Into the wild
It’s back to nature here at The Menjangan, located within the Bali Bara National Park, a 190-square kilometre protected pocket of mountains, mangroves, monsoon forest and marine reserve. As we cross the invisible boundary onto conservation land the jungle is noticeably denser, the trees taller and wildlife easier to spot including black squirrels, monitor lizards and monkeys.
The national park is home to 120 species of birds including the Bali Starling, one of the rarest in the world. The stunning white songbird with striking blue around its eyes is endemic to the region. The population decimated from illegal trapping with fewer than 50 mature birds in existence.
Bird watching is one of the many eco-focussed things to do at the resort. Spanning 382 hectares, there are numerous trails that criss-cross the property and guides are on hand for walking tours or bikes readily available to explore on your own.
Another way of getting around the resort grounds is by horseback. With a stable of resident Australian Stock Horses, treks go through the jungle and onto the private beach where the native deer (Menjangan) roam freely on its shore.
Although we’re embracing nature, we’re hardly roughing it. A double decker open-top mini bus chauffers us through the forest for our stay in The Monsoon Lodge, which consists of fourteen deluxe rooms, and two suites that surround a welcoming heated pool.
Our terraced rooms have 50-square metres of air-conditioned comfort with plenty of room for a rollaway or baby cot, as well as a decadent king bed, flat screen TV and an en suite filled with luxury amenities. Special touches include a reusable water bottle provided to fill up at complimentary water stations, insect repellent, insecticide and earplugs – the jungle is alive after all.