On the beautiful Flores island of Indonesia, 27 kms east of Maumere, nestled right at the water's edge, sits the Sleepy Lagoon.
Built traditionally from coconut wood and bamboo with grass roof, it's the perfect artist retreat or getaway holiday.
The Sleepy Lagoon is the 'big sister' to Lena House, owned by Didakus and Esy Stanislaus.
The house is simple but comfortable and very spacious for four people. It sits right on a beautiful calm bay with gorgeous views to outer islands.
Lovingly constructed out of local materials, it has a beautiful 'open air' feel to it. Huge shutters in the main living area open up completely to give a sense of merging with the outdoors, and to catch the sea breeze. A wide verandah provides protection from sun and rain, and plenty of space for relaxing and enjoying the scenery. The main bedroom with queen sized bed is downstairs whilst upstairs on the mezzanine level are two single beds. Great views can be enjoyed from two upstairs viewing decks.
The washroom is dual access - it's an ensuite downstairs with 'upstairs guest' entry via the kitchen and south side. The cold water shower is open plan Indonesian 'mandi' style but in a discrete setting with lovely view to the garden. The toilet is western style.
Generator power is available during the evenings(usually from around 6pm til 10 pm), and is backed up by a small 12 volt lighting system for your convenience when generator is not operating. The 12 volt system operates the fridge and the bedside fans.During the day there is one solar powered USB point to charge up phone.
Guests have full access to the house, (including laundry with twin tub washing machine - washing powder can be purchased from local shop nearby) and access to the kitchen, for tea, coffee and snacks. A starter pack of tea, coffee, sugar and milk is provided. We recommend you purchase your meals through Lena House restaurant - they can be delivered to you, or else the restaurant is a short walk or boat ride up the beach. The food,cooked by Esy, is fresh, delicious and very reasonable priced. A menu is provided in the information booklet at the house. Drinking water can be ordered in bulk (19 litre containers) through Lena House for approx US$3.
Interaction with guests
We spend much of our time in Melbourne Australia, so most of our interaction will be over the internet!Fredh, or caretaker is onsite however, and is most helpful with your needs.
However the Sleepy Lagoon is part of the 'Lena House' bungalow business next door, and all requests will be attended to by Didakus, Esy, and the Lena House crew.
If we are in Flores at the same time as a guest booking, we will stay nearby in one of the Lena House bungalows.
Other things to note
There is no direct road access to Sleepy Lagoon - access from road is via Lena House and then short boat ride or approx 500 metre walk along beach to the house.
Please note that during the peak of the wet season (which lasts from approx Jan until March) the boat may not be available if the waves in the bay are too high. During this time the only access to Sleepy Lagoon is by walking along the beach at low tide (about 500 metres). Staff are always available to help with your luggage and any other needs including bringing meals to the house, and there is emergency access to the road if necessary, just not for every day purposes. We hope that our lower rates during this time compensate for this minor inconvenience.
There is no wifi access at Sleepy Lagoon. Best to buy a local SIM card (in Bali if you need a micro or nano sim) and access data via 3G - very reasonable price to do so. If you buy SIM in Bali make sure that it will work on Flores ! Simpati brand is the best. Otherwise there is wi-fi (slow) available at Lena House 1- 500metres up the beach.
The Sleepy Lagoon may not be suitable for toddlers, as the 2nd bedroom is upstairs. There is no safety gate at the top of the stairs. Feel free to contact to discuss further. Washing machine can only be used when generator power is on - staff from Lena House next door can do your washing for a small fee.
No smoking, candles, or any other naked flames inside the house and take care with naked flames/cigarette butts at all times - the house is made of bamboo and wood!
We ask that guests consider the surrounding environment - reuse and recycle wherever possible, and try not to accept plastic bags unnecessarily - there is no rubbish collection infrastructure here. Reusable shopping bags are provided. Please drop your plastic, glass and tins to Lena 1 for recycling.
I'm a musician first and foremost and violin is my instrument of choice - I've played professionally in bands for many years - rock, country, folk bands- and also write music for film and television which is great work when you can get it. Love music, love my artistic friends many of whom are musicians, writers, film makers, designers or painters. I'm always interested in the creativity of people and think we've all got some in us somewhere..
I'm also very interested in health, especially refugee and migrant health. I gained my Masters in Public Health as a mature age student and now I work part time in the community.
My husband Dave and I love travelling and have both been to some fantastic locations around the world - mainly Asia and Europe but also Africa and the United States. We loved Flores in Indonesia so much we decided to build a house there! So now we have two places to call home.
We also enjoy nature, open spaces and gardens. We consider ourselves very lucky to have a great temperate garden In Melbourne Australia and a tropical one in Flores - best of both worlds!
And our other great love is dogs - we lost our 14 year old English Staffy a while ago but hope to get another dog later on this year. In Flores we've got a few doggie friends (as well as human ones!)
We like travelling in the 'real world' ie not staying in flash hotels - we like to really experience the places we're travelling to. The house we are hosting in Flores is exactly the type of house we'd like to stay in when travelling around Asia - comfortable but not formal, easy living, close to nature.