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Manggis, Bali, Indonesia
Best for: Food Drink, Specialist, Culture History
Hidden away on Bali’s unspoilt east coast, where traditional villages and tropical waters exist in the shadow of mighty Mount Agung, Alila Manggis is a tranquil retreat near the coastal town of Candidasa.
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Away from the hustle and bustle of Bali’s southern beaches, Alila Manggis is a secluded resort fringed with swaying coconut palms and lapped by the waves of the Indian Ocean. Empty volcanic sand beaches stretch for miles, local villages uphold traditions such as rice farming, basket weaving and ikat textile making and a spectacular marine environment exists just off shore, making this a paradise for snorkellers and divers. Located between the sacred Mount Agung volcano and the waters of Buitan Beach, Alila Manggis embraces this slow-paced way of life, offering a luxurious yet laid back escape from the well-worn tourist path.
The rooms are centred around the vast swimming pool, offering views of tropical foliage or the lapping waves of the Lombok Strait. Décor is simple and elegant, with crisp white linen, soft muted colours and billowing mosquito nets alongside compact yet luxurious en-suite bathrooms and private balconies with a comfy daybed and small table. This contemporary Balinese feel extends to the heart of the resort, with the main restaurant, Seasalt, taking its name from the local salt pans at nearby Goa Lawah. Set under a thatched alang-alang roof with views of the gardens, pool and ocean, the menu here focuses on local specialities and some more familiar international fare. Sample the flavours of east Bali with the signature Balinese ‘Megibung’, a traditional sharing feast served during festivals and ceremonies in this part of Bali. Fresh fruits, local seafood and classics such as Nasi Goreng and grilled pork ribs feature on the main menu, alongside fresh pastas, homemade pizzas and fresh salads. Not only does the hotel’s organic garden play a huge role in the cuisine at Seasalt, but also offers the opportunity for a cooking lesson with a difference. Visit the garden to choose the best seasonal produce, before returning to the kitchen for a lesson in Balinese cuisine under the skilful tutelage of the chef.
The regency of Karangasem is the perfect place to discover the authentic side to Bali, and Alila Manggis is the perfect base. Head out on the hotel’s bikes to explore local villages that still hold ancient traditions and customs close to their heart. The traditional Bali Aga village of Tenganan is deeply entrenched this way of life, offering a fascinating glimpse into how the Balinese people lived centuries ago. Take a walking tour of Mount Agung and Bali’s mother temple at Besakih, visit the weaving village of Sidemen or other local temples and villages that surround the resort. Out at sea, keen divers and snorkellers will revel in the rich marine life of nearby Amed and the offshore dive sites of Nusa Penida and Manta Point, home to the eponymous manta ray and other pelagic species. Reef sharks, turtles and the bizarre Mola-Mola are all visitors to these waters, thriving amongst the colourful coral reefs that teem with life. Board the hotel’s traditional wooden Jukung boat for a sunrise or sunset tour of the east coast, head out deep-sea fishing in the Nusa Penida Strait, or simply hop in the shallows with a snorkel and mask and enjoy the tropical waters close to shore. After a long day of exploring, visit Alila’s thatched, ocean-side spa for a relaxing treatment amongst the pandan forest, listening to the sound of the waves.
When to go
Straddling the equator, Indonesia tends to have a fairly even climate year-round. Rather than four seasons, Indonesia has two – dry (between May to September) and wet (between October to April) – and there are no extremes of temperature between winter and summer. In most parts of Indonesia, the wet season falls between October and April and the dry season between May and September. December and January see Bali at its most humid and rain tends to come in sudden tropical downpours, but it can also rain for more prolonged periods.
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Things to do
Bali Street Food Experience
Discover the culinary delights of Bali on a guided tour where you will learn how to prepare and cook a local dish in a traditional Balinese house, visit a local warung and the Gianyar Night Market, before enjoying an authentic dining experience.
Fat Bike Volcano Ride
Explore the Mount Batur Caldera on a Fat Bike, a bike with oversized tires that allow for a more leisurely exploration of the difficult terrain.
Paon Bali Cooking Class
Discover the art of traditional Balinese cuisine on this half day cooking class as you learn to cook a selection of sumptous local dishes.