A stay at Munduk Moding Plantation Nature Resort & Spa is only complete if you take advantage of the various activities they have in store for you!
Munduk Moding Plantation has been a coffee plantation for many decades, growing mainly Robusta with some Arabica beans, but maintenance was poor. It was purchased by present management in September 2007 and sustainable agriculture was introduced on the plantation covering a wide variety of fruits like papaya, strawberries, pomelo, apple, orange) and vegetables (e.g. beans, lettuce, chili, potato), including some mountain rice. Popo Danes, the much decorated Balinese architect, designed the boutique hotel in a unique Balinese style specifically developed for this hill station. Their master plan foresees a low density of development to maximize privacy and the feeling of being close to nature. The first buildings were completed in 2009 and Munduk Moding Plantation celebrated its ceremonial opening on 28 June 2009.
The MMP experience
As part of Munduk Moding Plantation Nature Resort & Spa mission to help guests discover the nature and culture of this beautiful part of the Island, they offer “The MMP experience” to all of their overnight guests. The “MMP experience” is a program of tailor-made activities that is included in the room price. It offers clients a daily program from which they can select those activities that appeal to them – that is, if you do not want to simply enjoy the natural environment of their plantation on your own.
At the heart of the program are a number of unique participative activities that reveal a particular part of North Bali’s hill station culture. These include: A workshop where you will learn to make local Balinese offerings from flowers, plants and bamboo; a traditional coffee processing (and tasting!) demonstration which explains how coffee is grown, harvested, dried, cleaned, ground and prepared in the traditional manner – obviously using their own robusta and Arabica coffee; they contrast this with modern coffee processing, roasting and tasting which is also provided;
A Balinese kite-making (and flying) class – kiting is a serious activity in many parts of Asia and is still one of the main sports in the Bali hills; A workshop explaining Balinese attire and how to wear it – for men this includes wearing the sarong, saput and udeng, for ladies the sarong and the Balinese wrap around scarf. You’ll learn about the function of different clothes and have fun trying them on; A spinning top workshop which explores this traditional sport and lets you have a chance to play it with their staff; Playing the gamelan: you hear the sound of the gamelan everywhere on the Island, but how do you actually play it? At Munduk Moding Plantation Nature Resort & Spa have a number of bamboo gamelans at the plantation as well as a talented teacher to help you getting started.
The program varies every day and they typically try to schedule a late morning and early afternoon activity. Depending on occupancy, they extend the program further by including activities such as Basic Balinese wood carving and gamelan making.
On Sunday afternoons you can observe their own traditional Balinese dance class – they provide training and attire for the local girls who find this activity very attractive (they have some 70 pupils). This is followed by an English class for the kids. The dancers best get to perform in their restaurant from time to time.
In addition to the activities, they have a guided morning trek on the plantation of about 45 minutes at which their guides explain the many flowers, plants and crops and take you to the vegetable garden, one of their garden temples, the forest area and a spring. The route varies every day and can be adapted to your wishes and levels of fitness.
For those of you who would like to visit Bali’s central lakes – which are actually the calderas of extinct volcanoes – and the Munduk waterfall or alternatively, the famous Ulun Danu temple, the Botanical Garden or the local market at Candikuning, there are two shuttle services to these nearby locations which leave in the morning. This gives you a chance to explore our very interesting neighborhood.
In the afternoon they serve afternoon tea and coffee with homemade Balinese cake at the pool side. In the late afternoon and evening they have a movie program in their upstairs lounge; first for kids (at 17.30) and then for adults (at 21.00) where they show some of the best nature productions made in the past years on a big screen.
Meanwhile, outdoors, they light a bonfire – sitting around the fire with a drink, listening to the cicadas and looking at the distant lights near the shoreline and the impressive night sky filled with countless stars is truly one of the best experiences you can have at MMP.
The “MMP experience” provides you with a menu of choices that will make your stay more fulfilling and it complements the wide variety of facilities and activities that they also offer to all their guests. The MMP program for a typical week helps you visualize what the “MMP experience” looks like – you’ll receive the daily program every evening in your room to help you make your choices for the coming day.
In addition to the MMP experience, which is included in your room price, there are a number of exciting activities which they can arrange for you: They have four friendly Bali ponies – the local Balinese horse – which you can ride on the Plantation although it is highly recommended to explore the lakes and countryside in the vicinity on horseback. Longer trips can be arranged, including full day exploration of the rainforest; A number of spectacular hiking tours is available to waterfalls, mountain lakes, ancient temples in the tropical rainforest and some of Bali’s most beautiful rice fields for all levels of fitness;
Mountain biking is also recommended and there are several cycling tours available on which you will be accompanied by our guides; There are several cultural and other tours on offer, from half a morning to a full day. Explore an Aga Bali – the original inhabitants of Bali – Village nearby and learn about palm sugar production. Visit the Bali Botanical Gardens near lake Bratan and explore its wild orchids. Discover Bali’s signature Hindu meru temple – the Pura Ulun Danu Beratan – situated on the shores of the lake and observe one of the many festivals. Alternatively, you can explore the local vegetable and craft market at Bedugul and visit the hot springs closer to the coast; Bali being a small tropical island, there are many impressive diving possibilities. We recommend spectacular muck-diving,- some of the best in Indonesia – just at our door step at Seririt – we offer a day trip that also combines a visit to the Banjar Hot Springs.
Munduk Moding Plantation Nature Resort & Spa
Jalan Raya Asah Gobleg, Banjar Dinas Asah, Desa Gobleg
Kecamatan Banjar Buleleng – Singaraja 81152 Bali