We are a young couple in our mid-twenties and are quite well-travelled. The MMP was – by far – the nicest hotel we have stayed in, both during our most recent trip to Bali as well as all earlier travels in other parts of the world.
We booked quite at short notice, about 10 days before the stay, for one night only (we absolutely wanted to treat ourselves to a stay at the plantation as it ticked all our Bali boxes but were a bit budget-conscious so we settled on a short stay) in the cheapest category room. Even though the website offered credit card payment, we were asked to pay through PayPal, which we don’t use. When mentioning this to the extremely helpful hotel staff, alternative arrangements were promptly made. Gede and us exchanged quite a few E-Mails prior to our stay, and he would always reply promptly, politely and with all the necessary information, making us feel welcome and well taken care of from the very start.
Pick-up in Bedugul was perfectly on time and very convenient. Stops were made on the way for us to be able to take photos of the beautiful scenery.
When we actually got to the hotel, we were greeted with flower garlands and a homemade, non-alcoholic cocktail in what we thought was a reception room – only to find out to our disbelieving but most pleasant surprise that we had been upgraded to their adorable two bedroom pool villa. Which naturally took our stay to a whole new, honeymoon-style level and we are still extremely grateful, whatever made us deserve this treatment.
I haven’t seen the other rooms and villas, but ours was perfect to detail. We have stayed at 5 star places during the very same trip and while they were great, we still enjoyed the MMP a lot more by far. The reason for that was its authenticity, the fact that it blended in its natural setting perfectly without overpowering the natural beauty, and stuck to the typical architecture and features you want to have on your Bali vacation without compromising as regards luxury. Rooms featured four poster-beds with thick comfy mattresses, the biggest ever bathtub that would have easily fit 4 people, and the typical open plan bathroom and shower, albeit covered with Plexiglas due to outside temperatures (which would leave the room a bit damp after bathing due to lack of ventilation, but it didn’t really bother us). All amenities were readily available and presented with great passion for detail.
Our villa was serviced by its own butler who was very nice and always on call but never importunate. We felt a bit funny about having a butler at all – we were constantly carted around in a golf caddy and offered to have breakfast made for us in our own living room, but we were quite happy to walk and have breakfast in the restaurant. I guess just for us being so young the level of luxury we were exposed to was a bit too much but so well meant and enjoyable.
Food was good, well presented and there was a nice selection available so even if you stayed there for a week you would find enough variety to have a very enjoyable dinner every day. Some dishes like the Satay would be presented quite spectacularly, and you would get a little treat before the actual meal. We were particularly positively surprised about the fact that while the restaurant has quite a monopoly (there’s not really anywhere else you can easily get to for dinner) and would be in a position to charge accordingly, they keep the prices very moderate and fair. I would have enjoyed some soft, Bali-typical music to have played, while my partner enjoyed the silence so I think that’s a matter of personal preference. For lunch we could pick anywhere on the premises to eat which was excellent as we had a favourite spot and enjoyed a lovely lunch there.
The premises are amazing and of immense natural beauty. Due to our short stay we didn’t do any excursions, but they all sounded great and would offer something for everybody. So even though the plantation is remote, it won’t get boring even if you just do nothing but take in the surroundings and enjoy being pampered, as we did. I would have stayed the whole 10 days vacation and not have missed anything.
We had a spa treatment each which again we found fairly priced. In retrospect, we would advise people to go during the day, as it was quickly getting cold when we went during sunset (a shame to miss out on, too!). There was a little problem with the hot water in the shower, so after a bit of fiddling I went to wash the body scrub paste off squatting in the bathtub and I got really cold in the meantime. So just go in the late morning hours if you can, or early afternoon. The massage was very relaxing, the ladies friendly and all the products they use locally sourced and free of additives (as, I believe, is the food). Again I would have liked some music, but that way you could listen to whatever natural sounds there were, wind blowing, raindrops, wildlife etc which was very peaceful.
There’s not much to say about the pool and Jacuzzi – the pictures speak for themselves, and it is just every bit as beautiful and gorgeous as it looks there. I am a massive fan of Bali’s infinity pools and I believe this one can easily compete with the kind you find in Ubud. The tiles are so pleasantly coloured that it creates the wonderful impression of melting with the sky, and the view out to the sea is undisturbed and peaceful. The water was a bit chilly if you are sensitive in that regard, but I am not fussy when it comes to that and found it quite refreshing. Our private pool was covered early every night to prevent it from losing too much heat, which of course makes sense, but if they hadn’t covered it I would have totally gone for an evening swim prior to a hot bath.
As mentioned before, all staff was helpful, kind and the service spot-on. I had quite a few pleasant conversations with the manager and the spa therapists and I enjoyed the fact that everyone was so approachable.
Bali is so crowded in popular areas that I am happy that places like MMP exist, which really cater for those who are looking for tranquillity and relaxation in unison with nature – and once you have grown out of your backpacking years, there you can do it amidst all the amenities you don’t wish to miss out on. Escape the crowds, the uniform hotel rooms and bathroom kits and enjoy the true natural Bali. No hotels left and right, airstrips on your beach, or something else they won’t show you in the brochure – this place is truly as beautiful as it looks on their website and better. I would any day (that I can afford it, that is) go back and stay for a week or two, our honeymoon, a very special occasion or whenever I am looking to escape it all and recharge within the intimate, paradisiacal setting this place provides. But even if you just have a day like we do, treat yourself to a wonderful experience. Just do it towards the end of your holiday, otherwise whatever else you do just won’t compare (trust us on this).
We again wish to think the entire MMP team, the investors and architect for realising this beautiful project, the lovely staff who made our stay so special, and everybody working on the plantation for the great authentic supply and wish everybody who will stay here in the future a truly wonderful time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Munduk Moding Plantation Nature resort & Spa (MMP) is the only boutique hotel in Bali located on a working coffee plantation producing its own specialty coffees.MMP has some of the best views on the Island as well as an award winning infinity pool. Spread out over 5 hectares and nestling in luxuriant gardens full of tropical flowers and plants, our villas offer unparalleled privacy. Guests can enjoy a beautiful Jacuzzi, a unique Bamboo Spa and Hall, a gym, a tennis and badminton court, horse riding, a sky lounge with a comprehensive library and games room while the MiMPi restaurant serves food made with fresh ingredients from our vegetable and spice gardens. Free Internet, an extensive activity program as well as a shuttle service to nearby places of interest are available on a complementary basis for in house guests. Strategically located near Bali's central lakes and Munduk hill station, this European-Indonesian partnership works to preserve the natural environment in unison with the local community, which it supports through its Munduk foundation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Munduk Moding Plantation Hotel Gobleg