Triette Store is a tiny bit of shopping heaven with the prettiest home wares, jewellery and baby clothes you really need to pop on up and have a browse. I brought the cutest batik shopping bag and resin Koi candle holder and could have done some serious credit card damage. Oh but *sigh* if I only had a baby girl they have the sweetest little girl jewellery, which reminded me of when my Opa and Oma would return from Holland with the daintiest silver jewellery for me which was very similar. Whilst checking out the rest of the little gems on the best street in Bali you need to add this one to your list. It is just near Coco and Ginger, Bathe and Bambuku on Jl Batu Belig which is about 10 minutes from seminyak at the end of Petitenget turn towards the beach ( left and follow it down to the beach.
So I came across this amazing photo on Pinterest of Bambu Indah, and I immediately was drawn to stay here a while. Bambu Indah is a stunning yet distinctive boutique hotel which was carefully curated by designers and long term residents of Bali, John and Cynthia Hardy. In 2005, eleven antique Javanese bridal homes were brought to Bali and restored. Bambu Indah is available to for those seeking something a little more unique yet being comforted by the luxury and service of an intimate hotel. Bamboo Indah prides itself on combining antique architecture and design, with modern and sustainable practices in a luxury environment. Welcomed with a fresh baby coconut you are ushered into a larger space through these amazing pod like structures, the design is amazing and will leave you sitting ever so elegantly with your mouth wide open in amazement. Indulge yourself with some of the really yummy cuisine from the home-grown ingredients. As butterflies giant bees and red dragon flies float around the garden, you can make a splash into the fresh water pool. Bambu Indah does not have concrete paths as the paths are made from flat stones that are, at times, irregular. It is inappropriate for wheelchairs or strollers, but perfect for anyone looking to relax in a tranquil retreat. Whilst most pools in Bali use enough chemicals to melt your skin off, this one has been built by digging a hole, lined with high density polyethylene which is recyclable after its 60 year life cycle, and use lava stones and a vegetation regeneration zone, which naturally cleanses, filters and oxygenates the water. A water flow system which creates a natural pool that does not use chlorine, algaecides or cement.The result? clear water so clean you can drink it, surrounded with large, beautiful stones from the mountains, a rope swing for the Tarzans in your family and deck chairs to relax. We stayed in the two room house, which is named after John’s oldest daughter, Elora, this is a house of light and style. This house is filled with Tibetan carpets and antique Chinese and Javanese furniture. It has a downstairs bedroom with a private garden bathroom. Enjoy an afternoon tea, or laze on one of the many daybeds, when you walk through the new building the view is absolutely breath taking with a huge valley below with the river, rice paddies, swaying palm trees and on a clear day Mt Agung staring back at you. Dare if you wish to climb the huge tree house and feel like you are in the tree canopy, or find the magic door in the garden leading you down the valley slope through the most fairy like garden walk, of secret pathways, Indian Jones style bridges and more. You must play with the musical instruments also they make the most whimsical sounds I have ever heard, my boys did not want to leave. We loved this place, a perfect blend of rustic charm, boutique comfort, fun and intrigue. I cant wait to return. For more details and booking inquires see the website http://bambuindah.com/
I was extremely fortunate enough to be able to try the Remede Spa at the The St. Regis Bali Resort, Nusa Dua. I only just managed to peel myself away from my private day bed which overlooked the salt water lagoon, it was hard however I managed. I have never had a couples massage nor a male therapist, but hey I trusted the high standards of this place. My husband and I sauntered around to the beautiful Spa which is located just near the gym. The beauty of this property is breath takingly relaxing and needless to say walking through the hanging sparkly things at the entrance we felt perfectly zen. The spacious open spa is decorated with the most beautiful butterfly art and I wish I had captured a few more shots however I am practicing living in the now ( so sorry you miss out on that until you go for yourself). We were seated with a delicious refreshment of some pretty pink juice and we were then escorted around to the elegant private couples room. Now this is where it went all slightly pear shaped. Please understand I am a little weird in that I have a slight paper undie ( also tissue, serviette, paper towel ) issue, not sure why I just really dislike them. I still manage to get through life ok, however when I asked the therapist if I could keep my own undies on, a slight miss understanding, left him firmly replying no ! Hence I of course complied. My husband laughing at me as he knows this would cause some minor distress, though in his own haste to put his paper undies on he poked a big hole in his with his clumsy thumb, and as I had pulled mine up only to feel as though I was wearing a shower cap on my private parts, we just lost it ( total snorting and crying hysterics type of laughing). We seem to have this thing of doing this at the most inappropriate times. So when the highly professional and quiet therapists returned they were slightly confused with our loudness, tears and fits of giggles. The more we tried to control it the more we laughed. We managed to get ourselves together when we lay on the ever so comfortable massage tables, and where covered by the beautifully soft quality linen, and then all my worries floated away. WOW a sensational massage with skilled professionals and to add that, when you turn over they raise the back of the massage table electronically so that you’re on a slight incline. Perfect for pregnancy massages I think. We left our paper undies behind and floated out for another refreshment, a thoroughly enjoyable experience, (despite the hole in the paper undies thing) I can highly recommend you book yourself in and pamper yourself. For all inquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
After some really unfortunate events occurring this past year for me, a Balinese Hindu friend suggested we head on out to Sebatu ( about 10 minutes from Ubud) for a Melukat purification ceremony. I’m of no particular religion and I really didn’t want to impose, however after being reassured we would be welcomed we decided to go on the adventure. We packed appropriate traditional attire and had all our required offerings, it was a full moon which adds more power to the ceremony. I gave some of the locals a giggle when I got changed in the car park rather than down near the water however on we pressed down a few hundred stairs ( one guy laughing as he told us there were 700 of them). We knelt down and prayed with a small flower 3 times, we waved the incense, we then lined up and walked on the slippery pebbles, in the icy cold water. After inquiring if I could just splash myself a little, I was told no I need to get into it entirely I held my breath and lay back. We then submerged ourselves under the freezing waterfall and then once truly cleansed we went and repeated the prayer ritual ( I didn’t drink the water as others were doing). We changed ( definitely not for shy people as there are not private facilities) into our traditional attire and returned to pray once more and provide the appropriate offerings. The water at times goes dark and murky and this represents the negativity leaving the body. We were so cold and a little overwhelmed and forgot to look at the colour of the water. I am looking forward to seeing how my cleansed karma pans out. This is not really a tourist attraction as such as you need to prepare all the required offerings to participate. It would also not be appropriate to just observe as at this particular place its a pretty confined area. It is not suitable if you are not particularly fit or are elderly due to the many slippery stairs to climb. It was an amazing adventure and very emotional for me to be a part of and I am extremely grateful. If you have some Balinese Hindu friends perhaps ask them if they could take you in small groups if you are particularly interested. There are a few other water temples around the island where you can also particpate in this ritual.
So being fairly mathematically challenged and loving a bit of a shop, I didn’t want to rely on a calculator with all those zeros. I used to write up a little cheat sheet on the back of a business card and take it in my wallet everywhere. It was awesome to pull out when negotiating at the markets or sometimes when browsing at high end boutiques, finding something I loved only to discover it wasn’t the bargain I had initially miscalculated the price to be. You could round it down to the nearest 10 000 and kind of looked like this –