Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Indonesia - Sumba - Kelala, Mr David's Resort - April 2010

Mr David’s resort - 350 000 rupiah per night with three meals

Telephone - 081337873589 ask for David.

Sumba driver with reasonable English – Youdi – 085253497776

Waingapu to Kelala – 500 000 rupiah one way

Mr David’s resort is in Kelala in the east of Sumba. It is next to a beautiful while sand beach and reefs with reasonable surfing waves.

The sleeping area is a ‘villa’ made of wood on stilts. There are two rooms per villa. The two rooms share a wide veranda that has some chairs, table and hammock. The rooms are large and consist of a mattress and base with an overhanging mosquito net. The only other piece of furniture is an open cupboard to put a few things. There is also a power point. Power is only on while the generator is running. At the rear of the villa is a shared bathroom with a traditional showering area and a western toilet with a traditional flush system (that is, scoop up the water from the mandi to flush the toilet. Overall, it is basic but very roomy and clean.

There is a huge eating/entertainment area at the entrance of the resort. It is a wooden building with plenty of tables to sit at for dinner and heaps of chairs and lounges on the other side to watch television or DVDs.

The three meals are included in the price and are served at the tables. They are huge and if you are still hungry just ask for more. While I was there I had lobster, whole fish, beef steak and fish curries. These were all served with vegetables, rice and a variety of tapa type dishes like avocadoes, and hummus. The meals were excellent. This is good because there is nowhere else to eat or nearby shops. The kitchen was very clean.

David wasn’t there while I was there but his wife and three helpers looked after me very well without fussing or hovering. In fact, they were all pretty shy so if you want something, you need to ask.

The ‘package’ cost 350 000 rupiah per night, which is a pretty good deal considering the meals that were offered. I never did finish all thee meal and I’m a big eater.

The drinks – soft drink, beer and extra water – cost more but were fairly priced. Water was offered with meals at no charge.

Overall, I though the place was excellent. It was quiet, peaceful and clean.

I went twice to Mr David’s. The first time I was on my own and the only guest there. The second time, I came with Ross and there was another guest there, named Eric. Eric was a different sort of person with a lot of stories to tell.

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