A serene hideaway in Bali.
If the winter chill has you planning a short sabbatical, Bali averages 27°C in July and August with sunny skies up till September. An escape to the Indonesian island doesn’t have to mean battling the crowds of Kuta or Seminyak. Keramas Beach is a peaceful hideaway of black coastline with year-round surf, just 45 minutes from the airport.
Hotel Komune Bali caters to those after a tranquil escape but with luxury bells and whistles. The Beach Club offers fun in the sun or you can peace out with the wellness program or night-time surfing. The beachfront pool suites at
HOTEL KOMUNE BALI offer sweeping ocean views over the Lombok Strait; komuneresorts. com/keramasbali.
Forget token low-kilojoule side dishes. The resort’s HEALTH HUB has a huge menu of locavore coconut crepes, watermelon pizza and juices to offer redemption for tired urbanites.
Although tucked away and hypnotically peaceful, this stretch of coastline has enough cultural activities and scenic highlights to lure you off the daybed. Your immediate surrounds include a spectacular Eden-like idyll with mountains, rural villages and beaches lined with gaily coloured jukung fishing canoes.
TEGENUNGAN WATERFALL rewards those who make the trek down black stone cliffs with a cooling swim in the rockpool. Transfer and three-hour visit, $25; Hotel Komune Bali Tour Desk.
Make a day – and night – of it at BALI SAFARI & MARINE PARK with animal shows and night safari, from $50; balisafarimarinepark.com.
The true charm of this pocket is the window it gives travellers onto the gentle rhythms of real Balinese life, underscored by family and spirituality. Turn the clock back and see life as it has always been, unfettered by the souvenir stands and Western commercialism that now defines the south.
It costs nothing to stroll along the untouched KERAMAS BEACH. It’s dotted with locals picnicking after temple visits and even duck
A few minutes stroll north is PURA MASCETI, a stone temple and sacred space off the tourist trail. Dress modestly to make it past the temple keepers, $2.