Caroline Clements

The Temple Lodge
  • Where:Bingin, Indonesia
  • Why:Vacay to the tropics during Aussie winter.
  • When:July 2019
  • Who:Me and my honey
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Frothers walking down the cliff stairs to Bingin Beach.

Me with the best seat in the house.

Colourful breakfast that will brighten up your day. The best breakfast in Bali! Coconut porridge and caramelised banana with muesli, local coffee and colourful jackfruit and mango juices.

Relaxing with a book as waves roll in over Bingin Beach. Heaven.

Views out the window of our Cliff Room.

The Papaya Suite.

Views out to surfers in the line-up at Impossibles, and one walking back over the reef a low tide.

One of the suites fitted out with unique antiques doors, windows, lamps and local wooden features.

The yoga shala with resident pooch sleeping – it’s a very relaxing space. Yoga is every morning at 8am.

Incredible views from the cliff overlooking Impossibles surf break and Bingin Beach.

The enchanting entrance to The Temple Lodge – so lush and green.

Highs & Lows

  • The location is second to none. Sitting on a clifftop overlooking a world class surf break. You can spend hours here perched on the edge watching the waves roll in.

  • The details. Every single element here has been considered and build by the Italian owners, who came to Bali in the 70s. They have since made some very comfortable additions to the property, sourcing furnishings from all over the world. Special features include outdoor shower built into trees, a yoga shala, an infinity pool, private suites each with unique features and antique doors), but it still feels very intimate and family owned and run. It’s a very special place.

  • The food. The restaurant is known far and wide for being fresh and healthy. The menu is abundant with tropical fruits (mangoes, starfruit, papaya, pineapple) and there are pages of fresh juices and smoothies. Start the day with a Balinese coffee and a bowls of coconut porridge and edge with a cocktail on the cliff. Every night they do a special dish.

  • Be careful of leaving your belongings lying around – monkeys are about in this tropical climate! Best to lock up windows and doors when you’re in your room.

  • More of a note than a minus. You’re at the top of the cliff (with mind-blowing views) but be prepared to hike up and down to the beach every day. On the upside, it’s a great work out and a good way to stretch your legs before a dunk in the ocean.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Plastic Free

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 46/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Earthy, clifftop lodge.

  • Vibe

    Enchanting tropical surf and yoga vibes.

  • Location

    On the cliff overlooking famous surf breaks Impossibles and Bingin Beach.

  • Rooms

    7 unique, free-standing suites.

  • Music

    Traditional Indonesia and classic jazz.

  • Year Opened


  • Designed By

    The Italian owners, Mario and Cristiana.

  • Pool/Gym

    Pool plus great spa, steam bath and daily yoga classes.

  • Restaurant

    Yes, a Balinese-style open-air restaurant serving breakfast lunch and dinner to guests and the public. Breakfast is especially wonderful, with exotic fruits, juices and Bali coffee.

  • Bar

    No, but you can order drinks - Bintangs, local Indonesia wine and fruit cocktails - at the restaurant (try the starfruit margarita).

  • Minibar


  • Children

    Kids are welcome.

  • Price

    Mid-range extravagance.

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