Beachside flashpacker digs
Kencana Beach Resort is found 11 kilometres to the west of Sumbawa Besar proper on the road to Poto Tano, and is set on its on grey-sand beach.
If you’re in Sumbawa Besar for any stretch of time and don’t need to be downtown, we’d say stay here. While the resort isn’t in the best condition, the beachside setting is lovely. On weekdays you’ll in all likelihood have the place totally to yourself. The food is good and not extortionately priced, there is some patchy snorkelling offshore and the staff are friendly. Yes, the bathrooms are grotty, the showers are variable and the rattan/wood walls feel like they might collapse if you slammed the door too hard. And yes, we had a large monitor lizard in our roof. But you’re beachfront at Kencana for just a little more than what you’d pay for a non-budget room in Sumbawa Besar town. There is a family-friendly pool on site and kids may enjoy the anatomically correct concrete animals scattered around the joint. One ward of warning: On weekends, this place is a hit with locals who pile in for the beach and the pool. Expect many photo requests. Outside of the weekend this is less of an issue, though some may pile in later in the afternoon. The more expensive rooms are off the beach so go for a standard if you want a beach view. Free WiFi in the restaurant only.
Address: Jl Raya Tano Km 11, Sumbawa Besar
T: (0371) 262 9145; (0813)3981 4555;
Coordinates (for GPS): 117º21'42.61" E, 8º27'28.78" 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|
|350,000 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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