If you’re coming to Bali to find yourself, discover Lost Lindenberg instead and enlightenment will naturally follow. Guests are greeted with a blessing and a bracelet, with all the admin of check-in completed a couple of days in advance via WhatsApp. After your welcome ceremony, you can ride one of the longest waves in Bali (the Medewi break) or sign up for activites such as tours of the nearby river and waterfalls, before a bonfire on the beach, edible plant-based perfection around the communal table every evening and a silent night’s sleep up in the trees above the ocean. As many surf lessons as you need are included in the rate – especially good news if you think it's going to take you a while to get the hang (ten) of it.
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Late check-out and upgrade to an Ocean Panorama Suite, subject to availability, plus a free drink or cocktail at the evening bonfire. GoldSmiths will also receive some bath products
Double rooms from £342.25 (IDR6,350,000), including tax at 21 per cent.
Rates usually include breakfast and surfing sessions.
Due to the 10-metre-high walkways and rooms at the top of towers, the hotel is unfortunately not easily accessible for wheelchair-users.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout, jungle for a garden, shop, surfboards, electric bicycles and scooters to borrow, one free bag of laundry. In rooms: air-conditioning, bathrobes and slippers, free bottled water and island-made bath products.
Our favourite rooms
There are just eight rooms at Lost Lindenberg, each with green Balinese-stone floors, teak walls and its head in the treetops, but for an unbeatable ocean view, it has to be an Ocean Panorama Suite, in the first tower, 12 metres above ground (ie almost as tall as the coconut-trees) and with the impressive views (and gently lapping soundtrack) to match.
There’s a jungle-backed pool, helpfully also located close to the bar. Stake out one of the sunloungers on the deck between the two from 7am until 7pm, when it gets dark.
Stress is dismissed at check-in, but if you find yourself in need of further relaxation, simply head to the peak-serenity spa (built in the shape of a gladak, a wooden storehouse for crops) for a Balinese massage, post-surf muscle soothing or aromatherapy courtesy of chamomile, lavender, lemongrass and bergamot.
Wetsuits, wax and long tousled hair (or at least some salt spray to attempt to create it) – but if you forget any of these, you can pick them up in the hotel’s boutique.
All ages are welcome at Lost Lindenberg, and there’s lots to keep little Smiths entertained, from surfing on miniature boards or in tandem with a coach, making flower offerings and flying homemade kites. The chefs will also gladly adapt meals for kids.
All of Lost Lindenberg’s cleaning products are biodegradable, there are solar panels in place and grey water is reused. The all-organic menu changes accordingly with what’s on sale at the market, plus produce from the garden. Other island initiatives that the hotel is involved with include beach-cleaning drives, contributing to the education of local children and a programme to help street dogs.
Join the fun at the long communal table, or sneak off for a private meal on the beach.
At home with the fam.
After a bonfire on the beach, guests gather for an organic, plant-based menu of sharing plates, served family-style, with a series of starters and mains, plus breads and dips, to tuck into as you swap stories of that day’s surfing attempts or temple touring. If you’re feeling anti-social, don’t worry: anything goes around here, including private tables in your room, at the bar or on the beach. Breakfast is a selection of homemade granola, coconut French toast and tropical fruits; and at lunch, guests can order simple salads, wraps or nasi goreng, with lunchboxes available for daytrippers.
As is to be expected at such a wholesome stay, none of the syrups and adornments for the cocktails come out of a bottle – sip on a refreshing rosemary and pandan-leaf iced tea, or stick to wine (which definitely does come out of a bottle).
There are no strict mealtimes at Lost Lindenberg – instead, staff shift things round to accommodate each guest, with service hours for food and drinks roughly between 7am and 11pm.
Meals can be delivered to your suite between 7am and 11pm.
You’ll find (get it?) Lost Lindenberg in peaceful Pekutatan, a sleepy Hindu village that the tourists are yet to locate. The boutique hotel is on a black-sand beach in Bali’s quieter western parts.
The hotel is two-and-a-half hours by car west of Denpasar airport. Hotel transfers start from US$100 one-way.
If you want to see more of the island, a car will come in handy. There’s a secure car park at the hotel.
Worth getting out of bed for
There’s a prime surf spot – the Medewi break, whose crests have been ridden by Kelly Slater no less – on your doorstep at Lost Lindenberg, so it’d be rude to not at least attempt to hang ten gracefully. If you struggle with even a cobra pose in yoga, this may not be the activity for you – instead, you can tour the temples that surround the hotel, or just lie down on the beach and enjoy the novelty value of the black-sand shores. More active activities can be resumed in the form of snorkelling, borrowing an electric bicycle or scooter to head into the village and yoga (get that cobra perfected and you’ll smash it on a surfboard), and the staff can also set up football nets and volleyball games. If you’re feeling adventurous and really wanting to get to know Bali, head to Pasar Malam, a market in Pekutatan village, with vendors dispensing local foods. The team can also enlist a guide to take you further up the mountains on a secret river tour in search of a hidden waterfall to swim in. On rainy days, poolside screenings or borrowed iPads with Apple TV and Netflix are on the agenda.
Most guests stay put at this remote retreat, but if you do fancy lunch or dinner out (and some meat or dairy), the team can drop you off at a rustic spot nearby. Every little thing is gonna be all right at Rasta Café (+62 852 3702 0393), where a mother and daughter cook delicious dishes for you in the middle of some rice paddies – be sure to book, especially if surf’s up at Medewi (it’s closed on Fridays). Another option popular with the surfer crew is Nal’s Kitchen, which serves Western as well as local food, and has a creative array of milkshake flavours. And for a spiritual sunset experience, take a meditative mood along to Warung Yama beach and enjoy the ritual with some locals.
Enjoy views of both rice paddies and the ocean from the terrace at Waeky Waeky, and you’ll be able to pick up some new swimwear or surf gear after a cup of the best coffee in town. Surfer dudes approve of the Holytree (+62 878 6231 7208) on the beach, which has a small skate ramp, a surf shop and its own cat, Miskha. If you have a sweet tooth and a thing for hybrid baked-good confections, call in at Sumbul Sunset at the Beach for sundown and sugar before 9pm: the ‘craffel’ morphs crêpes, doughnuts and waffles into one.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this surf-school stay in Indonesia and unpacked their rash vests and wetsuits, a full account of their beach break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Lost Lindenberg in Bali…
Getting away from the crowds may be high on regular holiday agendas, but in Bali it’s increasingly difficult, since everyone wants an Eat, Pray, Love adventure of their own. Enter Lost Lindenberg, which finds itself (literally and spiritually) in the peaceful village of Pekutatan in Bali’s less-discovered west. The remote retreat has an entirely plant-based restaurant, just eight rooms and communal meals each evening after bonfires on the beach.
Guests are calmed down to a Pekutatan pace the moment they arrive, with a welcome ceremony in the temple that instantly melts stress and memories of long-haul flights away. You’re then encouraged to ‘surf your soul out’, with as many sessions as you’d like included in the rate. Early-risers will catch more than just worms: as well as morning yoga, surf’s up on the shore at dawn. Whether peace to you is the adrenalin rush of riding a wave, standing on your head or a nap on the beach, you’ll track down the ultimate serenity (and surf) at Lost Lindenberg.