Glamp­ing in Bali

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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.

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