My partner and I recently spent two months surfing and travelling throughout Indonesia and spent around 2.5 weeks in total at Kuta Bay Homestay, across two visits. Most of the surf spots in Lombok don't have nearby accommodation, so Kuta is a good base as you are halfway between spots in either direction, and have the convenience of all the restaurants, bars and accommodation that are around.
We chose Kuta Bay Homestay as it was just off the main road (so quieter than many other options) and a stone’s throw from the beach. Without a doubt, the best thing about this place is the friendly owner, Susi, and her team of staff. Everyone is super attentive and happy to help with anything from small queries about things to see and do, to motorbike rentals, to transport to get in and out of Lombok.
The homestay offers a variety of rooms at different rates - during our time there we stayed in one of two wooden sasak style rooms right by the pool, paying 175,000 rp, and later stayed in a smaller, brick room near the back of the complex and paid 150,000 rp. Rates included breakfast, which is an added bonus. Both rooms were basic but with comfortable beds, decent fans, flushing western toilets and porch areas to sit outside.
One thing that drew us to this homestay was the swimming pool, a delight to jump into during hot afternoons and not something that many of the budget accommodations in the area offer. While we were there, the homestay opened an adjoining restaurant so you could also get a tasty, mid-priced meal for lunch or in the evenings.
There are a couple of things that I feel could be improved, which really just come down to attention to detail. While our rooms were generally pretty clean, I felt that the bathrooms really needed a good scrubbing – particularly the wall tiles around the shower which were pretty grimey in both rooms. Additionally, the first of our two rooms had a broken toilet seat, a dripping sink which left the floor permanently wet, and no shower head – not a big deal by any means, but minor things that could easily be rectified.
Overall, we had a very pleasant stay and would return again on a future visit to Lombok. I would recommend this homestay to any budget traveller looking for a bit more than your average backpacker accommodation in a friendly, family environment.
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- Also Known As:
- Kuta Bay Homestay Lombok