About this listing
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, bamboo and 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.
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 planned Indonesian 'mandi' style but in a discrete setting with lovely view to the garden. The toilet is western style.
Generator power is available at night, backed up by a small 12 volt lighting system.
Guests have full access to the house, (including laundry with twin tub washing machine - washing powder can be purchased from local shop nearby) and partial access to the kitchen, for tea, coffee and snacks. A starter pack of tea, coffee, sugar and milk. 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.
Full kitchen access is available to longer term guests upon negotiation (email us for further information).
Interaction with Guests
We spend much of our time in Melbourne Australia, so most of our interaction will be over the internet!
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.
Wodong Village is a small community of mainly Indonesian locals, most of whom make their living fishing or growing crops such as rice or coconuts.
There's a few tourist bungalows and hotels in the vicinity but the island is only just starting to open to tourism. This is not the place to come if you are looking for night life, gourmet catering, and lots of shopping! But it IS the place to come if you want peace and quiet, and to experience life amongst the friendly happy local people. We feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to get to know the community here, and it gives us a wonderful break from our hectic 'Western' life.
The nearest airport is at Maumere, which is on the eastern side of Flores (the other end of the island to Labuan Bajo) The airport is 27 kms away from the Sleepy Lagoon . Maumere is a 2 hour flight from Denpasar, Bali. Taxi pickup can be pre-arranged.
The Sleepy Lagoon is secluded from the main road, and access is via Lena House with a half km walk at low tide, or short trip across the bay by boat (a charming way to arrive!)
Once here, you can hire motorbikes through Lena House to get around, or catch a local bemo (bus) which comes at regular intervals along the main road. For longer trips, car and driver can be arranged.
Other Things to Note
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 that way - very reasonable price to do so. Otherwise there is wi-fi (slow) available at Lena House 1, 300metres 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 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.
Une maison immense à l'architecture magnifique face à la plage. Fredh, le responsable de la maison a été aux petits soins pour nous durant tout le séjour. Nous avons vécus comme des VIP. Calme et sérénité pour se reposer dans les hamacs ou sur les fauteuils du jardin. Plantations féériques d'espèces tropicales aux senteurs extraordinaires. Repas délicieux préparés par Lena House livrés à domicile gratuitement. Excursions très nombreuses à faire dans les environs : Journée en bateau sur les iles de sable blanc et snorkling avec de beaux coraux, rando au volcan Egon qui fume, visites de villages alentours, excursion au volcan Kelimutu aux lacs colorés, et tant d'autres choses encore. La maison est tellement agréable qu'on est heureux d'y séjourner le plus de temps possible.
The house is very spacious and offers all the comfort you could expect. We enjoyed the star view balcony every night and to jump into the ocean every time we liked to. By far the most "luxury" accomodation we had while our 4 weeks Flores trip. Also thanks a lot to fredh, the housekeeper, who helped us with everything - and also guided us to Mt. Egon.
If you come to flores take a rest at the sleepy Lagoon at the begining ir the end of your flores tour!
We had a fabulous 4 night stay. The house is well-designed and the 'study' has the best view we have ever seen! Our children enjoyed pottering around on the beach and had a lovely time playing with the friendly local children. The sunsets, best viewed a little away around the lagoon, were divine.
The kitchen facilities were a little more extensive than first realised and had we known we would have prepared a few meals for greater variety as the menu, while nice, was very limited at Lena's House. We walked up to Ankermi for a meal which was nice for a change.
Jen's home is absolutely gorgeous, spacious and comfortable. It is he perfect place to unwind, disconnect and relax. As a host Jen is also wonderful and readily available to help you with any problems and answer your questions- even when she's pretty far away from the property in Australia!
While we were there Fredus took extremely good care of us. He was really sweet and knowledgable and a joy to be around.
Although the property is right on the beach, it might not be as you expect where you can lay out, soak up some sun and take a nice dip. Usually the tide is in and there isn't much of a beachfront area and the water is full of rocks for minor scrapes.
You can however sit on the patio and watch lots of fish jumping around and take in gorgeous sights of other islands, volcanoes and beautiful sun rise/set.
Maumere is a really quiet little town. There is only electricity for maximum 4 hours at night and no internet, so if you're looking for the conveniences of home this isn't the place for you but if you are the type who likes tranquility then I highly recommend the sleepy lagoon!
Jen's place is a very unique and relaxing experience. We loved the solitude of the place but also that the locals walking past were very friendly and welcoming. Fred looked after us exceptionally well even bringing our dinner up to the house for us from Lena's if we wanted. We did have some difficulty getting there as we didn't realise it was a 3 day drive from Labuan bajo... It's really necessary to fly into maumere or even ende and we had to make some quick changes of plan! Worth it though would have been better to have longer.
Great location and great place to stay. Jen responds quickly to any question you may have. She has a good team of people on the ground to assist you. Breakfast can be served by the house - we opted for Lena's restaurant where you can get lunch and dinner ad well. I know of 2 other places nearby you can eat but we have not tried them.
After a 3 week trip through Bali and Flores my partner and I were happy to spend one week of lazyness at sleepy lagoon. We loved the place very much and were happy to sleep with open door, waking up by the sun over the sea. The food in Lena house (15min walk at the beach) was great, so we didn't cook by ourselves. The beach is stony and there is a little reaf in front of the house, nice for snorkelling.
About the Host, Jen
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.