Perfect base to explore Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan

Just a short ferry ride from Sanur are the Nusa Islands. We missed out on this part of Bali last year so we were eager to cross it off our list this time! Deciding on where to stay in Nusa Lembongan and Penida was easy- a quick search using any hotel booking engine will show you Batu Karang Lembongan Resort & Day Spa sitting pretty at #1. It became clear to us that this ranking is no joke from the moment we landed in Denpasar.

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4:30pm. Our driver, , had waited over an hour for us but we were still in the immigrations line. Worried we weren’t going to make our 5:30pm boat ride from Sanur we called Luca, the bar manager, who got in touch with Putu and Rocky Fast Boat. By the time we hopped on the car it was already 5pm. It was a bad day for traffic at DPS- it took us an hour just to get out of the airport!

6pm. Putu had spent the last hour driving as fast as he could through that crazy Bali traffic and begging the boat to wait for us. We were still on the road when the last boat sailed. Our hearts sank. The general manager called and said we’d have to stay in Sanur for the night before catching the earliest boat over to Lembongan the following day.

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Then a miracle happened. “Lembongan! Lembongan!” Bursting with joy, Putu put the pedal to the metal and told us to get ready to run- a boat was waiting for us at Sanur! It was 6:11pm and we were the only 2 passengers on the way to Nusa Lembongan. By 7pm we were sipping on our welcome drinks at Batu Karang!

Where to stay in Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida

Location & Space

Batu Karang Lembongan Resort & Day Spa is footsteps away from the speedboat harbour, where Rocky and Scoot dock. The famous yellow bridge connecting Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan lies on the other side of the resort, just a short ride away. You can reach Nusa Penida within 15 minutes by speedboat from the yellow bridge. This makes Batu Karang the perfect home base for exploring the Nusa Islands.

Because the property sits on a slope, all villas and common grounds have a breathtaking view of crystal clear turquoise waters. Golf carts are available to transport guests who have rooms up the hill and those requiring mobility assistance.

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Where to stay in Nusa Penida and Lembongan – Batu Karang

Kollecting Koordinates - where to stay in Nusa

Where to stay in Nusa Penida and Lembongan – Villas at Batu Karang

Facilities & Amenities

Get pampered at the Lulur Spa after a long day of exploring the Nusa Islands, or chill by the pool. Two is better than one, but what about 3 pools, including one with a swim-up bar? Those looking to stay in shape on vacation can take advantage of the gym and steam room. A day lounge is also available to facilitate early arrivals and late departures. There’s even a mini movie theatre!

Kollecting Koordinates - where to stay in Nusa

Where to stay in Nusa Penida and Lembongan – Batu Karang

Kollecting Koordinates - where to stay in Nusa

Where to stay in Nusa Penida and Lembongan – Batu Karang

Kollecting Koordinates - where to stay in Nusa

Villas & Suites

Whether it’s a double room or a 3-bedroom villa, all 6 different room categories capture the essence of being home away from home. The villas and suites are luxurious and spacious; designs reflect traditional Balinese architecture with a modern flair.

We stayed in the air-conditioned 1 bedroom villa, furnished with a comfy king size bed with mosquito net, personal safe, workstation, and plush robes. The large balcony was perfect for yoga morning sessions and relaxation on the daybed. On top of a fully stocked mini bar and coffee/tea-maker, complimentary bottles of drinking water are replenished daily. Our favourite part was the private outdoor shower and beautifully hand carved bathtub.

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Kollecting Koordinates - where to stay in Nusa

Where to stay in Nusa Penida and Lembongan – Batu Karang

Kollecting Koordinates - where to stay in Nusa

Where to stay in Nusa Penida and Lembongan – Batu Karang

Drink & Eat

Muntigs Bar & Restaurant, The Deck Cafe & Bar, The Howff, The Balcony- all of Batu Karang’s on-site bars and restaurants offer a stunning view of the beach and Mount Agung in the distance. Grab a seat and enjoy a beautiful sunset over delicious food and drinks. Luca and his staff will take care of your dining experience; Wiran and Ray really stood out as fantastic servers.

Breakfast is complimentary at Muntigs or The Deck- the Islander Bowl was so good that I had it every morning! Muntigs also offers fine dining in a gorgeous setting. The seafood laksa and beef rendang set the standards high for the rest of our trip.

Where to stay in Nusa Penida and Lembongan – Muntigs Restaurant at Batu Karang

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Our personal favourite were the drinks and tapas at The Howff Whisky, Gin, & Wine Bar, a romantic speakeasy tucked away from the island bustle.

For a more laidback meal head to The Deck; their burgers are finger-lickin’ good! Happy Hour is from 5 – 6:30pm every day with 25% off selected cocktails and beers. There’s also live music with DJ’s spinning from 5-8pm at Sunday Sunset Sessions.

