Welcome to Kirana Retreat
Toast to perfect sunsets and marvel at the Indonesian night sky, or simply lose yourself in pristine coral gardens where the water is alive with exotic reef fish. Kirana offers you a place to bask in paradise.
"Why would you go anywhere else?"
Leilani Horthy B.
Riska Fitrah A.
Take a breath. Reconnect with yourself. Feel the healing powers of nature.
Relax, rejuvenate, and retreat in the magic of Kirana.
Your Journey to Paradise in Just Three Steps
We’ve made the journey to Kirana Retreat straightforward. Choose your route, pack your bags, and we’ll guide you the rest of the way.
Questions We Get Asked a Lot
Are pets allowed in the resort? And are they allowed inside the rooms?
We’re a pet-friendly resort and absolutely love hosting your furry companions. However, to maintain a comfortable environment for all guests, pets aren’t allowed in the rooms or the restaurant area. We encourage you to explore our expansive grounds with your pet, provided they don’t disturb other guests. Importantly, guests will be financially responsible for any damages caused by their pets.
Do you host events or functions?
Of course, we love being a part of your special moments. From intimate birthday gatherings and workplace functions to elaborate destination weddings, our versatile spaces can be tailored to meet your needs. To discuss the specifics and to tailor your event, simply reach out to our team via email or whatsapp.
Is there Wi-Fi and is it fast?
Absolutely, our Wi-Fi is designed to keep up with the demands of modern life, making the resort ideal for digital nomads who need a strong and reliable connection to stay productive. However, do note that we occasionally experience power outages in the town, which can temporarily affect internet connectivity. Although inconvenient, these moments offer an opportunity to unplug and immerse yourself in activities like swimming, snorkelling, and surfing.
How do you support sustainability and conservation?
We’re deeply committed to sustainability. This commitment is reflected in small day-to-day practices like encouraging guests to reuse towels and bigger initiatives like our regular turtle release programme. We also grow and source our food locally to support our community and reduce our carbon footprint.
What types of rooms are available?
Sumbawa is not Bali: what are some things I should bring and prepare?
Indeed, Sumbawa has its own unique charm. Though we offer essentials like towels and toiletries, an electrical adapter is advisable if you have gadgets with foreign plugs. Personal items, such as prescription medications, specific skincare products, and sunscreen, should also be packed.
What is the check-in and check-out time?
Our check-in time is from 3 p.m., giving our housekeeping team ample time to prepare your room to perfection. As for check-out, it’s by 11 a.m., which allows you the morning to soak in a bit more of Kirana Retreat before you depart. If you would like to have a late check out, please talk to reception.
Can I request specific rooms with views?
While we can’t guarantee specific rooms, we certainly try our best to accommodate your requests. If a room with a view is important to you, we recommend contacting us in advance to discuss your options.
How far is the beach from the accommodations?
One of the best parts of staying at Kirana Retreat is our private bay. Imagine stepping out of your room and being just moments away from pristine white sands. It’s the ideal backdrop for swimming, diving, and snorkeling, or simply unwinding on a hanging daybed.
Are meals included?
While meals aren’t automatically included in your room rate, you have the option to add breakfast at the time of booking. If you decide later that you’d like to add breakfast to your room, our friendly staff can easily add that to your package once you’ve arrived.
Is there room service available, and during what hours?
Room service is available and designed to cater to your cravings. On weekdays, we operate from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., extending to 9 p.m. on weekends. Our menu features a mix of international and local favourites, tailored to suit various dietary requirements.
Note: Last orders are 30 minutes before kitchen closes.
How often is housekeeping service provided? Is it available on demand?
Your comfort is our priority, that’s why our housekeeping cleans your room daily. However, if you have special requests like extra pillows or need an unexpected tidy-up, you can message room service for assistance.
Is there laundry or dry-cleaning service available inside the resort?
Yes, a quick 24-hour laundry service is offered for your convenience. Each room has a laundry bag and a list where you can jot down your laundry items, ensuring everything is accounted for when returned.
Do I need to bring an adapter?
We have a mix of international and standard Indonesian plugs in our rooms. However, an adapter is still a good idea to ensure all your devices can be charged without a hitch.
Are bath towels, beach towels, and hygiene products provided?
Indeed, we provide plush bath towels along with a handpicked selection of organic toiletries from Sensatia to make your stay more comfortable. However, it’s important to note that these bath towels are intended solely for use within your accommodation. To keep them sand-free and clean, we kindly request that you don’t take them to the beach. Should you require a beach towel, simply visit our reception, and they’ll be more than happy to provide one for you.
