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See Another Side of Bali at The Menjangan – on the other side of Bali!

22/01/2018 | By

So, think you’ve done it all in Bali – looking for something different?  Head to The Menjangan and see another side of Bali.

tower- the menjangan

The Menjangan Tower

Ever since some time in the 1970’s Bali has been the holiday destination of choice for thousands of Australians. The young, and young at heart, flock to the bars and nightclubs of traditional favourites like Kuta, families enjoy the resorts in Nusa Dua and Seminyak, while Ubud, an hour’s drive up into the cooler hills region, is considered to be the cultural heart of Bali.

But there is another side to Bali – and it’s on the other side of this tropical paradise. 

the menjangan nearby ocean

Tucked away on the north west corner of Bali and spread over 190 square kilometres is the West Bali National Park. It is home to forests, mangroves, a vast array of birdlife and rare animals and, surprisingly nestled in 382 hectares of the park, is The Menjangan – an intimate, boutique, nature resort.

Far from the busy bustle of the coastal regions or the hectic streets of Ubud, The Menjangan is relaxed, casual and quiet – offering guests the opportunity to restore themselves amid the peaceful surrounds and natural beauty of this unspoiled region.

Deer at the menjangan

Menjangan – deer

the menjangan, Monsoon Lodge

Poolside – Monsoon Lodge

The resort offers a variety of accommodation, from the Monsoon Lodge deluxe rooms or larger suites surrounding lush gardens and pool, luxurious, absolute beachfront villas at Sentigi Beach, with exquisite outdoor bathrooms, or the luxury of The Residence, a 1,000square metre private estate, with en suite bathrooms and balconies overlooking the sea. Transport between Monsoon Lodge and Sentigi Beach is via safari-style mini buses which are fitted with spotlights for nocturnal animal spotting.

Beachfront villa at the menjangan

The beachfront villa

the menjangan private outdoor bathrooms

Private outdoor bathrooms

This is my kind of retreat – it is blissfully quiet here, with nothing but the breeze, the birds and the occasional monkey to disturb you. The Menjangan, the native deer which roam freely through the park and the resort named after them, amble past the beachfront villas, seemingly unworried by guests chilling nearby on sun beds. 

the menjangan open air gazebos

I’m very happy with the idea of a restful break, and am even quite prepared to take laying around to the next level with a traditional massage in one of the open-air gazebos, but if that’s still not active enough – there’s more. The resort offers kayaking, snorkelling and diving, along with horse riding, bird watching, trekking, bike riding or cooking classes.

Horses at the menjangan

I’m ever mindful of my next meal, so was pleased to find there are two restaurants here – the Bali Tower restaurant housed in a remarkable five level tower, constructed around five enormous 33 metre long logs, or the Pantai seafood and grill restaurant on the beachfront. And, at the end of the day, there’s no better place to watch the sunset than from the very top of the Bali Tower which offers 360 degree views over the park and the ocean.

the menjangan burger lunch

Lunch in the Bali Tower Restaurant

The staff here are fabulous – warm, friendly and nothing is too much trouble for them.

The Menjangan is a few hours drive from Denpasar, but the resort is happy to arrange return land transfers from anywhere in Bali – and, take it from me, it’s worth the little bit of extra effort to experience this very special part of Bali.

the menjangan views

A view from the Bali Tower top floor

While in Bali, Lambs’ Ears and Honey was a guest of the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism.

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  1. Gerlinde
    22/01/2018

    I love Bali but it has been 20 years since I visited, its time to go again.

  2. Amanda
    22/01/2018

    This was my first visit in 20 years Gerlinde – and I loved it so much that The Bloke and I have already booked to go back in March!