Our stay here was nothing short of warm and homely. The place wasn't perfect, but I suppose that's what gives this place even more character.
To start off - our main host Agus, the son of the owner is a very friendly and genuinely sincere man. He greeted us by names when we arrived and took care of us from day one till the day we left. He did not seem to want to overly try to please us, and conversation with him was very breezy. He left us to our own most of the time, only greeting us each time he saw us and was very on the ball should we need anything.
Everything was prepared and organized by him. He took care of our every request from our snorkeling trips to getting a universal plug for our room socket. And if we asked him anything, he was willing to take us somewhere or show us something. He went beyond his duties and treated us like family which was lovely. The whole island was brimming with people who were always smiling and willing to help so Agus was a prime example of that. The only one gripe that I have is just that prior to arriving at Lembongan, we did email him but we did not get any reply. When asking him about it, he did mention replying to us but it did not seem like we got it. But Agus seems to be a hardworking person so I doubt he'd skim on emails.
The bungalows/huts themselves are charming little gems with their own character. For starters, they're very kampung-like, everything from the way they was built with their sturdy wooden frames to their thatched roofs. Each single-storey hut has two small windows and a sliding door, and smack in the middle of the hut is where the bed is placed - which is also very comfortable. No thin mattresses here! We got the room for 950,000 rp for 2 nights through booking.com but as August is peak season - it might be cheaper during other months.
There's also air-conditioning and a fan inside, and it was very cold for us so we mostly kept to the fans. There's a mosquito net that drapes around the bed to keep the pests out and our blankets were made of 3 layers! A comforter, a thin sheet and a batik cloth - all of which kept us quite comfortable throughout the night.
They also have an outdoor bathroom which is fascinating and certainly a new experience for us but it got a little creepy at night and we unfortunately chose the two-storey bungalow so each time we needed to go - we had to climb these precariously steep wooden steps down to the loo. Of course if you got the one-storey ground bungalow (which I suggest you do!), the bathroom is just outside your bedroom.
Also, they provide a tiny side table and equally small hangers nailed to the wall - these can barely contain our stuff but we were happy to leave our stuff on the floor. The lighting isn't very good either - it's hard to see at night but we weren't bothered as most of the time we would come back from a long day and we'd just want to shower and go straight to bed.
There is also an issue of privacy - we could hear our French neighbors talking quite loudly on both nights and the curtains (made of a thin batik cloth) do not exactly cover the windows properly but again, we weren't bothered, just a few things that give the hut it's "feel". Also I think Adi's is quite new - and the rooms, despite being set in the kampung era, are unbelievably clean. I think it's quite hard to maintain that, especially how after 2 days we spotted spiders already weaving their homes in corners but Adi's manages to keep the room as clean as they possibly can.
There are only 5 or 6 of such huts, and it's easy to make friends with those who stay at Adi's. We were made to feel very at home during our entire stay and it was easy to negotiate lots of things, and prices and payment was very flexible.
There is no room service however (but it's fine, because you don't want a maid going into your room with your stuff on the floor making just one bed).
We felt very safe having Agus take care of all our arrangements on the island. He's also an English teacher at a local school which impressed us because we saw him at the restaurant in a smart blue uniform (so different from his usual t-shirt and berms!) and even though we have a very good grasp on the Indonesian language, he still prefers to speak to us in English.
Adi's is also in a prime spot (not beach front, but comfortably close) and is walking distance to most all the eateries nearby. Adi's itself serves good food but we like to get out and try different things and I have to say that a lot of the other places have excellent food as well.
You can rent a bike from Adi's for 50,000 rp while the other shops rent theirs for 70,000 rp a day. Also traffic laws (if any?) are very loose at Lembongan so if you’ve never ridden a bike before, Agus can teach you how to. My boyfriend unfortunately fell while learning and Agus kindly helped to apply medicine to his wounds. (If you're wondering, I ended up learning and riding the bike most of the time with my bf as the pillion rider haha)
There's a small lounge pool (newly built) that features a pretty statue of a lady pouring water in and it gives the place a breezy and tranquil ambient.
Overall the experience at Adi’s was lovely and even though their facilities weren't the best, but at the price we paid and being under Agus the whole time made this a five-star experience for us.
We might or might not return depending, but if you're looking for either a comfortable budget place, or a personal home-stay experience, you should be looking at Adi's.
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