If your budget isn’t quite up to Nihiwatu, and a bamboo hut doesn’t suit your style, top-range Sumba Nautil Resort may be the ticket.
Officially at Marosi Beach, the French-owned resort is on a hilltop 2.5 kilometres away from the beach with dramatic west-facing ocean views. The resort was full when we visited, so we couldn’t see the rooms, but we had a good look around at the other facilities. The small hotel has seven air-con, brick bungalows with hot-water bathrooms. Set amid trees, the more expensive rooms are cliffside, with sensational sea views, and others are toward the grand hills and valleys. They also offer four “cheaper” rooms, two with a share hot-water bathroom. These are priced lower than some of the bamboo beach huts (although they don’t include all meals), and may be worth checking out. A large restaurant with a fabulous traditional thatch roof is open to the sea breezes. The a la carte menu offers fusion-style cuisine with a three-course set meal available for US$19. A decently sized sparkling blue pool is perched at the cliff edge overlooking the ocean. Umbrellas add shade and a handful of sun lounges offer a place to relax in the sun and soak up the scenery. We noticed however the poolside furniture was sun-damaged and in need of repair. The resort receives mixed reviews, but compared to what else is on offer nearby, it’s probably a good deal. Breakfast is included, but there’s no WiFi. Sumba Nautil Resort is a little hard to find as the turnoff isn’t signposted. Turn north at the school near the road to Kerewee Beach and Sumba Nautil is a further 600 metres away.
Address: Marosi Beach
T: (0813) 3747 1670; (0813) 3955 8652;
Coordinates (for GPS): 119º19'16.73" E, 9º44'59.96" S
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Room rates: 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Deluxe double room|
|Standard double room|
|450,000 rupiah||450,000 rupiah|
|Superior double room|
|650,000 rupiah||650,000 rupiah|
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