I love making lists and one of my lists that has been going for quite some time is my travel bucket list. Trust me there is plenty on there and i have some way to go before I finish it, in fact it just keeps getting longer. One place that has been on there for quite some time is Indonesia, Bali & The Gili Islands in particular.
Tired and stressed from work I decided now was the time. In the same time and money in takes to go from Gatwick to Grenada I was in tropical Bali.
I was met in the airport by my wonderful driver, Made, we became good friends by the end of the few days we had together. Behind a small and ornate archway lied my accommodation for my stay in Ubud, Sama’s Cottages. A complete juxtaposition to the streets outside it was a perfectly quiet and tranquil place to relax. My morning ritual became yoga at the Yoga Barn followed by a lovely breakfast and Balinese coffee back on my veranda.
During my stay I made the most of the pool and on the last morning had an amazing private massage in the middle of the rainforest to the sound of birds. I have only been away for a couple of days and array feel like I’ve been away for months.
Ubud is simply amazing. Like every tourist today I visited the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, it was like walking straight into King Louie’s kingdom in The Jungle Book where mischievous monkeys rule a maze of overgrown temples and mossy statues.