THE glamping trend seems to have set up camp in the travel industry, especially in the less-traversed wilds of Asia. It’s been described as “a style of camping with amenities and, in some cases, resort-style services not usually associated with ‘traditional’ camping”.
You might not necessarily associate the glamping experience with a touristy stomping ground such as Bali, but Menjangan Dynasty Resort takes it up a notch by playing to its location’s natural assets.
Set across 16 hectares of land on a quiet peninsula beside a white-sand beach, the eco-friendly retreat makes full use of north Bali’s stunning dive site. Despite its Bali address, rest assured you and your partner will feel miles away from the raucous heartbeat of central Bali.
From the resort, you can enjoy a breathtaking vista that extends across Banyuwedang Bay to the lowland forests of the West Bali National Park where you’ll be treated to the unique view of a mangrove-entwined coastline.
Inside the resort, the glamping African safari double-skinned canvas tents offer all the comforts of a modern home while in the thick of nature. The tough outer skin of the tents can be rolled up to reveal a transparent inner layer fashioned from mesh that acts as a window.
Couples can choose between beach camp tents, one-, and two-room cliff tent villas; the villa options are great if celebrating an anniversary or honeymoon as they come with private alfresco decks and pools.
Each room is decked out in earthy tones, merbau hardwood floors, rattan-paneled wardrobes, goatskin rugs, driftwood and seagrass lamps, a mini bar encased in a packing trunk, and a TV with international channels. Villas have the added perk of a terrazzo soaking tub complete with a picnic hamper filled with luxury bathroom amenities.
One of the best things about Menjangan Dynasty Resort is its seamless connection to the natural environment that surrounds it, and the proof is in exciting activities such as diving, trekking, mountain biking, bird-watching, and horse-riding.
Of course, it’s not a trip out without a trek through the West Bali National Park a sprawling land of monsoon forested mountains, mangrove forests, lowland rainforests, and savannah grasslands, all which make up the last remaining pristine areas on the island.
Plus, the park is home to endangered and rare flora and fauna such as sandalwood trees, barking deers, wild banteng, and the magnificent Bali Starling (or Bali myna), the only surviving bird species endemic to Bali.
Meanwhile, Menjangan Island is blessed with some of Bali’s most stunning coral reefs, making for ideal wall diving and snorkeling sites. The island teems with a raft of colorful marine life, and adding to its appeal are its lack of current and high visibility. Whether it’s powder-blue surgeon fish, damsel fish, or silvery jacks you encounter, you’ll be sure to remember your dive here.
After a long day exploring, the resort’s Pasir Putih Beach Club is a welcome respite for a bit of downtime. Couples can request for customized romantic dinners, and can choose to dine beneath the stars under the shade of tamarind trees, or sit at the water’s edge for a toes-in-the-sand experience.
However you choose to spend your time at Menjangan Dynasty Resort, your stay here will be rewarded with a one-of-a-kind hotel experience, up-close encounters with rare marine and forest life, and most importantly, you’ll be able to take back fond memories of quality time spent with your significant other.