We stayed here for four nights at the end of Dec'13. Located in a tiny hamlet of Ambun Pagi ("morning dew") overlooking the spectacular Danau Maninjau ("lake maninjau") in the Minangkabau highlands. Ambun Pagi itself is located 27km away from the town of Bukittinggi ("High Hill") along narrow winding roads that pass through rice fields and hills. Due to this, it can take up to 45 minutes just to get to Bukittinggi by car.
Nuansa Maninjau itself is located just off a crossroads and perched on a hill overlooking the lake. Going straight on from the crossroads will lead you immediately down the infamous "Kelok 44", a series of 44 hairpin bends that will bring you down to the lakeside town of Maninjau. The other branch of the crossroads will take you higher up the hill to Puncak Lawang ("Lawang Peak") which has an even better view of the lake.
The hotel itself seems to cater for local Indonesian families on vacation. The buildings seem old and in need of some TLC, but are generally clean and acceptable. The property is sprawling and is made up of different accommodation types including rooms in separate buildings (superior, deluxe and honeymoon) as well as individual cottages (standard, superior and deluxe). We stayed in the superior room, which was in the building closest to the main reception building.
The reception building was a 2.5 storey building, with the reception on the ground floor, the seedy looking karaoke lounge in the half-basement and the restaurant on the first floor. The restaurant is where you take your complimentary breakfast and dinner buffet meals which are included in the price of your stay. The buffet is adequate with typical Minangkabau fare of rice and other dishes. For those with smartphones or laptops, there is good wi-fi in the restaurant area for you to connect with.
Surprisingly for a hotel perched on a hillside, the view to the lake is not full-on, due to trees blocking much of the view. The best view to see the lake in the hotel is from the rooftop of the reception building.
The room that we stayed in was generally okay with oldish decor. There is no air-conditioning in the room , nor was it necessary due to the cool climate. Television and kettle is provided but no refrigerator or safe. The bathroom is small with a shower cubicle (with hot water) but no long bath.
Facilities in the hotel grounds include a swimming pool and a small gym.
The hotel is probably the top accommodation option in the Maninjau area and serves its purpose. The cool climate makes it a welcome escape from the sweltering heat of Padang in the lowlands.
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