Note: As part of our efforts to be sustainable, we don’t provide disposable shower caps, toothbrushes, cotton tips, or sanitary bags.
Is there a hairdryer in the room?
Hairdryers are not a standard feature in all rooms. However, if you find yourself in need of one, feel free to request it from our room service. We can promptly have it sent to your room to ensure you have all the amenities you require for a comfortable stay.
Are there bugs, insects, and wildlife at the resort?
Because Kirana Retreat is nestled within a natural environment, encountering some form of wildlife is not out of the ordinary. You may come across harmless insects, geckos, and even monkeys. These creatures are a part of the area’s natural ecosystem. If you find their presence unsettling or require assistance with them, our housekeeping team is on standby to help you resolve the situation. It’s also worth noting that we don’t have many mosquitoes here and Sumbawa is free from malaria.
Can I arrange for a surf guide during my stay?
Absolutely. Once you’re here, just pop over to our front reception, and we’ll help you link up with a trusted local surf guide who knows these breaks like the back of their hand.
I'm still learning to surf. Are the breaks here suitable for me?
While the beauty of Sumbawa’s waves is undeniable, they tend to cater more to intermediate and experienced surfers. We don’t have beginner-friendly breaks in the immediate vicinity. However, if you’re keen to learn, we can connect you with surf guides familiar with the area who can provide advice and training.
What are the surf breaks near Kirana Retreat?
Each break offers a unique allure, and here’s a concise rundown of what to expect and how far each is from the retreat:
- Scar Reef: Located roughly an hour north, Scar Reef is for goofy footers looking to master the art of the backdoor entry on this hollow reef break. Renowned for its fast pace and shallow reefs, it’s best suited for experienced surfers, especially on days with swells above 5 feet but below 12 with gentle winds.
- Super Suck: A 25-minute scooter ride will get you to Super Suck. As the name suggests, it’s a dramatically hollow wave that forms a tight barrel over a shallow reef. While it’s breathtaking and exhilarating, it also demands respect. Surfing here is like experiencing the Skeleton Bay of Indo, albeit slightly more forgiving.
- Tropical: Approximately 8 minutes by scooter from Kirana, Tropical awaits with its mellow vibe. Predominantly a left-hander, it shines during medium-sized SW swells in the dry season. Though occasionally inconsistent, when conditions are right, the ride is long and thrilling.
- Yo-Yos: Just a 10-minute walk away, Yo-Yos is a duo of compelling breaks. The Wedge provides a quick rebound wave, leading surfers into an exciting right shoulder. The Hook, on the other hand, is a rising wave over the reefs that results in a semi-hollow right. Both spots are most enjoyable on shoulder- to head-high swells with favourable winds.
Is it often crowded at these breaks?
One of the best things about Sumbawa is the relatively uncrowded nature of our waves. Many surfers who visit are pleasantly surprised by the tranquillity they find, allowing for a more serene and personal surf experience.
Are there any safety precautions I should be aware of while surfing?
Besides the general surfing guidelines, it’s important to be aware of the shallow reefs, especially at breaks like Super Suck and Scar Reef. It’s always a good practice to surf within your limits, observe the conditions before paddling out, and when in doubt, consult with local surfers or guides. We also recommend reef booties for foot protection against sharp corals.
What's the water temperature like? Do I need a wetsuit?
Sumbawa enjoys warm tropical waters year-round. Most surfers find boardshorts or a bikini comfortable. However, if you plan on extended sessions, you might consider a light wetsuit top or rash guard to prevent sunburn and chafing.
How does the seasonality affect the surf conditions here?
The prime surfing season in Sumbawa runs from April to October during the dry season. This period sees the most consistent swells, especially from the SW channel. However, it’s always wise to check daily conditions or consult with our local guides, as ocean currents, tides, and winds can fluctuate. Yo-Yos is famous for its consistency all year round.
I've got a favourite board. Can I bring my own surfboard?
Of course! While there are some places to rent boards, many surfers prefer the familiarity of their own. If you’re flying, consider choosing airlines like Citilink, known for being surfboard-friendly.
Are there any surf shops or repair services nearby?
There are a few local surf shops around, offering basic supplies and accessories. For extensive board repairs, it’s best to enquire at our front reception, and we’ll guide you to the nearest reliable service.
Can I arrange local tours directly through Kirana Retreat?
Absolutely, you can book a range of exciting tours directly with us. From whale shark expeditions to spearfishing and diving tours, our local guides are experts at offering an authentic Sumbawan experience. Horse riding on the beach is another popular option, providing a fantastic adventure for couples.
