The old Bali.
My first trip to Indonesia was back in 1998/1999. Indonesia was just coming out of a mass political and military uprising. Many would have thought it was a silly time to come but I did.
I landed in Jakarta and a few days later made my way to Bali. Admittedly this was near the end of the crisis so things were quiet and Bali was not affected too much. The point of this is of course not the crisis at the time.
The point is that 20 years ago was the last time I had felt this feeling in Bali. This weekend I went to a small resort named Nirvana Resort Bali. This was a nice throwback to how Bali used to be and should be in my opinion.
The way things were.
At that time I stayed someplace near Seminyak I think. I have no idea of the exact location, the place was called Bintang Resort or something like that.
This weekend’s getaway was a throwback to that time. It was a simple place with simple settings, yet perfect for a quiet weekend with friends and family. The food was amazing and the place was as good as it can get.
For about $150/night, breakfast included this place is heaven for relaxation and pure old-style Bali feels. What I loved about the place was that it was exactly as promised. From the amazing bathrooms to the beds and all the furnishings. This place was exactly as described, and as an avid traveler, this was well worth the visit.
The views are far and wide, all the way from being able to see the WGK statues in Bukit, to the neighboring islands of Lembongan and Nusa Penida.
The pool felt a touch cold to my wimpy body. However, once I was in I was fine. That is usually how it goes, but I am a wimp, what can I say?
From the pool, one can watch the fast boats head back and forth to the islands and also can see the ferry heading to Lombok and Gili islands. There is always someone on duty to watch and tend to needs from the small but well equipped restaurant. We had dinner the night we arrived. Considering how small this place was, the menu was great for both local and western tastes as well as for drinks and coffees.
The service was amazing, and the staff was always smiling and ready to help. This felt like old Bali, with a touch of Balinese music in the background and birds chirping when you get up in the morning. The sound of the ocean is always close as well but not loud enough to intrude on your sleep.
This little place is about an hour and a half away from the main area of Bali. Be ready for a bit of a drive. Yet it sure is worth it… So the next time you want to get away, or do a staycation, check out this amazing little place that is not quite in the middle of nowhere.
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