Unlike a great percentage of Australians (according to Redgum in 1984), we never had a desire to visit Bali. We don’t cope very well with heat and humidity and weren’t too enthused about the crowds. When our friends from Darwin said they were going with the family and renting a private villa with room for two more, it was the perfect opportunity to spend time with them and experience the culture across the sea. After a long day of travel (it’s a fair distance from Tasmania), we landed at Denpasar airport along with, it seemed, every other flight from across the globe, just before midnight. After obtaining a visa (that’s another story), we stepped outside into the stifling heat and, just before we were overcome with secondhand cigarette smoke, we spied our friends. They had come to rescue us in the villa car which was, thankfully, air-conditioned. Sitting in the middle of the back seat of the SUV, I had a perfect view of the chaos that is Bali traffic. I closed my eyes to prevent my heart from stopping and we eventually arrived, dazed and disheveled, at the villa. It was Nirvana. Awakened at 6am by the chanting from the temple in the neighbouring village, I peered over the balcony
and made my way downstairs. The open living area was beautiful, there was no doubt we were in Bali.
Our room was upstairs on the right,
an air-conditioned sanctuary from the heat of the day.
The bathroom was exquisite, every amenity catered for.
There was plenty of space for lounging around the pool,
and the secluded bale was inviting on a hot afternoon.
The edge of the water feature at the entrance (or exit, depending on whether you are coming or going), was dotted with fresh frangipani blossoms.
There were five villas in the group at Tepi Laut surrounded by rice fields, away from the madding crowd, at Seseh Beach.
Our villa, Villa Sungai, was on the edge of the complex overlooking a river and the small fishing village of Seseh.
It was a pleasure to return to the tranquility after a day out,
the villa dog was probably the luckiest dog in Bali.
The night lights were cute, like someone hiding in the foliage wearing a hat.
A relaxing dip in the pool was always welcome
and offered a different perspective of the garden.
We were well looked after by the wonderful villa staff and enjoyed some fabulous meals
prepared and cooked in our own kitchen.
We experienced a spectacular monsoonal downpour one day, a brief respite from the heat.
It was fun to return after a day out to find a new menagerie awaiting us. Apparently, it is known as towel origami.