Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Bali calls

Uma Ubud Private Villa # 50

South Pacific, the popular musical based on James Michener’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama, Tales of the South Pacific, extols Bali Ha’i as an exotic paradise.

Bali Ha'i may call you,
Any night, any day,
In your heart, you'll hear it call you:
"Come away... Come away."




Bali, island of the gods and gateway to Paradise, is an island and province of Indonesia.

It is the largest tourist destination in the country and is renowned for its highly developed arts, including traditionaland modern dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking, and music.

This time, we were in Bali for a five day R&R in Ubud - located among rice paddies and steep ravines in the central foothills of the Gianyar Regency

We were booked by Global Nomad at Uma, a prestigious Como resort hotel in Ubud.

Rising early, we don our daily uniform - bathing suits and sarongs, coconut oil and sunblock - then head to breakfast in an open air pavilion surrounded by a large koi and lotus pond.

Over a pot of Balinese Java coffee, we decide what to breakfast on – YUM! 

It’s either back to our private villa pool for a leisurely dip or out for a meandering stroll - within the lush resort grounds or out by the roadside stalls and boutiques.  

Jalan Monkey Forest - Ubud, Bali
Lunch al fresco at Ibu Rai 
A short trip to the Monkey Forest Road central market had us laden with sarongs in batik and ikat, local groceries [spices, soaps, kropek], and fine jewelry.

Everywhere we walked we were greeted by the warm and open hearted smiles of local Balinese. Everywhere we ate we were served the best local dishes.

We were completely satiated - body, heart and mind.

Indus Restaurant overlooking Tjampuhan River 
Ginger ale with lemon grass - so refreshing!
Our duck and gado-gado lunch. 

The best treat Uma had for me was their breath taking yoga studio and the fragrant kneading of their gifted spa staff.

Uma Spa koi and blooms.

Yoga studio and river view. 

Would that we could bottle and take home what we imbibed in magical Bali.

Ahhh! Life is good.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.