So you’ve done Seminyak. You’ve been to Ubud and seen the monkeys. You’ve lived it up in Uluwatu.
Perhaps you’d like to get off the beaten track and head across to one of the smaller islands in Bali.
Nusa Lembongan is only a 30-minute boat ride from Sanur, off the southeast coast of the Bali mainland.
And it’s just like Bali used to be …
See: The Yellow Bridge
Known as the Love Bridge, this pretty yellow bridge over turquoise waters joins Nusa Lembongan to Nusa Ceningan. The colour of the bridge and the addition of delicate lighting every night has made it something of a romantic must-see. Scoot over it with your love (it only fits two scooters at any time) or walk (watch out for scooters).
Stay: The Tamarind Resort
This boutique resort is built of hand-carved stone around an ancient Tamarind tree. The hotel somehow blends modern design with a historic Balinese flavour. Our room was petite, but luxe, with one of the most comfy beds we’ve ever slept on. If you love those personal touches, you’ll adore this place – fruit plates every afternoon and the brand colours of coral and aqua repeated throughout the resort in the ceramics, towels and do-not-disturb signs. Don’t miss the pool bar at the top of the resort – cold wine and views to die for. Our room was just $250AUD per night including breakfast, find out more here.
Nusa Lembongan is a small, laid back village and it’s not for the glam, Seminyak-esque shopper. That said, if you want sweet little handmade Balinese bracelets, stop by the side of the road at the many market stalls set up and haggle with the locals. You should pay about one dollar Aussie per bracelet. A lot cheaper than Kuta or Seminyak.
Have the burger at The Tamarind Resort. Have a drink and nibbles at the delightfully quaint Le Pirate, then head to lunch at the Sandy Bay Beach Club. Have the prawn pasta and a bottle of white. They have awesome NZ wines for about $40AUD per bottle – pretty cheap for Bali. On your way back to Tamarind Resort, stop for a Bintang at Agung Beach Club and sit up in the treehouse looking over the ocean.
Get over your fear of heights and do the cliff into the ocean jump at Blue Lagoon – details here.