Stay at a working plantation surrounded by lush paddy fields before travelling to the quiet north coast to relax on the beach at a wonderful spa resort.
3 nights Munduk, including breakfast; 7 nights Spa Village Resort Tembok including full board and daily spa treatment. Includes flights and transfers.
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On the beach - 8 days
Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali
A dramatic three hour drive through mountains and villages leads you to this gorgeous resort, a serene and secluded property far from the busy beaches of southern Bali.
Effortlessly blending contemporary Western minimalism with traditional Balinese architecture and materials, the hotel is sophisticated in a very understated way. The overall impression is one of wonderful local character with a delightful unhurried charm. Drawing inspiration from ancient Balinese remedies and practices, guests can enjoy a daily 50 minute treatment in the spa or in the well-tended grounds. The resort offers a range of programmes including daily yoga and meditation sessions beneath the waving palms. You can also take a sunset cruise on a traditional Balinese jukung, learn traditional Balinese dance, dive in coral gardens or just relax by the infinity pool overlooking the Bali Sea. The resort is located within easy reach of fishing villages, temples and shrines. It has a well-regarded restaurant and friendly staff who go out of their way to ensure you leave the resort feeling rejuvenated.
The 31 elegant rooms feature Balinese timber, restful colour schemes and a spacious private terrace or balcony facing onto the bougainvillea draped gardens. The large villas also have private plunge pools with ocean views.
Before the beach - 4 days
A beautifully picturesque spot, Munduk was a popular hill station retreat for the Dutch colonialists who established cocoa, coffee, vanilla and clove plantations here. Explore the tropical forest and lush paddy fields on foot, by bike or on horseback to learn more about local life and discover the mountain lakes, waterfalls and ancient temples for which the area is famous. You may even see one of the many local ceremonies which are a regular part of Balinese life here.
Munduk Moding Plantation is a simple boutique hotel with just ten villas and suites in a scenic spot on a working plantation. It offers spectacular sunsets and stunning panoramas of rice fields and the north coast.
Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali
31 rooms, 1 restaurant, 1 pool
Situated in a tiny village on Bali's northeast coast, Spa Village Resort Tembok, Bali is a secluded and quiet hotel with only 31 rooms. With a beautiful blend of traditional Balinese architecture with modern Western style, the resort offers plenty of local character.
One of the main focuses of the resort is the ancient Balinese remedies and lifestyle and guests can enjoy a 50 minute spa treatment as well as a range of activities tailored to guests' requirements.
This resort is not suitable for children and only those over 16 are allowed.
The hotel has a particularly peaceful location and there are no nearby shops, restaurants or bars. The black sand and pebbles of the beaches and the backdrop of volcanic mountains and palm tree covered hills provide beautiful and relaxing surroundings.
This resort is great value and highly recommended for couples wanting to escape the crowds.
It is worth being aware that there is only one restaurant and no bar; drinks can be taken in any of the romantic settings around the property but the restaurant will generally close when the last diners have finished. Finally, this is a no smoking property and the only designated smoking area is a spot on the beach.
There are 31 simple yet elegant rooms that give the hotel a calm and relaxing air. They have used Balinese wood, neutral fabrics and local handicrafts to make a haven perfect for switching off. Tea and coffee making facilities and iPod docks are welcome touches, and the balconies are ideal for sitting and watching the sea. The larger villas have their own plunge pools that overlook the water.
There are 27 Kamar rooms at the resort. At 45m2 they offer spacious and comfortable accommodation, with a balcony or terrace overlooking the resort grounds.
The spacious 90m2 Purnama suite is on the hotel’s upper level and overlooks the garden with views from the balcony to the sea.
The Surya Suite is similar to the Purnama Suite but enjoys a location close to the pool rather than the gardens.
The Baruna villa is vast, with 180m2 of space. Peaked roofs with woven ceilings add to the light and airy feeling. It has its own private entry and plunge pool and a separate pavilion for relaxation in complete privacy. Just so you sleep even better, the extremely comfortable beds are hand made by local artists.
The Samudra Villa is similar to the Baruna Villa.
Pictures of the rooms
Activities, diving & excursions
The resort's pool is lovely for a spot of relaxation, but if you prefer more activity, morning exercises in the gym led by the hotel’s in-house instructor offer the opportunity to stretch and tone the muscles. Yoga swing classes teach how to add an extra dimension to normal yoga routines. A pencak silat class, the Indonesian martial art, run on the beach by a local expert, is a new way to exercise mind and body.
For those interested in learning the local craft skills there is a range of interesting choices. There are cookery classes run by the hotel’s chefs, weaving classes led by villagers from Tembok that teach how to turn dry leaves into mystical animals, and wood carving classes from a local craftsman that pass on the skills of creating the intricate decorations you'll see livening up the local doors and windows.
A particular attraction is the three outstanding diving sites for both novice and expert that are a day trip from the hotel at Tulamben, Amed Coral Garden and Menjangan National Park.
Tulamben is 30 minutes by car from the resort. Off the coast you'll find the wreck of the Liberty, a 120 metre long cargo ship, lying between 9 and 30 metres down. It was torpedoed by the Japanese in 1942; it now lies encrusted in anemones, gorgonia and coral and surrounded by dense concentrations of colourful fish.
The easy water conditions of the coral garden at Amed make it suitable for both novice and experienced divers alike. You can expect to spend the day bobbing among smaller marine creatures such as gobies, shrimp, anemones and clownfish, as well as running into larger and more fearsome underwater inhabitants like the schools of barracuda, moray eels and even the odd wobbegong shark.
