We stayed here for 3 nights in the "garden" rooms for 450, 000 Idr per night and while the breakfast is a bit spartan, the rooms are quiet and comfortable with AC and are in a pleasant courtyard round a pool. The cheaper "seaview" rooms look a bit grim and the more expensive "frangipani" rooms, about 100 metres away in a separate location, are clearly a more luxurious option. We opted for the mid-range garden rooms and were happy with our choice. The rooms are in a quiet location, apart from cocks crowing, and the associated restaurant up the road was great food for great value. We hired a scooter from them at 50,000 Idr per day; you need transport to make the most of the islands. We went round Nusa Lembongan and Ceningan to a spectacular coastal viewpoint and the different beaches like Mushroom Bay and Dream Beach, but the surf can be a bit rough at times and the snorkelling at these places is disappointing in comparison with Mangrove Point (only accessible by boat).
The diving outfit that's associated with Pondok Baruna, World Diving, has a great reputation although, having done 4 dives with them, I wouldn't say that they offer a much better service or have better equipment than anywhere else. In fact, I dived with Bali Diving Academy 4 years ago and they were more safety conscious and customer-oriented. However, the diving is awesome; the reefs around the North of Nusa Penida, like at Toyakapeh, are in pristine condition and you have the chance to see big pelagics like Mola Mola at a few sites like Blue Corner & Crystal Bay and Mantas at Manta Point.
Overall, I'd recommend Pondok Baruna's garden rooms while you're in Nusa Lembongan, as they're good value and very comfortable and the food at the restaurant was some of the best we had all holiday. And the diving is awesome!
- 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