In 2015, Indonesia jumped up one spot to become Australia’s second most popular overseas destination, second only to New Zealand. So it’s amazing that Bingin Beach is still a relatively uncrowded gem, smack bang on the Bukit Peninsula overlooking the gently rippling Indian Ocean, whilst still being close to some amazing restaurants and bars and luxe resort hotspots Jimbaran Bay, Dreamland and Nusa Dua.
Need to unwind, need an uncomplicated holiday to nourish your body and soul? For a slice of the simple life, Bingin Beach is the place to be.
Obviously you’re already convinced, because I’m good like that. It’s time to look into accommodation options. Where you should stay?
My recommendation would be to treat yourself with a stay at one of the options atop the cliffs – for a few reasons.
- They’re amazing;
- They’re convenient to the road and catch the breeze off the ocean, unlike the accommodation options on the beach; and
- Most compellingly the views are quite literally unparalleled.
Read on for my two favourites, gleaned from personal experience.
Mick’s Place is a Balinese institution. The owners, Mick and Sasha, have been in Indonesia close to 20 years and the success of Mick’s Place speaks for their and their staff’s hard work. With a 180 degree perspective of the Indian Ocean and an infinity pool that is regularly named amongst Bali’s best to enjoy it in, Mick’s Place in my opinion touts the best view on the island. I’m finding it hard to shut up about it – it’s incomparable!
Daily yoga at 8.00 am, an outdoor spa with a view and a healthy all-day menu mean your rest and relaxation needs can be taken care of without stepping foot off the property. It’s perfect for yoga enthusiasts, surf lovers and lovers alike who prefer a communal atmosphere.
“Less is more” appears to be the motto here. You won’t find huge, plush bedding or ten different types of throw cushions, but the simplicity was what won me over. You can elect to stay in one of seven Polynesian-style bungalows, complete with woven cushions and earthy wooden furnishing. Meanwhile, you’ll feel at one with nature in your bathroom with bamboo pipes (I even had the pleasure of greeting a frog who had taken refuge for the night in one during my morning shower!).
Options also include one incredible honeymoon suite, so tailored to your needs as a new couple it has a private pool for visitors to enjoy alone, plus air conditioning for complete 24 hour comfort.
- As with most accommodation options atop the cliffs of the Bukit Peninsula, there is a steep path to reach the beach. People with mobility issues will struggle.
- The resort is for guests over 12-years-old only (ahem B L I S S).
- With the “less is more” mantra, there is no air-conditioning available. However, there are fans. We visited in November, one of the hottest and most humid months of the year and stayed in the “Treehouse” (check that view above + below). This is an elevated bungalow open to the elements and found the temperature during the nighttime to be manageable.
- For breakfast, try a mixed juice and the omelette with everything.
- Lunch is simple and tasty and both western and traditional meals are available.
- For a quiet night in, a dinner option is freshly prepared on-site each night, with a menu varying from nasi campur to a seafood platter, from 90,000 rupiah to 150,000 rupiah. You also have the option to step over to the neighbouring Temple Lodge to join them for dinner – just let either Mick’s Place or the Temple Lodge know by 2 pm.
- Smoking is not allowed in rooms but there are areas directly outside your bungalow where you may.
- The spa treatments are beautiful and performed in an open-air pavilion overlooking the ocean. Go with the flow and have a “relax” massage followed by the signature facial. You’ll be floating for the rest of the day.
- I have to mention the staff at Mick’s Place – they are amazing! Sasha and Mick have a very capable team with excellent English who are happy to help with every request.
The Temple Lodge
The Temple Lodge is another gem overlooking Bingin Beach. With a holistic focus (particularly present in their menu), another amazing infinity pool to enjoy the view from and a beautiful rustic aesthetic (think aged timber doors, polished stone walkways and quirky tiling), this is another killer place to stay in Bingin.
They also have the Eagle’s Nest Suite in their arsenal. This is genuinely one of the most amazing rooms I’ve ever had the pleasure of staying in and my photos sadly don’t remotely do it justice. It’s actually placed on the cliffside itself, so to reach it you climb down a set of stairs first to a huge day bed, then a second set to reach your bedroom and outdoor bathroom. With an incredible view like this, which feels completely exclusive due to the privacy of your room, going to the toilet has never been such a pleasure!
Temple Lodge – Insider Tips
- Again, reaching Bingin Beach from Temple Lodge is not ideal for people with mobility issues.
- There was some air-conditioning when I last visited but if this is a requirement for you please confirm this directly with the Temple Lodge.
- Daily yoga classes here are a must! The practice here is led by some amazing instructors.
- If you’re looking to nourish your body (or just neutralise all the mojitos you gulped the day prior) the menu has a fantastic emphasis on clean, healthy eating, from breakfast through to dinner.