Rote Island Lodge is perched on a cliff with panoramic views of the sea and surrounding countryside. Each bedroom can be rented separately. Please enquire.
We are situated near all the best surf breaks on the island.
The lodge comes fully staffed and all meals are provided.
Rote Island Lodge is built from locally sourced and sustainable materials. We are fully power independent using solar energy.
We are located on a very beautiful tropical Island that is not on the gringo trail.
The Lodge itself has open spaces with hammocks, day beds and chillout areas. All aspects of the lodge have beautiful uninterrupted views of the sea and countryside.
All our bedrooms come with kingsize beds with Egyptian cotton sheets and mosquito nets.
Guests have access to all areas with all meals, bottled water, coffee and tea included.
The Lodge comes staffed during the day and early evening. They leave after the evening meal and then you are on your own.
Thanks for showing interest in staying at Rote Island Lodge. We hope you will find the following information helpful:
Kate and Adrian are based in the UK, so will more than likely NOT be around during your stay. You will be looked after by Lori, Noni and Dihmas. None of the staff live on the premises, so they are not on hand 24/7 like you would expect at a resort. They are however very hardworking and will be willing to bend over backwards to make you as comfortable as possible. Please be aware that we are not offering a hotel or resort experience, we are offering you the chance to stay in a beautiful, quiet location in a stunning house designed for tropical living.
Lori is a wonder woman and takes care of pretty much everything! She also speaks very good English. Her phone number is (+(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). If you have any very last minute changes, or problems with the ferry etc, you can call her and let her know. But for anything else in the run up to your stay, please contact us.
Our superstar, Lori will be making most of your meals during your stay. She is by no means a "chef", but does what she can with limited island resources. She cooks Indonesian cuisine, so please don't expect pizzas and burgers. Honesty is the best policy with Lori - if she cooks something you don't like, let her know so she doesn't make it again! She will prepare three meals a day, but if you know you are not going to be around for lunch or dinner, kindly let Lori know so that food isn't wasted. Similarly, if you prefer some privacy in the evenings and would rather cook for yourselves, then just let her know. Lori will buy all the fruit and veg for the week at the Tuesday market. Fish or chicken are the meat options which will be served whenever possible, beef rendang is sometimes on the menu and there are lots of vegetarian dishes served. If you have any specific food requirements which you haven't already told us about, then please let Lori know. If we have guests for a long period of time, then the staff have Sunday's off. Please see the nightlife section below on where you can go to grab a meal.
Bed linen and towels will be changed around every four days. If you need them to be washed before please let Lori know. However, please also be conscious of water consumption!
If there is anything that is not working properly, or anything that is not to your liking, again please let Lori know so she can try and fix it for you.
We have to ship our water in so can you please be conscious of your consumption.
We pump all the water into header tanks on a daily basis however thay can run empty from time to time if there is a plumbing issue. normally if flushers on toilets jam.
Scooter hire -
Lori can arrange scooter hire for 60,000RP (around $5) a day from the local village. This fee does not include fuel! If you prefer a push bike, then you can hire one from Dave and Jenet down in Nemberala.
There are no ATM's on Rote! Be sure to take enough cash with you to cover your costs. To give you an idea of what you might spend: bimo ride from ferry to house 300,000Rp, bintang beer 25,000, scooter hire 60,000 a day, fuel 7,500 per litre, boat to surf from Nemberala 20,000 each way , boat charter for a day 1mil. Massage at resort 200,000. Lori can massage for 80,000
Although the island is generally crime free, we do advise that all valuables and money are kept locked away when you are not around. Both bedrooms have lockable wardrobes for this purpose, and the large cupboard in the kitchen is also lockable and good for just chucking everything in when you are heading off to the beach.
Medical issues -
There is a medical centre and an English speaking doctor down in Nemberala. You can buy basic medical treatment, including antibiotics from her. We recommend that you bring the following: mosquito repellent, antihistamines, antiseptic cream, plasters. Ladies, bring along any sanitary items you might need. Please don't flush these down the toilets though!
We love the sound of the ocean, birds and other wildlife that surrounds us...so please make the most of it and enjoy it in peace! However, we also love to put on some tunes every now and then. Feel free to use the amplifier, but can we ask that you please respect our neighbours and not play music late in to the night! The sound carries straight down into the village.
We also have a TV set with movie drive which you are more than welcome to use. Lori can show you how it works.
