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With the Java Sea on one side, and the Bali Barat National Park on the other, Matahari Resort combines elegance and Balinese tradition with beachside relaxation.
There are 32 bungalows at the Matahari, each having been exquisitely designed and furnished by local artisans. These range from a garden view bungalow, to super deluxe bungalows - upgraded rooms offer more space, and are closer to the beach - and all are richly decorated in a traditional Balinese style, with warm colours and wooden furniture. Each bungalow is equipped with an ensuite marble bathroom and an outdoor dragon shower. The private Villa Cempaka is also available for those looking for a more isolated place to stay. With two bedrooms, it is within walking distance to the beach, yet remains in its own secluded spot. Villa Cempaka also boasts its own swimming pool, kitchen, massage pavilion and steam bath.
The open air kitchen of Leon Beach Bistro is a casual place to enjoy fresh seafood, or a personalised pizza, while overlooking the seemingly endless sea beyond. On a Saturday evening, live music and ever changing menus are specially prepared for a night of both Indonesian and Western entertainment. Dewi Ramona Restaurant is the evening port of call, with dishes individually created by the two head chefs. A weekly traditional Legong Dance and music performance is also given on the beach, adding an exciting aside to the delectable food.
The beautiful Parwathi Spa, with beachside massage pavilion, as well as multiple therapies is on hand for those wishing for the ultimate relaxation. Early morning yoga, cookery courses, diving and other water based activities are also on hand to ensure the perfect stay.
Why we love it
Matahari translates literally as 'Eye of the Day' (referencing the sun), due to this north-western region of Bali uniquely capturing the greatest amount of sunlight over anywhere else on the island.
Katie, Original Traveller