Last year, over 1.2 million Australians visited Bali, a beloved Indonesian island often described as ‘the ultimate holiday destination’.
You might be well and truly familiar with the island’s iconic destinations such as Kuta and Nusa Dua. You might have surfed the spectacular waves of Uluwatu and sipped cocktails at Seminyak’s ultra-stylish Potato Head Beach Club – but have you heard of Munduk’s incredible Golf Gate?
Come with us as we take you on a journey through Bali’s lesser known destinations, the island’s best-kept secrets – where rice paddies are greener, resorts are ultra-luxe and serenity abounds.
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Often referred to as ‘the new Seminyak’, the ultra-stylish area of Canggu is regarded as Bali’s most stylish hotspot, home to a vibrant surf beach and happening strips lined with trendy coffee shops, chic clothing boutiques and cool bars like Finns Beach Club, frequented by a relaxed crowd.
Nestled amid lush rice terraces and temples of Canggu, you will find The Santai Umalas Bali: a luxury resort offering a collection of pristine private pool villas with 24-hour butler service.
Classic Balinese style meets contemporary comfort in the resort’s huge villas, which each come with a private swimming pool, a fully-equipped kitchen and a spacious living and dining area. Air conditioning and daily replenished soft drinks in your mini-bar keep will keep you cool all day long, while your private swimming pool will be the perfect place to unwind under the Balinese sun.
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Tabanan is Bali as it should be: terraced rice paddies, black sand beaches, looming mountains and temples perched above the water. One of Bali’s most untouched regions, a sanctuary of peace and spectacular natural beauty, Tabanan has recently become popular after the Kardashians were spotted holidaying in one of the ultra-luxe resorts in the area.
Kim, Khloe and Kourtney left it all behind to holiday at the palatial The Soori Bali.
Regarded as one of the best resorts in Bali, this contemporary property is set on the edge of the ocean, bordered by black diamond sand beaches and punctuated by volcanic rock cliffs jutting over the Indian Ocean. All 44 villas feature indulgent private pools and sweeping vistas of the mystical Batukaru Mountain, UNESCO World Heritage-listed terrace rice fields or the sparkling Indian Ocean.
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Located on Bali’s unspoiled east coast just 90-minutes from the airport, Manggis lies just west of Candi Dasa. Offering breathtaking beauty without the bustle of the island more touristic areas, this traditional village is a peaceful destination perfect for a romantic escape.
Here, set in a coconut grove on the volcanic-sand Bultan Beach, with a backdrop of the majestic Mount Agung – Bali’s most sacred mountain and home to the ancient Pura Besakih temples, you will find the number-one rated hotel in the area: the award-winning The Alila Manggis.
Ranked in the top five resorts in Indonesia, the property marries the luxury renowned of the premium Alila brand with local Balinese tradition. Each room boast a private terrace, ideally designed to maximise the impressive views of the picturesque coconut grove and Indian Ocean beyond, queen or twin bedding replete with soft high-thread countsheets, LCD TV and modern ensuite waiting for you.
If you are curious to know what Bali would look like without tourists, the breathtaking island of Nusa Penida is the answer. Like a drop in the middle of the ocean located just southeast of Bali, this relatively undeveloped island offers a true insight into life on tropical island and is easily reachable via speed boat. Expect crystal-clear waters, impressive cliffs dropping into the ocean and laid-back vibes in this magical island.
Situated 13 km from the famous Puncak Mundi Temple, Penida Bambu Green Villas is the newest eco-luxury resort on Nusa Penida, offering a collection of just five boutique bungalows crafted with bamboo and environmentally friendly.
You will be able to reconnect with nature in this resort, with each villa boasting plush bedding, a beautifully decorated open-air bathroom, striking views over the lush mountains and over the resort’s sparkling swimming pool, and a private hammock that will be your favourite spot throughout the stay!
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Set on the east coast of Bali, Amed Beach is the place to be if you are a keen diver – and if you want to escape the more popular beach destinations. Offering crystal-clear waters, impressive diving spots, picturesque rice paddies and towering green mountains – all commanded by the mighty Mount Agung, Bali’s largest active volcano – Amed really is a tropical paradise.
If you are looking for sheer luxury in an authentic location, look no further than The Griya VIllas and Spa. Nestled on a hilltop and offering sweeping views over the beautiful and tranquil bay of Lipah and beyond to Lombok, the resort is an oasis of privacy and serenity in a splendid location.
The resort boasts 14, private-pool villas with striking views over the ocean and hills, all complete with a spacious and private outdoor area, modern bathrooms with romantic bathtubs, fully equipped kitchenette, BOSE home theatre system and a minibar filled with everything you can think of.
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A secluded mountain village in Central Bali, hidden amid lush jungle, surrounded by towering mountains bejeweled with cascading waterfalls, Munduk has to be Bali’s jewel in the crown. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Kuta and Seminyak, and spend a few days disconnecting from the world – you have found the perfect spot.
With an 18 metre infinity pool perched on the edge of the world at an altitude of about 1,000 meters, some of the best views on the island and luxurious Balinese-styled villas and suites, Munduk Moding Plantation Nature Resort & Spa sets the stage for the most relaxing – and romantic – holiday you will ever take. With no other tourist infrastructures around the resort – just rice paddies and coffee plantations, the property allows you to experience the area and discover a more authentic side of Bali.
It will take about two and a half hours to reach this idyllic location from Bali Denpasar Airport – but it’s all worth it when you take a dip in the resort’s jaw-dropping infinity pool. The nine villas and three suites, all designed by award-winning Balinese architect Popo Danes, are secluded sanctuaries where traditional architecture and modern touches blend to perfection, offering sweeping views over the mountains and unparalleled luxury. If you are looking for romantic seclusion in an untouched natural backdrop, you should be adding Munduk Moding Plantation Nature Resort & Spa to your list.
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