Bali is always a good idea — and with new properties constantly opening on the island, you’ll never run out of places to stay at when you visit. Your only question should be: How gorgeous should my next villa be? This time, we have a suggestion for you: Mandala The Bay, the latest of the Mandala Places portfolio to open in Bali.

You might already be familiar with Mandala Places’ last few residences on the island: Mandala. The House and Mandala. The Home both in Canggu, as well as Mandala. The Rocks in Uluwatu. Mandala The Bay is the latest opening located in Nusa Lembongan, and it’s set to be as stunning as the rest of its design-led sister properties.

The pool and outdoor dining area.

For those who already tire of the bustling touristy areas in Bali, Nusa Lembongan will be a breath of fresh, noiseless air. Mandala The Bay is a 30-minute boat ride from the main Bali island and is surrounded by clear waters perfect for any water sporting activity of your choice: diving, surfing, or snorkelling. Nusa Lembongan can be hiked in two hours, or if you prefer the languid side of life, relax on its untouched white sandy beaches.

But let’s get back to the residence itself. Mandala The Bay is a five-bedroom villa designed in a blend of traditional Balinese architecture but with contemporary interior, finishing, and artwork. The indoors connect seamlessly to the outdoors, giving you a bit of nature from all corners of the villa. The result is an airy, light-filled space with sounds of crashing waves against the cliff-side.

The bedroom.
The living area.

However, it’s not just the ocean that’s been given priority. The gardens on the residence have also been immaculately designed, dotted with frangipani trees that intensify the senses as night falls and bright pink bougainvillaea trees for the perfect photo backdrop. Laze under the pergola tree in the outdoor dining area – it provides adequate shade while you take your time lunching.

All five of the king-sized bedrooms (measuring at 1,200 sqm) have its own individual touches, whether it’s art pieces, textiles, or light fixtures. The master bedroom is housed in a Joglo structure – a traditional Javanese-style roof where its columns become higher towards the centre – carved from teak. Meanwhile, the outdoor bathrooms allow you to shower close to nature but with enough privacy.

For entertaining purposes – a given, as you’d want to show off such gorgeous property – is a fully-functional yet design-centric bar, and an outdoor fire pit surrounded by banquette seats carved from rock in the cliffside. The latter offers a gorgeous view of the sunset and waves crashing against the Devil’s Tear across the bay while you sip on cocktails. Now, if all that isn’t enough to tempt you on a trip to this Indonesian island, we don’t know what will.

(All images: Hennessytrill Photography for Mandala Places)

PohNee Chin
Editor, Kuala Lumpur
Poh Nee is the editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction. Reach out to Poh Nee via email at