Photo: Lumbungs all in a row.

Karimun Lumbung Resort

Comfortable rice barns

Jati Kerep, Karimunjawa T: (0815) 796 4696 (0823) 4568 2233

Karimun Lumbung Resort

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Karimun Lumbung Resort, as it says on the box, offers comfortable air-con cooled “lumbung-style” (traditional rice barn) bungalows and while opened mid-2016, the thatched roof smelled as new almost a year later when we visited.

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Just far enough out of town to feel a little secluded (for now), but close enough to indulge at the night fish markets, Karimun Lumbung Resort consists of five bungalows set in a neat grassy coconut-fringed garden, but friendly staff suggested the plan is to build a total of 27, named for each of the islands in the archipelago.

Simple but comfortable,

Simple but comfortable, Photo: Sally Arnold

Oddly (from a Western point of view) three of the five face the road, and only two offer views to the swampy mangroves and glimpses to the sea beyond. For privacy and a better outlook, be quick to book the sea-facing rooms.

Spotless interiors are fresh and bright with comfy beds with crisp white linens and a bedside table, but nothing more. Ensuite alfresco stone and tile bathrooms are bestowed with throne flushers and carved stone hand basins with ample bench space (hand basins, yay!), however it’s refreshing cold-water showers only, but you won’t care as you gaze at the clouds (unless, of course, they’re stormy).

The mangrove view.

The mangrove view. Photo: Sally Arnold

Furnished private balconies afford two chairs and a table, but if there’s two of you, you’ll have to draw straws for the daybed (perhaps the winner can pick up a beer or cold drink from the bar). Karimun Lumbung Resort includes breakfast which may include home-grown watermelon—staff proudly showed us the first of their crop, as well as harbour transfers in the rate and can arrange snorkelling trips and transport around the island.

Karimun Lumbung Resort offers an excellent flachpacker deal, but until the garden grows, bungalows seem a little exposed. For more secluded rooms consider Ayu Hotel or Coco Huts.

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Standard double room
325,000 rupiah
325,000 rupiah
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Where is Karimun Lumbung Resort

Karimun Lumbung Resort
Jati Kerep, Karimunjawa
T: (0815) 796 4696 (0823) 4568 2233
Coordinates (for GPS): 110º26'5.22" E, 5º52'25.52" S
Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp

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