Friday, November 30, 2012

The premoon part 2: Paradise Isle

For the first part of our Bali tour we stayed in the magical Hotel Tugu.  I booked through one of my favorite travel websites Luxurylink and it was a steal.






The hotel was conveniently located right on the beach in Canggu, which one a delightfully peaceful surfer beach, away from the crowds and congestion of Kuta and Seminyak.



The hotel itself was so unique and beautiful we felt like we were staying in a museum.









Our stay included a hefty spa credit which we used on numerous massages.  Stef and I are totally hooked on the art of Balinese massage now.  But nothing ever comes close to the treatments we received at Tugu.  Partly because each time we had a massage they would lead us to a new area of the resort, through some ornate doorway into a gorgeous and relaxing open air treatment room, or better yet, a beach-side hut.




The location was so peaceful, it was the perfect start to our "honeymoon."



After that we moved to the Peninsula at the southern end of the island called the Bukit.  This was a bit special because here we had our very own private villa.  Well, mostly private at least.  It was called Villa... and it was really like the seperate guesthouse of a much larger villa.  But the advantage it that we could have this whole one bedroom house to ourselves and the services of the staff from the larger villa.

It was quite luxurious.  We had our own little bale,

...and of course an awesome pool.

The villa was tastefully landscaped with gardens and walkways...


fountains,


and even our very own little temple.


The staff prepared a full delicious breakfast each morning and basically what ever else we wanted.



The bathroom was a typical Balinese open air bathroom and shower, but this one was surrounded tiny fish ponds.


and included its very own little peeping tom...


While staying on the Bukit we visited some of Bali's famed beaches, such as Balangan Beach,



and my favorite, the stunning cliff backed Uluwatu beach.



A great place to watch some of Bali's fearless surfers.



There were quite a few people there,



but I managed to find my own little spot.



We sipped some beers on top of the cliff, as the sun set into the water, and I couldn't help daydreaming what it would be like to never leave...




We returned back to the villa to find another nice little honeymoon surprise.



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