Night at the museum
Three kilometres west of Waitabula and run by the Catholic Redemptorist Order, Lembaga Studi and Pelestarian Budaya Sumba (Sumba Cultural Research and Conservation Institute) provide a handful of cute bungalows.
There’s a small but interesting on-site museum too. Homely and clean brick and thatch air-con bungalows surround a large grassy patch edged with Marapu stone carvings.
Decorated with local ikat and photographs, rooms are appointed with bouncy spring twin trundle beds, small flatscreen TVs and tea- and coffee-making facilities. The larger, more expensive bungalows have outdoor-style attached hot-water bathrooms with stone sinks. The outdoor part is looking a little mouldy, but on the stone wall looks more natural than unclean. Less expensive bungalows are similar, but split into two smaller rooms with cold-water indoor bathrooms.
Additional bamboo and thatch air-con bungalows are more dorm style and sleep up to seven for 150,000 rupiah per person. Beds are a mix of spring or foam mattresses and the attached bathroom is cold-water only. Unfortunately for the single traveller, they have a minimum of two people for the dorm-style rooms. Breakfast is included, and you’ll get cultural insight form the very knowledgeable priests at no extra charge. No WiFi. The centre can provide transport to traditional villages and nearby sights.
Address: 212 Jalan Kebun Kelapa, Waitabula
T: (0812) 2938 2164; (0852) 9226 8821; (0813) 2849 4184; (0812) 9661 6599;
Coordinates (for GPS): 119º12'53.26" E, 9º26'4.41" S
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Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
Minimum of two people
|150,000 rupiah||150,000 rupiah|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||350,000 rupiah||350,000 rupiah|
With hot water
|700,000 rupiah||700,000 rupiah|
Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.
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