Saturday, September 19, 2015

Bali getaway Day 9


Itinerary of today:
Tegalalang Rice Terrace
Tirta Empul Holy Water Temple
Lunch @Sari
Dinner @Akar Cafe

Spent our time in Cocoa Ubud Private Villa until check-out time. A full set of breakfast was included. It was a kinda healthy one which we both appreciated. 
 Swam for a while and did a bit of reading. This kind of slow living is what I yearn for these few years after graduation and has been working my butt off every day. Hope one day I can live a life like this every day. Lawrence was not able to enjoy the little private pool with his broken finger, yet he still stayed outside for this wonderful quite garden surfing the internet.

Time to check out and our drivers were right outside our villa waiting to pick us up to Tegalalang Rice Terrace (Rp10000/ person). The view there was just truly spectacular! It is a must visit area in Ubud. Such a breathtaking contrast to the coast with nobody haselling you.

It was also a lovely region for art and craft works which were much cooler than the coastal areas. Bought a handmade cloth there (Rp100000). Kinda like traditional Chinese patchwork quilt.

Tegalalang Rice Terrace 
Address: Tegallalang, Kec. Gianyar

Another 20 minutes drive to Tirta Empul Holy Water Temple (Rp15000/ person). It is a Hindu Balinese water temple. The temple compound consists of a bathing structure, famous for its holy spring water where Balinese Hindus go to for ritual purification.

We saw many local people and even tourists jumping into the water giving a try. Quite interesting and worth a visit.

Other parts of the temple.

Tirta Empul Holy Water Temple
Address: Jl. Tirta, Tampaksiring, Kec. Gianyar

More than an hour drive for our lunch at Sari Restaurant. It was recommended by our drivers where we could get a nice view of Mount Batur. True enough it did provide a really fascinating view of the place. Buffet lunch was with a variety of choice but was just average. Anyway, still feeling awesome to have such a close up with the volcano.

Sari Restaurant
Address: Kintamani, Bangli Regency
Tel:+62 366 5354922 
Opening hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

After lunch, we gotta take another 2 hours drive to Lovina, the north of Bali. We went there all the way just for the dolphin experience. Initially planned to have wreck diving, but again, we were forced to give it up due to Lawrence's injury. Anyhow, it becomes a good reason for us to revisit there again.

We stayed in Lilin Lovina Beach Hotel (HKD847) that night. It was such a beautiful villa and I was in love with it once I saw it online. The baby blue and white colour with special light decor, it made me felt like I was in the heaven. With deem lights around the whole villa, it was kinda romantic hearing the sea with breeze.

Lilin Lovina Beach Hotel
Address: Jl. Singaraja Seririt Lovina Beach, Singaraja, Bali 81151
Tel:+62 362 41670

Free transfer to the nearby restaurants was offered. The hotel staff helped us to make a booking for the most famous restaurant in town- Akar Cafe and drove us all the way there. Actually it was quite close just within 5 minutes drive by car. 

Akar Cafe really didn't disappointed us. It was a lovely cafe offering delicious food and great service. Everything we had was top notch. The 3 dishes we ordered were in high quality (Rp215000).

Akar Cafe
Address: Jalan Binaria, Lovina
Tel:+62 819-1562-5525 
Opening hours: 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Kantin21 is another famous bar nearby. Didn't have a chance to go there that night as we gotta wake up early in the morning for the dolphin tour.

Total expenses for 2 =HKD847 + Rp1379000
Breakfast @Cocoa Ubud Private Villa  /
Car rental                                      Rp750000
Tegalalang Rice Terrace                   Rp10000 X2 =Rp20000
Handicraft                                      Rp100000
Tirta Empul Holy Water Temple         Rp15000 X2 =Rp30000
Lunch @Sari                                   Rp132000 X2 =Rp264000
Lilin Lovina Beach Hotel                   HKD847
Dinner @Akar Cafe                          Rp215000

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