|This favorite photo bespeaks the beauty of this West Bali location and the divine pleasure we experienced daily overlooking the pool and the sea.|
|This morning's sighting on the beach. Wow! Was that intended for us?|
Was it Mother Nature saying goodbye to us in those short few moments when it was visible? It disappeared in less than a minute as the trade winds between us and Java wafted away the awe inspiring view. We could easily have missed it. Tom called that rainbow "safari luck." It was the first we'd seen in Bali.
|Although mountains in Java obstructed the final setting of the sun, we were able to capture a portion of its beauty.|
Some vacation rentals lend to the perception of romance more than others. Today, we wanted to share a few romantic notions we experienced in the Beach House West Bali where we've lived for the past almost two months. It's truly been a lover's Paradise and a traveler's dream come true.
|View from the second floor veranda at low tide.|
We didn't use the expansive second story at all where two of the four bedrooms are located including a living room and enormous veranda with views we captured in many photos.
|Creepy looking sea crustacean that "borrows" this shell for protection.|
|Not previously posted Praying Manthis reflection on the edge of the infinity pool.|
As a result, we opted to stay on the main floor. Besides, we prefer to hang out on the main floor where all the action is! For two or more couples or a family, this type of arrangement could be perfect.
The kitchen, which we only used for making coffee, refilling our iced tea and a bit of prep on Sundays when the staff is off, didn't attract much of our interest with the two Kataks on hand to prepare our delicious meals.
|Tom took this photo of an enormous grasshopper yesterday. Each day we rescued many that were drowning in the pool.|
"All dishes are made by the staff themselves of local fresh ingredients. You need as a companion during lunch and dinner, to match the dishes on each other. It is therefore not possible to opt a individually dish for lunch or dinner! This applies to both the appetizer, main course and dessert. From four people, you can choose a second dish. Breakfast can be chosen individually except bubur ayam (a Balinese chicken dish)."
Here's our link for Part 1 of the villa's menu.
Here's our link for Part 2 of the villa's menu.
|Workers harvesting rice.|
|Each meal was prepared and seasoned to perfection.|
|Yesterday, Ribud cut the grass with a grass trimmer/weed whacker while one of the Kataks swept the grass into piles to be cleared.|
As for the cleaning and upkeep of the house and grounds...it couldn't have been accomplished with more grace and ease, never making us feel as if our privacy was impinged upon. Kindness, consideration and discretion was observed at every moment by the gentle and conscientious staff.
The house itself is in excellent repair, having been built four years ago and is continuously well maintained. The recent falling crown molding we described in an earlier post is inevitable in this highly humid environment.
|Tom's charging buffalo story of a few days ago will always be remembered.|
Our only issue during these two months has been the quality of the wifi signal which apparently will be improved by the time we return, although over the past several days we've had an improved connection. Gede promptly contacts the provider when we have an issue which may or may not promptly resolve the connection issues based on the circumstances.
|Flowers were placed on the sides of the track as a Hindu offering for a safe and successful race.|
From the impeccably maintained infinity pool, the comfortable cabana, the multiple seating and lounging areas with hut-type umbrellas, to the chaise lounges we've used daily which are freshly "dressed" each morning with custom made fitted covers and over-sized fluffy towels comparable to what one would find in an upscale resort.
|The buffalo race was quite an event!|
|Even vegetarians get tarter on their teeth. He needs a cleaning!|
If this villa was closer to the airport, as most popular resorts appear to be, the price could easily be five times this daily rate. End result for us? A better "bang for the buck" and ultimately a fine property we'd never been able to fit into our budget.
|Buffaloes trying to keep their heads above water while cooling off in the river next door.|
|The look on this monkey's face made us howl with laughter.|
As for tomorrow's four hour harrowing drive to Denpasar where we'll spend one night? Its all a part of the experience. Tomorrow, we'll be back, posting prior to leaving the villa with the final expenses in Bali! Please check back for the surprising details!
Photo from one year ago today, June 26, 2015:
|Scout Island as seen from Trinity Beach, Australia doesn't look too inviting and isn't inhabited. For more details, please click here.|