of seating. Photo: Sally Arnold

We checked out one of the spacious and stylish family rooms with towering ceilings adding to the sense of space in the mezzanine loft-style room. Interiors are bright and clean and rustic style decor features whitewashed wooden furnishings and natural finishes. Sliding glass doors let the light flood, or pull the block-out drapes for a holiday sleep-in.

Rooms are offered as air-con or fan cooled, but basically they are the same rooms with or without the air-con remote supplied and a fan added. Beds are comfortable with snowy white linens enhanced with local textile runners and bedside tables with lamps, a small desk, shelving and sufficient plugs for charging your gadgets are all features that should keep most travellers happy, but don’t expect TVs mini-bars and the like, this is a simple “back to nature” affair (although there is WiFi).

Simple and comfortable lumbung-styled rooms.

Simple and comfortable lumbung-styled rooms. Photo: Sally Arnold

We are pleased to see refillable glass bottles of drinking water supplied—yay no plastic! In the family bungalows, a steep ladder-like set of stairs leads to a loft with two single mattresses on the floor with a low railing, not really suitable for small kids, but there is room enough to drag the mattresses down to the ground floor, however if you are travelling with young munchkins you may be better off going for one of the deluxe bungalows instead that throws in a sofa that can be used as an extra bed.

Polished cement bathrooms continue the natural rustic styling with stone washbasins, bamboo towel racks and a recycled wood framed mirror. As with the rooms, the bathrooms are a decent size, and provide hot-water showers. Bungalows enjoy a shady deck with (intentionally) paint-faded wooden table and chairs, or if you’d prefer to relax in the sun, pull up one of the chairs in the garden, or move poolside.

A great deck to relax on.

A great deck to relax on. Photo: Stuart McDonald

The swimming pool is small, but the deep blue rectangle surrounded by deckchairs and palm trees still manages to capture the tropical postcard feel and is inviting for a cooling dip nevertheless. At the bottom of the property is a wonderfully relaxing beanbag-strewn deck overlooking the forested valley, a delightful spot for a quiet read or a bit of yoga.

Staff mentioned they are planning on moving the restaurant to this spot as they are currently (May 2018) building new rooms below. For the time being, the open thatch bale-style restaurant is roadside, with some tables spilling out to the lawn and serves your included breakfast with other simple Western and Indonesian meals available. Several other restaurants are nearby, or you can wander to the beach for simple seaside fare.

Clean bathrooms (and our dirty towel!)

Clean bathrooms (and our dirty towel!) Photo: Stuart McDonald

While Namaste Bungalows is only 30 minutes on foot from Crystal Bay, it’s uphill on the way back, and you’ll be thankful for that pool. If Namaste Bungalows are full and you still want to stay in the Crystal Bay area, Bintang Bungalows is a reasonable alternative or further down towards the beach a range of guesthouses can be found tucked away in the village of Sakti. Not far from Namaste Bungalows is the upmarket looking Coco Resort, and although it receives good online reviews, their stupid policies don’t allow walk-in guests a quick inspection, so we can’t say that if it’s worth the extra dosh. If you are not set on Crystal Bay, consider stylish La Roja Bungalows in Batununggul.

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Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Superior double room
500,000 rupiah
650,000 rupiah
Deluxe double room
650,000 rupiah
750,000 rupiah
Family room
850,000 rupiah
950,000 rupiah
Fan cooled. 1,100,000/1,250,000 rupiah for air-con
Room: Superior double room, low season: 500,000 rupiah, high season 650,000 rupiah. Notes: Fan-cooled
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: 650,000 rupiah, high season 750,000 rupiah. Notes: Air-con
Room: Family room, low season: 850,000 rupiah, high season 950,000 rupiah. Notes: Fan cooled. 1,100,000/1,250,000 rupiah for air-con

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Namaste Bungalows
Jalan Raya Sakti, Sakti, Nusa Penida
T: (0813) 3727 1615 (0819) 1671 4477
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º28'17.17" E, 8º42'34.13" S
Room rates: 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp

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