Tjendana Villas Hotel on Nusa Lembongan, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 9, 2019

Review of Tjendana Villas in Bali.

Tjendana Villas: Lembongan Beach Club & Resort – Chic, funky, hospitable, and in a perfect location.

Although part of the lively Lembongan Beach Club, the stylish villas are quiet, separate, and hidden behind heavily secured doors. Accessible by buggy along a village-style path lush with foliage, each villa features a massive shower area, private gardens, and 1 or 2 bedrooms overlooking an elegant lounge/dining room. And the nicer ones boast decent-sized private pools surrounded by extensive wooden decks. The public infinity pool is meters from the turquoise sea, and the beachside lounge chairs are ideal for the legendary sunsets. Located in the village of Jungutbatu (for speedboats to/from Bali), it’s ideally positioned between the scenic bay and main street with its many shops and cafés.

Tjendana Villas: Lembongan Beach Club & Resort – The Location

  • Address: Along the main street in Jungutbatu, the major village on the island of Nusa Lembongan, about 40 minutes by speedboat from Bali (or longer from the Gili Islands).
  • Area: Part of the Lembongan Beach Club, in the northern part of Jungutbatu, with enough facilities in either direction via the beach or 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 1.2km south of the property. Ask the resort about transfers. 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.

Tjendana Villas: Lembongan Beach Club & Resort – The Basics

  • Guests: Part of a beach club with loud music in many places, it appeals more to the younger crowd.
  • Beach: The villa complex faces a public beach, which is busy but devoid of the fishing boats lined up elsewhere. The sand is clean and the beach, shady.
  • Views: Along a narrow strip with the beach club at the front, so none of the villas offer sea views. They’re all behind high walls and overlook private gardens.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Some villas have sizeable private pools.
  • Wi-Fi: Free throughout for all guests.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 8499 173
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: tjendanavillas.com

Tjendana Villas: Lembongan Beach Club & Resort – Amenities

  • Pool: Gorgeous infinity-edged pool right on the beach. The on-site Lembongan Beach Club is open to the public, so it’s usually busy and often noisy.
  • Spa: In a lovely traditionally-designed building, offering a perfect setting and ambience.
  • Fitness Center: Alongside the pool, with all the latest equipment.

Tjendana Villas: Lembongan Beach Club & Resort – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: Pepita Café & Bakery – Coffee and scrumptious baked goodies, as well as cocktails, pizzas, and pasta. At the lobby entrance. • Kayu Manis – Elegant dining alongside the beach and pool. Indonesian and Western meals more tempting than most places elsewhere, with decent vegetarian options.
  • Breakfast: Substantial breakfast included in all rates.
  • Room Service: Available from 6.30 am to 9.30 pm.

Tjendana Villas: Lembongan Beach Club & Resort – Rooms

  • Room Types: Deluxe Rooms • One Bedroom Garden Villas • One Bedroom Private Pool Villas • One Bedroom Grand Premiere Private Pool Villas • Two Bedroom Premiere Private Pool Villas
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms but OK elsewhere.
  • Best Room: The One Bedroom Grand Premier Private Pool Villas are as grandiose as they sound: beautiful fusion of modern luxury and traditional design, and very secluded and spacious.
  • For Families: Some villas have 2 bedrooms and dining/lounge areas, but the resort is not really set up for those with children.

Tjendana Villas: Lembongan Beach Club & Resort – 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.

Tjendana Villas: Lembongan Beach Club & Resort – What’s Nearby?

Restaurant & Bars

It is nicer, however, to wine and dine somewhere along the beach, especially around sunset. Places listed below face the sea and are accessible via the sand.

Shops & Market

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

Attractions

  • Mushroom Bay (13-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 1.7km walk (23 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.

Tjendana Villas: Lembongan Beach Club & Resort – The Hotel

Most guests arrive at Nusa Lembongan by speedboat from Sanur.

Most guests come to Nusa Lembongan island by speedboat from Sanur, along the south coast of Bali.

The lack of jetty or terminal at the island makes getting on/off the boats cumbersome.

There is no terminal or anything resembling a jetty on Lembongan, so passengers must get on/off the boats by wading through the water.

The resort's lobby is located off the main street in Jungutbatu.

The resort stretches from the beach to the main street in Jungutbatu, where the lobby is located.

The resort faces the sparkling Jungutbatu beach.

The resort faces the sparkling beach at Jungutbatu.

The pool and beach areas have lots of lounge chairs.

There are plenty of lounge chairs around the resort pool and beach area.

Jungutbatu sunsets are legendary.

Sunsets at Jungutbatu are legendary.

The resort pool is part of the Lembongan Beach Club and faces the ocean.

Facing the ocean, the resort pool is part of the Lembongan Beach Club.

The Kayu Manis Restaurant has a good menu.

The Kayu Manis (‘Sweet Wood’) restaurant provides a more interesting menu than most places in the village.

The villas are along a path between the beach and the lobby.

Villas are accessible along an extended path between the street-side lobby and beach.

Some of the modern villas come with private pools.

All villas are modern, and some feature private pools.

The private pools are more than just plunge pools.

The private pools at some villas are substantial and more than just plunge pools.

Elegant furniture is used to decorate the beautiful villas.

Villas are beautifully decorated with elegant furniture.

The villa bathrooms are spacious.

The bathroom in each villa is particularly spacious.

Pepita Café & Bakery at the lobby is great for coffee and cake.

At the resort lobby, Pepita Café & Bakery is the place for a caffeine fix and tasty cake.

Lemongrass is popular for its shady setting and live music.

Virtually opposite the resort lobby, Lemongrass offers a shady setting and live music most nights.

Mickey Sports Bar & Grill is a pleasant hangout frequented by expats.

Next to the Lemongrass is the pleasant expat hangout, Mickey Sports Bar & Grill.

The Nusa Indah Restaurant on the beach is very romantic at night.

Only 50m south of the resort via the beach, the Nusa Indah Restaurant is particularly romantic at night.

Agung Restaurant nearby has a lovely beachside setting.

About 50m north of the resort, Agung Restaurant is one of the first set up on the beach.

Linda Bar & Restaurant next to Agung's is newly-renovated.

Just past Agung’s, Linda Bar & Restaurant has been newly renovated.

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