On the road from bedugul to Munduk, take the turn toward Golbek and stay at this gem. This recently openend venture is a collaboration between a young local farmer who was previously trained at the Shangri-la and an international economist. The accommodations are on 5 hectares (12 acres) of coffee plantation and bring much needed vitality and service to this area. The long view down to the north coast over the pool and terrace at sunset are spectacular, with the mountains of Java in the background. The villas have an open feel and are beautifully set in natural stone with polished hardwood floors with free-standing stone bath and separate outside showers. The kitchen serves their own organic produce and offers traditional Balinese food.
It will take about 40 energenic minutes to take a complete plantation tour. The kids will enjoy strawberry picking. A guided tour with the knowledgeable manager who, before hotel school, farmed his family’s land, explores surrounding plantations, the flora and fauna, and the interdependence of the farmers, their crops, and water. With a couple of horses, a tennis court, and kids area, this is a wonderful getaway.
The owners are committed to protecting the area’s natural beauty and environmental and cultural heritage and are thus developing the area with a sensitivity toward unison with the local population. With luck and hard work, they will avoid the execesses that have occurrend elsewhere on the island. They also work closely with their like-minded neighbors at Puri Lumbung.
Munduk. Phone: 0362/700-5321. www.mundukmodingplantation.com. 5 units. Year-round US$135 standard; US$160 grand suite; US$175 villas. AE, MC, V. Amenities: Restaurant; spa; tennis court. In room: TV/DVD, stereo/CD, iPod, hair dryer, minibar.