The Akah Cottage Hotel on Nusa Lembongan, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 5, 2019

Review of The Akah Cottage in Bali.

The Akah Cottage – Traditional-style cottages convenient to 2 splendid beaches, but otherwise remote.

New and already immensely popular, the 6 cottages are separated and face a cute garden, with the pool only meters away. Each cottage is tastefully designed with a thatched or tiled roof, open-air shower, floorboards, and wooden balcony on which breakfast is served. It’s close enough to hear the crashing waves of Sunset Beach and Dream Beach, which are both stunning to look at but terrifying to swim in. The cottages are, however, remote: guests would need to rent a motorbike to reach the safer beach at Mushroom Bay and to Jungutbatu, which has the best selection of shops and cafés and the port for speedboats to/from Bali.

The Akah Cottage – The Location

  • Address: At Dream Beach on the island of Nusa Lembongan, about 40 minutes by speedboat from Bali (or longer from the Gili Islands).
  • Area: In a remote area with only a few other low-key hotel/restaurants nearby and a primary school right opposite.
  • How to Get There: The only way to reach Nusa Lembongan island is by speedboat from Sanur or Padangbai on Bali, often with connections to the Gili Islands. Compare schedules and book online. Most boats arrive at Jungutbatu, the main village, so contact the hotel about transfers. And note: getting on/off these speedboats often involves wading through the water (many times at least knee-deep).
  • Handy to: Dream Beach. Sunset Beach.

The Akah Cottage – The Basics

  • Guests: The seclusion and quaint setting appeals almost exclusively to couples of all ages.
  • Beach: About 200m (2-minute walk) from Dream Beach, which is beautiful to look at but terrifying to swim in because of the waves and undertows. And only 500m (6-minute walk) from Sunset Beach, which is also attractive, but less scary for swimming.
  • Views: All cottages face the access path and gardens.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected at this small hotel on Nusa Lembongan.
  • 
Wi-Fi: Free throughout for all guests.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)812 3757 7666
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: theakahlembongan.com

The Akah Cottage – Amenities

  • Pool: Small but adequate pool. Anyone can use the pool and other facilities at the Dream Beach Huts (2-minute walk, 200m) for a minimal fee.
  • Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided at this sort of hotel on Nusa Lembongan.
  • Activities: Bicycle rental.

The Akah Cottage – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: The simple café at the lobby also offers packed lunches for daytrips.
  • Breakfast: Included and served to guests on the patios of their cottages.
  • Room Service: Not available or expected at this sort of low-key hotel.

The Akah Cottage – Rooms

  • Room Types: Cottages (called Standard Double Rooms)
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed anywhere near the wooden cottages or in the public areas. Best to head out onto the street.
  • Best Room: All cottages are identical. The quietest ones are those at the back, furthest from the lobby, restaurant, and pool.
  • For Families: Possible to squeeze in 1 extra single bed, but these cottages are not set up for families.

The Akah Cottage – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: Expect to do plenty of walking. Bicycles are a great option in and around Jungutbatu village but nowhere else because of the hills and potholes, although the hotel does rent bikes.
  • Other Transport: No cars are allowed on the island. However, motorbikes are easy to rent and a terrific way to explore the island – and with no police, licenses are not required. New ‘taxis’ (pickup trucks) ply the narrow roads, but most are commandeered by speedboat companies and hotels, so arrange a lift through the hotel, if required. Cumbersome drive-yourself buggies can be rented at Mushroom Bay, and boats can be chartered anywhere for a more scenic way to reach remote parts of the island.

The Akah Cottage – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • Pancali Cottages (0)812 3853 2290 – Next door, serving an impressive range of healthy food and drinks. 1-minute walk.
  • Café Pandan – At Dream Beach Huts, about 200m away. Some of the island’s finest views from 2 levels. Seafood, coffee, and pizzas. 2-minute walk.
  • Tropical Juice Corner (0)821 4415 4104 – About 200m up the road at the junction to Sunset Beach. Simple meals, vegan/vegetarian options, friendly service, and inexpensive prices. 3-minute walk.
  • Cozy Grill – The name explains it all. Pleasant street-side setting, about 350m back towards Jungutbatu. 4-minute walk.
  • Sandy Bay Beach Club – Chic design and divine setting for fresh seafood, soothing music, and swimming pool for diners. 500m away. Follow signs from the junction at Tropical Juice Corner. 6-minute walk.

Shops

  • About 100m up the lane, a store sells very basic supplies, but otherwise, there is no worthwhile shopping anywhere outside of Jungutbatu or Mushroom Bay.

Attractions

  • Less than 10 minutes by foot are Dream Beach (2-minute walk, 200m) and Sunset Beach (6-minute walk, 500m), but both are too dangerous for swimming or snorkeling. Far safer is Mushroom Bay, about 1.3km away (16-minute walk) – ask for directions. More serious exploration of the underwater delights can be arranged through a few scuba-diving agencies in Jungutbatu village.

The Akah Cottage – The Hotel

Nusa Lembongan guests mostly arrive from Sanur.

Most boats to Nusa Lembongan island leave from Sanur, a major resort region in southern Bali.

Getting on and off the speedboats is cumbersome due to the lack of a jetty.

While speedboats to and from Lembongan are quick, the method of getting on and off the boats is cumbersome.

Dream Beach is an increasingly popular area.

Dream Beach is an increasingly popular area in the southern part of Nusa Lembongan.

The resort is located in a remote area of Dream Beach.

Akah Cottage is along an unpaved lane in a remote section of Dream Beach.

The resort gardens are delightful.

The layout of the gardens is delightful.

The on-site cafe serves meals through the day.

The café at the cottages serves meals all day.

The lush green gardens offer a lot of shade and some privacy.

The tropical gardens offer plenty of shade and some seclusion.

A garden path leads to the cottages.

Cottages are lined along a garden path.

The wooden cottages feature thatched roofs and raised porches.

Cottages are crafted from wood and feature thatched roofs and raised porches.

The cottage porches offer garden views.

Views from the porches are of the flourishing gardens.

The beach at Mushroom Bay is safer to swim and snorkel.

The safest place to swim and snorkel is Mushroom Bay, 1.3km away. Ask for directions at the hotel and along the way.

Dream Beach nearby is too dangerous to swim or snorkel.

The cottages are only 200m from Dream Beach, which is too dangerous to swim or snorkel.

The facilities and pool at Dream Beach Huts can be used for a small fee.

For a small fee, anyone can use the pool and facilities at Dream Beach Huts, 200m from Akah Cottage.

Café Pandan offers great views.

Café Pandan at Dream Beach Huts offers some of the best views on the island.

Tropical Juice Corner nearby offers simple meals.

At the junction to Dream Beach and Sunset Beach, Tropical Juice Corner serves simple meals.

Cozy Grill towards Jungutbatu serves tasty meals.

Only 350m back towards Jungutbatu, Cozy Grill offers tasty meals in a friendly setting.

Pancali next door serves healthy food and drinks.

Next to the cottages, Pancali is the place for healthy drinks and food.

The hotel lane has a small general store.

Along the same lane as Akah Cottage is a very basic general store.

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