More than a homestay
Arjuna Homestay strikes the right balance between a small comfortable hotel and a friendly homestay. On quiet Jalan Ajuna, 250 metres mountain-side from the main road, 16 rooms in a double-storey longhouse block overlook a screen of foliage, curtaining the splendid inviting swimming pool.
Comfortable, simple but stylishly decorated, tiled air-con or fan-cooled rooms afford solid wooden mosquito-netted beds with quality linens, open storage and a small desk. Earthy tones and ikat blankets feel homely.
We like the more private upstairs rooms that have a daybed built into the balcony with pool and mountain views. Downstairs rooms provide a small furnished veranda and easy pool access. Ensuite hot or cold-water bathrooms are simple but clean. As well as standard double or twin rooms, Arjuna Homestay also offer bunk-style budget rooms. The lovely shady and relaxing pool area is scattered with colourful beanbags with side tables for your drinks around a wooden deck. An airy open-style double-storey restaurant overlooks the pool and serves reasonably priced local and international dishes. Some desserts are a nod to the French owners.
We love the relaxed mood and could happily stretch out here all day and feel right at home. Breakfast and WiFi are part of the deal. Staff and hosts are friendly and speak good English too.
Arjuna Homestay operates a dive shop at the front of the hotel so is very popular with divers. As well as diving and snorkelling trips, they can sort you out with local tours. For a more intimate hotel with a pool the contemporary styled Mimpi Nyata may fit the bill.
Address: Jalan Arjuna, Pemuteran
T: (0362) 343 7304; (0812) 3635 1739;
Coordinates (for GPS): 114º39'16.51" E, 8º8'51.72" S
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Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl fan private bathroom||350,000 rupiah||600,000 rupiah|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||400,000 rupiah||600,000 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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