Friendly fun guesthouse
Our friends who run the terrific Happy Buddha and Good Karma guesthouses in Yogyakarta continue their good work here in Karimunjawa at The Coconut House (and soon to be new guesthouse opposite the BRI Bank).
Five rooms in a suburban house share two basic cold-water bathrooms and chill lounge space along with their signature extra special breakfasts and port transfers included in the rate and friendly service offering a plethora of activities. Patchwork coloured wooden doors reminiscent of fishing boats open to bright and airy tiled rooms—choose from a larger room with fan or air-con, or the smaller fan-only rooms.
Decent mosquito netted beds provide a cotton blankie for when the night air cools and there are powerpoints to charge the batteries and hooks for your hat and coat, but you’ll have to leap out of bed to flick the switch at night as there is no bedside lighting. Clean shared bathroom facilities provide a flushable throne or bucket flush squat and your choice of cold shower or bucket and scoop refreshing blast.
Communal areas offer plenty of Instagramable art and cosy corners. A paintbrush wielding Elephant-headed Ganesh mural watches over the proceedings as you chill on a beanbag over a game of chess sipping on free flow coffee or tea with your new friends. A shady tree keeps it cool and illuminates at night with fun bucket and birdcage lamps.
The Coconut House enjoys an excellent central location, 100 metres walk to the alun-alun night market, opposite Eat and Meet cafe where you can indulge in a wood fire pizza and cold beer. Like most of Karimunjawa’s guesthouses the vibe is chilled, but this place tends to draw a younger crowd.
The Coconut House fills up fast, so book ahead or consider The Panorama Guesthouse or The Happinezz with private bathrooms and equally excellent attentive service. If you’ve outgrown the younger set and your budget allows, family-run Ayu Hotel will look after you like one of the family and offer a very comfortable place to lay your head.
In Karimunjawa you may notice the abundance of street cats (especially at the night fish markets), The Coconut House is embarking on a project to set up a community foundation to alleviate this problem (humanely). Ask them how you can help.
Address: Jalan Dr. Sutomo, Karimunjawa
T: (0274) 414 431; (0274) 580 643; (0813) 9267 8888;
Coordinates (for GPS): 110º26'6.61" E, 5º52'44.93" S
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Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl fan share bathroom|
140,000 rupiah for a smaller room
|170,000 rupiah||170,000 rupiah|
|Dbl air-con share bathroom||225,000 rupiah||225,000 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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