TRAVEL

A serene hide­away in Bali.

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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.

MINTED

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.

MID

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.

MOD­EST

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.

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