Is Bedugul Bali’s Hottest New Destination?
Bedugul is growing up. We discovered some beautiful new attractions on our recent trip that will change the way we enjoy Bedugul forever. Not only will you love it, you might also learn something.
Secret Garden Village
This Secret should not be kept. A little trip to Bedugul revealed this gorgeous educational tourism facility called Secret Garden Village Bedugul. With a natural cosmetics plant and traditional beauty museum and a coffee roasting and tasting house, it’s surrounded by beautiful scenery and designed by the same architect who created Potato Head and Katamama. Two restaurants and a sweet cafe overlooking the expansive garden and majestic mountains, offer delicious traditional Indonesian and western food, creatively plated and beautifully prepared.
Education meets tourism
Learn about the medicinal plants used by Indonesian healers, taste the famous coffees of the archipelago, (you’ll need to pay close attention here as the method is much like olive oil tasting), and meet a pair of luwaks, something you don’t often see. A wedding chapel is under construction and villas will soon be added. Secret garden is a revelation and the architecture alone gives you a clue that this is something special, it’s about preserving the culture and offering educational tours that offer insight into two of the country’s biggest industries, natural cosmetics and coffee. Well worth a visit, and give yourself some time as you will want to hang out, enjoy the food and the coffee and soak up the views.
Royal Tulip Saranam Resort & Spa
Still a month away from completion, The Royal Tulip Saranam is Bedugul’s first five-star resort built on a stunning gorge that offers spectacular views over the rice fields and the surrounding mountains. The restaurant is your first glimpse of something special with Canadian chef, Michael, serving up a menu that takes full advantage of the location in Bali’s green belt, bursting with colour and freshness and sparkling with personality and skill. He trip to bedugul will definitely benefit from a stop here even if just for afternoon tea. Surrounded by picture windowns that offer up great views, this is stlish and chilled, just how you want bedugul to be.
The wellness Centre
With an in-house Ayurvedic doctor (named Deepak of all things, no relation), a dedicated wellness centre will have guests lining up for wellness checks at the new 5-star resort. Guests can book in for a full program or simply meet with Deepak for a health check. An Ayurvedic menu can be personalised for each client, for those who want to completely immerse themselves in the 3,5 or 7-day programs, or simply follow an a la carte approach. Yoga, spa treatments, meditation and nature walks can be combined with tours of Bedugul’s many attractions. Mountain life just took a step up the star ladder and The Royal Tulip is a truly beautiful resort waiting to welcome a new generation of travellers. Check our 2017 list of Bali’s hottest retreat centres.
The famous Botanical gardens in Bedugul are also home to Treetops, making this a fabulous day trip for the whole family, Tarzan call anyone? The markets are justifiably famous here with local growers brining their fresh produce to market daily. The lake at Bedugul is home to plenty of activities. Temples, heritage rice fields, organic farms and lookouts over amazing views make Bedugul a popular destination.