What do we know about Bedugul: the magical forest of the botanical gardens, the foggy lake(s), the corn-growing-out-of-cabbage monument, the strawberry farms, the treetop adventure. Rural, quiet Bedugul has been our escape for years. Exhausted? Feeling sad? Desperate for a little road trip? Keep calm and have a picnic with a lake view – that’s how we’ve been surviving the madness (not to mention the heat!) of the South.
Apparently, we were not the only ones who have been appreciating the beauty of this sleepy, agriculture-focused area. Past weekend we’ve stopped by the brand new Secret Garden Village and got thunderstruck: what?! Andra Matin – the world-class Indonesian architect who has created Potato Head Beach Club Bali, Katamama and other iconic buildings – has built a new project in the middle of “nowhere”, and no one talks about it? We mean, yeah, it’s called “the SECRET garden” for a reason, right?;)
So, what is it – and why do you need to see it with your own eyes?
They call it an educational centre. There is a little museum dedicated to the traditional Indonesian beauty heritage: jamu, medicine herbs, etc.; plus the whole floor of BodyShop kind of shopping – local brands, knowledgeable staff. There is a coffee roastery with the cupping experience, access to the lab, and GREAT specialty coffee at the cafe; they even have a family of fluffy, healthy-looking civets (the “kopi luwak cats”) living in the spacious – not to say, designer! – aviary. There is a couple of restaurants, the beautiful valley view and some exciting additions to the complex – the new bridge, the farm, and much more. In one year time this place gonna be rad, and packed with tourists. Go there now and enjoy it while it’s still “secret”.
Go check it out: Secret Garden Village
Find it: Jl Raya Denpasar KM36, half-way from Tabanan to Bedugul
Money: there are admission tickets to be purchased at the entrance, but they are actually food&beverage vouchers (from 50k/pax for the KITAS holders). No pets allowed.