Our family of 6 had an amazing stay at Nusa Lembongan. Playgrounds Resort was in an ideal location for surfing and for keeping an eye on the surf breaks. We stayed in the family bungalow which consisted of a master bedroom with ensuite, a day bed in the living kitchen area (which one of the kids slept in) and a 2nd bedroom which contained a double and single bed. We had our our own small plunge pool but the kids preferred to swim in the main pool (not a huge pool either - but not many people using it) at the bottom of the resort. Our five year old wasn't so keen on the pools as he couldn't stand up in either of them. Both pools have shallow steps all the way round. The manager was extremely helpful, the only downfall was that we had no safe in our room and we had a substantial amount of money, due to the lack of credit card facilities on the island. You hand over your money and passports and the manager disappears with it! I forgot to retrieve money for dinner one night - you can only access the 'safe' from 9-5pm but they bent over backwards to enable us access. My one other tip would be to keep an eye on the mini bar. We didn't drink any beer from the fridge but were charged for it, but were unable to prove anything either way. We would definitely stay at Playgrounds again.
I loved listening to the locals playing on the main beach and working on their seaweed farms. Not being hassled to buy anything was also a bonus! The snorkelling was unbelievable. The best we have ever experienced. Such a thrill snorkelling with your kids. We explored the island and the adjacent one (accessed by a fun rickety suspension bridge) by motorbike. It was great to get a real feel for how the locals live.
We took a bit of a risk and turned up at Sanur without booking a boat, due to the expense of using one of the big commercial operators for a family of six. We found a company which was much cheaper (still a fast boat) and organised our own transfers to and from the port.
Loved Nusa Lembongan and loved Playgrounds Resort.
- Also Known As:
- Playgrounds Hotel Nusa Lembongan