What a find!
What a find! Pondok Siola is in its second incarnation after closing for an 11-year period after the Bali bombings.
While the thatch and bamboo bungalows of yesteryear have gone, the concrete duplex cottages that have replaced them are smart and comfortable, and family-run Pondok Siola retains a welcoming traveller vibe. It’s the only absolute beachfront property in Labuan Pandan and we loved it. Rooms are modern and well configured, with spacious bathrooms, white-tiled floors and comfortable beds with good bedding. A terrace out front of each makes for a good spot to hang out, looking across the lawn garden dotted by coconut palms and facing on to a jet-black sandy beach that looks across the Alas Straight to Sumbawa. The peaceful place could really only be improved by a few hammocks. Rooms are in blocks of two, which make it ideal for families who might want adjoining rooms (though there is no connecting door). A good and well-priced restaurant on-site (beer is available, just not on the menu) serves up decent basic Indonesian fare and you could easily lose a few days doing nothing here. We organised snorkelling trips from here both north to Pulau Lawang and Pulau Sulat and south to Gili Bidari and Gili Kondo -- no complaints at all. This spot is highly recommended -- it’s one of our favourite spots in Lombok.
Address: Jl Lanuan Lombok - Sambelia Rd, Labuan Pandan
T: (0819) 9776 9364;
Coordinates (for GPS): 116º43'19.47" E, 8º23'44.25" S
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Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
|300,000 rupiah||300,000 rupiah|
|Superior double room|
|450,000 rupiah||450,000 rupiah|
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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