a quick trip to indonesia

A while back I went to Bali. Just for a week. You could argue that isn’t long enough (it’s not), but I had some leave that I was told needed to be used, the flights were cheap, I had a friend who wanted to come … a month later we were there.

Even though two weeks would have been far more relaxing in the grand scheme of things, given the short amount of time we had, our first choice of accommodation was perfect. The moment I walked through the door I was able to forget about the to do list on my desk and just enjoy my surroundings.

I was so impressed I wrote a review for Trip Advisor (my first, I hope, of many) and thought I would share it with you here.

the bali people need to see

I knew we were staying somewhere special the moment we arrived at Tri Sandyha Villa. From the sign on the door that said ‘Welcome to your home’ to the smiling faces of our hosts, Sharon and Made.

Though our stay was short (3 nights) we managed to pack plenty in thanks to Sharon and Made. Following a lovely breakfast and massage by the pool (for $10!!!!) we were helped with cabs and restaurant recommendations in town. The following day we booked a tour with Made and spent the day seeing temples, rice patties, the volcano at Kintamani and other parts of the island we would not have been able to get to on our own.

It was a real honour seeing the temples with Made, who took the time to explain rituals as they were happening and encouraged us to get involved, rather than standing back to watch. Sharon dressed us in traditional clothing before we left and we were also provided with offerings to take, which made the experience as authentic as possible.

Bali water temple

Praying at the water temple…

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…with 300 people waiting in waist deep water behind me

Bali water temple 2

Colder than we look!

Tri Sandyha itself is stunning. It’s own little jungle oasis, it is quite intimate, with just two rooms available. The room we stayed in was lovely, well appointed and spotlessly clean. It had a fantastic tropical feel with netting around the four poster queen bed and an outdoor shower (and an indoor one as well if you prefer).

The Villa is short drive out of Ubud, which added to the tropical feel. The cabs were cheap and readily available. Tri Sandyha also has a scooter for hire – not my thing, but handy for those who are confident on two wheels.

We were served a hearty breakfast each morning of fresh fruit, yogurt, eggs and pancakes with traditional Balinese coffee. Many of the staff are Sharon and Made’s family – and you can tell. The place is very relaxed and friendly. It really feels like you’re at home – only warmer and far prettier!

I felt so comfortable there I would be happy to go back on my own.

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Tri Sandhya Villa Ubud

more to come

I plan to write plenty more of these kinds of posts since I have recently made a purchase of the one way variety. Stay tuned.