Rice field bungalows for every budget
Watch the rice grow as you swing in your hammock and listen to the frog chorus and the crash of the nearby waves from the charm-filled brick-and-thatch rooms at Cimaja Square.
This delightful and tranquil rice field setting behind their street front restaurant and surf shop is dotted with a handful of single and double-storey bungalows and a double-storey longhouse that offer both fan-cooled and air-con rooms that sleep up to four with a range of facilities from basic to those with a tad more comfort.
Cheaper fan rooms are housed in the longhouse with bedrooms upstairs and an open living room below. Windows in these rooms don’t have glass, but are mosquito netted and the beds also provide nets. The upstairs bedroom is lockable and a small safe is supplied, but the downstairs room has only a bamboo blind between you and the world, furnished with a day bed, table and chairs and hammocks. Tea-making facilities are as fancy as it gets and if you have noisy neighbours, you’ll hear them here. Ensuite bathrooms are simple but clean with cold-water showers and western toilets, but they do tend to attract the mozzies—so may be wise to pack some mozzie coils.
For more privacy and amenities chose an air-con room with hot shower and minibar, although what you gain in mod cons and hermetically sealed glass windows, you loose out in space.
For folks planning a longer stay, several of the bungalows are equipped with kitchens. But you don’t have to cook for yourself as the food in the restaurant is some of the best in town, but also some of the priciest (although by Western standards a bargain) with fresh seafood, pizza and Indonesian and Western choices including icy cold Bintang. A pool table, table football, board games and a small library will keep you entertained when the surf isn’t pumping.
The European owner (a long time expat) and English speaking local staff go out of their way to make you feel at home and make sure you have an enjoyable stay. They can arrange excursions and transport all over Java (including airport pickups from Jakarta) for reasonable prices and offer information on how to do it on the cheap with public transport.
With less than 500 metres to the waves and thousands of miles from your cares, this is our top pick for a relaxing escape in Cimaja whichever your budget. Rates rise by 50,000 rupiah on weekends, and weekly discounts are offered.
Keen surfers may prefer nearby Nurda’s where you can see the surf break from several of the rooms, although it doesn’t offer quite the same tranquility as Cimaja Square and surfers on a budget will find the best deal in the “backpacker rooms” at Hotel Pondok Kencana, but note that the business was up for sale at the time of research in late 2017.
Address: Jalan Raya Cisolok Km 5, Pelabuhan Ratu
T: (0266) 644 0800;
Coordinates (for GPS): 106º29'10.68" E, 6º57'28.02" S
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Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dbl fan private bathroom|
Add 100,000 rupiah for hot water
|200,000 rupiah||250,000 rupiah|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom|
Add 100,000 rupiah for hot water
|300,000 rupiah||350,000 rupiah|
|Quad fan private bathroom||300,000 rupiah||350,000 rupiah|
Air-con two bedrooms
|450,000 rupiah||500,000 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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