We stayed in Novus Gawana for 8 nights in februari, which is low season. The Lumbung suites are hugh, with a great bed plus mosquito net on the upper floor and a large couch and balcony on the lower floor. The bathroom is also large and luxurious. The water from the tabs comes directly from the hot spring, which means you cannot take a cold shower but that doesn't matter much. The room has a fan and aircondition and stays quit cool. The Lumbung suites are situated in a great garden with lots of flowers and birds. Service is very good, fresh flowers, towels and drinking water everyday.
The friendlyness of the entire staff of the resort is striking, even the gardeners stop working once you show up and always ask about "your activity of today". The restaurant is nice with a great view on the bay. The menu is not very extensive but contains some very tastefull Indonesian dishes. The portions and not huge and the dishes not supercheap, but the quality was good and always fresh.
The dive center of the resort is run by a German lady and a couple of very nice Indonesian dive guides. Snorkeling on the housereef is great. Don't expect any white sand or great visibility, but the amount of batfish and nudibrances (and they say even seahorses were seen!) will make it up to you. The dive center offers a daily trip to Menjangan Island, which is a 45 minute relaxed trip on a wooden boat (with shade). You will make one dive in the morning and another one afer having lunch on the boat or on the dock. It's also possible to make an early morning dive or a night dive, and they even have their very own Mandarin Point. Secret Bay is a special trip made by car, it takes about an hour to get there but it's worth it. The dive site could be compared to Lembeh Strait in Sulawesi, only a bit smaller. The number of weird creatures is enormous.
Overall: great place to stay when you're into diving and you're looking for a relaxed holiday.
P.S. the peanuts are indeed very good. And so is the coconut cocktail :-)
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