Located about 2 hours north of Seminyak, Munduk is the perfect location for anyone wanting to escape the usual tourist crowds in favour of a quiet mountain retreat. While you can spend your days relaxing by the pool and taking in the stunning mountain views, there are also plenty of hikes, waterfalls and temples to explore. Some of the highlights of Munduk we managed to see in our short time were:
- Banyumala Twin Waterfalls: it’s a steep 15 minute climb down but it’s certainly one of the less touristy waterfalls in Bali. Even with us visiting during the middle of the day, we still had this waterfall all to ourselves for most of our time here.
- Ulan Danu Bratan temple and Lake Bratan: with its scenic lake backdrop this is my favourite temple in Bali.
- The famous entrance gate to Handara Golf and Resort: you’ve definitely seen this gate on Instagram before!
- The fun roadside viewpoints: many of these have been turned into tourist attractions where you pay $1 to take a photo on a swing or in a giant birds nest.
Where to Stay: Munduk Moding Plantation
Munduk Moding Plantation is located on a working coffee plantation with one of the most picturesque views you can find in Bali. Surrounded by lush rainforest, rolling hills, rice terraces and an infinity pool that at times has you thinking you’re swimming in the clouds. Compared to the coastal towns of Canggu, Seminyak and Uluwatu, Munduk has a much more idyllic mountain climate. The evenings can get surprisingly chilly (for Bali standards), but with a heated swimming pool and jacuzzi it’s just another reason to go swimming. The 2 nights we had here started off with clear morning skies followed by afternoons sitting in the jacuzzi watching the clouds and fog roll in. By the evening there was nothing but fog and with visibility reduced to less than 50m you could be completely unaware of the view that surrounded you. Case in point, I arrived in the late afternoon on Day 1 to be greeted to an infinity pool with views of nothing but fog. I had no idea of the scene that would great me the following morning. While I love a blue sky, I really enjoyed the change of weather here and found the clouds and fog created a very moody atmosphere that was perfectly fitting for its environment.
The Mimpi Restaurant easily has the best view of the property, with it directly overlooking the infinity pool. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner with much of their produce grown in their vegetable and spice gardens. You can also take a tour of their plantation to see what they’re growing on the property, which is one of the many daily activities the resort offers. There’s also a complimentary shuttle bus to nearby places of interest such as Munduk Waterfall and Ulan Danu Bratan temple.
With thanks to Munduk Moding Plantation for welcoming me to their hotel. As always, all opinions expressed remain my own.