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The Umah Prahu

Beachfront and shipshape

Jalan Ped-Buyuk, Batununggul, Nusa Penida T: (0813) 5335 5211(0857) 3863 8927

The Umah Prahu

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Beach facing The Umah Prahu is our top flashpacker pick in Nusa Penida with four shipshape air-con rooms from which you can lie in bed and enjoy a seaview.

When we say shipshape, we don’t just mean figuratively (although they are very neat and clean), they are literally shaped like small boats sailing in the ocean garden. The brick bungalows are staggered in rows down the narrow property, but all enjoy the view, although we’d still try to nab one of the two very front ones.

A pretty oceanside outlook.

A pretty oceanside outlook. Photo: Sally Arnold

The simple all-white tiled interiors are spotless, furnished with comfy wooden beds that sport decent spring mattresses and clean white linen (bottom sheet and doona) as well as bedside tables with lamps and lockable storage for your bags. Floor to ceiling picture windows with glass sliding doors flood the rooms with sunshine and make the most of the view, with sheers for privacy and heavier curtains to block light, however glass brick “portholes” have no covers, and room are rather bright in the early morning. High traditional-style bamboo woven ceilings add to the cool and airy beach-hut style.

Simple ensuite bathrooms provide hot-water showers, with slightly brackish water. The small washbasins don’t provide much room for your bits and bobs, but towel racks and hooks are sufficient. The bathroom porthole is open, allowing air to flow and keep the room smelling fresh, and decorated with seashells enhances the theme.

Rooms are simply decorated but comfortable.

Rooms are simply decorated but comfortable. Photo: Sally Arnold

The bow-shaped terrace, shaded by overhang thatch, ups the tropical ambience and though it is graced with a couple of stools and a small table, we think it would be the ideal spot to sting up a hammock and enjoy the salty breeze, although you could always move to the sea front where there is a hammock as well as a couple of sun loungers shaded by a beach umbrella, or just pull up a chair in the covered open bale. Another small hut is graced with two tall tables—add a mattress and a masseuse and relax—grass and a couple of palm trees are trying hard to grow in the sandy garden.

It’s possible to swim in the sea directly in from of The Umah Prahu, but really only at high tide as is quite muddy when the tide is out. Ask Kadek, the friendly English-speaking owner to navigate your way out, as the remnants of seaweed farming remains and a maze of sticks is hidden beneath the water.

The view across the bow.

The view across the bow. Photo: Sally Arnold

Breakfast is include in the rate, and The Umah Prahu has a small street-front restaurant, although it didn’t seem to be operational when we visited. Kadek can help arrange all kinds of excursions including snorkel trips for a fair price as well as point you in the direction of the cheapest cold beer in town—several restaurants and warungs are within walking distance.

The Umah Prahu is located in Batununggul village, two-and-a-half kilometres to the ferry port and ten-and-a-half kilometres to Toya Pakeh along one of Nusa Penida’s better roads. We love the seaside location, but as there are only four rooms, you’ll need to book in advance to get in. The neighbouring guesthouse, Cemara’s Beach Home Stay also enjoys seaviews and has a small swimming pool, but rooms are comparatively basic or further up the road, opposite Pura Gua Giri Putri, Cave Beach Bungalows offers simple and spacious, but pricier, seafacing rooms.

Those pesky seaweed farms can make for tricky swimming at low tide.

Those pesky seaweed farms can make for tricky swimming at low tide. Photo: Sally Arnold

If a seaside location is not a prerequisite, Jati Bungalows at Toya Pakeh offers terrific rooms in antique Javanese Gladaks for around the same coin or if you have a bigger budget, La Roja Bungalows, 300 metres up the road harbours lovely lumbung-style rooms and a swimming pool.

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Where is The Umah Prahu

The Umah Prahu
Jalan Ped-Buyuk, Batununggul, Nusa Penida
T: (0813) 5335 5211(0857) 3863 8927
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º34'19.31" E, 8º40'41.26" S
Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp

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