Kollecting Koordinates - where to stay in Nusa

Kollecting Koordinates - where to stay in Nusa

Where to stay in Nusa Penida and Lembongan – Batu Karang

Other tips & Info

  • Rates start at $260CAD+ for Twin Rooms, $290CAD+ for Double Rooms, and $325CAD+ for 1 Bedroom Villas.
  • Breakfast is included in the nightly rate.
  • WiFi signal is strong throughout the whole resort! h
  • Rocky Fast Boat is the recommended boat service from Sanur; 500,000IDR for a round-trip transfer. The resort can arrange this for you.
  • Pickup/drop-off in mainland Bali is available for a fee.
  • For more information and current promos, visit their official website, Facebook, and Instagram pages.

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Disclaimer: Many thanks to Batu Karang Lembongan Resort & Day Spa for hosting us. All opinions and experiences are honest and our own- we wouldn’t recommend something if we didn’t love it ourselves!

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  1. October 6, 2017 / 12:00 am

    Wow! This place is so beautiful it doesn’t even look real! Bali truly looks like paradise.

  2. October 6, 2017 / 6:58 pm

    Every place I see in Bali is more spectacular than the next, I understand why everyone wants to go there. The resort looks dreamy and the food looks delicious!

  3. October 7, 2017 / 11:15 am

    This is such a beautiful property! 3 pools plus so many on-site restaurants? I wouldn’t want to leave the hotel! The outdoor bathtub is lovely too!

  4. October 7, 2017 / 6:02 pm

    All of the polished wood and serene blue water makes me feel like this is a luxurious version of paradise. I’d love to stay here!

  5. October 7, 2017 / 9:29 pm

    Oh man, I would love to be here right now. This resort looks absolutely gorgeous. 3 pools sound so nice! And that speakeasy does look like a great place to enjoy the sunset!

  6. October 7, 2017 / 11:30 pm

    This looks like a beautiful property. I would love to sit on that deck, sipping a cocktail and enjoying the live music sunset session. Everything looks so beautiful and idyllic.

  7. October 11, 2017 / 5:05 pm

    Wow so glad you got lucky with the boat! And this place looks breathtaking, I love how romantic the outdoor bathtubs look. I can’t think of a better place to keep returning to than Bali!

  8. October 19, 2017 / 2:17 am

    No way that this place is real life! So awesome that you got on a boat to get over there – sounds like they were super accommodating 🙂

  9. October 27, 2017 / 11:38 pm

    What a truly beautiful property this would be to base your holiday in Bali. That magical view poolside over the water is just unreal. The hotel/resort just looks first class. The video you did showcased this so well. I would just love to stay here.

  10. Lisa
    October 28, 2017 / 8:58 am

    I felt I was in paradise just reading this post. I’m a boutique/luxury traveller so this is one for me. A mini movie theater and a spa are the cherries on the cake. Your photos of the resort are incredible, and the hand carved bathtub is exquisite. My kind of place!

  11. Ha
    October 29, 2017 / 10:20 am

    The first picture makes me question whether this place is a heaven or not! And then, I can say that this place is definitely a paradise <3 I love the sea, the food, the location, and everything about this place 🙂 By the way, what program do you use to edit those pictures? They look amazing <3

  12. October 29, 2017 / 11:04 am

    Resorts in Bali are the epitome of luxury and this is no different. Just looking at the beautiful views and the pools is making me want to visit Bali again and spoil myself with some rest and relaxation. Balinese Spa are also some of the best in the world and having a mini-movie theater is a great attraction for those rainy days when you don’t want to go outside.

    • October 31, 2017 / 5:33 pm

      So true- I can go back over and over again!

  13. October 29, 2017 / 11:45 am

    This actually looks like such an amazing place to stay! The bath, the pool, the view, the food… honestly what more could you want! I love the tone of your photographs also by the way! I’ve never been here but I’ve always wanted to go and I’ll definitely look this place up if I do!

  14. Yukti
    October 29, 2017 / 6:18 pm

    This stay in Nusa Islands is perfect romantic getaway. I loved the swimming pool with tents, food and turquoise waters of sea. Living in cottage/ villas would be so peaceful and relaxing. I would surely look this place whenever plan for Nusa Islands.

  15. October 30, 2017 / 2:29 pm

    The Batu Karang Lembongan Resort & Day Spa looks amazingly stunning! And what great views. It helps that it is on the hill so you can get great views. I’ve been to Nusa Lembongan a few times and don’t know how I have missed this amazing spot. And who would have thought Nusa Lembongan would have a speakeasy bar!

  16. Abhinav Singh
    October 30, 2017 / 4:33 pm

    Wow, Batu Karang looks amazing. The poolside left me agape mouthed. I could spend all day here just lazing aimlessly. That al fresco bathtub is another favourite. Lucky you to spend quality time here.

  17. October 30, 2017 / 11:53 pm

    The photos are stunning, and so is the resort. I would LOVE to sleep in the bed open to the outside, as well as the bathtub. And that sunset…and food….wow!

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