Our original plan was to take the kids out of school for six months to drive around Australia. But since we were ticking off bucket list items and all, on a whim I suggested to Mark that we could also spend a couple of months in Bali. