Cute, well decorated rooms
There’s a French hand involved in absolute beachfront Jelenga Lodge, though they were away in Bali when we passed through, and it shows. Rooms come in two main flavours: freestanding compact concrete chalets and larger and better decorated rooms in a longhouse set-up. There’s also an imposing larger wooden bungalow set between the two and while it looked to be still being finished off (or renovated), the friendly man who showed us around explained it would be ideal for families.
The rooms in the longhouse are the more expensive and we’d say worth the extra money. Distressed wood furniture, real linen on the beds (and mosquito nets) and clean, well-maintained bathrooms distinguish them from the freestanding chalets — the one of which we were shown was decidedly average, with the shower being a hose running from the shower head to the floor. Rooms are set back at the rear of the resort from the beach.
The centrepiece of the resort, overshadowed by a towering tree, is a raised central wooden and bamboo platform — it was devoid of activity when we visited (there were no guests) but in season we’d imagine it would be popular for yoga or just hanging out with a book gazing out to sea.
It is the gazing out to sea that is a real strong point here (when compared to Wood Garden) as while we preferred the stylish wooden bungalows at the latter, the sea view here, especially in the late afternoon with a cold drink as the sun sinks into the sea, is lovely. The intimate restaurant is set to the fore of the resort, with some tables tastefully furnished from wooden shutters. Staff are friendly and chatty in a casual beachy kind of a way.
Address: Centre of the beach
T: (0812) 3744 7637;
Coordinates (for GPS): 116º45'53.68" E, 8º51'32.19" S
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Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
|200,000 rupiah||250,000 rupiah|
|Superior double room|
Newer rooms in longhouse
|300,000 rupiah||350,000 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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