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Tanjung Lesung Part 2--a very quiet resort ......

We start on Saturday from Jakarta Selatan at 8.30am. Traffic still all right, no jammed street. After passing Tangerang exit (to BSD) there’s road fix for around 5kms. We still could drive 40-50kmph.

nice green view on the way

Its not really that difficult when driving from Jakarta with google map printed and gps from Phone. We decide not to rush and just enjoy the trip. The first stop would be at the toll rest area to get some fuel for the car an water for the trip.

None of us been here before, so I was doing what most Indonesian woman did, stocking for foods—just in case its jammed I would like to have something to eat **excuse my acid indigestion caused me had the heartburn and we don’t want that**

So we had snacks from the rest area and car tank full with fuel and set the music here goes the ride. Its quite smooth beside the road fix near the Tangerang. It doesn’t do any jam maybe because its weekend.

one of the useful map for fuel station--its to Umang resort, but its pass Tanjung Lesung!

After one-two hour the view from the toll road is change into rural area with smaller roads. I know by then, we already in Serang. Again it’s not as hard as I imagine to navigate with the google map printed for our driver.

We pass several traditional wet markets and slow down a little bit. Passing schools and the kids were back from school. There are a lot of rice fields, and green trees out there. I wish could roll down the window and just have the fresh air in, but due to my recent eye surgery I can’t do it—don’t want to get some dust get to my eye.

After three hours it’s quite boring. But when we arrive in Penimbangan, I could see the beach on my left side I got excited again! Penimbangan connect the street from Anyer-Carita to Tanjung Lesung.

It’s like in middle of nowhere after sometimes on that road. The street get smaller, and I turn on my gps again to make sure we go to the right direction (the hotel put their coordinate on their website, its -6.493981,105.676041  just put this number on your google maps or gps on smart phone and it will direct you to the hotel). But its only 5kms away!! Yay!

There is several home stay. It looks pretty basic with the fishing village around it. I could see its quite fun to stay with local people.

When we saw the resort gate, I would say “YAAAAYYY finally!!” and quite surprise it’s still mid day! It took us less than 4 hours to get here! The security will pass you a card to enter the resort. If you get out you will give the card back to the security guy.

Tanjung Lesung Resort Entrance

The resort area not fully developed. It’s beautiful, and its sooo green with lots of rice field in right or left. I didn’t see any beach! It took around 3 kms to get to Blue Fish. And I could imagine it must be really dark at night in here!! I barely see any light pole at the street.

rice field on the way to hotel (inside the resort)

When we turn right not long after second roundabout, following the “Blue Fish” sign (one sign as “Bunar B & B” also the sailing club), there is no black road anymore. The road very small, I don’t know how it goes if there’s two cars passing by from different directions. It’s pretty raw street with rice field on both side. It’s around 2kms bumpy pebbles street until we could see the accommodation on left side.

view from in front of the Blue Fish Hotel

Blue fish is more than I expected. It’s VERY quiet, not long after we found out that we are the ONLY people who rent the rooms!

Blue Fish Hotel-Finally!!

The staff very quick and had good English. He said most of the expat comes to this part of resort. He hand us the keys and two coupons for rides at the BEACH CLUB. He said we should pick one that not use any fuel. Means; kayaking, snorkel, etc that not involve engines—then we had to pay.

the swimming pool and the beach view

We check the pool and beach before get to the room. There’s not much for beach. But, the swimming pool is clean!! They had some chairs and a good gazebo for bbq. You could even ask the staff if you would like to have the bbq.

clean/neat restaurant/dining behind the receptionist

Despite of quite business, the hotel is very well taken care of. The grass is cut short and clean from garbage. It would be easier for them to let this hotel in bad condition because there are very rare visitor (perhaps) but nope… its quite squeaky clean! And I am happy about it.

The room also not bad!! Well… no flat tv.. Still chubby tv with no dvd player. The toilet is clean. They give 4 towels and there is no fridge—no mini bar. Just two bottle of mineral water. Not even water heater… quite disappoint for this. They should really give the water heater so guest could at least made tea or coffee in the room. For something nearly 1mio rupiahs… I DEMAND the water heater jug! Haha!

the bedroom-pardon my messiness

And more picture....

minus the mini bar and dvd player

After taking few pictures, we went for lunch. Looking the sign board said “Sailing Club” not far from the hotel I will admit that it was actually a bad idea. First I would think it was good because then we saw the sailing club already and actually thought maybe the sailing thing is not really bad (got seasick very easy).

Toilet (errrhh its wrong side of picture)

We park the car at “well hidden” parking space sign. I was in very good mood and hungry and expecting some fresh sea food. We're in high expectancy.

When I get down, there’s an old white guy with very thick English, I assume it was Australian (had Australian boss before) or British. He was telling me to go to  go to register, and mumbling that he didn’t have his glasses.

I was a little bit confuse and asking him very polite, if he need my help about register desk?? (because i thought he just a visitor same just like me). And he was a little bit shouting and said; I need to register! And again said he doesn’t need my help--well ok?. I was puzzled but still moving to the register desk as he points it.

I told him twice, we already had our hotel and I don’t understand why we had to register there JUST TO HAVE FOOD????!! And on my back I heard him still with raised voice and its quite rude. My mood just went down.

He doesn’t looks like anything like hotel/resort staff. He just this Caucasian old guy with cheap black short and white normal old shirt and sandals. If you met this kind of guy in resort, how do you think he actually the guy who “manage” that place????

And despite in HOSPITALITY industry, he was quite HOSTILE. He didn’t ask if WE NEED HIS HELP he didn’t APOLOGIZE when later he knew we stay at Blue Fish Hotel which still one group as place he manages. 

After almost 5 minute’s hassles and loud voice he finally get a grip and UNDERSTAND that we don’t need register we just want to HAD LUNCH at his empty restaurant. There goes my good mood that day!! Theres also a local lady that help us out to "yell" at him that we just want to have lunch and we are not intruder who just want to step on his "private" property. She told us that plenty of people come here just to go to the beach without staying or buying their food. I could understand they've being frustrated but--the rudeness is not necessary at all!!

He then said something about nasi goreng but really… our mood just gone, and just like that we scratch this place from “must see” place after this incidence. I did manage to cool down others after this incident and sit still eat the food, but nothing special about this place. No need to go to Sailing Club part, feels like they had pet dog that bark to anyone that comes (he didn’t ask nicely… its not that hard, and I think my English also NOT THAT BAD to understand that hes being rude, by kept telling its private property??? Errrhhh I thought you rent it for rooms and you definitely had website said we could had food there.. hellowww?????).

We ate two plate of nasi goreng and club sandwich also with capcay (its for 3 people) the cost?? including 21% tax its Rp 336.380,- uhhh! haha this is an "expat" price for nasi goreng! but ok... its a resort.. what do you expect? **get over it**

After the not so happy lunch we don’t want to ruin our day and went to the Beach Club. From the Bunar B&B we turn right to the sign said Calica Resort & Beach Club direction. It’s around 2kms from the hotel. Its half bumpy road and half black road.

Hoping we will see something much better!

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Unknown said...

hi first of all i like the website is looking very nice..then the pictures are beautiful...very nice place i like nature.
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