Our village is made up of 100% Balinese Hindu families. Most families farm the land producing rice, cacao, cloves, bananas, coconuts and other tropical fruits. They also farm livestock such as cows, pigs, chickens, and ducks.
The Balinese are extremely generous hosts; often sharing the best of whatever little they have with a guest. The best seat, the best piece of meat is all reserved for the guests; it’s the Balinese way. Foreigners will also get to see ceremonies and traditional Balinese offerings as they occur naturally day to day.
Our unique location also means no restaurants, no spas, no shopping within walking distance. There are lots of fabulous eco stay places in Bali for travelers wanting those things and we are happy to make recommendations. Manikyang is the ‘Real Bali’; far from the madding crowds and off the beaten path.
We are grateful for the warmth and kindness that the residents of Manikyang have shown us.
They have invited us into their homes and accepted us with their hearts. We want Bali Lush to be an integral part of the village’s customs and traditions,and hope you can join us in celebrating and perpetuating its unique character and lifestyle.
A Little bit about the property
While only 48.3 kilometers north of Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport (directions from the airport), staying at Bali Lush transports you back to a time when rice fields dominated most of Bali island. The former one-hectare rice terrace has been transformed into a boutique eco-friendly retreat that immerses you in the traditions and beliefs of the rice farming village of Manikyang. Standing in the presence of Mount Batukaru, Bali’s second highest peak at 2,276 meters, the village is one of the hidden treasures of Tabanan regency.
Frangipani trees line both sides of the central walkway that runs from the top of the property to the stream that delineates the lower boundary. Rose bushes, orchids and numerous other flowering plants decorate the terraces. Indonesian teak cottages lovingly restored by Javanese master craftsmen are strategically placed on the property among fruit trees that produce guavas, lemons, mangoes, papayas and water apples. A large Bale sits beside the romantic heart-shaped pool; ready for an afternoon nap or evening stargazing.