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Bali Mountain Retreat
4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Br Biyahan | Desa Wanagiri, Tabanan, Bali 82113, Indonesia   |  
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“So glad we went to Bali Mountain Retreat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2010

We had such a great stay at Bali Mountain Retreat and it was one of the highlights of our 3 week trip (we went to Seminyak, Ubud and Gili Trawangan as well). We had originally planned to stay 2 nights, but very shortly after we arrived and saw the beautiful property, all the activities and the friendliness of Richard and the rest of the staff, we quickly decided to stay 3 nights and were very happy that we made that choice.

It is a very different experience from other parts of Bali and we felt that we were seeing a part of Bali that is generally untouched by tourism.

We did two hikes with Putu, who did an excellent job, including going out in the pouring rain so that we could see the rice paddies. His knowledge of the plants and animals was very impressive and we enjoyed trying all the delicious fruit that he found for us on the trip. We did the rainforest/temple trek and the rick paddies trek. Both were two of our favorite experiences and the rice paddies were incredible. It was muddy and rainy but coming back after seeing the rice paddies (and a hot shower) made it so worth it.

The food was delicious and served by an incredibly friendly staff. We ate so much good food and we still talk about our meals. I had 2 massages (one Balinese and 1 hot stone) and both were wonderful. I wish that I had a third before we left.

Richard did an amazing job designing the property and the amount of detail in the architecture and landscaping were incredible. There are several stand alone buildings that have comfortable lounging areas with great views. It was such a relaxing place to come back to after the treks. We also really enjoying meeting Richard and hanging out with him and hearing his music (thanks for the CDs Richard). Since it is a rural area, you do hear the roosters that start around 5am and go most of the day, but if you have ear plugs its pretty easy to ignore. The rooms are simply designed but with beautiful 200 year old teak that Richard brought from Java. However, when we were there, it was rainy for most of 1 day so it is not the beach experience you will get in Seminyak.

Three pieces of advice (1) definitely use the driver offered by Richard. We are independent travelers and generally have our own car when we travel, but trying to find the BMR would have been very challenging. (2) bring a rain jacket and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty if you will do a trek. Richard does provide ponchos for the trek, but I was glad to also have a rain jacket and pants that I could get (very) muddy; and (3) plan on staying at least 3 nights to really experience all that BMR has to offer.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2010

I would highly recommend Bali Mountain Retreat, especially for nature lovers, those who are interested in seeing more of bali than the touristy areas and those who are keen to do some hiking.
I found the accommodation to be lovely. Richard (owner) very kindly upgraded us from the rice huts to the budget teak house rooms (share bathroom) at a very reasonable rate due to the recent heavy rain falls (he thought we would be more comfortable in the teak house room). We found this room to be great - lovely king size bed, doors opening onto what felt like our own little part of the jungle.
The most striking thing about Bali Mountain Retreat is the beautiful gardens. We saw many flowering orchids and beautiful heliconias. There are also many parts in Bali Mountain Retreat to relax with a good book - most also having great views down towards denpasar and the beaches.
We opted to do the 6hr trek which involved a few hours climbing up the mountain in the jungle and a few hours exploring the rice fields. The latter was definately a highlight of our trip. we met lovely locals and enjoyed seeing the rich farming area and cooling our feet in a beautiful flowing stream .
The food at BMR is fantastic. I couldn’t believe that in the middle of our mountain trek we were served hot nasi goreng at the temple, complete with still-runny fried egg. Amazing! Also, don’t miss the eggplant wedges and fern tip spring rolls at the BMR restaurant

Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2010

For our first time in Bali and our second night after a short stop in Senur, arriving at Bali Mountain Retreat after a long bumpy ride (with a taxi who didn't know the way!) was an absolute pleasure. Richard, our host, was the ultimate host - patient, friendly, knowledgeable and really just a lovely person. We stayed for 3 nights in a teak house room. The room was beautifully designed with the right mix of luxury and simplicity. The detail in the service of the room was fantastic - for example, a jug of drinking water, urn of hot water, both refilled daily. The room was clean, spacious and very comfortable. The food was delicious - fresh produce and made with love. Each meal was made to order and was the perfect mix of Balinese and Western fusion. The staff at BMR are all genuinely delightful. The other guests were also great - like minded people and a true reflection on what BMR is about - care for nature, the environment, and people's wellbeing. The area is remote and tourism free. We did the 25km cycle tour from BMR down the mountain to the sea. This was truly a highlight for us - we rode through villages and rice paddies and saw smiling faces and farmers working in their beautiful fields. It was spectacular.
We also had a massage at BMR which was also great and walked up the steep road to the temple.
We look forward to Richard building a pool by our next visit - hint, hint.
This place is special.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2009

Our trip to BMR commenced with the prearranged pickup from Legian. The driver was absolutely fantastic and provided as much detail as a tour guide as we asked on our way to the BMR getaway. The 2 1/2 hour drive up the mountains was through the local villages and over very slow and potholed paths (roads).

