One Day Escape to Lembongan Island
Two posts back I mentioned that I now have an Indonesian girlfriend, Yunita, that you’re going to get to see pictures of later. We’ve been spending lots of time together, sometimes going clubbing, other times just a relaxing dinner but always enjoying each others company. Anyways, yesterday I decided that we should get away from Bali for a day trip to Lembongan, Island.
I chartered a “go fast boat” to take us from the Sanur area of Bali over to the small and secluded island of Lembongan which is only 3 miles square vs. the huge 2,100 square mile island of Bali. I figure, if you’re going to live the world travel dream you might as well “do it up” and visit the places most people never get to see. Besides, to do whatever you want in a third world country hardly breaks the bank, so why not?
We departed from Sanur at 4PM and arrived 30 minutes later. We made the mistake of sitting at the front of the boat and the waves made the boat “slap” the rough water causing us both to be a little sore when we anchored. As Yunita and I stepped off the boat our feet and legs were warmly greeted by clear-blue “postcard perfect” water and white sandy beaches with native palm trees. It felt like we had stepped into a Robinson Crusoe style tropical paradise.
Yunita and I walked in from the water towards the sandy beach and then up 50 or so steps cut into a cliff to be greeted by a representative of our hotel. She took us on a quick walk through the island to Batu Karang, which is the nicest resort on Lembongan Island. After check in we were taken to our room by way of golf cart, because the hill the resort is on is more like a cliff (Even steeper than my Father’s former driveway in CA). I wouldn’t have minded walking it but I could tell Yunita wouldn’t have enjoyed the hike.
At the top of the hill I opened the door to Villa Eight. The room was spectacular, complete with a private outdoor shower & large bathtub and a deck overlooking the ultra clear waters of the Indian Ocean.
Once Yunita and I saw the room we dropped all our plans of visiting places on the island. The trip shifted away from adventure to one of relaxation. Back in America there were days were I would just “veg” out in front of the computer but this was a day to “veg” out in front of the picture perfect view. Writing about it now actually reinvigorates the feeling of awe I had while peering out over the tranquil scene.
This morning they brought us breakfast and we ate on the deck listening to the waves gently crash and watching the birds flying through the air. The room and view outside nearly became sensory overload. I’m often critical of things (a fault of mine) but today, I couldn’t can’t imagine how you could make the environment any better.
Sadly at 3PM we had to leave paradise but I’m now back at 100 Sunset, the boutique hotel in the Kuta area of Bali where Yunita works at the front desk. I’ve got a nice room and the most comfy bed I’ve ever slept on to enjoy tonight.
More adventures soon…
Until then, check out the Lembongan photos.