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Saturday, 01 September 2018

Idyllic Indonesia: 'The Slow Life'

Written by Prachi Kagzi
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As I sit here on the infinity edge of the three tiered pool, which is the center piece of this cliff side property overlooking Maggis Bay, I realize what an untapped treasure this eastern part of the beautiful Hindu island of Bali is. I am visiting Amankila, a part of the 5 hotels bouquet in Indonesia offered by Aman Resorts, for the Aman junkies!

The resorts have developed a loyal fan base of travelers who decide their vacations according to the global 'Amanmap'.

The hotel is about a 90 minute smooth drive from the Ngurah Rai International Airport and perched on top of a hill. The solitude seeks you as you enter with panoramic views of the ocean. When I arrived at the library they were serving afternoon tea and I had a Balinese ginger tea while my partner tried the local luwak coffee.

While we savored this with Klepon and other local sweets, a pretty young child came over in a kebaya kamen (garment) and handed me a intricate canang sari. This is a common floral offering during morning rituals at temples.

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My days consisted of walks by the volcanic black sand beach, which is accessible through a short walkway descending the cliff, and clocking in laps at the 41 meter pool. That evening, I decided to try out the hobbie cat sail, which was unfortunately cancelled due to incoming windy weather. My hunger was fully aroused by the swimming and justifiably satiated by mouth-watering nasi and me goreng in the sanctity of my villa's private dining.

Our Villa offered a four poster bed with a splendid bath area replete with a tub and 'his and her' sinks. The bath also had a changing area and sitting area to add to the opulence. The reclusive nature of this ocean villa opened out only to views of the hillside forests, residence for the birding life.

One of the days, I scurried over to a nearby village after my morning routine of a Balinese Massage followed by scrumptious breakfast at the Terrace restaurant. Tenganan Village, the oldest Balinese traditional village is famous for the art of weaving. This craft of cloth fastens are famously called as Ikat Pangringsingan or Double Ikat. It is worn mostly by the Balinese during ceremonies such as weddings.

To continue my offbeat Indonesian soirée, we were headed to Lombok Island across the strait for the rest of our holiday. Lombok, the neighboring island to Bali, overshadowed by the shiny cousin, is a mere 2 hour high speed boat ride away from the Padangbai harbor. We disembarked drenched by the torrential rains at Teluk Kodek harbor, only to be whisked away and welcomed with hot drinks and towels in the scenic lobby of The Oberoi Lombok. Their lush gardens, set alongside the sea hugging a narrow beach, are dotted with exotic plants from jackfruits trees to hanging orchids. During the short walk to the villa, the interplay in their landscaping brought artistic solace to my citybred sore eyes.

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