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Apit Lawang

Good dorm, modern bungalows with pool

Jalan Ped-Buyuk, Ped, Nusa Penida T: (0851) 0085 5755 (0812) 3655 2877  [email protected]

Apit Lawang

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For budget travellers, the dorms at Apit Lawang offers one of the best deals on Nusa Penida—not only is the air-con dorm clean and spacious, you get a proper spring bed (no bunks) and have use of the swimming pool shared with the pricier bungalows, and to top it off, it is a two-minute walk to the sea.

For folks with a bit more of the folding stuff, the lumbung style bungalows here are a reasonable deal too, although they only offer cold water showers. Apit Lawang sits back from the main road in a quiet location at the far eastern end of Ped village, about two kilometres from the centre, set amid a grove of swaying coconut trees with views to the ocean on the other side of the road.

Have a splash.

Have a splash. Photo: Sally Arnold

The tiled seven-bed mixed dorm is housed in a spacious barn-like brick building that we thought was double-storey on first impressions, but it just has very high ceilings. Oddly the room have no decent windows to enjoy either the sea or garden view bar a couple of tiny windows high in the wall—a seemingly common missed opportunity on Nusa Penida, but regardless, the room is cool and pleasant for sleeping.

Beds don’t offer a lot of privacy, and it’s a bit of a boarding school set up, but each has an individual shelf, lighting and power outlet as well as large lockers for each guest. Although do be careful of the power switches here as the electrical work looked a bit dodgy (another noticeably common trait on Nusa Penida). Clean coffee-coloured linen includes a blanket in case the air-con gets too chilly. The two ensuite cold-water bathrooms are spacious and clean.

You will meet your neighbours in the dorm.

You will meet your neighbours in the dorm. Photo: Sally Arnold

A cluster of air-con cooled brick lumbung-style bungalows surround the swimming pool and enjoy a pleasant view of the pool and garden from bed through the sliding glass doors. Smart whitewashed wooden furnishings include a comfy bed, hanging space and shelving and clean white linen and colourful throw cushions reinforce the bright modern look. Make yourself a cuppa with the tea kettle provided and pull up one of the beanbags on your private terrace to enjoy the distant sea views. Ensuite bathrooms are semi-outdoor with modern amenities and a decent amount of bench space, but only provide cold-water showers.

The swimming pool is a little bigger than a postage stamp, but still a pleasant spot to catch a few rays or enjoy a bit of a holiday read on one of the shaded sun lounges or beanbags. When the tide is right, head over the road to the sea where you’ll find a healthy coral reef just a few metres out from the shore.

Save Water Drink Beer.

Save Water Drink Beer. Photo: Sally Arnold

Breakfast is included for both guests in the dorm and the bungalow, served by very friendly staff in the open-style restaurant.

Overall, we think the dorms offer better value over the bungalows which are similar to many around Nusa Penida which are perhaps better, but the quiet location and comparatively spacious grounds make this place worth considering.

For backpackers who prefer a private room, Ramwan Guesthouse in the quiet backstreets of Ped has a couple of simple single rooms with a share bathroom for a few more rupiah (ask for a room with a view) or Yuda Homestay offers spacious basic private rooms with ensuite. For folks who prefer a bit more action, consider Full Moon Bungalows in the heart of Ped.

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Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dorm air-con
150,000 rupiah
150,000 rupiah
Bungalow air-con private bathroom
500,000 rupiah
500,000 rupiah
Room: Dorm air-con, low season: 150,000 rupiah, high season 150,000 rupiah. Notes:
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Where is Apit Lawang

Apit Lawang
Jalan Ped-Buyuk, Ped, Nusa Penida
T: (0851) 0085 5755 (0812) 3655 2877 
[email protected]
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º32'10.91" E, 8º40'36.46" S
Room rates: Under 150,000 Rp

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