Overview: Munduk Moding Plantation Review
Back in May, I was lucky enough to spend 3 nights at Munduk Moding Plantation. The hotel is a boutique upscale luxury retreat on the gorgeous island of Bali. Having visited Bali over 10 times and lived there for the past 4 months, I’ve seen and stayed at my fair share of nice hotels on the island, and I can honestly say Munduk Moding Plantation blew all of the others out the window. Surrounded by lush tropical rainforests, and endless rolling hills and views of the north coast of Bali, it truly is an exquisite hotel, and I can’t wait to share my honest Munduk Moding Plantation review with you.
Best Time To Visit Bali
If you’re looking for the best weather with minimal rain, April to September is the time to go. If you can, I would avoid high season/school holidays between July and August as hotel prices spike and Bali’s main attractions get very crowded. In terms of temperature, Bali has a fairly steady monthly climate ranging from around 27-32c all year round. However, November to March is when most of the rainfall occurs and thunderstorms are common and night time temperatures are around 25c. I have travelled to Bali during pretty much every month, and even though rainy season can be pretty bad, the downpours usually only last around 10-20 minutes and then the sun comes out! It’s just a lot more sporadic and unpredictable.
Getting To Munduk Moding Plantation
To get to Bali itself is fairly straight forward wherever in the world you are coming from. From Europe you can fly via Singapore, Dubai, Qatar, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, Kuala Lumpur to name just a few. If you’re coming from Australia there are direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Gold Coast and Darwin. The USA is usually via Asia or the Middle East and if you’re coming from Asia there are plenty direct flights.
You will fly into Ngurah Rai International airport, which is located in Denpasar. From there it’s about a 2 1/2 hour car journey. If you’re coming from elsewhere in Bali for example Ubud, Sanur, Nusa Dua, Canggu or Seminyak check google maps for the rough times.
Munduk Moding Plantation Bali Mountain Resort offers transfers to and from the airport as well as pick-up and drop-offs anywhere on the island.
The hotel itself, is situated 1,000 metres above sea level in a remote and peaceful area known as Munduk. From the property you have uninterrupted views of the coast, the Java Sea and the central mountains. Within the Munduk area are impressive waterfalls, perfect photo opportunities and activities to keep you busy and active.
Munduk Moding Plantation is set within a five hectare coffee plantation overlooking magnificent rolling hills and luscious rainforests, the views from here don’t get much better than this.
Upon arrival we were greeted with a welcome drink and a flower lei, as our room wasn’t quite ready yet we walked round to the main area which features the magnificent 18 metre infinity pool, which is without a doubt the most unique part of Munduk Moding Plantation. It could quite possibly be the most impressive infinity pool in Bali and maybe the world!?
The hotel itself is spread out with separate villas dotted around the plantation to guarantee a feeling of privacy and to be able to serve each of their guests individually, with just nine villas and three suites.
As mentioned, Munduk Moding Plantation consists of nine villas and three suites all full private with a contemporary touch. Each room has panoramic rainforest views with a number of villas having their own private infinity pools.
I was booked into a garden suite, however on arrival I was upgraded to a garden villa! Situated a short walk from the main house and infinity pool it still felt completely secluded. The villa itself has wonderful views of the valley and rainforest, a large sitting area and a four poster king bed.
Round the back of the bed is an indoor shower, separate bath tub, his and her sinks, toilet, an outdoor shower and an outdoor terrace. It’s a perfect room for couples!
Private dining is possible both in the villa or on the secluded terrace. There’s also a DVD-audio-iPod station and flat screen TV so you can have movies nights, just pick up a DVD from reception lobby.
All facilities are included, like bath robes, slippers, hair dryer, bottled water and luxury toiletries.
The only thing that I would point out is that rooms do not have air conditioning. During the day it can get fairly humid and stuffy instead the room, at night is becomes surprisingly cool. But for those who love air conditioning (like me), just be prepared for a fairly humid environment.
Munduk Moding Plantation offers an array of different activities to suit any guest, with a daily activity planner left in your room each night or the daily activity board at reception. Activities range from a tour of the coffee plantation to learning to make a kite, trips to nearby waterfalls and bird watching. The program varies every day and they typically try to schedule various morning and afternoon activities, so you can keep busy.
In the afternoon everyday, they serve afternoon tea and coffee with home-made Balinese cake by the infinity pool, so make sure not to miss that as it’s absolutely delicious.
Despite the huge array of activities available at Munduk Moding Plantation, it’s hard not to just relax and rejuvenate by the incredible infinity pool and jacuzzi down the steps in-front of the pool. I spent most of my time here relaxing and exploring the property.
The jacuzzi is a great place to have a cocktail and watch the sunset!
On one of the days it did rain continually, therefore I used the onsite gym, played table tennis and pool which was great fun! If you’re wanting something more relaxing, indulge in Munduk Moding Plantation’ out-of-the world spa to unwind and de-stress. With heated massage beds to soothing oils and the view of the outside fog rolling across the resort.
Unless you order room service, MiMPi is the only restaurant at Munduk Moding Plantation, however it serves a huge variety of for breakfast, lunch and dinner at a very reasonable price. I was slightly intrigued to find this out knowing there aren’t any restaurants nearby, but I was pleasantly surprised at how affordable and well priced all meals were.
It offers a variety of cusines including traditional Balinese, Indonesian, Italian, and Western Fusion so you won’t be short of choice.
The restaurant has both an upstairs and downstairs section. I found having breakfast upstairs in the morning was wonderful, and having dinner downstairs was wonderful with the moon shining off the infinity pool.
Finally, as Munduk Moding Plantation is a working coffee plantation, MiMPi restaurant serves a wide variety of coffees, including the famous “kopi luwak”, which is definitely a must try if you’re staying here!
Writing this Munduk Moding Plantation review it was honestly hard coming up with small nitty gritty issues, as I honestly couldn’t fault this wonderful hotel. Despite my time here being short and sweet, I did manage to experience most of what Munduk Moding Plantation has to offer.
The grounds are gorgeous, the villas are unique and spacious, the infinity pool and jacuzzi well…I’m sure you’ve seen by the photos they are just breathtaking and the food was also great and reasonably priced! If I am being very picky, the absence of air conditioning would be my only fault, but for me that isn’t a major issue as being so high up in the mountains it does get rather chilly at night!
I cannot recommend this boutique hotel enough if you’re wanting to escape from the classic beaches and sites of Bali and instead explore the road less travelled of the more traditional authentic Bali.
Don’t just take my word for this Munduk Moding Plantation review though, check out their reviews on TripAdvisor
Munduk Moding Plantation invited me for 3 nights to experience their resort. All reviews are of course my honest own opinion.
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