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Puri Lumbung Cottages
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Reviewed 13 March 2012

My wife and I stayed at Puri Lumbung three times, the last for a week in the spring of 2011. The cottages, built after the regional rice barns, are simple but adequate, and the views and peaceful atmosphere are unique. We took mountain walks (one quite a bit longer than we bargained for), visited coffee and cocoa plantations, saw dance classes for local youths held at the inn's communal hall, took a cooking lesson (she), tried to learn to play the local flute (me). A high point was a Hindu ceremony at the temple in the village, a 20 minute walk down hill. We had put our sarongs on but still were not sure whether we would be welcome. Not only were we welcome, they brought in two chairs for us to sit on (most of the attendants sat on the ground but we are clearly elderly). If you would like to see the non-touristy Bali, there is no better place.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 March 2012

We stayed only one night at Puri Lumbung Cottages but could have stayed longer as the views and peacefulness of the landscape was remarkable. We stayed in Cottage #13 and both rooms and were clean and spacious and the mostly indoor washroom was accommodating. We had no late night visitors (mice) as out food and our toiletries were put in the bins provided, the stream running just outside the window was a bit noisy but quickly became part of the ambiance and calming appeal. The balcony was our favourite place to hangout as it was a comfortable place for us all to sit and the views were amazing and kept us occupied in-between chats and games of cards. The gardens were well maintained and amazingly lush and proved to be the subject of some of our photography along with the sunset over the mountains.
The food great! As we were only staying for about 24 hours we did not venture to the other restaurants in the area but the choice and quality of the food did not make us feel bad about it. I would recommend the french toast in the morning.
We booked a trek to the two waterfalls with the hotel as soon as we arrived for the next day. Our guide was attentive and lovely; he got us all walking sticks and did his best to make sure we did not fall on the slippery parts as well as making a route for us to go closer to the waterfall without getting our running shoes soaked. He pointed out an assortment of fruit from mangos and pineapples to durian as well as vanilla beans, coffee and nutmeg. We wish we stayed an extra day to enjoy the yoga, cooking class and views but had already booked our accommodation in Ubud.
I would definitely recommend this hotel to any one visiting Bali.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 March 2012

Puri Lumbung is a pristine and picturesque paradise. My boyfriend and I stayed two nights at a standard cottage, overlooking gorgeous mountains and rice paddies. The cottage is spacious, clean, cute, and quiet, with a balcony you could spend hours sitting on to soak in the view, and wooden decor and windows that feel like it's out of a fairy tale. The grounds and gardens are very well-taken care of. We had a good hike on a trail to two big waterfalls by following a map we got from the front desk. Munduk villagers are friendly, including all the staff at Puri Lumbung. An elderly man gave us a free tour of his coffee roasting home-business, along with free coffee. The free breakfast at the cottage is excellent! The only drawback is that the hotel taxi from airport to Munduk cost 390k Rp, or $39. Nonetheless, the taxi was good, on-time, and the price is comparable to other transport options.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 February 2012

While we may have been a bit overwhelmed by the swarms of tourists checking out South Bali on our first two nights on the island, we had a little trick up our sleeves that we knew would solve any issues with overcrowding. The second leg of our Balinese adventure was to take place in the small village of Munduk. It was a location that may have been only 85 km. away from the capital, but thanks to its remote mountainside setting, felt hundreds of kilometers further.

Our journey to Munduk began after picking up a red jeep from a nearby rental agency in Kerobokan (see “essentials” below). Thanks to a couple of stop-offs and some rather treacherous roads clogged with hairy traffic, the drive to Munduk took longer than the original two hours we allotted. You can be assured that we were more than thrilled to finally get out and stretch our legs upon finally spotting the sign for Puri Lumbung. (Set of Drifters tip: There is another property in Munduk with a very similar name, the Lumbung Bali Cottages. Make sure you confirm which resort you have made reservations for prior to arriving in town! These roads are so narrow, any U-turn could be your very last!)

