From luxury hotels, homestays, inns, hostels, to guest house, you may have tried everything while on vacation in Bali. Some people tend to look for another kinds of accommodation which is fun and different. Now you might wondering what is it? If you want kind of a bit fancy stays but with the nature vibes, glamping might suits you.
Glamping, aka glamorous camping, is actually a new form of accommodation that is quite booming. Don’t be fooled by the word “camper”; because even though staying in a tent, the comfort factor remains a major factor in glamping.
So, throw away your thoughts about camping using a sleeping bag or a thin mattress in the cold of the outdoors. If you’re curious about where in Bali you can feel the different yet unique sensation from glamping style, here we show you some of the coolest glamping spots you should try, here we go!
– Glamping by the beach at Menjangan Dynasty Resort and PADI Dive Centre in West Bali
Unlike other glamping resorts which are generally located in the middle of forests, valleys or mountains, the main attraction of the Menjangan Dynasty Resort is the beauty of its beaches and underwater nature. Located near the West Bali National Park area, this resort offers a glamping tents with an African kind of style accompanied by stunning natural panoramas as far as the eye can see. Not only beaches and sea, but also protected forests and mangrove forests. Anyway, get ready to be lulled! As we have said, the beauty around this eco-friendly resort can not only be enjoyed on land, but also under the sea.
So, if you are tired of seeing the beautiful panoramic views of the mountains and land, then why not exploring the underwater world of Menjangan, which is famous for its colourful coral reefs. Here, there is a 5 star rating Dive Center called PADI which ready to invite you to explore the underwater world by snorkelling or scuba-diving.
Lazy to do things and go everywhere? Just spend your time in the lagoon area, one of the few white sandy beaches on Bali’s north coast, while soaking in its cool infinity pool or enjoying a cocktail at the Pasir Putih Beach Club and Bar. Other facilities available at this resort are the water sports centre, with a wide selection of non-machine water activities; such as kayaking, windsurfing, canoeing, and many more. So, who said camping was boring?
– Luxurious tents in the middle of a rice field at Sandat Glamping Tents, Ubud
Ubud is famous for its stretch of cool green fields, and in one corner of the green fields is the Sandat Glamping Tents. As one of the most famous glamping sites in Bali, Sandat offers 5 safari style tents, equipped with a private infinity pool and terrace overlooking the forest and 3 barn-style cottages that can be rented by anyone. Designed in great detail, each tent here has a special theme that will immerse you in a Balinese natural atmosphere. From white shell ornaments, chandeliers, and vanished patterned wooden furniture, everything is carefully chosen so that you feel comfortable and warm even in the midst of nature.
To gives the “camper” and nature vibes, a tent roof is designed by an Italian designer with a canvas wall. Anyway, all the ingredients used are all locally made and natural to create a natural yet trendy impression. On the outside, there is a beautiful infinity pool, which at a glance is directly adjacent to rice fields and waving palm trees. Care about your privacy? Don’t worry, each tent is separated by a bamboo fence and a row of dividing plants. The bathroom and the living room is separated by a curtain. Two of the 5 tents found in Sandat Glamping Tents are tent suites that contain round beds with a romantic canopy. Each tent is also equipped with mosquito nets, Wi-Fi connection, in-room dining services, so you can stay comfortable without having to get out of bed.
Even though these tents look luxurious, but you’ll still be able to hear the sounds of birds and wild insects roaming outside, especially at night. Therefore, if you are one of those people who can only sleep in really quiet conditions, bring your own earplug might be a good idea.
– Romantic tent facing the Indian Ocean at Bali Dynasty Resort, Kuta
Try to escape for a moment from the tourist spots that are crowded, and ‘camp’ in this romantic luxury tent hidden in this area of Kuta. Besides having hotel rooms and public facilities like most other resorts, Bali Dynasty Resort also provides an alternative for those who want to experience the sensation of glamping in luxury villas resembling tents. The luxurious and comfortable king-size bed in this air-conditioned tent is sure to make you feel snuggled on the mattress all day long. Meanwhile, women will surely fall in love with the ample changing room, complete with mirror and sink. In the outdoor bathroom which is surrounded by bamboo walls and natural stone floors, you can feel the sensation of private bathing in the moonlight.
It doesn’t stop there. Every guest who stays is free to use the various facilities available there, including Ashoka Spa, 6 restaurant choices, 4 bars (don’t miss the Irish themed bar and the H20 bar on the top floor), 3 swimming pools, fitness centre, beach club, kids club, as well as complimentary departure lounge. The luxury tent villa at this resort is perfect for those of you who want to spend a romantic-vibes vacation with your partner, honeymoon, wedding reception, or private party.
– Waking up in the trees at Sang Giri Mountain Tent Resort, Tabanan
This mountain-inspired resort is located in Jatiluwih Village, Tabanan regency. FYI, Jatiluwih is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Here you will feel a glamping atmosphere without the presence of a door, as well as a panoramic view of the lush jungle as far as the eye can see. At dawn, the morning mist hanging over the trees will greet you, giving you the impression that you are above the clouds. And once the sun starts to shine its rays perfectly, you can see these unforgettable spectacular views directly from your room.
Offering a comfortable bedroom that faces directly to the forest, there is also a private bathroom equipped with a shower and toilet. You don’t need to look for air conditioning anymore, because the mountain air temperature up here is quite cool. One of the interesting parts of this tent is a space with a unique small fireplace, a place where you can sit back and enjoy hot tea. It’s so comfortable, don’t be surprised if you will forget that you are in a tent. Your sleep at night will be better because you are lulled by the sounds of nature.
No need to worry about food, at Pakis Restaurant you will find a variety of Western BBQ offerings and local Balinese dishes that are all ready to make your tongue sway. Amazingly, all the vegetables and fruits used are guaranteed freshness, because they are picked directly from the organic garden in the resort. Since this tent has no doors, don’t be surprised if you find few insects. However, if you feel disturbed, you can ask for a mosquito net (although mosquitoes are rare in mountainous areas). When it comes to food, if you have a special request, don’t hesitate to tell the cook. The kitchen concept here is an open kitchen, so you can see first-hand how your food is prepared. Want to try eating out? The nearest restaurant is about a 40 minute walk away. So, instead of getting tired, it’s better to use a vehicle.
Sang Giri also provides several outdoor activities that you can try, if you feel like an adventure. You can occupy yourself by exploring the surrounding forests and rice fields, cycling through traditional villages, hiking, watching wild birds, visiting various temples and waterfalls, or learning to cook with ingredients from their garden. All of these activities can be arranged by the resort where you stay.
So, how is it? After reading all of our recommendations, are you sure you won’t be tempted to give it a try?