Set on 5 hectares of lush grounds facing a wall of jungle, Bagus Jati is the place to go if you want some peace and quiet and to spend some time in nature. Just walking up and down the hills of the massive property to get to and from your room is a workout!
The rooms are individual little bungalows, backing into the cliffside and offering absolutely stunning views over the jungle. The beds were comfortable, and all windows opened on all sides, letting a sweet breeze through, meaning there was no need for aircon. There's also a huge balcony with a daybed and chairs and table for romantic dinners in the evenings.
Other than walking around the property, you can also sign up for the nature walk (tip: it was a bit more ‘nature’ than I’d bargained for, so bring closed-in shoes). The walk takes you to a neighbouring farm where you learn all about the produce, then to several woodworking shops in the nearby village before ending at the house of a local family to learn about their way of life.
The resort offers guests a daily schedule of activities, including Balinese Dance lessons (which can be great for a laugh if you’re as uncoordinated as me), aqua aerobics and yoga and meditation. The property has two yoga rooms which both overlook the stunning pool area, the sound of falling water filtering up the hillside, ensuring a very peaceful svasana (rest at the end of the yoga class).
The food at Bagus Jati was fantastic, with heaps of healthy options using local produce. And breakfast at the restaurant in the mornings came with unbeatable views.
Bagus Jati is an Indonesian owned and run resort, so if you’re looking for an authentic Balinese experience rather than a high-end retreat, then this is the place for you!
Travel to Bali is generally best during the drier seasons of June, July and August.
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