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Kuda Laut Resort
Jakarta, Indonesia
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8 reviews
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“Know in advance what you'll be getting yourself into and come prepared”
Reviewed November 17, 2012

After looking for a place to stay for long weekend,decided on this resort. Went there with our friends,also a family of four. Unfortunately,all the big villas were taken,so we rented two 2-bedroom villas. Ours was on the very top of the hill,overlooking the bay,surrounded by lush greenery... Sounds great,right? Wrong! To get there we had to take what seemed like 10000-stairs stairway,very narrow,no rails. You can't just "pop in quickly and be back in a sec", the way up is like a trip itself,slightly tiring even for my sporty hubby,and for a non-athlete gal like me- exhausting.
The villa. Peeling paint,greasy kitchen furniture,doors and windows and clouds of insects:mosquitoes, flying ants and cockroaches,spiders,bugs and much more. Apparently,they don't believe in fumigation ( although ,when our friends asked for they room to be fumed, the staff did it)... Our bathroom was a separate story: when we arrived,the (pretty dirty) bathtub was filled with water(!) and room was buzzing with mosquitoes. Immediately we decided to drain the water,but...there was no drain! Only a hole in the side of the bathtub,blocked with a piece of wood. Luckily,we managed to remove it and drain the water,which helped to reduce the number of insects but during the shower water would of course just come out and run through the drain hole on the floor. Very strange design solution ,if you ask me.
The food. It wasn't bad. Except for breakfast. Breakfast sucks. Rice,pasta salad,some cut-up fruits,bread,one kind of cereal. That's it. All of this stands outside on the tables,open to flies, sun, dust etc.
The beach. That was the best part. It is clean and not crowded. Kiddos loved playing in the waves!
We had a nice walk on the beach.
The verdict: we'll probably be back, but this time we'll take villa on the beach, bring along LOTS of bug spray and our own breakfast. In this case we may even enjoy our stay...

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

Arrived with stress on my shoulder and found peace and tranquillity on the shores of Java. Friendly staff with excellent food. Could do a little better (my friend was vegii) Good facillities and helpfull owners. Was the best accomodation I had on Java and was of Bali standard.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 3, 2012

What a great place to relax from busy daily life, trully a great weekend getaway!
Villa's or bungalows (dont know) are situated at the beach and on hillside overlooking the beautifull bay.

The menu is great, you may choose between Italian or traditional Indonesian dishes like 'rijsttafel', both menus are great! The staff is very helpfull, friendly and speaks English.

This is your pick for staying at the east coast! Loved it!!

Room Tip: I prefer the hillside villas because the beach is near anyway and vieuw are spectecular!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 18, 2012

This very moment we are returning from the resort Kuda Laut (KL), in the Pelabuhan Ratu area on Java’s south coast, four to five hours drive from Jakarta. This was our family’s second visit and again we truly enjoyed our weekend there. We have tried several resorts on the coast and this is by far the best. None of these resorts are as luxurious and streamlined as what can readily be found on Bali, but Kuda Laut is a small, clean, well-run and beautiful establishment. The beach is quiet, black and kept clean by the resort. There are medium to large waves thundering against scenic rock formations. This does require that parents keep close eyes on kids. We loved climbing the majestic rocks with our small boys when the tide is low. The resort has a large semi-infinity pool right on the beach, which offers excellent scenic swimming for young and old. Right next to the pool is the rustic restaurant with seating inside and on a wonderful wooden deck right next to the beach. The restaurant is the resort’s most significant surprise as it features exceptionally well prepared and beautifully presented dishes from a variety of cousins. Try the fish platter or the tomato soup - you should not be disappointed. The breakfast included in the accommodation is basic, but then again excellent with highlights being freshly baked white and dark bread and an excellent cup of coffee. If staying at a villa, consider asking the restaurant to barbecue your choice of fresh fish from the market and have this served in your “home”. The staff are young and extremely service minded, always trying to resolve any issue you may have. The first time we visited mosquito nets were missing over several beds, but this was resolved in a fury of activities once we mentioned it. The staff speaks basic English and communication may require some improvising. There are numerous types of accommodation available. We have only tried villa 22, which is the largest villa for ten persons in three bedrooms situated directly on the beach. This villa has a fantastic view through large palm trees of the ocean, from both a large living room and a fantastic wooden veranda. Villa 20 is just as lovely, while smaller, accommodating six guests in three bedrooms. For one large or two smaller families together we can truly recommend both villas, but we are certain that many of the other bungalows are great value too! The resort is slightly dated, but this is kind of its charm. Continued maintenance and upgrade, staying within the same concept and price, will be a great recipe for capturing guest looking for a cozy home away from home on the beach, close enough for a weekend trip from Jakarta. We already look forward to our next visit.

Room Tip: Take Villa 20 or 22 if you are enough folks and/or can afford it (-:
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Jakarta
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Reviewed December 30, 2011

Grounds- rustic bamboo bridges across the creek are picturesque. The pools, one at each main location, have lovely settings. The large pool is adult and kid friendly and delightful on a hot day. The well manicured, shaded lawns front onto a clean and reasonably unpopulated stretch of beach. The sounds of the ocean are wonderfully relaxing.

Villas - the villas split 9 above the road and 8 below. Those above have stunning million dollar views. The view from villa 3 includes the ocean, hills in the distance, palm trees, verdant jungle and rice paddies. Spacious, simple, minimalist villas that still have everything you need. All have bed nets. The only downside of the incredible view is the stairway to heaven that you have to climb to get to them. A step class in paradise. Mobility impaired guests should pick those below the road.

Service- they quickly fixed things that we identified as problems. The staff are warm and friendly. Those that interact with guests have reasonable English and are happy to help in any way they can. The only beach seller, of toy boat replicas, was discrete and polite.

Restaurant- indoor and veranda seating that fronts onto the beach. Breakfast options are limited but tasty and come complete with juice, tea/coffee and fresh fruit and yoghurt. Juices are freshly squeezed and yummy. They do Indonesian and Italian foods though the Indonesian is better. Deserts are tasty.

For a truly great place to unwind this is great.

  • Stayed December 2011
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Property: Kuda Laut Resort
Address: Beach Road to Cisolok and Kuda Laut, Pelabuhan Ratu 43364, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Java > West Java > Pelabuhan Ratu
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Ranked #3 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Pelabuhan Ratu
Number of rooms: 20

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