Yesterday morning, I woke up to the sounds of pouring rain, as it crashed into my window, as it fell torrentially on the trees , wiping them clean of all the dust and mud and grime that had settled during this past burning and boiling summer. All the birds had gone into hiding, probably having found shelter somewhere. I had my morning cup of tea, by the window, indulging in the sounds of the downpour , indulging in the rainforest like view that had suddenly painted across my window.
I watched the garden , empty , wet and lush green and couldn’t help but reminsce about my time in Paradise Island ie my time in Bali.
A tiny island surrounded by the large ocean, lush green , bordered by beaches with coconut and palm trees, an active volcano, frangipani flowers everywhere, rivers and waterfalls. An island immersed in religion and art. Locals that are soft spoken, polite and simple.
Sounds like paradise doesn’t it ?
We spent 2 weeks there. The first in Ubud, perfectly captured in the movie eat pray love . A small town in the mountains, known for its many gorgeous temples , its palace , its deep marination in art, its rice terraces, coffee plantations and its luxury resorts.
We checked into the Alila resort at night, and were greeted by the rustling leaves , the aromas and flickering flames of candles , the sounds of the fireflies , the peace and the most soft spoken and almost whispering staff. They were ever so welcoming and polite.
We walked into our villa and were instantly in heaven ! What with the cane roof, the king sized four poster bed, the orchids, our personal swimming pool all blue and lit up and the star of the show ? Our sunken tub .. well sunken in a huge lotus pond! The pond was full of lotuses and water hycinths! Complete with an aromatic candle, bath salts and bubble bath to set the mood right.
Breakfasts were the most beautiful, although interrupted by the playful monkeys that swung around the trees and ran around near the breakfast area waiting for some treats. And why not ? What with the warm frothy coffee , the jamu their local drink that was spicy, sour ,sweet and zingy all in one sip! The colourful smoothies with bamboo straws, the bread basket , the eggs either creamy scrambled or half boiled with the most gorgeous oozy yolks, the crostinis perfectly plated and the beautiful pancakes! Any ape wouldn’t mind a bite !
A trip to the town had us mind boggled with the art! Shopping therapy is a big must !
We even took a woodcarving and a silver smithing class in town and left with the most beautiful creations!
The next week we spent was in Seminyak, home to the famous potato head beach club. A funky , young town with people who are always up for a party !
We shopped again, watched the sea in our jacuzzi on our terrace and relaxed! We binged on pancakes ,avacado toast and dragonfruit smoothie bowls enough for a whole year !
We took a day and went to nusa dua and learnt how to make perfume !! Aaaah the aromas tinging my senses ! We returned to spend the evening at La Plancha, a beach club filled with bright colourful beanbags all over the sand , lovely music and the sunsets !
We returned with our bags full and our hearts full of memories.
The most fitting finale to this perfect experience? Sitting in my jacuzzi with it bubbling away , while i nursed my glass of wine and watched the sea and the sunset.