Charming services and rooms
We’re suckers for a seaside location, but occasionally friendly hosts can trump a view, and Ayu Hotel certainly wins our tick for hospitality and charm and, besides, is only minutes walk to the sea.
Run by a German and Indonesian couple along with a handful of their kids, this is very much a family business and the hotel is an extension of their home with three styles of rooms on offer. Setback from the road, within lush leafy grounds, choose from cute wooden or brick hexagonal bungalows or more conventional stone rooms with a covered shared verandah.
Simple interiors are welcoming, homely and considered. Wooden furnishings and ikat bedcovers contribute to the authentic traditional feel and paintings, shells and other knick-knacks add interest. Rooms are fan-cooled, and a pleasant cross breeze cools them further—beds are mozzie netted, so no need to worry about leaving windows open.
Beside tables with lamps, ample power outlets, hanging space and room for your bags are all accounted for, our only minor quibble is that the showers are cold (but they will happily boil some water for a hot mandi if you desire). Smart and clean stone ensuite bathrooms are open-air in the bungalows and enclosed in the conventional rooms with Western toilets and carved bolder for the handbasin.
Exterior seating and shady corners offer plenty of spots to enjoy the garden, or lounge in a hammock by the fish pond (which looks as though it may turn into a swimming pool in the future). Breakfast is included and we’re told it’s so good and substantial that you’re actually paying for the food with a free room rather than vice versa!
Ayu Hotel offer a free pick up from the harbour and a welcome lunch on the first day (your host loves to cook!). Island excursions can be arranged and your knowledgeable and informed hosts are up for a good natter about all things Indonesian anytime. If you’re travelling alone, Ayu Hotel offers a special rate for single travellers—contact them directly.
Although you’ll find marginally better rooms on offer (for a higher price tag), Ayu Hotel is our top pick on Karimunjawa. Book ahead, as their terrific hospitality is no secret. If you really crave a sea view, Coco Huts offers lovely traditional style rooms, but be prepared of a hike up the hill, and to really up the ante (and the outlay) Breve Azurine Lagoon Retreat is blessed with the best views on the island.
Address: Jalan Kapuran, Karimunjawa
T: (0813) 2749 0558;
Coordinates (for GPS): 110º26'29.69" E, 5º52'53.34" S
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Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Sgl air-con private bathroom||350,000 rupiah||350,000 rupiah|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||429,000 rupiah||429,000 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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