“Remote retreat in the bio-diverse Bali Barat National Park, a wildlife-wonderland”
The rooms at the Lodge (Monsoon Deluxes and Suites) are built in the bush around the tree-fringed main pool. All have Bengkirai wood floors and traditional alang-alang grass roofs. The Suites are especially lovely, super-big and airy, with private decks and four-poster beds. The Deluxe rooms can interconnect; handy for families.
If you like to nod off to the sound of the sea, the Beach Villas are perfect (20 minutes from the Lodge by safari shuttle). Connected by boardwalks to protect the mangrove, each is a generous 100 sqm in size and built in Joglo style, with an uncluttered modern décor and windows for ocean views. Verandas come with bean bags and low-slung chairs, from which you can see the deer bathe in the sea - magical.
Throughout, rooms come with white linens, iPod docks and TV/DVD players (bring DVDs), and spiced citrus soaps for showers. (The Beach Villas have big bathtubs, too.) Nice surprises include fruit baskets, cookie jars and bottled water. There are also bug sprays and lotions, and air con. Each room is immaculate and cleaned twice a day.
Finally - The Menjangan Residence, a show-stopper, sleeping 6 with the luxury of butler service. It has amazing views of Bayun Bay from its elevated decked balconies, and from its cliff-perched private infinity pool.
For guests at the Lodge, the Bali Tower is a 600m walk away, or a 5-minute hop in the shuttle. From the Beach Villas, it's a 20-minute journey. A spectacular creation constructed from logs 33m high, the tower’s top floors soar above the forest canopy affording 360-degree views across the ocean, over to the volcanoes of Java. The middle floors are devoted to an open-air restaurant; below is Reception. Note, the Bali Tower is great for mocktails and cocktails, the tree monkeys entertaining you as you chill.
For those staying in the Beach Villas, the attractively decked Pantai Restaurant is a stroll away, specializing in seafood barbecues. A barefoot bar and lounge has beach bags, chill-out music and candles. There are also some secluded gazebos.
The food in both restaurants is part Indonesian, part ‘international’ - you choose. Being remote, the options are limited, and opinions of the cuisine vary among those who’ve visited. However, breakfast comes in for much praise, with the a la carte menu offering everything from eggs Benedict to a delicious nasi goreng.
Bali Barat National Park is home to deer, wild pigs, black and macaque monkeys and a wide range of birdlife, while the coast is rich in corals and fish.
Families are welcome at The Menjangan and it's fantastic for adventurous older kids and teenagers, with snorkelling, diving, horse riding and wildlife spotting. There are no specific facilities for younger children, and note that activities have a minimum age stipulation of 5, and baby monitors won't stretch from any accommodation to the restaurants.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
All rooms can fit 1 rollaway bed or baby cot. It is possible to accommodate a family of four if the fourth child shares their parents' bed. The Deluxe Rooms can interconnect. The Menjangan Residence has 2 kingsize bedrooms, 1 twin bedroom and space for a rollaway bed so is great for a multi-generational family.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
No swimming is permitted below the Beach Villas due to the sharp coral