If you're thinking of staying at Pondok Baruna, go for the garden rooms at the back of the property - they are lovely, modern, next to the pool. The beach-facing rooms are older, smaller and many are very close to the restaurant and diving centre. Overall, our stay at Pondok Baruna was wonderful. These are modest accommodations, so don't expect luxury. But we were well taken care of and could access most of the amenities and services we needed at the hotel or nearby. Jungutbatu, where Pondok Baruna is located, is a fantastic location to explore Nusa Lembongan, and you have an opportunity to stay in a place that is right amongst the locals. Early every morning, we would go for coffee and the nice breakfast prepared by the staff, in the open air cafe facing the beach. We watched as the locals brought in and hauled around their daily seaweed catch, while children played on the beach and the tourist and dive boats came and went. It was lovely. Other than relaxation, we visited the island in order to go diving, and the dive centre here - World Diving - is superb! Very professional, friendly and knowledgeable dive guides, and the underwater sights are breathtaking. If you don't dive, go out at least once for a snorkel. On the day we did not dive, we rented motorscooters for about $9 US per day from Pondok Baruna and zipped around Lembongan, over to Nusa Ceningan and back. Highlights from around the Island include the Mangroves, Mushroom Bay and Secret Beach. Around Jungutbatu, there are many warung (cafes) and we were surprised by the consistently good quality of the food wherever we went. Try the Pondok Baruna cafe and the Bunga Bungalows Cafe for food, and if you need a fruity cocktail, Scooby's is the place to go. We stayed at Pondok Baruna in the low season (December) and the whole area was pretty quiet - not a lot of people around, which didn't bother us at all. We heard it gets quite a bit more lively in the May-November period, which may take away from the chill atmosphere a bit. Weather for us was mostly good but it does rain in the low season so be prepared for a downpour. Our overall experience at Pondok Baruna was good and we would recommend it for budget-conscious travellers who still expect comfort and cleanliness.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pondok Baruna Lembongan offers a range of tasteful Balinese styled accommodation on the beautiful island of Nusa Lembongan, Bali. Pondok Baruna offers three different accommodation options to guests: Pondok Baruna Frangipani is our Premier Resort offering luxury bungalows for those wanting to relax in peaceful tranquility. Our Garden Rooms offer mid range facilities in the heart of the village and just 35 meters from the beach whilst our Sea View rooms, located just 5 meters from the beach, are perfect for those on a budget. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pondok Baruna Guesthouse Hotel Nusa Lembongan
- Pondok Baruna Hotel