Budget choice at Rua Beach
Long-running Ama Homestay, 100 metres from pretty Rua Beach, is the more basic of two properties run by the same congenial owner.
Like most of the beachside accommodation in Sumba, we thought it way overpriced. Five simple brick and bamboo rooms with louvred glass windows are divided into two longhouses. One old, grimy and stained mandi-style cold water bathroom is shared with all rooms, the family and staff. The throne style bucket flush toilet is seatless. A saggy bed which has seen better days with a mosquito net dominates the simple bamboo room. Power outlets are plentiful, but electricity is only available for a few hours each evening. There’s no fan nor air-con, and as there’s no direct sea breeze, we suspect rooms may get stuffy at night. The bamboo walls could do with a clean as they were covered in dust and cobwebs. A small tiled and bamboo open structure in the lush garden provides a pleasant spot for included communal meals with a table and chairs. All in all, Ama Homestay is looking a little tired and unkept, but probably more due to its age. The owner mentioned they were planning on building six new bungalows. There’s no WiFi and limited phone signal. Ama Homestay can organise horseback riding (bareback) for 300,000 rupiah per hour. As lovely as Rue Beach is, better basic beachside accommodation can be found at nearby pretty Kerewee Beach, albeit for the same (high) price.
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Sgl fan share bathroom||300,000 rupiah||300,000 rupiah|
|Dbl fan share bathroom||600,000 rupiah||600,000 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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