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Nusa Lembongan, Bali: Indonesian Island Paradise

Love escaping on holiday to lush, green Bali, but tired of the million other tourists and endless traffic?

Well, sweet respite awaits… As just a handy, speedy boat ride away is Bali’s pristine, southeastern island baby sib, Nusa Lembongan. It’s a blissfully bogan-free zone still undiscovered by the hordes, and it’s exactly where you should head to quaff sundowners and swim among the manta rays and dolphins…

First things first, you’ll need a chic mode of transport to whisk you away. There’s the easy, efficient ferry from Sanur, or you can upgrade your sail by chartering with Pulau Luxury Charters – they’ve got a fleet fitting the bill, whether it’s a luxe yacht or catamaran that, ahem, floats your boat.

Pulau Luxury Charters, PT Aqua Prince Lestari Jl. Bumbak, Gg Pulau Bali 1, Umalas, Bali. +62 361 847 6757,

Upon arrival at this villa-only isle, you’ll shimmy straight to your pre-booked swank pad… We love the Villa Voyage, a five-bedder perfectly posi’d beachside for sand-to-surf antics complete with its own speedboat for private, direct transfers between your villa and the mainland.

Or if you’ve got tots in tow, the Island House is loads of fun for the whole clan, with main house and connecting two-bedroom cottage, plus pretty pool overlooking the ocean.

Villa Voyage & Island Home, book via

And once you’ve settled in, the laidback Sandy Bay Beach Club is the spot for a star-lit BBQ dinner, with top tipples to enjoy at sundown.

Sandy Bay Beach Club, Sandy Bay Beachfront Estate, Sunset Beach, Nusa Lembongan. +62 828 9700 5656,

For adventure seekers and scuba lovers, head to local dive shop Legend Diving for underwater tours of Bali’s best dive sites, including Crystal Bay to see the elusive Mola-molas and Manta Point to glide alongside giant manta rays.

Legend Diving, Jalan Jungut Batu, Nusa Lembongan, +62 8123 902 0028,

All that’s left… Precious hours spent lounging by the Big Blue. How’s that for fab?

Last updated: 17 March 2021

For more of the best bits of Bali, check out the LUXE Bali guide…

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