Let me get something straight from the get go - I booked us here at the wrong end of our holiday...
This is a laid back place. One days sightseeing around the island then grab a good book by the pool sort of place... My girls were up for more shopping and 5 stars when we came here - this isn't that sort of place.
We took the fastboat from Sanur. It's pretty quick, it gets you there and it's another travel experience. There are some good photo ops coming and going from the launch points each end. Be aware you may get wet getting on and off as you board and get off straight off the beach both ways.
Lumbung Bali huts is cheap, Mushroom Bay is idyllic and there is a choice of about 6 good restaurants to pick from up and down the beach. Other options are a short scooter ride away as well, although the roads (!) are narrow, potholed and confusing.
The room(s) we had were adequate. We booked two side-by-side "huts" which had an interconnecting door. There was hot water in one of the outside bathrooms but not the other. Being outside bathrooms (no roofs), the fittings were clean but stained and affected by weather. One night we forgot to bring our towels inside and it rained overnight - of course this also meant the toilet paper was wet which is annoying first thing in the morning. The air-conditioning worked in one room but not the other (the opposite room to the hot water). The beds were "Bali firm" which suits some but I'm an old softy from way back. The rooms were serviced daily by the happy efficient staff. All in all, the cheap price was the right price.
The restaurant served a small range of western and indo dishes. Cooking was fine, service reasonably attentive. The range reduces depending on daily local supply. Most of everything comes over from Bali by supply boat which services the island daily.
Whilst we were there, the second pool was yet to be commissioned. It was there but it was empty - I asked why but I'm still not sure what the issue was. They were also building a dedicated hut for massage so there was some construction noise and mess in the middle of the grounds. As usual, I was awe struck by the complete lack of occupational health and safety awareness in Indo - makes watching construction projects truly entertaining in a "reality TV" sort of way.
We hired a scooter from the hotel and I rode around the island and over on to Nusa Ceningan. During our day, we were pestered by several local freelance "real estate entrepreneurs" trying to sell us chunks of the island every time we stopped. Makes a change from being offered taxis, massage and bracelets.
There are great views all over the island and particularly on Ceningan. There is no doubt this is a naturally beautiful place. I was also aware that I was on the edge of local civilization and that if I made an error, good health care was a fair way away.
All in all, I am glad we came here. I would recommend it to couples looking for an inexpensive honeymoon. It's probably not ideal, however, for families as there are limited activities for kids. For us, three days at the beginning of our holiday rather than five at the end probably would have worked better.
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