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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Bali Mountain Retreat Hotel Tabanan
- Bali Mountain Retreat Tabanan