It was a warm day, we just left our Hotel in Hong Kong . The skyscrapers rolled down the street as we were driving towards the airport. Now and then a beam of sunlight would creep behind a building, but then quickly hide away. Three days in Hong Kong is really not enough. With all the jetlag I hardly had any time to enjoy Hong Kong. Some nights I’d find myself walking and sleeping at 6pm. Sitting in the car I was sad. It wasn’t the best place I have ever been to, but it is always nice to get away from home and just travel. We came to the airport and I was looking at the check-in line for London . Charlie took me away to another line while I was trying to explain to him that the line we are standing in is right. –‘’This is the line we need to stand in’’- he said. The line we were checking in said Denpasar , Bali. –‘’What? Bali?’’- ‘’Yes, Bali!’’- he said. I jumped around – happiness. Just as I got used to the warm weather of Hong Kong I was flying to somewhere even warmer. As the plane doors opened after arriving to Denpasar, the hot air suffocated me. I walked out the arrivals and there were many drivers holding signs with names on them. One of them was ours. A short Balinese young man with the lightest brown eyes I have ever seen in my life, and a smile so sincere you feel like you knew him your whole life. He walked us over to the car. I turned around to look at the airport and it was just magnificent. The airport in Bali looks like a botanic garden! It is by far the most beautiful airport I have ever seen in my life. The driver was explaining us everything about Bali on our way to the hotel. The car stopped in front of beautiful Anantara resort in Seminyak. There was a lady at the door with the rest of the staff greeting us to the resort. A woman in the background rang the gong and they all placed their palms together and gave us a half bow with the biggest smiles in the world. I fell in love with the place as soon as I walked in. I knew I would never want to leave. We checked in and were taken to our rooms. The room was, just WOW!! I mean I have never stayed in any place like that one. Huge space, walk in closets, Jacuzzi on the balcony, living room area…Oh and don’t make me start on the bathroom! It is a princess castle that I dreamed of as a little girl.
I had a ”bed jumping” session and then I went for some food. There was an amazing little dining area right at the infinity pool overlooking the beautiful Seminyak beach – it was like a dream. I can’t explain in words how amazing this place was. I walked down to the infinity pool, and a lovely lady in a Balinese traditional white dress stretched her smile as far as she could welcoming me to the table. It was almost as if I was the only thing she wanted to see. I have never seen so many smiling people , or that amount of positive energy anywhere in the world. If I was depressed, this place would be my cure.
I had a chance to enjoy Bali for a week. Most of the days I was just walking down the Seminyak beach exploring all the beach bars and drinking cocktails because literally that is exactly what you are supposed to do. What more do you need in this little chunk of paradise? The Sun was amazing, rain season was starting and it was very humid, but the sea was so warm it was better than any bath I had. I had many cocktails at the Anantara’s pool, I felt like a princess and this was my kingdom.
The interesting thing about Bali is of course their culture, and not just the culture of the land but also the culture of the people. Even though they live in poverty, they still help each other a lot. We went for a little tour and visited a village where they make Balinese fabrics, still in old ways. Little groups of families own these businesses. But they are also very famous for silver and the jewellery they all make with patience love and care.
One of most amazing places for me was a little family house on the hill where they make the famous ”cat-poo” coffee. It is extremely expensive and hard to find, because they have to let the cats walk around to eat coffee beans and then they have to find the poo and extract the beans from the poo. Quite amazing. They don’t only make poo coffee, they make amazing tea and cocoa as well! We had a tasting of all of their products and eventually we bought some of them. Half of the money goes to charity to help Balinese kids buy school books. How great is that?
The best thing was the sacred monkey forest. One of their god is the Monkey god, and this forest belonged to the monkeys. We bought some bananas and fed the monkeys, they climbed on me and scratched their way to the banana. The keepers were having fun with the monkeys teasing them and running around. I just love how they are connected to the earth and all living beings.
But not all Balinese people are keen to love animals. My worst experience was in the Bali safari park. There was a baby Orangutan that people could pay to take pictures with. The orangutan was trying to run away constantly and the guards kept grabbing him and sitting him back on people by force. People were in a long cue waiting for the guards to bring the little baby orangutan back. I started crying, because all they want is a picture with the monkey, not caring for his wellbeing. That ruined it for me. The Elephants however are very taken care off, people were feeding them bananas constantly. Bali safari park is overpriced as well and not worth a bother. There was an option of taking a photo with a cub lion, who was chained and sedated as children were jumping around taking pictures with him. I was really angry! I have never cried so much in my life. I would never bring my child to a place like that, and I hope you who are reading this won’t either. Teach your kids to love animals not to use them for photos.
To change the subject to a more happy tone. One bad experience can’t ruin my whole opinion on Bali. The island is really amazing and shopping is great fun. There are many little shops on the streets where you can buy souvenirs and clothes very cheap! But beware alcohol is very expensive in Bali. They don’t really drink it and for drugs you can get a death penalty. No Joke!
We had some amazing dinner nights in Bali. Everything was so romantic, it is a perfect place for a couple to relax. Don’t go to Bali to party, go to Bali to chill, get some tan and enjoy the most amazing sunsets that you will ever see.
Anantara resort provided us with a special Balinese dinner which featured Balinese dancers and amazing food!
I can’t really add more to it because I was just drinking cocktails and enjoying every second I could get. The Anantara resort was simply amazing and the service was sublime. So I would warmly recommend to anyone to choose their resort. I spent most of my days in this amazing pool. Thinking about leaving this amazing place was the last thing I wanted to think about.
Last days of Bali were really sad as I knew it was time to go. We tried staying longer but couldn’t change our flight! If I will ever miss anything it will be this place. If you have never been there , you have no idea what you are missing. GO TO BALI!!! Better yet choose Anantara wherever you go, I am sure their resorts are amazing everywhere.
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