Friendly and near the pier
In a town as small as Baranusa, Mukhtar Abdullah Accommodation makes up for average rooms with a warm and friendly welcome.
Set a short walk up the hill from the main boat landing, Mukhtar Abdullah Accommodation is run by affable Mukhtar who is a welcoming and friendly guy who’s happy to kick his feet up and shoot the breeze through yet another slow Baranusa afternoon.
The guesthouse, previously known as Burhan Homestay, is well aged and tends towards the rundown. Mukhtar told us it was the first place to stay in town and was owned by his father. When we visited in mid-2017 he had almost finished a new building, right beside the original, and when finished, it will be the property you want to opt for.
Rooms in the original are spartan—think lumpy beds, creaking 1980s lounge furniture, a basic cold water mandi and squat toilet—and everything in need of a sandblasting and a coat of paint. It does work at a pinch. Given the volume of mosquitoes, we think mosquito nets would be a very welcome addition. As with the rest of town there is no electricity during the day and the rooms do not have a fan, so in the early evenings, they can get a little warm. Beds have a base sheet only and towels are not supplied.
The new building, when finished, will offer better-sized rooms, far taller ceilings (and so cooler rooms) and, while the bathrooms will still be cold water and shared, there will be at least one Western-style loo.
Mukhtar enjoyed a spell in Sydney working on the train line between Gosford and Sydney. He speaks good English and can organise guides and motorbike hire for those wanting to explore the island. If he does offer to arrange any sort of guiding or hire (of any type), be sure to check the price with the other party before agreeing to it, just to avoid any misunderstandings.
Your host can also organise coffee and perhaps some rice and fish in the morning. If you’re after something in particular, let him know the the day before and he’ll work to sort you out.
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
Share bathroom, old building
|50,000 rupiah||50,000 rupiah|
|Superior double room|
Share bathroom, new building
|75,000 rupiah||75,000 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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