Glamping in Bali
Bali’s first beachfront glamping resort has opened in the far north of the island, offering African-style safari tents with queen-size beds, polished floorboards, television, Wi-Fi, showers, flushing toilets and timber decks with sea views across to Java.
The Menjangan Beach Camp and Dive Resort also has a day spa, a relaxed beach club where meals are served (try the fresh-caught fish), an open-air bar, and an infinity pool with waiter service.
It’s a low-key affair, set on 16 hectares adjacent to a national park, at least four hours by road from the hustle and bustle of Denpasar. There are plans to introduce helicopter and seaplane transfers.
Some of the best diving is at nearby Menjangan Island, where turtles, big sea fans and wall diving provide the highlights. Snorkellers will like it, too, and there are other activities such as stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking.
Beach camp tents, ideal for two people, start from $US230 a night, including breakfast, afternoon tea, a 15-minute spa sampler and Wi-Fi. There are also one and two-bedroom tent villas that are suitable for families, from $US450. The villas have their own infinity plunge pools.
The resort opened in September and the guests, so far, have mainly been expats living in the region. Be sure to get there before everyone else catches on. ■
Air Niugini flies to Bali weekly. See airniugini.com.pg and mdr.pphotels.com.