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Bingin

Bingin

In the South of Bali, the Bukit area, perched on and down the cliffs is Bingin.  It is a renowned surf spot and an enclave that has not yet been touched by mass tourism rapidly taking over the area. Clear turquoise water, dramatic cliff coastline and a vibe of the surfing and bohemian culture of Bali in days gone by, is still in the air in this Cliffside village and it is the perfect place to escape for a few days.

 

Slumber

Temple Lodge is on top of a cliff overlooking Bingin and even has a few rooms built into the side of the rock with stunning views of the surf below. This is the embodiment of shabby surf chic crafted in the most sublime way.  A sanctuary for surf and yoga, made up of just seven beautiful rustically elegant suites.

The Temple Suite is the largest house and has a private pool in the garden for the ultimate hideaway. Casual comfortable chic and in an antique wooden house this is the place to feel at home in your own private sanctuary within the lodge. Decorated in a traditional style the vast driftwood bed looks flows onto your terrace and pool, surrounded by a lush Balinese garden. The main allure is sleeping with all your doors and windows open with the gentle rustle of cotton mosquito net and the distant waves. Traditional Balinese and Indonesian houses are open, without walls, and the feeling of being immersed within nature.

Temple-LodgeTemple-Lodge2The Eagles Nest and The Coral Cave are two other suites that take you right into the open air and a feeling of freedom. Suspended on the side of the cliff with sweeping views over the Impossibles surf break and crystal waters below. These cozy yet fresh simply chic suites give you the smell of salt water and the sound of the waves crashing below whilst soaking in the beauty of being suspended above the sea. You cannot get more romantic or secluded than this little spot on the sea. The views are endless onto the changing hues of the indigo horizon.

Temple Lodge is family run by a global gypsy Italian family and their love of food, yoga, surfing and wellness is felt throughout the property. There is a holistic a laidback attitude to wellness here with pure and delicious home cooked food, made of fresh ingredients, pure juices and fresh organic wonderfulness. . The lodge works around sustainable values, such as conserving energy, using local building material and sourcing local produce.

There is a feeling of being in a large family house where meals are prepared for you and the dinner menu changes daily according to the fresh local ingredients.  Love is put into each three course meal and the weekly special sushi dinner is always sold out. A beautiful medley of peral barley, grilled courgettte  and feta, was followed by succulent prawn omlette and salad then wheat free chocolate cake. If you are passing through a wholesomely wonderful lunch menu is available full of salads, snacks and a wonderful bruschetta.

Daily morning yoga is also taught on the premises that are open to anyone, a perfect start to the day. Mainly Vinyasa flow but there is also a Hatha class once a week. Follow this by a swim in the volcanic pool or surf and this makes for the perfect relaxed bohemian Bali retreat.

www.thetemplelodge.com

 

Savour

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Down the steps to the beach you will find tables arranged every evening on the beach and grills being fired up to welcome in the catch that literally arrives fresh from the sea whilst you are sitting there. Simple grilled fish and seafood arrives on the spot and is usually served with rice and vegetables. The simple pleasure of dining on the sand is one to be savoured.

If you are after something a little more international and sophisticated then on the next headland along is El Kabron. A Spanish restaurant and pool lounge in a relaxed chiringuito style. Serving incredible tapas, the octopus and chorizo are fantastic, or big sharing paellas. The fantastic pool makes it a special spot to spend the day or soak in the spectacular sunsets over the sea. This is a great place for a dose of lounging luxury.

www.elkabron.com

 

Shop

3shopAn Eco Gypsy favourite in this area is I Love Bali (heart). A collection made for island days and beach getaways with a dresses in a huge array of happy hues and more sophisticated neutrals. These are made locally and are perfect for this laid back area or whilst taking in the sights of Bali.  It is an easy collection that uses lots of local fabrics and innovative shapes to create a sensual and wearable line for island girls.

There is also a great bikini selection in this shop for surfer girls or just soaking up the sun, from their own brand and a few others.

www.indahclothing.com

 

 

 

 

 

Spirit

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Pura Uluwatu (Uluwatu Temple) is one of Bali’s most important and sacred temples stunningly situated on a cliff with plunging views down to the Indian Ocean.  It is one of nine directional temples that wards off evil spirits coming from the southwest. The Javanese sage Empu Kuturan expanded it upon from the original in the 11th Century.  You can visit the temple wearing proper attire, a sarong and sash with elbows covered, and women are not allowed to enter whilst menstruating.

The structure is very scenic, as are the views, monkeys run around causing chaos and occasionally a sea turtle can be spotted swimming in the cobalt sea below. As the sun goes down you can watch a legendary kecak fire dance immortalized in the documentary ‘Baraka’.  It is a dance and musical drama that was developed in the 1930’s and is performed by a circle of a hundred or more men chanting cak and often going into a trance, as it is an exorcism. It is a depiction of a battle from the Ramayana and a magnificent sight as the sun sets on the southern shores.

 

Swim

5surfA short drive from Bingin is Karma Kandara resort that looks over their beach club on the sand in undoubtedly one of the most beautiful beaches in Bali. Nammos Beach Club is reached by a small funicular lift that takes you up and down the cliff to glistening powdery white sand and a dazzling sea of shades of aquamarine. There is an entrance fee, half of which goes towards the easy Mediterranean menu, that can be enjoyed in the laid back thatched restaurant or on the sand. This is a great place to indulge in the more sophisticated side of the swimming beaches that litter the coastal cliffs of the Bukit area.

 

 

 

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The Cliffs of Bingin overlook one of Bali’s most famous surf breaks – Impossibles. People flock from all over the world to catch the waves on these world-class sets. The whole peninsula of Bali’s Bukit is the original mecca for the surfers who flocked here in the 1970’s to Uluwatu’s Blue Point and the swells of Green Bowl.  Definitely a surfer’s paradise.

 
 
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