Kuta: All Grown Up

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Like the Balinese tourist hub of the same name, Kuta on neighboring Lombok Island is a lightning rod for backpackers. But an emergence of sophisticated places to sleep, eat and be merry has elevated standards on this alluring half-moon bay.

After successfully launching Kuta’s first yoga studio, Mana Yoga, in 2015, owners Evelien Beirinckx and Jono Williams decided to take it to the next level—opening Mana Retreat last year. The environmentally focused boutique property is set in a verdant tropical garden replete with thatchroof pavilions, hammocks, the sounds of birdlife and an inviting lagoon pool surrounded by beanbags and daybeds. Offering four daily yoga classes, a spa for Ayurveda and traditional Indonesian treatments, a vegetarian restaurant, indie cinema and accommodation options ranging from deluxe dorms to romantic bungalows, this environmentally conscious resort is as relaxing as you want it to be. Jalan Baturiti, Kuta; manalombok.com; drop-in yoga classes from Rp100,000; doubles from Rp1,200,000.


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