These exceptionally private bungalows are built into the side of a hill with great views of Bajo Bay, about five minutes from the centre of town uphill.
And we're not kidding about privacy: you'll rarely see another soul at Bayview Gardens, which makes it fabulous for the romantic and the merely antisocial. (Party types may wish to look elsewhere.) Bungalows feature porches and two bedrooms, and include a made-to-order breakfast and an afternoon snack, as well as lots of instant coffee and tea. Hot water is actually hot and stays that way. There's a lot of native wildlife living in the garden, and you'll likely see interesting insects, birds and reptiles right on your porch, making it a rather idyllic place to spend a quiet couple of days. The property tries to be environmentally conscious, and there's a serene feeling of integration with nature. Of an evening, getting back here will require the services of an ojek (5,000 rupiah) or non-meter taxi, or your own rented motorbike. It's an easy downhill walk on the road to town in the daytime. WiFi further sweetens the deal.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Sgl air-con private bathroom, low season: 350,000 rupiah, high season 350,000 rupiah. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 450,000 rupiah, high season 450,000 rupiah. Notes:
Jl Ande Bole, Labuan Bajo
T: (0385) 41 549
(0856) 383 9067
Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp