What do the Ultimate Bali team do when the skies are grey and rainy over Bali? Why, we simply go on a sun-seeking mission to some of our favourite off-island haunts. And there’s no better way to get off the island than on a luxurious Waka Experience. We decided to check out NusaBay by WHM Resort on Nusa Lembongan to see if we could track down some clear skies and ascertain whether the place actually lived up to its stellar reputation. Oh — and it couldn’t hurt to throw in a trip on the Waka Sailing Catamaran right?
Our Waka Experience started on the sandy shores of Sanur, where we could see Lembongan Island across the water, stretched out like a long green finger jutting into the sea. After a mere 20-minute ride on the Marlin fast boat across calm seas, we arrived at a breathtaking bay filled with colourful fishing boats and fringed by sugary white sand. At NusaBay by WHM Resort we were greeted by the amiable and easygoing manager Pak Wally and the friendly service team, who brought us cold towels and refreshing watermelon welcome drinks.
The rooms at the resort are hidden away behind the Waka Beach Club, and they were like nothing we had seen before. Picture a vast sandy space interspersed with spiky green bushes, flowering trees and primitive-looking round beach huts with thatch roofs. Although our bungalow looked rustic, inside it housed a massive king-sized bed, A/C unit, comfortable day bed, writing desk and mini-bar. Our bathroom was bright and colorful, and there were fluffy white towels laid out for us.
After settling in, we made our way to the outdoor dining area overlooking the beach, and were instantly blown away by the crystal-clear views of the jagged peak of Mount Agung looming above Bali in the distance. Our server Putu was a delight, as he didn’t hesitate to strike up a conversation with us and fill us in on all the interesting sites around the island. As we dined on an exquisite seafood platter of grilled king prawns, calamari and fresh snapper, and sipped on icy cold Bintangs, we toasted each other on choosing this gem of a place.
The next day was spent floating leisurely in the salt water pool, sunbathing on comfy loungers, watching the waves crash into the cliffs beyond on either side of the bay, and stuffing ourselves with tasty Indonesian fare at the BBQ lunch. We could have joined one of the fun snorkelling tours around the island or visited a traditional Lembongan village replete with an underground house, but the pool and beach were just way too inviting.
Although we really didn’t want to leave, the catamaran was shipping out, so we headed out to the gleaming white vessel waiting in the harbour. On board, the cabin was like a plush lounge with black leather stools, low tables draped in white linen, and wine glasses hanging over the bar. We sipped on fresh orange juice and nibbled on cheese, crackers and tropical fruit, before heading out to the foredeck to take in the salty sea breezes and beautiful views as the catamaran sailed smoothly back to Bali.