While it isn’t spectacular value, if you’re looking for a friendly and hospitable homestay, Cantik Homestay delivers the goods.
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.
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.
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.
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||200,000 rupiah||200,000 rupiah|
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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