Prior to my actual arrival, I took up a reservation for a Gazebo for 4D3N.
The airport transfer was swift and the driver actually took the time to bring us through the scenic route. As the location of the resort is on the other end of Bali, it took us approximately 4-5hours to get to the destination. The rural location of the resort speaks for itself as we drove down the dirt track away from the asphalt, beyond the shrubs and tall trees and thick vegetation. Naturally, being situated in the middle of West Bali National Park, a safari-like environment should be expected.
Raised platforms are aplenty when you are walking down to the gazebos, as they are located right smack between the mangroves. There are 2 options for the Gazebos - a) shared bathrooms b) private bathrooms. The option for a private bathroom simply meant that the shower area is probably 5 steps away from the foot of your bed, and you get to take a cold shower while the leaves from the trees are falling onto your head. The shared bathroom simply reminds me of a dormitory-like environment.
Right from the start in the morning, the gazebo is 15 steps away from the shoreline - simply strip down and jump into the cold water for a refreshing start to an awesome getaway.
There are no convenience stores nearby and the choice of bottled beers are limited. If you are here for great food, and great drinks - you are better off lounging at Kuta instead. If you needed a breath mint, or something from the nearby convenience store, simply drop a note to the concierge and they will dispatch one of their colleagues on a moped to do the shopping for you. This will probably take about an hour or so as you are pretty much isolated from the rest of the world. And oh, if you are a drinker/smoker and are not picky with your choices, please do try out their local beer and cigarettes. After all, traveling is an experience for a lifetime.
Take the horseback riding. You will be brought to a beautiful cliff with a view like none other. Step down from the horses, take a snapshot or two and be on your way.
Snorkeling is awesome. There's a snorkeling guide who brought us around, helped us to identify the fishes and guided the lady around with due respect. I am not familiar with the waters, so having a guide around was really helpful.
Canoeing was short-lived due to the rain. However, we canoed to a location where the guide showed us a natural hot spring that lies under a thick coat of bubbling mud. Step off the canoe and get yourselves dirty - after all, you are in a national park, not in some departmental store.
We go a free upgrade to a suite room - which is really awesome. The room was big, the toilet was amazing, and there's a patio at the back where you can kick off your shoes and relax your socks, seated comfortably behind mosquito nets that are keeping the little twangers away from your suntanned skin. We took the opportunity to engage masseurs to give us a good backrub to wind down the entire trip. The entire room smelt great with scented diffusers.
Free WiFi is available at the lobby/concierge desk. No password is needed and no surcharges needed for the WiFi connection. Late checkout is available until 12PM, depending on the room availability and your flight time. We checked out at 4PM because the resort was really quiet and our flight was pretty late in the night. The airport transfer took us along the mountain ridges in central Bali and we even stopped by a nondescript stall in the middle of nowhere for Babi Guling (Suckling Roast Pig)
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