Rinjani Hotel has a range of rooms with prices from rp 90,000 to rp 275,000. The more expensive rooms have air conditioning and T.Vs. Look at the rooms before deciding on your choice.
Staff are very friendly. The receptionist helped arrange an ojek down to Pantai Lakey.
Indonesian breakfast is included in the price. The adjacent restaurant is a good place for dinner. And the coffee is good.
My only concern with the hotel is that it appears the water is turned off when the rooms are vacated. I had to ask for the water to be turned on when I arrived, and then again the next morning when I went to shower there was no water.
Overall, a satisfactory experience, but mainly due to the friendliness of the reception staff and the old owner.
Most accommodation at Lakei beach caters for surfers who do not require luxury.
We stayed one night in one of the new brick rooms of Mona Lisa Bungalows, Rp 250,000 for a clean but rather bare room with AC and private bath room. They also had wooden bungalows with fan for Rp 100,000 (July 2012).
Breakfast consisted of a pancake and coffee/tea only.
We had a good dinner at Blue Lagoon, a few steps south along the beach.
Unlike what your guidebook says, this is the best base for trekking to the Tambora crater. In Pancasila there is no accommodation except for staying with locals, and from the Tambora plantation guesthouse you start out an hour's walk closer to the mountain.
Basically there are two choices: staying in the guestroom of mr Soeparno the plantation manager, or in the barracks facing his house. The manager's house, built in Swedish style by a previous manager from Sweden, is best.
Either way you pay the same, Rp 100,000 for the room and Rp 100,000 for full board for a day. A tour of the plantation is free.
Address: Tambora plantation, Pekat district, Dompu regency.
Directions: From Calabai village it is 20 km via Kadindi and Pancasila villages. The 5 km from Calabai to Kadindi are in bad repair, further to Pancasila it is smooth riding, but the last 4.5 km are along an unpaved plantation road - difficult for a car with low clearance, especially the river crossing near Pancasila.
When coming from Dompu it is shorter to take the turnoff from Pekat directly to Kadindi. That road is in somewhat better shape too than the Calabai-Kadindi one.
We went to Calabai in order to visit Satonda Island. Another reason could have been to climb Tambora volcano. In the latter case you better travel the additional distance to the Tambora plantation guesthouse.
The only place to stay in Calabai is the guesthouse of the defunct Veneer logging station. The station - said to be owned by a crony of the late president Suharto - stopped operation in 2004 when it had denuded the Tambora region of 200-year old trees without doing any replanting.
The logging compound looks desolate, cows and goats run free. But the former manager's house is inhabited. Here lives mr Muhdar , who keeps the guesthouse habitable, although it could do with some repairs. But the beds are ok, there is plenty of water in the bathrooms, and the verandah looking out over the sea is superb. The bedrooms are built on poles above the sea; we were lulled asleep by the sound of waves.
Mr Muhdar charged us Rp 150,000 for a night. Coffee or tea was included. For meals we walked to Rumah Makan Optimis 2 across the road.
Mr Muhdar's mobile phone numbers: 087 866 989 455 and 085 333 264 819.
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