The island that gives me so much love, inspiration, and happiness. The island that I found myself on. The island, where I experienced the best and worst days of my life. This island, that helped me become who I am today.
Let me tell you about an amazing experience I had.
Let’s jump back to December 2017. My 5th time in Bali, don’t get me wrong, every time I travel to Bali I stay up 1-2 months (so all together I’ve stayed 6 – 8 months on this island). This island has already become a “home” to me, not that I’d ever settled down in an apartment here! Our days are mostly spent by getting from place to place with a small scooter and 2 big backpacks (plus a bunch of other stuff). I must admit that we look pretty hilarious when we’re driving on our small scooter on the island! 😀
One day we even took a cab! It felt so luxurious! We truly felt like royalty being driven around by someone else! It was an amazing break from the scooter and 30kg backpacks.
We headed to Northen Bali and into the jungle. Everything here is really untouched and not spoiled by masses of tourists, mostly locals live here. This looked promising. The hotel we stayed in is called Munduk Moding Plantation, where we spent 2 lovely nights. The picture below shows the most magnificent infinity pool I’ve seen and the view is out of this world, such a unique pool.
Munduk Moding Plantation has an actual plantation next to them that produces coffee, both for the hotel and for sale! We had an incredible first-hand experience where we got to see how coffee is made. And then we, of course, got to taste the freshly made coffee, it was less than a minute old! Honestly the best cup of coffee I’ve ever had…
The lady, who made the coffee for us, allowed me to take a part in the producing process. I got to try everything from roasting the coffee beans to grounding it to actual coffee. The way they drink coffee in Bali is a bit different from the usual. You start by adding the ground coffee to the cup and then just pour the hot water on top, it’s more like instant coffee, but the best instant coffee you can imagine! Coffee is definitely one thing you should bring home from Bali. You’ll find plenty of plantations in Munduk, so grab a few bags on your way home.
The pictures demonstrate the process of making the Balinese coffee, just swipe and the next one will show:
(Kuva, swipe feature).
Munduk Moding Plantation is located in the heart of Northen Bali, those who follow me on Instagram (@bellamarias) may have seen the breathtaking pictures of waterfalls, beautiful temples and the Instagrammable nature in Bali. Many of those places are actually close to Munduk! My top 4 places you should visit are: Sekumpul Waterfall, Banyumala Waterfall, Pura Ulun Danun temple (the floating temple) and Git-Git Waterfall. You can read about them and other things my Northen Bali activity guide over *here*.
Later on, we got to experience horseback riding in the jungle with the Sumbawa pony! They are so SMALL! So if you are nervous or afraid of horses/ponies, maybe you’d be brave enough to give this one a chance? Totally worth it. I am an experienced rider, so a more adventurous ride would have been better for us. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to go for a ride like that, the slow one was nice too though! Rides that are longer take you deeper into the jungle and to the amazing waterfalls hidden there, the ride lasts for about a day. I have to try it out next time!
During sunset, we had some dinner by the incredible infinity pool I told you about. It’s a quiet evening, we can only hear the sound of the jungle we’re surrounded by, and a few grasshoppers (haha). We were given menus and I’m so happy to notice that they offer a lot of vegan food options. I had some (nimi ruuasta tarkista) and a glass of wine. My boyfriend and I are watching the beautiful sunset from the pool, saying goodbye to another lovely day in Bali.
Just another beautiful day of million amazing days on this island…
If you are keen to know more about Bali you can read the following posts I made of Bali:
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Thank you Munduk Moding Plantation for hosting us a memorable stay, with great hospitality and tasty vegan food. We are happy to come back anytime soon!