Gaz and I decided to celebrate our 10 year anniversary (where has the time gone?!) with a trip to Bali. On the advice of a friend, we started our holiday on Nusa Lembongan, an island half an hour away from mainland Bali.
So, after a 17 hour flight to Denpasar, we caught a taxi to Sanur and boarded a Scoot Cruises ferry to Lembongan.
Almost 24 hours after we left our hotel in Heathrow, we arrived on the shores of Lembongan and boy, was it worth it!
We were staying at Hai Tide resort in Mushroom Bay and were greeted with welcome cocktails and cold towels.
The resort is a collection of huts, known as lumbungs, on the beach. Aren’t they fabulous?!
Despite the rustic look, they were really luxurious inside. The bed was genuinely the biggest and most comfortable bed I have ever slept in and the air conditioning was a joy. Each night we would go to bed listening to the waves lap the shore – bliss!
The most striking thing about Lembongan is its turquoise waters. We headed straight in for a swim.
That evening, we had cocktails on our balcony and watched the sunset.
The resort’s bar and restaurant is a stunning bamboo structure. I really want one of these for my garden! (Okay, I will need a much bigger garden!)
We got up early the next morning to explore the island. Breakfast at Hai Tide is served with an incredible view.
We took the road through the village to get a taste of local life.
We walked from Dream Beach to Devil’s Tear to watch the huge waves crash against the rocks. It’s a pretty formidable sight.
From there we headed round the corner to Sandy Bay Beach Club for cocktails.
They host weddings at Sandy Bay so I spent the afternoon trying to persuade Gaz that we should have our wedding here. It would be an incredible venue!
For sunset, we decided to head over to The Deck, a bar attached to the oh-so-chic Batu Karang resort. There are no cars on Lembongan but the main bars and hotels have their own pick up trucks which they use to ferry guests around, usually free of charge. We called the Deck who sent a driver to collect us and he kindly dropped us home later also.
I discovered the Deck through Instagram and the view didn’t disappoint! It hangs on the edge of the hill and is the perfect place to watch the sun go down.
We finished our evening with a pool side dinner at the Deck’s swanky sister restaurant, Muntigs. Whilst the restaurant was expensive in comparison to others on the island, it was worth it as a special treat. The food was great and the surroundings were stunning.
We were heartbroken to have to leave Lembongan the next morning and wished we had stayed for longer. However, we were excited to see what the next island had in store…