Weekend get-away to Paradise
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, 2009-03-07 12:00 by Laerke
Last weekend Martin surprised me with a weekend get away to a beautiful boutique resort and spa in the outskirts of Ubud named Waka Di Ume. We celebrated our 9 year anniversary in a luxury bungalow with our own private pool and gorgeous views out over the padi fields. It was great having breakfast on our veranda looking out over the green, green rice fields, a few women were working in the fields and happily waved at us. It is funny how tourism in Bali is so omnipresent in many areas, but still doesn’t seem to overtake the local ways and traditions. I applaud the Balinese who succeeds in maintaining a happy, relaxed attitude towards all the foreigners running through their rice fields and taking photographs in their temples. It is wonderful for us foreigners to feel so comfortable and welcome here in what truly is the island of the gods.

One night while staying at Waka Di Ume we had a romantic candlelight dinner in a bale (like a little pavilion) standing all alone halfway out in the rice field and halfway in a little pond filled with lotus flowers and quaking frogs. We had the most delicious dinner accompanied by a bottle of Balinese wine while listening to a small orchestra of grasshoppers and frogs. It was a beautiful night and with only flickering candlelights we could easily see the fireflies circling over the rice fields. The next morning we woke up to a 2 hour spa session at the beautiful open laid out spa with a jungle view (!) We left feeling very soft and relaxed :-)