Are culinary experiences part of what Kirana Retreat offers?
Yes, indeed. Our cooking classes are a family-friendly affair where our local chef guides you on how to create traditional dishes. It’s not just a great cultural immersion, but you’ll also leave with recipes you can easily recreate at home.
What sort of wildlife can I expect to encounter in Sumbawa?
Sumbawa is teeming with unique wildlife, both on land and in the sea. During our whale shark tours, for instance, you’ll come up close with these gentle giants of the ocean. Other marine life, like colourful coral, sea turtles, and a variety of fish can be spotted while out snorkelling and diving.
Are there natural wonders in proximity to the resort?
Indeed, Sumbawa boasts a wealth of natural beauty. Think stunning waterfalls and white sandy beaches, perfect for a day trip. Our staff are well-versed in local gems, so don’t hesitate to ask for recommendations.
What medical facilities are available nearby?
We have local clinics in Sekongkang and Maluk for basic healthcare needs, and over-the-counter medications are available there. We also have an on-site nurse for emergencies. Rest assured, you’re in safe hands.
Where can I buy fresh fruits in the vicinity?
Just a quick five-minute journey from the retreat, you’ll find our local fruit shop. Once you hit the main road, turn right and go past the bridge; they’re right there.
Where can women purchase sanitary supplies?
Sanitary pads are available at local convenience stores like Alfamart or Indomart. However, please note that tampons are generally not sold due to the region’s Muslim culture.
Any recommendations for dining spots apart from Kirana's restaurant?
While our own restaurant has garnered high praise, we understand the allure of variety. There are a few local restaurants in nearby towns worth checking out, and a Japanese fusion restaurant called Sapphire is only a five-minute scooter ride away.
Do you offer a swimming pool or gym facilities?
While we don’t have a swimming pool at the moment, our private bay provides an idyllic setting for swimming and snorkelling. As for working out, our outdoor calisthenics gym offers you the chance to maintain your fitness routine surrounded by nature.
I’m not a surfer, what else is there to do at Kirana Retreat?
Apart from surfing, there’s a diverse array of activities for you to dive into. If you’re a fan of watersports, snorkelling in our private bay is a must, where you can discover vibrant marine life. Kayaking and paddle boarding are also available, offering a different perspective of our stunning coastline. For those who prefer land-based activities, you can rent a scooter to explore Sumbawa or try your hand at volleyball with other guests. Interested in wellness? Rent a yoga mat and do some private yoga on your deck. Additionally, our cooking classes are a fantastic, family-friendly opportunity to learn about the local foods of Indonesia. And for those who are looking for something a little different, consider embarking on a spearfishing, whale shark, or diving tour with local guides or trekking to our nearby waterfalls to further immerse yourself in the natural beauty around us.
Is there a spa, and what treatments can I expect?
Our spa is still being built. However, you can book an in-room massage with options ranging from a 60 to 90-minute deep traditional, gentle relaxation, or focused massage. Rest assured, our skilled masseuse will cater to your specific needs.
Is the cost of activities separate from my accommodation?
Yes, all activities and equipment rentals will be conveniently added to your bill, making it hassle-free for you.
Do you have designated play areas for children?
Although we don’t have a designated play area, our expansive grounds and beach offer plenty of space for young ones to roam free. Most of our activities are child-friendly, and they can also interact with our friendly bunnies and guinea pigs whilst under your supervision.
Is your resort wheelchair-friendly?
Unfortunately, due to the hilly terrain and multiple stairs, our resort is not fully accessible for guests with mobility issues. However, our restaurant is wheelchair-accessible.
Do you offer special events like romantic dinners or weekly deals?
Yes, we offer special dinners ranging from romantic beachside meals to seafood BBQs. On weekends, we host a pasta and pizza night on Saturday and a tapas and BBQ night on Sunday. Both events feature DJ music and a beach bonfire.
What's the internet situation and how do you handle power outages?
Our Wi-Fi is robust, catering to the demands of even the most connected guest. In case of local power outages, our generator ensures a consistent experience. These outages also offer a unique opportunity to unplug and explore the surrounding beauty.
Do you offer any eco-conscious or conservation activities?
Yes, we collaborate with the local community for our regular turtle release as part of our Save the Turtle initiative. This offers an educational and hands-on experience for guests interested in conservation. You can donate, name and release your very own turtle. We normally do turtle releases every couple of weeks.
When can I dine at Kirana Restaurant?
What's on the menu?
