Monday, February 3, 2014

Indonesia: Jepun Didulu Bungalows

During our time in Karangasem, Bali, we stayed at Jepun Didulu Bungalows.  We found it by accident online and were a bit hesitant to book at first because we could only find one review and only after much searching.  In the end, we decided that the idea of living in a bungalow was too appealing to resist, so we booked it anyway.

Thank God we did.

Jepun Didulu exceeded all of our wildest expectations.  And not just because we got to live in a bungalow like this:
















For only about $25 a night!  It's quite spacious inside, with one bedroom (king bed), a kitchen, and a half outdoor bathroom (strange at first, but you quickly get used to it).

And the view!  Man, take a look at that:
















The beach is just a 10 minute motorbike ride away.  Virgin Beach is a white sand paradise.  There are tourists, yes, but not that many.  It's a small beach, but it has warungs, snorkeling, sailing, massages, anything you need.

Breakfast is included in your stay at Jepun Didulu.  On our first morning in Bali, Alec found my sister lounging on our porch and asked her what we wanted for breakfast.  Our options were: toast, pancakes, and waffles.  We also had a choice between coffee and juice.  We didn't want to stuff ourselves since we planned on spending our day at the beach, so my sister ordered toast for the both of us.  She got coffee for herself and juice for me.

Apparently, toast actually meant french toast:
















Simple, but quite satisfying.  Especially with ketchup.  Our breakfast also came with a dish of fresh papaya.  I've never been a huge fan of papaya because I've always found it a bit too stinky in an unpleasant way.  The papaya we had in Bali though?  Delicious.  Sweet and not that stinky at all.  My juice, however, was a bit watered down and not that great.  Oh well, can't have it all.

The next morning, my sister tried to order one pancake and one toast.  Both plates came back looking the same.  Like french toast.  We had a good laugh over that.

The best part about staying at Jepun Didulu is really the people.  Alec and his wife took such good care of us.  Alec's wife doesn't speak much English, but she has the cutest smile.  Alec looks gruff, but he's the sweetest man.  When T let slip that she loves rambutan, a plate of them miraculously showed up at our bungalow later that day.

As I said earlier, everyone seems to be related to everyone else, so when you stay at Jepun Didulu, you get access to the entire family, basically the entire village.  Whenever we wanted to go to the beach, the motorcycle gang (as I liked to call them) also known as Alec's cousins and other extended family members on motorbikes would roar in, pick us up, and take us on a RIDE.  (If you have a choice between motorbike and car, go with motorbike.  Trust me.  You won't regret it.)

Everyone is just so friendly and more importantly, so genuine.

I highly recommend Jepun Didulu to anyone who hates the party scene, who just wants to get away.  Who doesn't mind waking up to a dozen roosters crowing or sometimes sharing a room with small lizards.  If you're looking for some serious relaxation, Jepun Didulu is the perfect Balinese escape for you.

I can't say enough how much I loved my time there.


Jepun Didulu Bungalows
Jl. Raya Perasi
Amlapura, Karangasem, Candidasa, Bali, Indonesia 80851
081 33737 5512
http://www.jepundidulu.com/

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