They say nothing worth having in life is easy and Moduk Moding Plantation – Nature Resort & Spa is not necessarily the “easiest” hotel to get to in Bali but when you arrive – the commute is definitely worth it. Moduk Moding Plantation is in the north of Bali, about a two-and-a-half-hour drive north from the Denpasar Airport. I arrived in Bali the day before Nyepi (Balinese New Year) and the drive took almost four hours after rerouting around the celebrations and parades in the streets of Bali.
Nestled in the mountains – Moduk Moding is the perfect place for those seeking an “Eat, Pray, Love” moment on the Island of the Gods. The property is cascaded across a mountain range in the middle of a Balinese jungle and it couldn’t be any more picturesque if it tried.
The whole property is themed on Balinese style décor and is also home to a coffee plantation! The attention to details in the landscaping is one of the first things I noticed about the property – with fern and bamboo archways along the paths around the property and tropical flora in abundance.
Every accommodation at Munduk Moding Plantation is either a suite or a villa, with some of the villas even boasting their own pool and jacuzzi. I enjoyed four glorious nights at Moduk Moding Plantation – two of which were spent in a one bedroom pool villa (the Jungle Villa) and two spent in a two-bedroom pool villa (the Heliconia Villa). Both villas were designed with Balinese architecture in mind but with zero modern amenities spared.
Some of my favorite features of both villas were beautiful bathrooms (with large bathtubs!) separate sitting areas, coffee from the Munduk Moding Plantation in the room, plush bathrobes, mini bar inclusive of soft drinks and beer, bottled drinking water (extra points to Munduk Moding for using glass water bottles instead of plastic!).
The Balinese touches and attention to detail were some of my favorite aspects of staying at Munduk Moding Plantation.
One of the best things about the suites and villas is that upon check-in you’re welcomed by your own private butler who will escort you to your suite/villa via buggy and assist with your luggage. The bonus? There’s a mobile phone in the room that you can use to call your butler 24/7 for anything you’d need – from a ride in the buggy to the restaurant or to call in for in-room dining.
Dining at Moduk Moding Plantation is an experience in itself! The restaurant is situated overlooking the infamous infinity pool at Moduk Moding and if you’d like you can even reserve tables in a secluded, intimate and private gazebo.
(Left) A beautiful breakfast spread and (right) delicious dinner options, both served by the pool.
There are heaps of options to order for each meal, with breakfast serving traditional Balinese, Indonesian, American and Continental options, fresh juices and of course – coffee from their own plantation!
Lunch and dinner are similar menus with additional options for dinner. There are options from pasta and pizza to traditional Balinese menu items, vegan and vegetarian options and even options including multiple course dinner menus for two.
Asdghik from The Jetsetter Diaries and I indulged one night in a Balinese Rijsttafel (which translates to “rice table”) and it was an elaborate tasting menu of six different Balinese options – with dessert!
The only thing better than experiencing the Munduk Moding Plantation property – is experiencing its many, many amenities. Every day there are a few tours offered to guests complimentary – such as bird watching around sunrise, late morning tours of the coffee plantation, bamboo straw making, kite making and flying, shuttles to surrounding areas including temples and evening movie screenings catered to guests traveling with children – amongst heaps of other options, all complimentary!
If the complimentary offerings at Munduk Moding aren’t enough to satisfy your experience cravings there are also paid tours, excursions and experience offerings. You can even book a riding session with one of the three horses that call Munduk Moding Plantation, “home”!
Asdghik and I took two day tours with a driver and a guide – one exploring a few local waterfalls (and the guide came along with us for the waterfalls!) and the other exploring Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, a local market and a few “Instagram-photo hot spots”.
Exploring the Munduk area in North Bali, some of the highlights from the day tours at Munduk Moding Plantation.
All in all, I loved my stay at Moduk Moding Plantation. The staff were super friendly and accommodating, the villas were inviting and cozy, the tours were organized and fun and the best part – the views and hues are to die for!
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Disclaimer: I was hosted as a guest at Moduk Moding Plantation, my opinions, as always – remain my own.