The walls of the Menjangan dive sites offer the greatest diversity of gorgonian fans in Bali. Starting at ten metres down you'll find a kaleidoscope of fish and gentle conditions, with a backdrop of swaying fans and sponges combining to make this a particularly picturesque dive site.
Food & drink
Wantilan perches above the sea, with open sides and a high thatched roof allowing great views out over the water while you dine. Cooled by the sea breeze and furnished with rattan and teak tables and chairs, it has a casual, Balinese feel.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant has an à la carte menu that features locally sourced ingredients: fish come from the sea in front of you and fruit and vegetables come from the surrounding farms. The food is a mixture of Indonesian fusion and Western, and there is a special menu that changes daily and offers some of the resort's most innovative dining.
The resort does not have a bar but guests gather every evening at 6.30pm for pre-dinner drinks at Taman Gili, the hotel’s meeting place by the pool.
Each spa treatment begins with cleansing the feet in the beach's black volcanic sand which, in the Balinese belief system, rids the body of any negative energy that may have been transmitted from the earth.
Signature treatments include such delights as 'Herbal Rejuvenation', 'Chocolate and Coffee Indulgence' and the 'Penganten Melukat' body cleansing treatment based on a traditional wedding ritual.
After the Dutch took control of north Bali in the 1890s Munduk was established as a hill station and plantations of cocoa, coffee, vanilla and cloves were established.
The area grew as a popular retreat due to the cooler climate and even today you can still see a small number of Dutch buildings remaining in the area.
There are still plenty of plantations as well as the ever present rice fields and the area is now known as one of the most scenic trekking spots on Bali.
Being close to the three central lakes of Bratan (which is home to one of the island's most famous temples — Pura Ulun Danau Bratan), Buyan and Tamblingan, walks (or horse rides) will take you through farming areas and along hill ridges which boast amazing views over the lakes, countryside and even as far as Bali's north coast and the volcanoes on Java's east coast.
The region around Munduk provides an authentic feel of Bali and you may be lucky enough to time your visit to coincide with one of many local ceremonies which are a regular part of Balinese life.
Munduk Moding Plantation
Accommodation: Munduk Moding Plantation
Munduk Moding Plantation is a simple boutique hotel and spa found on a working plantation that has one of the most picturesque locations in central Bali. The surrounding hillsides are covered with jungle, coffee trees, rice fields, and pretty much anything that grows on the island. With just a handful of villas and suites (currently four villas and six suites but with plans for more) on some five hectares of land this is a very different type of property to those normally found in Bali where land is at a premium and space is a real luxury that is often not available.
The two Sky suites (two bedrooms in each suite) are located above the pool and share a large terrace with amazing views over the pool, plantation and north coast. The three Garden suites are located in a separate building which itself is situated in the coffee plantation with views of the surrounding greenery and the rolling hills down to the sea. The Garden suites all have private and semi covered terraces from which the scenery can be taken in while the bedrooms have merbau parquet floors, huge windows and glass sliding doors, four-poster beds and are decorated with local artworks inspired by nature. The en suite bathroom echoes this theme by combining Sulawesi cream marble floors with section executed in natural stone and indigenous plants. The wash-basins are supported by an old coffee tree while a skylight floods the shower and terrazzo bath-tub with natural light.
The significantly larger villas are dotted around the plantation in secluded locations and have beautiful four-poster beds and stylish interiors. Huge glass panel doors provide unparalleled views in all directions, with a small terrace to take in the mountain air and an outdoor shower in a private garden filled with flowers. Although built in traditional style, modern facilities are taken care of with iPod, CD and DVD players and flat-screen TV in all rooms. The spa is excellent value and after a long day exploring or if the weather turns it is well worth booking in.
Spectacular sunsets and stunning panoramas of the rice fields and north coast can be enjoyed from vantage points all over the plantation but it is hard to beat the view from the amazing infinity pool which is the signature image of the property. Mimpi (meaning 'dream' in Balinese) is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has great views of the Bali sea and the central mountains. If the weather is clear, outdoor dining on the terrace under the frangipani trees next to the swimming pool is very popular and the mixed Indonesia/Asian fusion menu features plenty of ingredients grown in the organic gardens. The hotel does also boast a tennis and badminton court.
Day by day
Today you will board your overnight flight to Singapore.
You will be met on arrival by our representative and transferred by private vehicle to Munduk in the north of the island.
The journey takes around four hours but on the way you will see some of the most beautiful scenery in Bali as you wind your way round the hilly roads.
Today you are at leisure and there is plenty to discover in this peaceful area including beautiful waterfalls, mountain lakes, ancient temples and lush rice fields.
Today you will explore this beautiful region on an exciting adventure tour. Paddle a traditional canoe across Tamblingan Lake, walk through the rainforest and drive yourself along the country roads in an off-road buggy. There is also the opportunity to drive the buggy around a special off-road circuit.
You will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the northeast coast, a journey of approximately 2 hours. You will have plenty of time to settle in to the beautiful Spa Village Resort and start your relaxing week at the beach.
Set in a peaceful and secluded north coast location by a tiny village, the Spa Village Resort is a perfect place to relax and rejuvenate. A spa treatment each day is included and there's also a range of classes from yoga and gym classes to Indonesia martial arts.
There are 3 excellent diving and snorkelling sites off the north coast of Bali, the closest of which is just 30 minutes' drive from the resort. If you'd like to explore these, the hotel will be happy to help you arrange this.
Perhaps you'd like to explore the beautifully undeveloped area in which the resort sits. The hotel arranges a number of excursions from visits to traditional crafts workshops to a full day visit to Titagangga Water Palace or a guided bicycle tour to a nearby waterfall.
Days 9 - 11
Today you will be collected from the hotel and transferred by private vehicle back to the airport for your flight.
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