Photo: Longhouse style rooms at Cantik Homestay.

Cantik Homestay


Jl Dahlia 12, Kalabahi T: (0386) 21030 

Cantik Homestay

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While it isn’t spectacular value, if you’re looking for a friendly and hospitable homestay, Cantik Homestay delivers the goods.

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Set a 10-minute walk from the waterfront, Cantik offers a selection of simple and plain rooms clustered around a small common area and parking area. The garden has a half-dozen caged birds and parrots (one of which maddeningly squawks “hello” over and over) but there’s also a large common area and dining area, decorated with family photos and fishing pics.

The common area, carpark, kitchen & more.

The common area, carpark, kitchen & more. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Rooms are simple with furnishings including little more than a bed, side table and perhaps a random stick or two of IKEA-like furniture. Our mattress was so soft it was like a water bed, but thanks to the decent air-con we slept well. The bathroom was cramped and cold water only, with a bucket flush Western toilet.

Staff are very friendly and owner Chris speaks good English. They’ll provide dinner if you ask ahead of time (or not, as happened on our first night of stay thanks to a miscommunication). The food is good and comes in generous portions. They can also sort you out with ice-cold beer should you be in need. Staff can organise guides and provide onwards travel advice.

Rooms could do with a coat of paint, but they‘ll do at a pinch.

Rooms could do with a coat of paint, but they‘ll do at a pinch. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Cantik is a family-run spot and while it is absolutely no frills, we’d stay here again. If full, Dinda Homestay is right across the road from here. If you want more creature comforts and have the budget, head to Pulo Alor, else Pelangi Indah or Hotel Nor Fitrah are similarly priced options but hotel style.


Walk-in rates at Cantik Homestay

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dbl air-con private bathroom
200,000 rupiah
200,000 rupiah
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 200,000 rupiah, high season 200,000 rupiah. Notes:

Where is Cantik Homestay

Cantik Homestay
Jl Dahlia 12, Kalabahi
T: (0386) 21030 
Coordinates (for GPS): 124º30'59.89" E, 8º12'43.61" S
Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp

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