Hydrangeas, Coffee, and Infinity Mountain Views at Munduk Moding Plantation
It wasn’t hard to fall in love with Munduk Moding Plantation (MMP). Being located high up in the Balinese mountains, the drive there was beautiful. Just before we arrived at MMP, we drove past numerous hydrangea fields - possibly my favourite flower ever. Hydrangea farming is the main business and source of income for people living in Asah Gobleg, the closest village to MMP. Seeing the flowers everywhere got me excited.
To make things even better, when I first arrived at MMP, I got a necklace made from hydrangeas. That definitely got me hooked straight away and made me feel very warm and fuzzy inside (or maybe it was the coffee they served as a welcome drink). The coffee wasn’t just coffee though, it was made using beans from MMP's own plantation, and prepared with ginger, lemongrass and honey. Very delicious.
MMP’s receptionist explained everything about the hotel to me straight away which was nice (including the shuttle services and free experiences MMP offers). I arrived a bit early, so while I waited for the room to be ready I had tea with homemade cookies. The waiter even went and picked some fresh pandan leaves from the garden (even though it was raining!) to have in my tea!
I loved the rain, clouds and foggy air when I first arrived. It made Munduk seem very special, a welcome change from the sun and heat. It felt relaxing, natural, green, calm, much less busy, less traffic… Plus, I generally love mountains (I’d probably pick them over the beach).
MMP’s rooms have a WOW (!!!) effect when you first step out onto massive balcony, overlooking the coffee plantation, mountains, and even the ocean shore in the far distance. It is an absolutely AMAZING view up there. I’ll even go as far as saying that it’s worth staying at MMP just for the view!
But don’t just stay for the view, stay for the bed as well. It was so super comfy (on the same level with Tugu’s bed).
While I enjoyed my stay at many of the hotels in Bali (two of my favourites here and here), I loved staying at MMP just as much, PLUS it has the added benefit of being in a beautiful part of Bali, possibly my favourite, surrounded by hydrangeas. All this actually made me want to leave the hotel and explore the area.
Luckily, MMP offers plenty of tours, excursions and experiences. While I didn’t go on any tours in Bali up until that point (I just wanted to stay at the hotels, absorb and enjoy the atmosphere), once I got to MMP I wanted take part in all the experiences they offer. Again, there wasn’t enough time to do everything and I wished I could have stayed longer. To “fit it all in”, I went for a self-guided walk through the coffee plantation (they also offer tours), passing MMP’s own gardens (they’re focused on sustainability - love it!), picking fresh strawberries (YES please :) (the welcome letter said “feel free to pick some”)) - and admiring the views.
Munduk Moding Plantation has to be the best place to stay up North in Bali’s mountains, and I haven’t even mentioned the infinity pool yet. I might not even have to, as it’s Insta-famous by now and rated as one of the world’s top infinity pools in many magazines.
A few details worth mentioning: As usual, MMP provides water bottles for you in the room - however, they are glass water bottles. Finally, a nice change from all the plastic bottles in Bali!
My late lunch/early dinner at the restaurant was great too. I got a curry, which was made with so many different fresh veggies and not overcooked - perfect.
For breakfast I picked their American version. The mini croissants that came with it were actually pretty good! Not quite Parisian standard yet, but the best I had had in Bali so far. And I wouldn’t usually recommend going for French pastries and baked goods in Bali!
If you enjoy mountains as much as I do and need a change from the crazy Balinese busyness, traffic and heat, absolutely head to Munduk and treat yourself to a stay at MMP. It has to be the most beautiful and special place up North!