For those willing to take the road less travelled, this underdog getaway is well worth the trip.
International borders look set to remain sealed until God knows when. Fortunately, there’s a wealth of great getaway options right here in Bali ready and waiting to receive eager holidaymakers. There’s just one catch. With so many people already flocking up and down on the island to visit those perennially popular go-to destinations, you may be having a tough time finding any availability in the not too distant future.
But even if you’ve been a little slow off the blocks arranging your next trip, that doesn’t mean there aren’t still great breaks out there if you know where to look. You can experience an amazing vacation without the booking bunfight by travelling to the east coast of Bali.
The combination of black sand beaches, spill-down mountains, gigantic volcanoes, ancient temples and lush rice terraces, Eastern Bali is a world in itself. There are loads of places to explore in the eastern part of the island. Starting in the main road of Ida Bagus Mantra, your long drive will be entertained by natural sensations of the volcanic mountains and crystalline beaches. Here, you can also absorb the traditional lifestyle in the typical Balinese villages.
To enrich your spiritual value, Goa Lawah Temple can be an option. Another worth visiting temple in the east of Bali is the ancient Besakih Temple, which also known as Bali’s ‘Mother Temple’. For the diving enthusiasts, Tulamben comprises of a black sand slope with a thousand-year-old shipwreck and coral gardens, while Amed is another famous diving spot for soul and body relaxation. For those who prefer to lazy-up in a less-crowded beach, Bias Tugel Beach and Virgin Beach are known as the Secret Beaches in the eastern coastline.
The trekking addicts have a lot of mysterious and adventure spots to explore in the east part of the island. Kintamani is the most favourite trekking destination. You can also take a nice walk at Ujung Water Palace while at the same time getting a glimpse of knowledge on the local culture and lifestyle back then. While on the historical journey, you can also consider stopping by at Tirta Gangga. If you are keen to blend with the locals, Sidemen Village would be perfect for strolling around lazily. This village will feed you well with lush, green paddy fields, river valleys and wild pastures, all nestled along the slopes of Mount Agung.
Where to Stay
Rumah Luwih Beach Resort
If you happen to be an architecture lover, this property is a beachfront luxury colonial resort you’ll surely don’t want to miss. Rumah Luwih is magnificently styled after a classic colonial Indonesian mansion. Through architecture and its interior design, the resort invites each guest to immerse in every detail that makes it a unique residential ambience. Be it a pattern, detail, furniture selection or antiques, there is almost no bare and plain walls and space – every spot has been thoughtfully adorned with those elements combined empty space to create the harmony. It is a pleasure for the eyes, indeed! Add to all of these the beachfront location, allowing you to feel the black sands on your feet, just a few steps away from your room’s door.
Wyndham Tamansari Jivva Resort Bali
This property is surrounded by lush tropical landscapes and positioned right on the black sand of the beautiful Lepang Beach, close to the world-class surfing break Keramas. Their year-end promotion starts at IDR 1.350.000 Net/night at Deluxe Room with a complimentary upgrade to Superior Room, including breakfast and a 3-course set dinner for 2 persons.
Wapa Di Ume Sidemen
This resort will let you experience the beautiful Bali’s natural resources through the exquisiteness of amenities, food and breathtaking scenery. Discovering native culture and environment while relaxing is definitely the most rewarding treat that you can give to yourself and your loved ones. There are a lot of benefits that you can get from nature that technology and city life cannot provide, especially on your weary body. If you are looking for a place that can give you extreme rejuvenation, this has got to be a place where divine tranquillity resides. A place where the green field grow. A place where a lot of excitement and adventure awaits.
In honour of the resort 2nd anniversary, they have launched ‘Kampung Experience’ package where you can embrace the true village-life experience. This package offers a journey of mystery, excitement and healing! Starting from IDR 2.000.000 Net for 2 nights stay at Lanai Room, you can get daily breakfast at a traditional market, 1x set lunch, dinner credit, one-hour Balinese massage and daily afternoon tea by the river.
Kupu Barong Villas & Tree Spa
At Kupu Barong Villas & Tree Spa in Ubud, you can speak the language of love while viewing the beauty of nature, situated in opulent greenery in Ubud, an hour and a half drive away from the airport and 5km away from the Ubud market. Book for a magical body massage from their trusted and appointed spa, then dine in their restaurant and choose from a range of their Indian cuisines. Forget about their free W-FI for this day, focus on showing your loved one how lovable you can be and how much you love and value him/her. Sink in love or drown in love. Gazing upon the Jungle and enjoying the breeze as you get pampered.