The artwork and the atmosphere of the main dining area is rivaled only by the chicken coq au vin and other delicious dishes (and many using indigenous foods as well) as I recall...
Hot steaming coffee in the morning, hearty breakfasts prepared to send you on your way as you explore the day....
Large, cozy fireplace to warm you up at night as you sip on a cognac or maybe have an award winning PNG lager beer....
And best of all, the design mimics that of the smaller, private bungalows and thus creates this open, round feel with more spectacular window views, past the mountains and toward the Tari valley....
Does it GET any better than this?!!
See previous superlatives!
The air is so clean and crisp up there, and the rooms had a great open feel to them. Very comfortable and clean, too.
You don't get a wake up call here, you get a wake-up "knock-on-the-door"!
Isn't the view lovely?
And they even provide electric blankets for the beds...it gets chilly in the Highlands at night.....brrrrrr!
And in the afternoon when you return to your cabin, you find a sweet hibiscus flower resting on your bed, and another on the table, with a pot of fresh coffee.
Ambua Lodge is a series of small, private bundgalows nestled at about 7,000 feet up (2100 m) in the Southern Highlands, overlooking the Tari valley below.
The views were breathtaking, and I'll never forget the first impression I had of this place as our jeep made its way up the road - seeing the thatched roofs of the bungalows dotting the hill - it was like a little peek at a strange kind of mountain paradise in the middle of an unknown wilderness....
The design of the bungalows is deliberately intended to blend in with the surroundings, and it does a fantastic job. The cabins themselves are round, with wonderful picture windows that offer stunning views of the mountains and further down to the valley. I probably could have remained in our little bungalow all day - if it weren't for the great activities we had planned!
Hot water showers, comfortable beds, spectacular views....and first class meals in the main dining lodge which by the way, was cozy with a large fireplace and a bar.
Ambua Lodge is owned and operated by Trans Niugini Tours - and I cannot say enough good things about these people.
Unfortunately, I can't tell you what their accomodations rates are because the friend with whom I went, was a magazine advertising account executive and she traded in ad space with Trans Niugini, in exchange for lodging and dives. So basically it means we stayed there without any exchange of currency.
Even though I can't tell you the typical rates, I must INSIST that you stay here...the owners have worked hard to make their tour operation eco-tourism friendly and they employ PNG staff and are respectful and encouraging toward locals and their economy.
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