Lunch was provided in the restaurant when we asked on arrival. Like all the food that we ate while at BMR the food was fresh, local and extremely tasty. We mainly ate vegetarian and after three nights we had eaten all the choices in the menu.

The staff were extremely friendly and helpful and also provided our romantic dinner in the BirdsNest exceptionally on our last night.

The facilities, rooms and location were all clean and were all very airy and spacious and would be well suited for a romantic getaway or group retreat. We generally relaxed (and ate) while we stayed at BMR. The gardens are maintained with lots of colour and variety and plenty of vegetables and fruits growing. The local tour guides provided us with some great walks and insights to their villages local areas including the local temple at Mount Batukaru.

We would definitely like to visit and stay again. :)

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2009

We spent two nights here on a 5 night visit to Bali. The owners and staff were very warm and welcoming. The rooms are big and done up with style and taste. The oversized king bed was a nice surprise and it was also very comfortable which can be hit or miss in Bali in this price range. The food was imaginative, tasty and varied the wireless internet was fast and reliable and we took advantage of the many areas to relax and unwind. We did not take advantage of any of the hikes or day outings so I cannot comment on them.

During our stay, we wandered over to Sarin Buana to have a look which is a short walk away. We asked to have a look around and the woman (wife of the owner) said they were full. She was very rude and basically treated us like trespassers when we wanted to have a look around. I understand the need for privacy for paying guests and with the hotel full, I did not expect to be shown a room, but in the 15 years I've been coming to Bali, never have I been refused an offer to have a look around any hotel, resort or guesthouse as a future potential customer. And the location is so far off the beaten path, there is certainly no risk of hords of curious tourists wandering through the place. From what we did see however (the common area and monkey's in a small cage), there was no comparison; the Bali Mountain Retreat has it beat by a long shot.

Stayed October 2009, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2009

After some time in Kuta, Sanur and Ubud, we made the trek up to Mt Batakaru. Looking to find a different view of Bali - we were not disappointed by the Bali Mountain Retreat (literally and metaphorically). It took us about an hour and a half to get there from Sanur, but it was worth the trip. The retreat's driver came and picked us up, and happily chatted with us and played a selection of CDs on the way (Guns N Roses, anyone?)

When we got to the retreat, we were greeted by owners Richard and Rebecca, who were friendly, helpful and hospitable. They showed us to our room, which was clean and beautifully laid out. The bathroom had a small gap between the wall and the roof, which gave it a nice open air feeling.

We were also lucky enough to be at the retreat for one of their famed music nights, which happen once a month. There they put on a gorgeous buffet of traditional indonesian foods, and all the guests came together for a night of music under the stars. Perfect.

If you're looking for somewhere quiet, beautiful and where you're well cared for, then this is the place for you!

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2009

Nestled amongst cocoa & coffee plantations Bali Mountain Retreat is a an experience you will never forget. It's not your typical place to stay. It's a place where you get a feel of the real Bali. Richard and Rebecca make it feel like you are staying with family. We loved the architecture of the buildings that Richard spent 4 years restoring. The food was top class and some dishes were so popular, they ran out. They have a really nice hall with teak wood floors above the rooms to do yoga with lots of fresh air and a great view. Our visit coincided with Richard's monthly concert which was an added treat. The various activities (recommend taking the rice paddy trek) guided by their local Balinese staff are unique and worth doing. The only downside (not really though, as it keeps the hordes of tourists out) is that the access to the retreat requires travel over some difficult roads. It is important to plan/coordinate with Richard or Rebecca before travel. . Do not miss out on the Balinese massage in the music room.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Br Biyahan | Desa Wanagiri, Tabanan, Bali 82113, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Tabanan
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 27 Specialty Lodging in Tabanan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Bali Mountain Retreat 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bali Mountain Retreat is nestled high on the eastern slopes of Mt Batukaru in traditional Bali. An amazing outlook to the coast, a natural setting amongst the food forest and drinking water direct from a spring on the mountain. In one direction you can trek in the last true national park in Bali and in the other stroll through the sculptured rice fields. With comfortable accommodation and delicious meals in a truly traditional setting, Bali Mountain retreat is a unique experience. ... more   less 
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