Friendly & sprawling
Balumba sits on sprawling grounds towards the southern end of Lakey and offers a range of oversized rooms in tile-roofed concrete lodges to varying standards.
We heard repeated complaints from surfers we talked to of promised air-con not working, but the friendly guy who showed us around insisted that not only did it work but it was cold too! The large twin room we were shown had two simple wooden beds (with mosquito nets) and an equally large, plain cold-water bathroom -- it was relatively clean (by Lakey standards). This room faces away from the beach, but there are quite a few here with direct ocean views. Guests strung up hammocks to relax, shaded from the midday heat that we were unfortunate enough to be wandering around in. The central front-facing section has a handful of rooms sharing one large terrace -- social with the right crowd. A small shop on the grounds sells essentials. Overall if you want a bit more space, Balumba is worth considering and the location, overlooking Lakey Beach, is great. If full, try Puma, which is a little to the south of here and also faces onto the beach.
Address: Towards the southern end of the beach
T: (0812) 3794 7966;
Coordinates (for GPS): 118º22'57.33" E, 8º48'16.97" S
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Room rates: Under 150,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard single room||150,000 rupiah||150,000 rupiah|
|Standard double room||200,000 rupiah||200,000 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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