The entrance is quite impressive for a relatively small hotel. What’s more, we were welcomed warmly and shown to our room. It’s located not too far from Lovina beach if you want to try out the black sand or go on a trip to see dolphins. All in all the Rambutan Boutique Hotel makes for a nice place to stay with kids.

Step outside the hotel and you have little shop opposite run by a lovely lady called Kadek. There are plenty of places to eat and drink nearby. Down by the beach, you’ll most likely find places with live music, too.

The hotel facilities:

In my opinion, the grounds of the hotel are one of its best features.

There is an extensive garden with lots of water features (complete with a few real live ducks!). There are two pools, one big, one middling, both of which have a selection of places to sit. They also have two small play areas- one with a metal seesaw and things and a tiny one near the restaurant.

A real bonus for me was the spa: I discovered on our penultimate day was that you can pay an extra fee and have babysitting while you have your treatment!

The breakfast:

To drink, you get as much tea or coffee as you want and a nice, fresh juice. The rest of the breakfast is as follows: a small seasonal fruit plate and a choice of toast (3 small slices), pancake (undercooked) fried rice (didn’t try) or eggs (eggs are eggs). I felt like it lacked something. If you don’t like a big breakfast you’ll be fine with it; my daughter was.

The room:

We had booked a basic room which meant no mosquito net and a fairly small double bed (the smallest we’ve had on the trip). It was comfy, though, and the room and bathroom were clean. I am not personally keen on the decor of the bathroom but maybe I’m alone in not liking black walls with shells?

Do read the info card in the room: it gives helpful tips such as telling you how to get your drinking water topped up and to ask for a new gas bottle if the water in the shower goes cold.

They cleaned the room every day and sprayed on request in the evening. We never had any insects in the room which was great. In the evening you can sit on your terrace for a bit if your little one lets you! Or play hide and seek in the garden…

From here we headed further west along the coast to do some glamping at the Menjangan Dynasty Resort