Nightlife (!) -
Well, if you're looking for a crazy night, then you are probably out of luck! However, if it's just a few beers or a meal and a lot of chat about surf that you're after, then you're in the right place. Obviously we think that the best place for a few Bintangs at sunset is right here on our deck. If however, you fancy mixing a little with some fellow travellers then you can venture in to Nemberala to sample a few different drinking holes.
*The resort is lovely for a gin and tonic at sundown, and you can even get a glass of wine there too! (probably one of the more expensive glasses that you'll buy though). *Dave and Jenets restaurant is also a firm favourite, where you can grab an inexpensive bite to eat and watch a surf DVD (or the news, but who cares about the rest of the world when you're in paradise, right?)
*Bekky Boo's is a nice restaurant in town, and they make a mean burger if you're in need of a red meat fix. Their pizzas are pretty good too and they have wifi.
*Seed resort in Nemberala has a fantastic vegetarian menu. Their food is really excellent and well worth a ride down.
*And there is a new restaurant closer to home situated next to Villa Oenggaut. We have yet to sample it, but have heard pretty good things.
There is some fun snorkelling around the reef right in front of the house. There are a few snorkels and masks in the gudang which you are welcome to borrow. Please leave these as you find them for other guests though.
If you fancy exploring the island a little, the drive round to Boa and beyond is beautiful, and there is also more good snorkelling out that way.
You can charter a boat for the day to explore surrounding islands for about 1.6 millionIDR. Lori can help arrange this.
The weather in this region shows 2 main seasons: dry seasons May-September and wet season December-March plus the transitional (shoulder season) March/April and October/November.
The wind pattern typically will see light and variable wind conditions early and late season, making good conditions for the outer islands and some of the right-handers. With firm and consistent E-SE trades blowing offshore in T-land from June through Aug/Sept, Rote picks up all the S-SW to SW swells tracking across the Indian Ocean towards west Australia. Although there can be swell year round the traditional surf season goes from March to November, but is most consistent from May through September/October.
The shoulder season March/April and October/November is a great time to be in Rote with a great variety of waves and hardly anybody around. Swells may be less consistent, but the fishing rocks.
THE SURF BREAKS
T-Land .......7km away(turn right out gate)
Ferries to the break are in the “harbour” at Nemberala next to T-Land resort.
Although Nemberala’s main break , “T-Land”, known by locals by the name of Besialu, has been surfed since 1979, it remains uncrowded, it is a top world class left-hander comparable to a softer G-land that holds up to a very manageable 15ft faces, and it can handle as big as it gets (the bigger the more perfect it gets.)
It breaks with great shape at any size of swell and on all tides, making it very consistent and enjoyable for all levels of surfing.
The waves break into 3 different sections that connect making 200 mt/600 ft long rides a common scene.
The wave satisfies all types of surfers from long boarders cruising, or top to bottom surfing by short boarders.
A bigger board may be required for the bigger days and also when the trade winds are strong, but generally your everyday board will do the job.
As a general rule winds are lighter in the mornings and late afternoons.
This wave is usually off shore all day and because it keeps breaking throughout the different states of tide you can surf it all day at any time making it possible to find times to have it just to yourself and your friends. Lunch time at the surf camps is always less crowded.
Boa.......2 km away( turn left out gate)
As you enter Boa (first village you come to) there is a big field on your right with a dirt road. Take this road and follow to the beach. Wave is in front.
This is often a heavier and more advanced wave than others in the area, best at mid tide. The wave starts with a steep often hollow top section which often opens up to a thick down the line wall section. Boa can handle a light trade but is typically best with light winds, very early morning, or during the shoulder and off season months.
Suckies, or Sucky Mamas is 10 minute boat ride or 15min scooter north of Nemberala. It gets its name from the village on the beach with a similar sounding name. Suckies is an often very hollow right hander, but on a higher tide it can be a fatter, steep wave. Suckies is a shorter wave of approximately 50 yards in lengths and it is best at mid tide. Suckies will take the standard trade as off or side-off shore.
There are waves on the outer islands but you will have to charter a boat to enjoy them and they are wind dependant. Aemon from Utopia has a good fast boat for charter. Ask Lori to contact him.
For board hire and repair Danny in Nemberala and the Rote Island surf shop next to Becky Boo restaurant or try the surf camps.
Hopefully this information answers any questions you may have, but if there is anything else that you would like to know please feel free to get in touch any time!