The 10 Best Things to Do in Mengwi, Indonesia

August 7, 2017 Fernanda Pittenger

Discover the best top things to do in Mengwi, Indonesia including John Hardy Ubud Workshop and Showroom, Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, Tanah Lot Temple, Sangeh Monkey Forest, Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppets, Puri Agung Karangasem, Bali Outdoor Adventures, Tegal Wangi Beach, Taman Ayun Temple, Fivelements Spa.
Restaurants in Mengwi

1. John Hardy Ubud Workshop and Showroom

Jl. Raya Mambal, Br. Baturning no. 1 | BR. Baturning, Mambal, Ubud 80352, Indonesia +62 361 469888
Excellent
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5 based on 122 reviews

John Hardy Ubud Workshop and Showroom

Just 20 minutes from Ubud, our 4.9 Acre compound features a luxury jewelry workshop, where each piece is crafted by hand using ancient jewelry making techniques passed down from the descendants of the goldsmiths from the royal courts of Bali. Enjoy a delicious farm-to-table lunch and visit the stunning Kapal Bambu, our showroom where you can shop the ultimate in artisan-crafted luxury and the pinnacle of Balinese craftsmanship.

Reviewed By Stee53 - Newcastle, Australia

Absolutely stunning buildings greet you as you wander through massive bamboo pathways from room to room. Beautiful arrangements of flowers as well as stunning jewellery. Very knowledgeable staff who go out of their way to attend to you. Of course the jewellery is stunning as well! Love the ethos of all the staff dining together. Just so worth a visit.

2. Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

Ubud 80571, Indonesia +62 361 971304
Excellent
47%
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4 based on 26 reviews

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

In this unusual place of worship, mischievous simians throng among sacred temples and lush greenery.

Reviewed By Ana Luísa F

I was pleasantly surprised by The Monkey Forest. Having read some less pleasant experiences I went in with caution. Only to find out that you do only have issues if you stop thinking about the monkeys as the wild animals that they are and start tampering with them.
Overall, had a great time! The forest itself was gorgeous and well kept by the staff. Definitely a must see in Ubud!

3. Tanah Lot Temple

Jl. Raya Tanah Lot, Kawasan Pura Tanah Lot | Desa Beraban, Kecamatan Kediri, Beraban 82121, Indonesia
Excellent
48%
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Satisfactory
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4 based on 9 reviews

Tanah Lot Temple

Tanah Lot is one of the important directional temples in Bali. The temple is located on a rock just offshore. It is said to be the work of revered 15th century Hindu priest Nirartha and forms an important element of Balinese spirtualism and mythology.

Reviewed By Shyamal B

Unique temple set on a sort of island in the sea which one can access during low tide.. the walk over the rocks covered with sea waves to reach the temple is an unique experience.
The temple allows you to offer your prayers with minimal paraphernalia..
Ideal time to reach 5 to 7 pm

4. Sangeh Monkey Forest

Desa Adat Sangeh, Kecamatan Abiansemal, Kabupaten Badung | Abiansemal, Sangeh 80353, Indonesia
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 273 reviews

Sangeh Monkey Forest

Pala Sangeh forest inhabited by gray long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis) numbering approximately 600 tails, and where they would not be separated from faith communities that consider themselves incarnation Warrior Princess who changed his form into the monkeys that inhabit the forest Sangeh Pala. Therefore, people will not dare to bother about their existence, because they diangagap Kera disakralan Saints were a blessing to the community and surrounding Sangeh. They also like the life of community life in Bali where they have a group (Banjar) divided into (3) group (Banjar), namely the eastern, central and western parts, and each group will have their respective leaders. What is unique about their lives, their competition among males-sires, which will always compete: in its group fight so King / Chairman, and the other groups will compete for territory, the group who is the most powerful will dominate the middle group, the most abundant source of food , Due to the presence of Heritage is very sacred by the community and surrounding Sangeh, For travelers who are menstruating are not permitted to enter the temple. Each visitor will always accompanied toured by local guides, in order to maintain the security and comfort.

Reviewed By Anne D - Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom

We arrived at Sangeh Monkey Forest at the end of a wonderful cycle ride around the area. The area looked strangely familiar and I realised that we had visited here some 25 years previously!
The monkeys were calm and not at all aggressive and it was a surprisingly nice experience to have one sit on my lap.

5. Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppets

Jl. Tegal Bingin | Banjar Tengkulak Tengah, Sukawati, Indonesia +62 361 8987493
Excellent
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4.5 based on 135 reviews

Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppets

Reviewed By Catherine T - Les Pavillons Sous Bois, France

And unjustifiably so....
The home of 1000 masks and 4000 puppets of different origins that are perfectly kept is astounding and well worth a visit. The Gardens surrounding the Houses are a treat to the eyes.
I urge you to make the detour for a visit when in Bali.

6. Puri Agung Karangasem

Jalan Gajah Maja, Subagan, Karangasem, Indonesia
Excellent
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4 based on 47 reviews

Puri Agung Karangasem

Reviewed By Dario Sara B - Rome, Italy

We've had a weird experience in visiting this place since we were left totally alone to visit the royal area. We have been free to enter and to enjoy the garden, the Terrace and the area around the palace without anyone checking where we were or what we were doing. Nobody around, everything open, including a very personal area of the residence that we decided not to enter for personal sense of respect. Very unusual! There are beautiful doors, patios and buildings to enjoy, but everything is left with no maintenance at all, so the the feeling is quite bitter.

