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Komune Beach Club has a laid back, up-the-coast kind of feel. It’s around an hour north of the airport and situated right on Keramas Beach, which is primarily known for its reef break popular with surfers. Keramas is a volcanic black sand beach, and the exposed reef means it isn’t great for swimming – which makes Komune Beach Club a great place to hang out for the day. I’m a big fan of the bar and restaurant, which has above average quality meals at below-average resort prices.
It seems to cater for couples, both young and old, with a few euro-surfers thrown in for colour. The outside deck facing the ocean is a very pleasant place to while away a few hours, sipping cocktails, grazing dishes and watching the tide come and go.
After sundown, the lights of Lombok can be clearly seen. The sunset isn’t as spectacular as South Bali, as from this part of the island the sun sets behind you when facing the beach. But it has a tropical, get-away-from-it-all vibe that makes it a worthwhile destination when touring this North or East Bali.
The pool isn’t that large, but there are plenty of daybeds and sunchairs around, and unlike the more popular beach clubs elsewhere Komune only has an IDR300k minimum spend for each of them.
To give you an example of prices a Grey Goose and tonic cost IDR90k and a fantastic Caesar salad 85k. That’s not including the obligatory ++, which on this part of the island runs to 21% (10% tax and 10% service).
I recommend either staying here as part of a longer tour as there are plenty of attractions in this area. It’s not expensive, with rooms starting around AUD$100 per night. I recently stayed at Utamas Guest House just around the corner for less than $40 a night and loved it, going to Komune for the afternoon.