Menjangan Resort Bali
8 / 10
The northwestern tip of Bali, where Mimpi Menjangan is located, is a little off the beaten track (expect a five-hour drive from the airport), but such a gorgeous destination. The coral reefs around here are a draw-card for travellers interested in diving and snorkelling and the surrounding West Bali National Park provides a beautiful natural setting. Mimpi Menjangan is located on a calm bay, with views of Java’s volcanoes (spectacular in the early evening). It is just outside a small village and a 15-minute drive from the seaside dive-town of Pemuteran.
Style & character
7 / 10
Mimpi Menjangan has a rather grand atmosphere: most of the floors are marble and the ceilings tower over interior spaces, creating a voluptuous sense of space. The resort has been laid out and landscaped in such a way that it feels like a village rather than a hotel, and you walk past thatch-roofed villas (each enclosed by stone walls), across little streams and through extensive gardens to get to the rim-flow pools and bay-side restaurant.
Service & facilities
Although the pools and tubs fed by the Banuwedang hot spring are central to a stay at Mimpi Menjangan, it’s the dive centre that most people come here for. The centre offers five courses, as well as the opportunity to explore the magnificent dive sites in the area.
The Mimpi Spring Spa draws on the natural healing powers of the hot thermal waters (which are 46 degrees Celcius), which play a pivotal role in many of the treatments, and the yoga retreats regularly held here complete the wellness offering at the resort. The communal “cool” pool has a wonderful view across the bay, as do the communal pools fed by hot springwater.
Mimpi Menjangan’s standard Patio Rooms are the size of small European city apartments. While the interior design is pretty standard for hotels, the rooms are comfortable, with sturdy wooden furniture providing ample space for seating, luggage, laptops and amenities. Mosquito nets hanging from tall ceilings add some character to the space. Each room has a deep patio – lovely to relax out here – and the open-air bathrooms allow you to enjoy Bali’s balmy weather. The marble floors help to keep the rooms cool.
The Patio Rooms have a communal hot thermal spring pool; the more luxurious villas have their own natural spring hot tub, gazebo and swimming pool.
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Food & drink
Sunset Beach Restaurant is, as its name suggests, a wonderful place to spend the early evenings. Seating extends onto a deck over the bay, and offers views to a small beach, mangrove forests and volcanoes. The menu here is extensive and features both Western and Indonesian dishes, with most fruit and vegetables grown in the resort’s organic 60-acre kitchen garden. Seafood here is always exceptionally fresh, and fish usually supplied by fishermen from the nearby village.
Value for money
Double rooms from 1, 491, 750 Indonesian Rupiah (£93) in low season and 1, 842, 750 Indonesian Rupiah (£115) in high season. Breakfast is included. Free Wi-Fi.
There is no charge for children under 12 sharing a room with parents. A baby cot is free; an extra bed is 253, 250 Indonesia Rupiah (£15) a night. The Patio Rooms have inter-leading doors to create family suits.