Comfortable rice barns
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.
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.
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).
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.
Address: Jati Kerep, Karimunjawa
T: (0815) 796 4696; (0823) 4568 2233;
Coordinates (for GPS): 110º26'5.22" E, 5º52'25.52" S
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Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||325,000 rupiah||325,000 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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