Expect a fusion of local and international flavours on our menu. We offer everything from vibrant salads and poke bowls to authentic Indonesian curries. We’ve also got pizzas, pastas, and burgers too with vegan cheese made in-house. We pride ourselves on being voted some of the best food in Sumbawa, and we’re a hit with plant-based eaters!
Can the restaurant accommodate dietary restrictions?
Absolutely. If you have specific dietary needs, please let our staff know. We strive to modify dishes to suit your requirements.
What should I wear?
We’re all about comfort and relaxation. While we don’t enforce a strict dress code, we do ask that you wash and dry off before entering the dining area.
Is there a place to grab a drink?
Yes, our on-site bar offers a range of beverages. Perfect for a pre-dinner, sunset drink or a relaxing after-meal cocktail. We also have homemade kombucha and ginger ale so make sure to ask!
Do I need to book a table in advance?
Reservations are generally not needed unless you’re a party of more than four. For larger groups, it’s a good idea to book ahead to ensure we can accommodate everyone comfortably.
Where do your ingredients come from?
We take ingredient sourcing seriously. Most of our fresh produce comes from our own hydroponic and aquaponic greenhouse, supplemented by local farms and markets. This approach supports our community while minimising our carbon footprint. Additionally, we dont use vegetable oil in our cooking, we use coconut oil instead. It’s not only a healthier choice but also a more sustainable one.
Can I arrange for special dining experiences?
Certainly. If you fancy a private dinner, perhaps on the beach, please let our reception know. We offer bespoke experiences like romantic dinners or seafood BBQs by the sea.
Is room service available?
Yes, we offer room service between 7:20 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. When you check in, you’ll receive a WhatsApp contact to place your orders. The kitchen closes at 8:30 p.m. on weekdays and 9:00 p.m. on weekends.
Any recommendations for other dining spots nearby?
If you’d like to explore, Sapphire Restaurant is just a 3-minute scooter ride away. They offer Japanese fusion cuisine and front-row seats to Yoyos surf break. You can also find local warungs in town, but we’d advise being cautious about food freshness, as food poisoning can be an issue.
How do I make event reservations?
Is your restaurant child-friendly?
Yes, we offer a family-friendly environment and a variety of menu options that kids will love.
Do you have both indoor and outdoor seating options?
Yes, you can choose from a variety of seating arrangements to match your mood—whether that’s inside or outside under the stars.
Is public transport available in West Sumbawa?
Regrettably, public transport isn’t an option in West Sumbawa. However, we do collaborate with an external company that offers drivers and cars, which you can book for the duration of your stay. For a more independent experience, you could also rent one of our Yamaha Nmax scooters.
What are the transportation options between Kirana Retreat and nearby attractions?
While we don’t offer group or shared transport to popular sites, you can opt to use our Kirana car service for travel between Kirana Retreat and Kini Resort. If you’re partaking in an activity with other guests, shared transport could become a likelihood.
Are there any vehicle rental options?
Yes, besides collaborating with an external company for car hires, we offer daily scooter rentals. Our scooters are Yamaha Nmax models, which are known for their sturdiness and reliability.
What documentation do I need for vehicle rental?
Typically, a valid driving licence from your home country will suffice for renting a vehicle in Indonesia. There’s usually no need for an international driving permit, although carrying one won’t hurt.
Can the resort assist with temporary local driving permits?
You most likely won’t need a local driving permit. However, our reception staff are more than willing to provide information and assistance should the need arise.
Are there any specific local road rules or customs to be aware of?
Whilst road rules exist in Indonesia, many locals choose not to follow them. Be particularly cautious while driving. In the unfortunate event of an accident, the local party involved may expect you to cover the damages, regardless of fault.
Is parking available on-site?
Yes, we do have on-site parking facilities. Additionally, our 24/7 security service ensures that your car or scooter remains safe throughout your stay.
What should I consider for my journey to the resort?
If travelling by plane, expect a total journey time of around 5 hours from Bali to Sumbawa, then to the resort. Alternatively, a boat journey takes about 3 hours. Plan ahead for limited restroom facilities and bring snacks for the car journey, especially if travelling with children.
What precautions should I take for motion sickness?
Whether you’re travelling by plane, boat, or car, motion sickness can be an issue. Consider packing anti-nausea pills for your journey.
What are the airport check-in guidelines for domestic flights within Indonesia?
Aim to be at the airport at least 2 hours before your domestic flight is scheduled to depart. Online check-in is available 12 hours prior to departure and usually closes 2 hours before the flight.