Puri Dajuma is one of our favourite hotels on the island. It's peaceful, has a pool area that you'll dream of long after you've left, and is a wonderful place to simply unwind.
What's the appeal?
Puri Dajuma is one of those hotels where you feel instantly at home and, while this classifies as a luxury hotel, there are no airs and graces to this place. It's a beautiful property with extensive tropical gardens that seem to wrap the hotel in privacy. Relax, enjoy some down-time or do some of the tours that the hotel offers around the area. Puri Dajuma is a five-minute drive from Medewi surf point, and the hotel has a complimentary shuttle service if you want to head to that village. The beaches around here are grey volcanic sand, and spectacular for walking along – particularly when low tide falls at sunset. There is a small and often calm bay next to the hotel, which is lovely for boogie-boarding and SUPing. The hotel offers various tours, including trips to Bunut Bulong, to watch buffalo races, to nearby temples and to walk in rice paddies.
There are two parts to Puri Dajuma: the cottages, which overlook the pool and beach, and the new villas, which surround a second pool. The cottages are our favourite: each room has its own veranda with a hammock outside as well as a bathroom that opens to a small, private garden (you shower under the stars). The new villas are clustered into buildings of three villas each, so if you're travelling as a family the villas can be interlinked to form one space. Each villa has a large stone bath and a veranda that looks onto a 60-metre-long swimming pool (which has a small water slide at the end).
Puri Dajuma is a five-minute drive from Medewi surf point, and the hotel has a complimentary shuttle service if you want to head to that village. The hotel has three restaurants, two swimming pools and a spa, as well as a variety of games – table tennis, boulle, boogie boards, SUPs. The hotel also offers various day tours around the area.
Puri Dajuma is surrounded by trees and a beautiful fine black sand beach, just outside the village of Pekutetan. It is a five-minute drive (by road) to Medewi, and you can see the surf point in the distance from the hotel. It will take about 30 minutes to walk to Medewi along the beach (with some river crossings). This hotel is fantastic for families (the lawns and beach are great for kids to burn off some energy on) but if you're heading to this area to focus on surfing, you might prefer to stay at newly opened Bombora, which is of a similar standard to Puri Dajuma but is located right at Medewi's surf point.