Deep contemplation on the next destination.
David Loughlin – Exploring Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia
I love islands and the feeling of sand on my feet. Exploring new islands is one of the best feelings ever. The Indonesian archipelago has more than ten thousand islands, only a few places on earth that create a blank canvas for explorers. Nusa Lembongan lies just off the coast of Bali, located about 11 kilometers southeast of the main island. It is a small island with the length of 4.6 kilometers at its longest point and width of 1.5 kilometers at its widest. Only a 30 minute ride by speed boat and your in paradise.
D R E A M B E A C H
This statue gazing out to sea says it all and gave me inspiration to return to Singapore again, before heading to North and East Africa weeks later. Singapore, now there is an interesting country. I have visited Singapore three times this year already, vastly expanding my wardrobe from all of the great deals and and new Asian designs. Between Africa and South East Asia, my wardrobe has increased in size by about 45%. Acquiring stuff along the way.
Boat bobbing in the sea. My view from a cliff side cafe as I mingle with a group of German ladies on holiday.
Seashells are like memories
I have combed some of the most remote island beaches over the past 4 months. Many of the beaches have loads of seashells for the taking. Just be sure to get up early and beat the locals as they clean the beaches of these beauties before 6:00 am. Many are the largest and most colorful shells I have ever seen and so abundant I gathered about 15 pounds of them, extra luggage was required.
Picked this Indonesian bridal necklace up in Sorong, a chartered coastal city in the eastern Indonesian province of West Papua. Hand made of shells and red coral, this piece of art weighs pounds and is almost 3 feet long. Returning home with this in perfect condition was not easy. Not sure what to do with it.
Diving Nusa Lembongan
Nothing like a day of diving with Capt. Morgan, not his real name of course, but much easier to pronounce. What a great human being.
One of the most prominent hot spots on the island, Ku De Ta in Seminyak features a unique layout with a main restaurant area, a dedicated bar, a centerpiece lawn bordering the beachfront where special events take place and a special private loft for secluded moments. A dedicated sunset box provides the perfect vantage point to enjoy the crimson horizon and its own in-house international DJ team plays an impressive series of compilation albums, making Ku De Ta top of the list for music. This one-stop dining and chill-out spot has a ‘French bistro-esque’ beach side garden setting with many cozy corners to choose from. The kitchen serves a menu of pan-Asian cuisine including Thai and Japanese as well as Moroccan, European and Mediterranean flavors. Ku De Ta is a perfect venue to enjoy lazy breakfasts, hearty brunches and lunches, as well as tapas. Enjoy candlelit dinners for two at the intimate dining room, called ‘the pergola’.
Finns Beach Club Canggu in Bali Dining and Lounging on Berawa Beach in Canggu 16 Finns Beach Club is a chic hangout now located at Berawa Beach in Canggu, where you can relive the fun dining and lounging vibe from the heydays of its former ‘hidden’ location near Uluwatu. With a magnificent all-bamboo structure that is spacious and airy, and an adjacent blue-tiled free form infinity pool, you can stay either in our out of the sun, or simply soak in the pool while taking in wide ocean views.
The Berawa Beach location also offers regulars of the former Finns Beach Club to a new hot spot that is now within easier reach from the main resort areas of Kuta and Seminyak. Being on an absolute beachfront that faces the main Berawa surf break, the beach club welcomes surfers, who can paddle in for a cold beer and a bite after each session on the waves. For sunset lovers, it is one of the best lounging spots in Canggu for just that, with signature cocktails at hand.
When you’re not chilling out on their single or double parasol-shaded daybeds, hit the 30m infinity edge pool, order up your drink from a swim up bar, and enjoy cool tunes fed through underwater speakers. There’s daybeds and beanbags on the sand. These are available for a minimum spending of IDR 250,000 (USD 18.75) per person and includes a towel. Groups of up to six can opt for double daybeds at only twice the price.
A hidden gem below the Ungasan Clifftop Resort, Sundays Beach Club’s only access is via a tram, a two-minute descent between two hillsides that you embark a few steps from the luxury resort’s main pool and lobby.
As you step into the cabin, the beach club’s thatched roofs look like tiny bungalows below the valley’s lush greenery from this vantage point. Upon entering the round bar, a team of hosts welcomed us while offering a table at the main dining area adjacent to its semi-open kitchen. The rule here is ‘first-come, first-served’, which also applies for the parasols and sun loungers. Thus, it is best to come earlier to guarantee one of the coveted spots at the front. Further to the east is Sunday Beach Club’s mini-lawn platform where you will find the best combination of shade and open views.
Above the plush dining area you will find several hidden massage bungalows with talented staff ready to take your body to another level of relaxation in this serene setting.
At the end are Sundays’ Bale, two raised seaside huts that offer elevated views and the ultimate private space for a full-day retreat. The lapping waves hardly reach the base of the platform, and low tides reveal rock pools and a clear lagoon that leaves interesting collections of tropical marine life to explore. The 165m stretch of sand is walled between rock faces on each side, and is well supervised.
Some self love, my 29th massage in Indonesia, this one on the beach next to a temple celebrating life. Feeling free and centered to explore more of this planet.
Sundays Beach Club
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 21:00
Location: Jl Pantai Selatan Gau, Banjar Wijaya Kusuma, Ungasan Tel: +62 (0)361 8482 111