In our humble opinion, the Puri Lumbung Cottages is one of the most special places we have ever stayed at, and it’s no wonder the grounds are a haven for honeymooners from around the world. Perched to the edge of the mountain, the 22 or so separate cottages and villas each share impressive views that stretch out across rice paddies and fall off into a wide valley below. A “lumbung” is actually a traditional rice storage granary and it is from abandoned lumbungs that many of the accommodations have been built around. After settling in with a few drinks at the Sunset bar, we cozied up to our own two-story cottage that overlooked the “Froog’s Pool” (their misspelling, not ours). While the second-floor bedroom was barely large enough for the bed itself, the close proximity to our terrace was sublime. We really enjoyed relaxing from this vantage point, reading books or simply hanging out with a beer.

But there’s a lot more to Puri Lumbung than just relaxation. The management behind the property has worked very hard to retain a connection to the special community it belongs to through their affiliation with “SUBAK,” a local farmers’ association that aims to conserve both Munduk’s traditional way of living as well as the art forms it has imbued. While we only partook in their suggested trek to nearby plantations and waterfalls (see “sights” above), the folks at Puri Lumbung also offer an extensive list of classes that could easily keep you busy for days.

We met up with a quartet of ladies at Puri Lumbung’s charming “Warung Kopi Bali” restaurant who shared with us the results of their traditional Balinese cooking class. We loved sampling their “ares ayam” (chicken soup with young banana stems) and “dadar gulung” so much that we ordered both dishes from the menu the following evening! No interest in sitting over a traditional wood-burning stove while on vacation? No worries. Other courses offered by Puri Lumbung/ SUBAK include Indonesian language basics, palm leaf weaving, bamboo musical construction and practice, herbal medicine classes, and spiritual guidance/ yoga mediation (with some classes taking place at sunrise!) If we had known there was so much to occupy our time in Munduk, we definitely would have stayed a night or two longer. The place is just that beautiful - and special.

Of course, that beauty does come with some drawbacks. Thanks to its intimate adjacency to the rice fields and jungle, wild life is ever present. While the “froogs” in the pond outside supplied ample sound effects to enhance our night’s rest, it was another, furrier creature that provided the real surprise! Though Set of Drifter Doug denied my concerns that mice had entered our space while we slept, the truth was finally revealed upon returning home to California when we unpacked our suitcases to find small teeth marks on a number of bars of chocolate! I guess we should have paid more attention to those funny signs posted inside our open-air cottage that suggested all food be kept in air-tight containers. (Set of Drifters tip: We also noted quite a few ants roaming around the first floor entrance as well. When we mentioned this to the front desk, they told us that recent renovations of the outdated bathrooms had stirred up activity. We were able to get the situation under control once someone came by to spray with pesticide. If the little buggers get on your nerves, just be sure to mention it to the friendly staff.)

Pests notwithstanding, a stay in the mountainside village of Munduk is a must, particularly if Bali is your only island stop in Indonesia. (Sure, Seminyak and Sanur are great, but there is no way to really capture the pulse of this wonderful island unless you seek out its more traditional communities.) And with two charming bars, an engaging restaurant that often supplies local entertainment - and the well-appointed Arathi Spa - Puri Lumbung Cottages is easily the definitive choice for accommodations when coming to Munduk. During your stay, make sure you tell the front desk, and our tour guide buddy/ waiter Arya, we said hello!

Room Tip: When we later toured the nearby forest with a guide who doubled by night as our waiter, he told us t...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 February 2012

Yep that is so true, that's why Puri Lumbung Cottage is no 1 in its area (Munduk).
I and my best friend arrived in the afternoon, and we got a very nice welcome drink. we booked our room and they changed our room with perfect scenery outside, we stayed 1 night at room #33. They guarantee and convince us that beside room #10 and #11, room #33 also has the best view to look and enjoy. And it's so true.
It looks like the owner kinda biologist, around their cottage, a lot of plantations grow so well and they also have Latin names given. Impressive :)
Foods and beverages are good, staffs are so friendly and they have great a pure hospitality towards guests, but it little bit makes me uncomfortable, they charged rent mountain bike with overprice. But never mind, when we left this cottages, they gave us 2 bags of Munduk ground coffee grown on their plantation. Everything is perfect at there!! I really want to come back soon.....

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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Puri Lumbung Cottages

Address: Munduk Village | Banjar District, Munduk 81152, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Bali > Munduk
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Ranked #2 of 22 Speciality Lodging in Munduk
Price Range: ₹ 2,001 - ₹ 4,842 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Puri Lumbung Cottages 3*
Number of rooms: 16
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