Bali , Day 2
Waking up refreshed from a good night’s sleep ,the first thing that took our attention was the very natural though adventurous concept of an open air bathroom (the importance of high walls ! ) .The Bathrooms are however very well maintained ,with proper fittings and facilities (though occasionally we were taken aback by some rather unusual visitors like a pet cat peeping in during the shower !!) .
One of the highlights of our stay at Nefatari was their scrumptious unlimited breakfast ,served in the Villa or outside by the poolside – delicious pineapple and banana pancakes ,French toast and eggs in different styles , freshly cooked and served with the famed Balinese pleasantness by the helpers . After lazing around the pool and our room for some time ,we soon headed out for lunch and to explore the interesting town of Ubud .
Ubud is the central area of Bali , famous for its deep cultural and historical influences , lush rice terraces , fine craftsmanship and food . It has especially become very popular with the Western tourists after the release of the book- “Eat,Pray,Love “ and the movie starring Julia Roberts. Many throng to this haven in search of “exotic” and spiritual experiences .
The main market of Ubud has a number of excellent places to eat and shop to your hearts ‘ content . The traditional eateries called as “Warungs” serve delicious Indonesian specialities like Mie Goreng ,Nasi Goreng , Chicken Satays , babi guling,(roasted suckling pig ) ,washed down with mugs of chilled Bintang beer . For lunch , we strayed into one such restaurant near the Monkey Forest Road ,and enjoyed our lunch of Mie Goreng ,which is essentially pad noodles ,pan fried and tossed in veggies and some spicy ,tangy sauce . Nasi Goreng is modified version of fried rice ,served with fried egg and usually accompanied by skewers of Chicken Satay . We enjoyed the taste and flavours so much that my husband literally made Mie Goreng his staple meal throughout our Bali stay . After some roaming around ,we headed back to Nefatari since it had started drizzling .
Back in the Villas , we had booked the appointments for our complimentary massage and Spa . The Spa area , though not very fancy ,was peaceful and beautifully done up . While in Bali ,pampering yourself with a massage or spa is highly recommended .Not only are the rates for these services very attractive as compared to other places in the World ,it is a truly destressing and soothing for the body and soul .
Even though rain plays spoilsport with travel plans , it often brings out the beauty of any place in an amazing way . Ubud ,with its lush greenery ,was no exception .Once the rain stopped ,we enjoyed the evening taking photographs of the Villa and its breathtaking surroundings . For tea ,we relished a local snack of caramelized banana rolls along with hot tea and coffee .
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