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The Road to Bali


The country of Bali has always held a tremendous amount of mystique and tropical allure to me. Perhaps it began when I was a child and heard Bloody Mary sing about the forbidden island of Bali H’ai in the musical “South Pacific.” Images of a volcano surrounded by lush green palm trees and beautiful beaches were beckoning me to an island that is so far away from home one could only dream of ever going there. It wasn’t until later that I learned Bali H’ai was a Hollywood concoction and not the same as the island of Bali, Indonesia.

Amala Hotel in Seminyak, Bali

Nevertheless, the allure remained and when it came time to start planning our annual Christmas/New Year’s trip this past summer, Bali was one of the front runners on our short list. Using Delta Skymiles, we were able to find free Business Class seats for the 22 plus hour flight to Tokyo and connection to Singapore. From there, it is a short 2.5 hour flight to Bali.

The Amala, Seminyak, Bali

A long time favorite of Australian vacationers due to it’s 3 hour flight from Sydney, Bali is located not far from the northwest coast of Australia. Visitors come from all parts of the world including India, Europe and, of course, Australia. Something I noticed right away was the distinct lack of Americans. I assume that is because Bali is quite literally on the other side of the world.

The Amala, Seminyak, Bali

Opting to stay off the beaten path and away from the crowded beaches, our lovely hotel The Amala was located in Seminyak, a twenty-minute walk to the beach. Away from the Western style hotels that dot the coastline, most of the locally owned hotels are villa style. Our hotel had just 14 rooms, each with its own private jacuzzi or swimming pool. Our villa was stunning, taking full advantage of the climate with an open atrium over the plunge pool and tree growing in the middle of the room.

We never saw anyone at the lovely pool at The Amala, probably because every room has it's own private pool.

The bathtub, shower, mini-bar and coffee were also outdoors although under an overhung ceiling to keep you dry in the rain. The wall of glass doors opened completely to bring the outdoors into the bedroom. At night, the doors kept the air conditioning in and the friendly geccos out, except for the rather large one that climbed in one evening as I was closing the door on our way out to dinner.

Our villa in Bali.

The pace was so quiet and laid back that it took us 5 days to realize that we had not turned the television on since we arrived in Bali. WIFI is everywhere and kept us connected to reality, but only through the filter of the power switch on my iPad. Bali was, if nothing else, a total disconnect from our everyday world. At least for a few days.

Disapearing glass doors kept the air conditioning inside the bedroom at night.

The plunge pool was a welcome and refreshing site after a long day in Bali's humidity.

This wall of water was just another of the many Zen-like features of The Amala in Bali.

 

5 responses

  1. Oh my. Bali is every bit as exotic and stunning as I thought it would be…I can’t wait to see more photos outside of this idyllic resort. Now, where is my passport?

    January 25, 2012 at 8:42 am

  2. Nicole Hurt

    I agree!!! Let’s find your passport ASAP and book a flight.

    January 25, 2012 at 8:57 am

  3. chriscampbellphotography

    Wow that place looks amazing. Nice shots!

    January 25, 2012 at 9:02 am

  4. Carole Zion

    Beautiful photography to say nothing of the design

    January 25, 2012 at 9:50 am

  5. The Amala looks so nice. love the pictures!

    January 26, 2012 at 11:52 am

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