March 3-8, 2016
The sound of the ocean waves crashing alongside the volcanic sand beach. The moment you wake up and see the different shades of blue between the pool, ocean, and sky with just a touch of reddish pink. The wind that blows creating a slight breeze and moment of calming zen. Waking up to complete bliss every morning, this was my Bali.
Villa Bunga Melati is located on the north side of the island near Lovina which is known for diving. While the south is more popular amongst tourists with areas like Kuta, which now resembles the famed Venice Beach, CA, the north is far less untouched from the western world and offers a Bali experience most will not make the 3-hr winding road drive to see. Most of the people are locals. Fields of rice paddies and even grapevines can be seen without hundreds of tourists blocking your view or getting in the way of that perfect shot. Our four bedroom villa was perfectly situated on the beach with an infinity pool, zen garden, and a private cabana offering an oasis for massages on the volcanic sand beach.
While spending most of our time at the villa was ideal after being on the road for the last month, the downside of being so far is having to make that winding road drive to see anything else on the island. We did manage to make it to the Pura Ulun Temple (Temple for the Lake Goddess) which was of course stunning and surreal, but the drive up there and back was nauseating so I decided to spend my remaining days relaxing at the villa. Morning yoga, a delicious lunched prepared by Ketut, our cook & housekeeper, massages at 2pm, lounging by the pool playing Jenga and drinking Bitang beer, then ending our Bali days with a traditional Indonesian feast for dinner – my days couldn’t have been more perfect!
After five days of a little R&R (rest and relaxation), I made my way back to the airport which is small but new so you can find everything from coffee to fresh-squeezed juice to burgers and to Asian food. Last stop, Singapore! My final stop on my #40DaysInAsia tour. Oh, btw there isn’t a 200,000 RP tourist tax anymore in case your villa owner misinforms a you like ours did ;).