Suma Hotel Lovina Beach
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The journey from Ubud north to Lovina took about three hours, plus a half hour at our only stop, the Pura Bratan temple to Shiva on Lake Bratan. This large complex was packed with devotees. Lake Bratan is a good size and at 1200 m. above sea level, feeds much of central Bali with fresh water. Driving over the mountains involved a lot of slow, …
Up, packed and ready, our bus came along after breakfast and off up north we go. we head for a place called Lovina its a four hour drive, it was a rollercoaster of a journey with the amount of twist and turns also very mountainious and a crazy drives, but some spectacular views,
The driver got us sorted …
Lovina is a nice quiet place in the North of Bali where the French seem to flock. It is made up of 7 villages, the most touristy one being Kalibukbuk where there is a "town center" i.e. a 3 block radius with 3 mini marts, some restaurants and massage places. It mainly has black sand beaches which around our area were not appealing to swim in. …
... well as teas and they provided samples of all for us to taste. Bob volunteered to taste the special coffee and said it was good but the rest of declined! He had to pay $5 for that privilege! The scenery around the area was lovely, even in the rain, and we saw lovely flowers and trees. We drove back past the rice terraces again and on to Ubud. As it was still raining Sila drove us on a circular tour around the town so at least we saw quite a bit of the area. ...
very good indeed. We were also treated to a display of Balinese dance
by the owner's teenage daughter. She was quite talented and it made
for a nice end to a lovely meal.
Sunday we were forced out of bed again at 7am by the alarm going
off. We'd decided to ask Leo to take us to see Ubud, one of the most
popular destinations on the island. For us, a 3 hour drive. It became
famous after it featured in the Elizabeth Gilbert book, ...
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- Swimming pool
When we bought a bus ticket from Ubud to Lovina we had several hotels written down and were just going to cruise around and try to find the best deal. Suma was on our list and it so happened that they dropped us off there.
The reception guy started taking us to a room and we quickly let him know we were nearing the end of our trip and very low on money, we wanted to know how much the cheapest room they had was. He replied 150,000ird and we went to leave, he lowered it to 100,000 so we agreed to check out the room. It was fine, mosquito net, double bed, private bath- although we had drainage issues to our bathroom was a puddle most of the time, though the toilet is on a raised platform so we didn't care, cold water, and breakfast included. They also had a huge nice pool and wifi, although the wifi was pretty shitty. Breakfast though, that was great. Several choices of eggs, omlette with ham and onions, or nasi goreng, choice of coffee or tea, comes with 2 pieces of toast, butter and jam as well as juice and fruit. After paying 100,000 in Kuta and getting worse internet and just 2 pieces of toast, gross jam and lard for breakfast, this was quite the step up.
It's right on the beach, although the beach in that area is pretty trashy and has a lot of hawkers on it. Very pushy.. This place was great for the price we payed but I wouldn't want to pay much more. The staff is nice but pretty pushy about booking trips through them. Which by the way, do not do, it's much cheaper other places, just walk around and ask.
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