Fantastic hot-spring swimming pool
There are swimming pools, and then there are swimming pools like the one at Kinaara Resort: a stupendous wobbly donut-shaped, natural hot spring water-fed pool with island bar, backdropped with a mountain view. They can almost be forgiven for not having a seafront location.
Two styles of traditional Indonesian wood and thatch bungalows encircle the pool, curved lumbung-style, and box-shaped walikayu. The good-sized air-con rooms offer the option of a ceiling fan, and interiors of both are similarly furnished providing comfortable mosquito-netted beds with tables and lamps, and a small desk. Dark wood panelling and shaded windows make the interiors seem a little dark, but you’ll be spending your time in the swimming pool anyway. Outdoor-style bathrooms are also fed from the same hot-water spring, so there’s no option for a cold shower here.
Furnished balconies overlook the lovely gardens and pool. However, the bungalows are a little too close to each other and those closer to the road are noisy. Perhaps when the surrounding garden grows a bit, there will be more privacy and it will act as a buffer for the sound.
Did we mention we loved the swimming pool? The temperature of this dark blue-green beauty is not steaming hot, but the hot-spring water is pleasantly (and noticeably) warm, although some might say too balmy for a tropical climate. As it meanders around the inner palm-tree-laced mini island, the depth varies from 80-210 centimetres. If you were really keen, it could be possible to do an endless circular lap (you’d have to slide over the stepping stones to the bar). Umbrella-shaded sun lounges are positioned around the wide paved surrounds and the island bar is hedged with stools. Friendly staff are poolside to mix a cocktail or help you out of the pool if you become too waterlogged. A poolside restaurant offers local and International favourites at resort prices and on-site spa will ensure you’re totally relaxed.
Kinaara Resort provide an included breakfast and free WiFi, and can organise yoga, cooking classes, trekking and diving as well as transport services. We think there are better value rooms around Pemuteran, but the natural hot-spring pool is hard to beat.
Address: Jalan Raya Pemuteran, Pemuteran
T: (0362) 343 7271; (0852) 3850 3020;
Coordinates (for GPS): 114º39'56.53" E, 8º8'54.67" S
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Room rates: 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
|700,000 rupiah||1,000,000 rupiah|
|Superior double room|
|800,000 rupiah||1,100,000 rupiah|
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