Are you getting sick of hearing about Bali yet? I’m
sorry not sorry. These blog posts are also a way for me to remember every detail so indulge me just a little bit;). So where were we? Oh ja, after a blissful two nights in Canggu it was time to head to the islands! We made our way through tumultuous traffic once again and boarded a high speed boat to Nusa Lembongan.
I don’t know if you know but I don’t function very well on boats. My people are not boat people, they are people of the land. So it was with trepidation that we watched our suitcases being piled on to someone’s head and hoisted up on top of speedboat that was shortly filled with holiday makers of all types. The trip itself was not actually that choppy or long, but the Balinese techno they blasted from those speakers was a different kind of torture. I am sensitive to loud abrasive noises and that music is some of the worst I have ever heard. Yoh.
But sooner than expected, we were there and we had literally arrived in paradise. Like, truly. Turquoise water lapping against white sand shores, flowers everywhere, palm trees swaying in the gentle breeze. We were staying at one of the best hotels I’ve ever been to, Batu Karang, and it will remain in my dreams pretty much until I am no longer on this earth.
It was all the little details that made it special, on top of the unbeatable location. The free sarongs on your bed (who doesn’t love free stuff?). The outdoor shower. The views. The sumptuous day beds by the swimming pool. The massage in the spa overlooking the bay. The delicious food. The incredible whisky bar where Gareth made friends with the Italian barmen as we listened to the waves and stared at the suit of armour and stag head on the wall (the owner of the hotel is Scottish so he’s gone full Scots with the bar decor!).
We didn’t rush around on this part of the trip – it was about chilling. Gareth went surfing and I went to a wonderful yoga class, got lost on the way to the studio and drank from a coconut afterwards. We booked a snorkelling trip where I got extremely sea sick and bumped my head on the ladder thingie you use to climb on to the boat. But we also found this most incredible reef and had it all to ourselves and saw the most amazing fish life and coral.
We lay by the pool and drank cocktails and took a taxi on our last night to a restaurant nearby where we had an unforgettable meal with our new Australian/Scottish friends, Lou and Stevie, and sipped on rose wine and scrunched our feet in the sand and chatted like the oldest friends. It’s pretty cool when you have that connection with people you’ve just met, and you find out all the similarities you share, even though you are are from opposite ends of the world.
I actually am stumped at how to describe this place, both the hotel and the island – and have just about run out of words, so I think I’ll let the pictures do the talking. It is very nearly perfect: there is a litter problem as I don’t think there is adequate infrastructure in terms of dealing with waste, but this hardly detracts from your experience.
After three days of bliss it was time to prepare for the onslaught of Balinese techno and board that boat once again – on to our final destination of the trip: Ubud. Here are some pics of what we got up to in one of the most beautiful places on earth…(we’re going back!).