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Hill Station Hideaway at Munduk Moding

You may find it hard to believe but I think I have found heaven on earth. Munduk Moding Nature Resort and Spa in the north of Bali is a place like no other.

A working coffee plantation – the smell is heavenly – it is set on a former hill station and so is at least 1,000m above sea level. Nestling between the Javanese sea and the volcanoes, the atmosphere is mysterious and beautiful with extraordinary views.

After weeks of luxurious heat, it was a pleasure to come to a part of Bali where you can snuggle under thick quilts at night or watch the misty sunrise from the stunning infinity pools. During the day it was still wonderfully hot and just one of the most gorgeous resorts I have ever visited.

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If you are a coffee lover then this place is extra special: it offers both tours of the plantation and the opportunity to sample the world’s most expensive coffee –“luwak coffee”. Truly another bucket list moment.

The production method is a little unusual. Its name comes from the Luwak foxes who eat the red coffee beans and, um, – digest them whole shall we say? Once they have been through the digestive system, popped back out and thoroughly cleaned, the beans are ground to make an amazingly aromatic coffee. It is absolutely delicious.

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The coffee plantation is a fully working operation and provides local employment as well as running its own foundation. They also ship worldwide so you can experience their coffee from New York to Lahore if you choose.

As a nature resort, The Munduk Moding is divine. Set in acre upon acre of amazing gardens with two world -famous infinity pools, you can sit and marvel at the beauty around you. The sense of privacy is almost tangible and it is a bit like being in a fairy tale kingdom.

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You choose to stay in either villas or suites depending on what you prefer and the villas range from one bedroom to five bedrooms with your own Jacuzzi. The Garden Suites are stunning: parquet flooring, amazing bathtubs and luxurious toiletries, private terraces and four poster beds all give awonderful mix of Balinese style and European amenities.

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There is even a private garden shower with each room so you can truly commune with nature. See what I mean about heaven? Lovely touches such as the towels folded to look like elephants and scattered petals in the bathroom all add to this beautiful Balinese experience.

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And so to food. It would not be my kind of place - however beautiful - without good food. The resort has both vegetable and spice gardens so meals are authentically Balinese and absolutely fresh and delicious every day. I am now addicted to freshly ground peanut butter.

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If you want an unusual but truly authentic Balinese experience, you need to visit Munduk Moding. You really feel that you are part of the environment, getting up close to proper nature and wildlife but still with a luxurious bed and bath at the end of the day. It was an amazing trip and one I will never forget.

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Photo by Suzana Simijonovic

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