Batu Karang Resort: Surf and serenity on Nusa Lembongan
WHEN Batu Karang Resort was built on the island of Nusa Lembongan off Bali, it was in a class all of its own. Since then, it has been joined by other resort operations, but it still occupies what has to be the most enviable stretch of hillside real estate on the island. Luxury furnishings, five-star service and an acclaimed day spa frame the experience.
There are no large motor vehicles on the island, though you can rent a scooter if you want to explore. The resort blankets a hillside, and some of the finest views to be found on the island are from the top. Climbing the hill to your room can be daunting, especially when you’re poolside in the throes of relaxation. Luckily, electric golf carts are on hand to shuttle you to and from your guest room.
The resort offers full facilities, including three swimming pools, a fitness center, an Asian-Western fusion restaurant and a day lounge. Off-property, the major pastime was once surfing, which still maintains a major following. However, fishing, scuba diving and snorkeling have also taken off in recent years.
What makes it special?
One of the central aspects of Batu Karang that makes it stand out from the competition is that it seized on the luxury market despite the island’s reputation as a surfer’s hangout. Batu Karang was a pioneer in turning the tides away from surfing and toward luxury. That being said, surfing is still alive and well here – it’s just no longer the only game in town.
Those laid-back roots have been kind to Nusa Lembongan. There are no cars on the island despite its population of 7,000 locals. The result is a delightful village-like atmosphere outside of the resort areas. Noise and pollution are conspicuously missing.
What to expect?
You can’t help but notice the attention to detail that has gone into this resort. The father-son team that built it took four years to do so, and they obviously balked at the idea of sparing any expense or skimming over a few minor details. Everything from the food to the expert service are sure to impress.
Guests enjoy plenty of pampering and privacy on one of the finest stretches of white-sand beach in Bali. The rooms are beautifully decorated, and they come fully equipped with satellite television, air conditioning, oversized beds and 220-thread-count sheets. And the open-air bathrooms are particularly stunning. They offer private views over the sea and even include stone-basin bathtubs.
What is there to do?
The property offers spectacular views of the beach, and there is plenty for guests to do right here on the resort. The swimming pools – all three of them – are a particularly fine option for wasting a few hours in paradise. Offerings include a twin-lane lap pool, a pool with a vanishing infinity horizon and a smaller pool that comes complete with a swim-up bar.
There is a day lounge at the resort open to all guests. It is air-conditioned and features a library, Internet stations, a plasma TV and DVD player. An onsite fitness center is also available for use. But the main resort attraction is Lulur Spa, which offers a full menu of wellness treatments and massage packages.
Even more activities are available off-resort. The island was originally developed with surfers in mind, due to the fantastic breakers off of the west coast. Scuba diving is also excellent offshore of both this island and neighboring Nusa Penida.
What’s the damage?
Villas at Batu Karang start at around US$230 and go up from there. About half of the room types fall under (or just above) the US$300 mark, although there are a few splurge options in the mix as well. The suite is priced at US$400, and the wedding villa US$475. A three-bedroom villa is also available for larger groups. Guests are required to stay for a minimum of three days during the high season (December 20 to January 7 and July 1 to September 15). Otherwise, two nights’ stay is required. Click here for full details.
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