There are just a few accommodation options in Batu Karas. The majority of visitors to Batu Karas are Indonesians, so avoid arriving on weekends, or public holidays, unless you book ahead – Batu Karas hotels fill up quickly at these times.
During busy, holiday periods, hotel rates can quadruple.
Bonsai Bungalows, Java Cove, and Teratai Hotel are the only hotels in the center of the village, near the best surf break. The others are over the hill to the north towards the secondary surf (reef) break.
This Australian owned hotel is my top choice. It’s extremely well managed, clean, and has a very helpful staff. Its design also blends well with the rustic atmosphere of Batu Karas.
They have four rooms with twin beds, and two large rooms that sleep six. Air conditioning and hot water showers are available. Rates start at Rp.150,000 for a fan room with a cold shower – there is a community hot shower that everyone has access to at no additional charge. Complementary coffee will be waiting for you every morning on your veranda.
Phone:+62 26 5709 3199
As far upscale as you can go in Batu Karas, Australian owned Java Cove offers plush, air conditioned rooms, with cable TV, and hot water for Rp.900,000. They have other room options all along the price scale, down to a fan room, with cold water shower for Rp.150,000. Their restaurant serves up fresh bread flown in from Bandung, and the best (and only) pizza and western breakfast in town.
Phone:+62 26 708 2020
Teratai is getting all new rooms that are scheduled to be complete 12 September, 2010. They have twin rooms and bungalows with fan and cold water showers from Rp.150,000. Leni, the owner, is a delight.
Phone:+62 26 5708 2024, +62 81 662 3372
This is closer to a home stay than a hotel – a very friendly family offers three small, fairly new rooms with fan and cold water shower for Rp.150,000. On occasion, they may invite you for dinner with the family.
Phone:+62 81 3951 42258
Batu Karas’s newest luxury option, Australian owned Sunrise Resort, will offer plush rooms with all the amenities. It’s scheduled to open later this year.
This is a simple, clean mid-range hotel. It has air conditioned rooms, hot water showers, a swimming pool, jacuzzi, and the only bar in town. Rates start at Rp.260,000. The entire top floor is a family suite with a living room, study, two bedrooms, a kitchen, and two balconies that goes for Rp.1,000,000 a night.
Phone:+62 81 323 106 115, +62 81 323 085 284
Reef Hotel is right across from the reef break at the north end of the village. They are currently doing some renovations, so it should be a bit nicer than it was in the past. They have simple fan rooms with cold water showers for Rp.200,000. Their restaurant serves up the normal traveler’s menu at fair prices.
Phone:+62 81 3203 40193