Indiana Kenanga Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa on Nusa Lembongan, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 8, 2019

Review of Indiana Kenanga Villas in Bali.

Indiana Kenanga Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa – Sumptuous villas in idyllic street-side and beachfront location.

Dotted along a narrow property between the white sandy beach and the main street of Jungutbatu village, these villas offer complete privacy behind stark grey walls. The décor inside is far more appealing: modern and a little funky, with colorful cushions and brightly-painted cupboards. All villas feature luxuriant tropical gardens, best enjoyed from the extended verandas, and the larger villas come with 2 bedrooms and private pools. Comfy lounges line the beachside pool and sand, which is shady, clean, and devoid of boats, and offer excellent views, especially at sunset.

Indiana Kenanga Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa – The Location

  • Address: Jungutbatu village, the main settlement on the island of Nusa Lembongan, about 40 minutes by speedboat from Bali (or longer from the Gili Islands).
  • Area: About halfway along Jungutbatu, with enough facilities in either direction via the beach or main street. The entrance is about 200m down an access lane from the main street.
  • 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 land in the southern section of Jungutbatu, about 1.3km from the resort. And note: getting on/off these speedboats often involves wading through the water (many times at least knee-deep).
  • Handy to: Jungutbatu village. Offices/terminals for speedboats to Bali and the Gili Islands.

Indiana Kenanga Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa – The Basics

  • Guests: Overall ‘beach club’ vibe popular with younger couples and groups. Also, ideal for honeymooners.
  • Beach: The villa complex faces the public beach, which is busy but devoid of the fishing boats lined up elsewhere. The sand is clean and there are plenty of umbrellas offering shade.
  • Views: All villas are secluded behind lofty walls, so none offer sea views. All face pockets of private gardens.
  • Kitchen: Most villas feature kitchenettes.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: The 2 Bedroom Villas have private pools.
  • 
Wi-Fi: Usually included free for guests but double-check when booking. Otherwise, free around the restaurant, bar, and lobby.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)366 559 6371
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: indiana-kenanga-villas.com

Indiana Kenanga Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa – Amenities

  • Pool: Two lovely pools. The one at the front doesn’t face the beach (and might get crowded). Another is further back within the villa grounds.
  • Spa: The spa has highly-trained staff and provides a tempting selection of Balinese and Chinese massages.
  • Fitness Center: Not provided.
  • Other Facilities: Boutique sells clothes, jewelry, and handicrafts.

Indiana Kenanga Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: Two options overseen by a French chef who has earned 3 Michelin stars. The café at the front was undergoing renovations in late 2018, probably to rival the swish places in either direction along the beach. It will offer fine dining and romantic tables on the sand. The second restaurant, The Creperie, is by the second pool.
  • Breakfast: All rates include breakfast.
  • Room Service: Available from about 7 am to 10 pm.

Indiana Kenanga Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa – Rooms

  • Room Types: Villas with 1 or 2 bedrooms.
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking is not allowed in the villas but permitted elsewhere on the grounds.
  • Best Room: Villas are fairly similar, with 1 or 2 bedrooms. Those located midway along the property, furthest from the pools/cafés and main street, would be quietest.
  • For Families: 2 of the villas feature 2 bedrooms and private pools, but the resort isn’t that interested in families.

Indiana Kenanga Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa – 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. Plenty of places in the village 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.

Indiana Kenanga Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

The ones facing the beach and accessible along the sand are better options.

  • Linda Bar & Restaurant – Newly renovated, with enticing chairs and beanbags on the sand. Virtually alongside the resort. 1-minute walk.
  • Agung Restaurant – Classic Lembongan favorite. Tables on the sand, inexpensive food, happy hours, and legendary sunsets. 50m south. 1-minute walk.
  • Kayu Manis – Sophisticated dining at the Lembongan Beach Club. Indonesian and Western meals more tempting than elsewhere. 50m past Agung’s. 2-minute walk.

Shops & Market

  • Enough minimarts and low-key shops along the main street in Jungutbatu.

Attractions

  • Mushroom Bay (15-minute drive, 4km) is better than Jungutbatu for swimming and snorkeling, but access is problematic. The Crusoe-esque beach at Selambung (also called Coconut Beach and Song Lambung) is more preferable. It’s a 2km walk (24 minutes) south via the beach and stone path that passes Batu Karang villas. More serious exploration of the underwater delights can be arranged through scuba-diving agencies in Jungutbatu.

Indiana Kenanga Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa – The Hotel

Most guests arrive at Nusa Lembongan by speedboat from Sanur.

Most visitors arrive by speedboat from the casual terminal at Sanur in southern Bali.

As there is no jetty at Jungutbatu, passengers have to wade through water to get on and off the boats.

There is no jetty at Jungutbatu, so passengers must wade through the water to get on and off the boats.

The resort is located in a narrow region between the beach and the main street.

The resort stretches along a narrow area between the beach and main street in Jungutbatu, the major village on the island.

The villas are located among the tropical gardens.

Villas are spread out around the tropical gardens.

The main swimming pool is usually very popular.

The main pool at the front doesn’t face the beach and might become crowded at times.

The second pool is less crowded.

The second pool is more secluded and shady.

The resort spa specializes in Balinese and Chinese massages.

The resort spa offers a range of traditional Balinese and Chinese massages.

The beachside restaurant offers fine dining on the sand.

The beachside restaurant at the resort was being renovated in 2018, but will offer fine dining and tables on the sand.

The on-site The Creperie is run by an award-winning French chef.

The Creperie is also within the resort and run by an award-winning French chef.

A stone path leads to the villas.

Villas are accessible along a stone path between the street-side lobby and beach.

The villas are very secluded.

Villas are secluded behind hefty doors and lofty walls.

Villas feature unique, colorful decor.

Décor in the villas is vivid and unusual.

The larger villas have private pools, gardens, and large wooden decks.

Larger villas feature private pools with gardens and extensive wooden decks.

The resort offers lots of lounge chairs and shade by the beach.

The resort overlooks the beach, with plenty of lounge chairs and shade.

Sunset views at the beach are magnificent.

Views from the lounge chairs at the resort are magnificent, especially at sunset.

The cafe at Agung Bungalows nearby is one of the oldest and the best.

Within a 2-minute stroll along the beach is the café at Agung Bungalows, one of oldest but still one of the best.

Lembongan Beach Club next door offers fine dining.

The neighboring Lembongan Beach Club offers fine dining in a stylish setting.

Lemongrass by the main street nearby plays live music.

Lemongrass is a shady hangout with live music along the main street, about 100m south of the resort.

Linda Bar & Restaurant nearby was recently renovated.

Next to the resort, Linda Bar & Restaurant was one of the first along the beach, and was recently renovated.

Mickey Sports Bar opposite the Lemongrass is very popular.

Opposite the Lemongrass, Mickey Sports Bar is a popular hangout.

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