7. Bali Outdoor Adventures

Jl. Pantai Seseh No.1, Cemagi, Mengwi, Kabupaten Badung, | Cemangi, Tanah Lot 80251, Indonesia
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5 based on 56 reviews

Bali Outdoor Adventures

We are a Balinese family running a traditional hostel in Canggu, 2 min away from Seseh beach. Our hostel is a temple-like structure with our own historical Hindu temple in the backyard. It's Bali Outdoor because being Outdoors is what we do. Surfing, sustainable fishing, organic farming, beach camping and touring are our main activities. We have a professional team of Surfing coaches teaching all levels, and providing all the Surfing and fishing equipment. We also organize Surfing competitions, beach parties, night camps and barbecue events. Staying with us means that you will be sharing life with our family. You will have full access to the facilities including the kitchen that has all the utensils, also local organic vegetables and rice picked from our farm. We have one King double bedroom with two Queen Size beds that's perfect for a group of 5 or a couple. Also one single room that can fit one or two people. We also have 5 tents fully equipped on Seseh Beach where you can sleep under Bali's night sky and enjoy fishing and BBQ. Pets and children friendly.

Reviewed By Drakesmom - bc

This was my first trip to Indonesia. I had booked three weeks, the first being in Bali. A big part of the trip was to get better at Surfing. I ended up with Wayan, who ended up being one of my dearest connections in Bali....MoreDear Christel Nickel, It was such a great pleasure for me to show you the best of Bali surf spot. Hope to welcome you back in the future. Best regards, Wayan Bali outdoor

8. Tegal Wangi Beach

Jl. Pura Tegalwangi, Badung, Jimbaran, Indonesia
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 152 reviews

Tegal Wangi Beach

Reviewed By Kikuska1992 - Trnava, Slovakia

Beautiful beach with bad access. Down to the beach, you have to lie down the rocks. The beach is wide with fine sand. There is a sunset on this beach. It's a beautiful experience.
The beach is still being photographed by brides (at sunset there is the most).
Packing on the beach: free

9. Taman Ayun Temple

Jalan Ayodya, Mengwi, Indonesia +62 813-3854-3274
Excellent
32%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 1 reviews

Taman Ayun Temple

Taman Ayun Temple is a Royal Temple of Mengwi Empire and it is located in Mengwi Village, Mengwi sub district, Badung regency and about 18 Km north side of Denpasar town. It is strategically located beside of major roadway between Denpasar to Singaraja. It is set on the land which is surrounded by the big fish pond and look like a drift on the water

Reviewed By retireeVancouver - Vancouver

We visited this temple, located in south Bali, with our cruise ship's excursion. This temple had a unique layout with 3 Inner Courts, a perimeter moat, and a Cock Pit. The first 2 Inner Courts have spacious well kept lawns, beds of canna lilies, and a Fountain with 9 water spouts in a small pool. Visitors stay on the main path that leads to the eyecatching red brick entrance gate of the 3rd Inner Court. The gate is encrusted with grey stone carvings. There are 3 sets of steps that lead to 3 plain old doors. Visitors are not allowed through the doors, but visitors can see the inside of this Inner Court by walking all around the surrounding perimeter wall. This wall is about 3 feet high and does not impede viewing the structures inside nor photographing them.
This court is what we came to see as it has many shrines with multitiered roofs from 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11 levels and the unusual interior moat along the perimeter wall. This temple area is spacious (about a city block x a city block). It has several smaller buildings besides the many shrines. Perhaps these were for the use of royalty or priests. All of the roofs for the buildings and shrines are thatched and are blackened with age. Some of these had skillfully carved stone work all around their square bases which seemed to have been cleaned as they were free of moss and algae. They were attractive, but some of the large stone statues of gods had not been cleaned and were unattractive. Their features were covered with grasses, moss, and black algae. At one corner, the water in the well became special when it was blessed by a priest. A special tree grew beside it. The moat was narrow, filled with greenish water, surrounded by mowed lawn. There was no activity inside the Inner Court. The best view of the Inner Court from one end to the other end is along the 2nd side - the one opposite the entrance gate. The best view of the shrines is along the 3rd wall as they are all lined up in a row on that side. It took us about 30 minutes to slowly stroll around this Inner Court.
Our guide spent about 15 minutes showing us the Cock Pit located between the 1st and 2nd Inner Courts - by the ticket seller's table. To show the purpose of the building, 2 male mannequins had been placed in the dirt pit holding their roosters. Cantilevered Seating was available all around the pit to watch the cockfight. There was no information board here to explain the purpose of the cock pit - for entertainment? for religious ceremonies? A Balinese woman was quietly creating food offering baskets to be placed in the temple area. Modern clean washrooms were next to the cockpit in and had no attendant. As we left the temple site and headed for our bus, we walked through an ornately stone gate that straddled the road - a reminder that this site was once occupied by royalty. Shops for snacks, souvenirs, and cafes surround this attraction. Visitors should wear appropriate clothing for visiting a temple. Our visit lasted about 1 hour.

10. Fivelements Spa

Puri Ahimsa Banjar Baturning, Mambal, Ubud 80352, Indonesia +62 361 469206
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 57 reviews

Fivelements Spa

Reviewed By shate - Toronto, Canada

Facilities such as the fan needs fixing. It was hard having my session being done in the scorching heat with no ceiling fan working. Also the staff at the spa lacked in their customer service. They wouldn't even great guests walking around the resort while they were standing at the door. However, I did enjoy the healer whom I booked for the deep tissue foot massage and I did enjoy the flower bath. In the nature, enjoyable. Could be much better if not for the first few points.

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