by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 6, 2019
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Dream Beach Huts – Traditional, rustic, and dreamy, facing a stunning but remote beach.
Balinese-owned and recently renovated, all the huts and bungalows are very comfortable and made of wood, with thatched roofs, funky outdoor bathrooms, and views of the ocean or the sandy gardens of pandanus and cactus. The 2-level huts contain 2 bedrooms and are ideal for families, while the most basic huts are a little too rustic. The split-level infinity pool seems to blend seamlessly into the horizon and along with the restaurant/bar, offers heavenly panoramas of the powdery-white bay which is, however, too dangerous for swimming or snorkeling. So, a hotel shuttle bus transports guests to Mushroom Bay, with the island’s safest beach, and Jungutbatu, home to numerous cafés and shops and the port for speedboats to/from Bali.
Dream Beach Huts – 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 hotels/restaurants nearby.
- 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.
Dream Beach Huts – The Basics
- Guests: Caters well for all, with accommodation suitable for families and couples on romantic getaways.
- Beach: Close enough to Dream Beach to hear the constant crashing of waves; guests can even feel the spray of seawater at the pool. While the beach is beautiful, with powdery-white sand, and ideal for sunbathing and short walks, do not swim or snorkel there. Waves and undertows are often too scary even for experienced surfers.
- Views: Some accommodations face the sea, but few offer ocean views. And others face the sandy gardens, which are dotted with cacti and other hardy plants.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided at this sort of traditional-style low-key resort on Nusa Lembongan.
- Extras: Shuttle services to Mushroom Bay (safer for swimming and snorkeling) and Jungutbatu (the island’s best facilities and port for speedboats).
- Wi-Fi: Check when booking because some guests may have to pay a hefty charge for use in their rooms. Free within the restaurant, bar, and lobby.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: (0)821 2122 7151
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: dreambeachlembongan.com
Dream Beach Huts – Amenities
- Pool: Split-level infinity pool with edges that seem to merge into the horizon, and extensive wooden decking. Note: The pool and hotel facilities are open to the public for a small fee, so are often busy.
- Spa: The Dream Spa is modest, but offers a reasonable range of treatments. The shop sells ointments and other organic products.
- Fitness Center: Not expected or provided at this sort of traditional-style low-key resort on Nusa Lembongan.
- Other Facilities: Gift shop sells locally-made arts/crafts, including batik shirts and sarongs.
Dream Beach Huts – Food and Drink
- Restaurant & Bar: Café Pandan provides some of the most extraordinary views anywhere on Bali. Two levels alongside the pool and facing the sea. Best for seafood, coffee, and pizzas.
- Breakfast: Usually included and better than normal, but check when booking.
- Room Service: Limited service during restaurant hours from about 7 am to 8.30 pm.
Dream Beach Huts – Rooms
- Room Types: Standard Garden Huts • Standard Ocean Huts • Deluxe Garden Huts • Deluxe Ocean Huts • Family Huts • Family House (only 1)
- Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed in or anywhere near the rooms (all made from wood).
- Best Room: The Deluxe Ocean bungalows are the closest to the beach. On 2 levels, they feature an elegant traditional design and chill-out area with a hammock on the ground floor.
- For Families: The twin-level Family Huts feature 2 bedrooms, while the one-only Family House is particularly lovely: with a separate living area and 2 bedrooms.
Dream Beach Huts – 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. Ask the hotel about bike rental.
- 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.
Dream Beach Huts – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
- Pancali Cottages (0)812 3853 2290 – Impressive range of healthy food and drinks. 170m up the path and then left down a lane. 2-minute walk.
- Akah Cottage Restaurant – Pleasant garden setting facing the pool and simple meals. Next to Pancali. 3-minute walk.
- Tropical Juice Corner (0)821 4415 4104 – About 300m up the path at the junction. Simple meals, vegan/vegetarian options, friendly service, and inexpensive prices. 4-minute walk.
- Cozy Grill – The name explains it all. Pleasant street-side setting, about 100m past the Tropical Juice Corner. 5-minute walk.
- Kubu Resto – New, spacious, and popular for Indonesian food. Opposite the Cozy Grill. 6-minute walk.
- Decent minimart near the Kubu Resto, but no worthwhile shopping anywhere else outside of Jungutbatu or Mushroom Bay.
- Both Dream Beach and Sunset Beach (7-minute walk, 600m) are too dangerous for swimming or snorkeling. Far safer is Mushroom Bay, about 1.5km away and accessible by free hotel shuttle (11-minute drive or 17-minute walk). More serious exploration of the underwater delights can be arranged through a few scuba-diving agencies in Jungutbatu village.