Charming, friendly and something for all
Charming Flashbacks offers a delightful alternative to cookie-cutter resorts and budget dives with a range of rooms that are a little confusing at first glance, but there’s something for everyone.
Fan-cooled rooms with shared bathrooms through to family rooms and bungalows, plus rooms with kitchenettes, are all set in a pocket-sized but lush garden around a small salt-water swimming pool, and not far from that larger natural one.
Set behind popular Porch Cafe on Jalan Danau Tamblingan, rooms are clean and airy and full of character with many local touches: ikat and batik textiles and furnishings and teak wood furniture, some with traditional thatch roof. All rooms are equipped with tea-making facilities, a safe and free WiFI and lovely stone bathrooms provide hot-water showers. It’s unique and cosy.
Three air-con bungalows offer the most intimacy, dotted amid the foliage, each with an appealing homely feel. They add cable TV and a fridge for some creature comforts. Rooms four, five and six are ground level all in one building, with a large air-con suite room above that includes a kitchen and spacious open living area with fresh breezes and views over the garden and pool. Lower floor rooms are fan-cooled, but you can add air-con for an additional 50,000 rupiah. Adjoining rooms four (double) and five (twin) share a bathroom, excellent for families or friends travelling together, but you’re just as likely to be sharing with strangers (don’t worry, it’s lockable). Fan-cooled “guesthouse” rooms eight and nine sit behind and above the streetfront cafe which could be a little noisy, and you’ll have to traipse outside to use the (private) bathrooms. Both have a kitchenette, and the upstairs room adds a lounge area.
The pool is perfect to cool off in, and lounge and rest areas make it easy to meet other guests, adding to the friendly vibe of the place. Breakfast is included, and rates are reduced for single travellers. Staff are friendly and helpful. Flashbacks offers a clam retreat from the busy streets; it’s the sort of place you’ll miss when you leave. The only issue is that nearby bars play loud music, which can disturb the serenity at times. For a similar feel with a range of rooms, Kembali Lagi Guesthouse doesn’t have as much garden, but has an appealing pool and congenial ambience.
By Sally Arnold
Last updated on 12th February, 2017.
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