Terrific beach club and views
Mahagiri Resort represents the changing face of Nusa Lembongan—sadly, no longer is it the domain of ramshackle beach huts. This large, triple-storey hotel will not be everyone’s cup of salty water, but they have one of the best bits of beach on the island.
The building itself is a bit of an eyesore, but the landscaping and restaurant are stylishly designed, and given its comfortable rooms offering stunning views and very friendly staff, we think it’s worth considering if your idea of a fun holiday is to hang out by the pool sipping cocktails. Not all rooms face the sea—some are garden or village view, and although the only difference is the outlook, if you don’t score an ocean view we’d recommend staying at a less expensive place and making use of the beach club here instead.
The ocean view rooms offer some of the best scenery around, looking over the lagoon-style pool to Gunung Agung on Bali. Upper floor rooms obviously win the better outlook, but that’s an extra set of stairs to climb (just a headsup for the lazy!). The stylish tiled interiors are comfortable and good sized, with simple smart wooden furnishings that include a comfy bed, somewhere to put your luggage, open hanging space and a desk.
Bold feature walls and ocean-themed photographs offer a casual beach ambience, and you can make the most of the vista from the furnished balcony—just as easily viewed from a horizontal position on the bed. In-room facilities include air-con, cable TV, minibar, kettle and a small safe. Ensuite bathrooms are fairly basic, but a small bench will hold your bit and bobs and the showers are hot.
Below the rooms, the funky polished cement and driftwood style of the spacious open bar-restaurant facing the sea wouldn’t be out of place at a Seminyak beach club, and makes a very pleasant spot to hang and gaze at the ocean. Your included breakfast is served here too, a great way to start the day. Music pumps all day and live music some evenings, so it’s more of a party vibe than a secluded quiet resort.
Staff warned that the area is inundated with daytripping tour groups at lunchtime, but you’ll apparently have the bar to yourself at other times. We love the bright blue swimming pools, a terrace of three large organic shapes, surround by snowy white sand and swaying palm clichés. They are very exposed though, with the only shade being the umbrellas sheltering the sun loungers—enticing nevertheless.
If you’d like to make use of the facilities without the spend of room, a 200,000 rupiah minimum spend in the restaurant will get you into the beach club (easily done with a couple of cocktails). Along with Mahagiri Resort’s great beach club facilities, we were really impressed by the friendly staff here, who seemed genuinely keen to please.
As big fancy resorts go, Mahagiri is a stylish and comfortable choice (even though the development of Nusa Lembongan saddens us). If a traditional and intimate resort is more your style, Tigerlilys in Jungut Batu is delightful, but unfortunately, sans sea views.
Address: Jungut Batu beachfront, Nusa Lembongan
T: (0815) 5870 9888;
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º27'6.7" E, 8º39'50.67" S
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Room rates: 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
|1,500,000 rupiah||1,500,000 rupiah|
|Superior double room|
|1,700,000 rupiah||1,700,000 rupiah|
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