Jun 9, 2019
By Jenny Hewett.
Reached via fast boat from Bali’s southeast coast, Nusa Lembongan has just opened up to tourism, but the surf island is quickly becoming a low-key alternative to buzzy Bali. With a stunning seafront location and infinity pool, white-linen cabanas, a modern menu and private pool villas, Ohana’s has an unpretentious vibe that feels more like your backyard than a club.
“We noticed a big gap in the market,” says Australian-born Mitchell Ansiewicz, owner and managing director of Ohana’s, who moved here with his wife, Ashleigh, last year after more than a decade spent traveling to Bali from the Gold Coast. “Couples, families and surfers were looking for somewhere a bit more luxury… and people were wanting something more than a local warung to eat at,” he says.
“The concept is modern Australian, though we’ve also incorporated many of our favorite Indonesian dishes and love using the local seafood,” Ansiewicz says. Crowd-pleasers so far include chicken and shiitake lettuce cups; coconut-crumbed king prawns; and the 300-gram Australian Black Angus steak served with chimichurri and kimchi.
Set in the heart of the main village, in front of world-class surf breaks Razors and Shipwrecks, Ohana’s is an unassuming oasis that’s in harmony with its relaxed locale. While they host acoustic sessions and DJs every Sunday and Friday, Ohana’s is still on island tempo. “Nusa Lembongan benefits from its small size, which restricts the traffic and development and creates a unique mix of being rustic, while still not being entirely off-the-grid,” he says. Libations, however, are refreshingly urbane: red-ginger margaritas, coconut and pineapple martinis, and a range of high-end gins and whiskies.
ohanas.co; mains from Rp110,000; doubles from Rp2,590,000.