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Batukaru Mountain Retreat

INDONESIA | Thursday, 20 December 2007 | Views [1695] | Comments [1]

Flying over the beautiful green Indonesian islands, sleep deprived and anxious - we safely arrived at the Denpasar airport on the island of Bali. We paid $25 for our fancy 30 day visas and cleared customs without unzipping our bags. My dear friend Bea (from college) waited outside in the balmy heat - ready with private car and driver. Bea has been living with an Australian family on Bali for the past few months, working as a tutor for their daughters. The family was back in Australia for the holidays, leaving Bea available to share their Mountain Retreat with us.

We drove along the traffic congested Southern Bali beach streets of Kuta to fetch Randy from his bungalow (where he had arrived a few days prior). Packed tight in a full car of luggage, college friends, boyfriends and silly sisters; the driver kindly drove us from the bank to lunch to a fantastic Balinese massage to a huge grocery market and finally up to the much anticipated Batukaru Mountain Retreat.

The drive up to Batukaru was filled with breath taking rice paddies, aged temples, palm trees and colorfully dressed locals ready for ceremony. My eyes finally met the visions of South East Asia that my heart had long desired.

The Batukaru Mountain Retreat is currently under construction and scheduled to open this spring for yoga and belly dancing workshops. Bea’s home away from home was set on gorgeous landscaped property with traditional Balinese style buildings filled with natural light. The grounds included a small fish pond, a new batch of puppies, several cats, guinea pigs, a construction crew and two cooks – preparing us three meals a day. I immediately knew this would be one of the nicest places of my trip so we settled in and made it our home for the next week.

We played games at night, watched movies, took cat naps, read books, explored the local village, played with the newly born puppies, spent a rainy day trip in Ubud and shared stories of our Asian travels. It was easy to slip into the comforts of home with my sister at an arm’s reach, catered meals and mellow nights surrounded by close friends.

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Hi Lily
Glad you enjoyed your stay, everything's finished now so we can share this wonderful place with all the nomads.
Hope to see you here one day.

  Richard Kaal Oct 28, 2008 7:09 PM

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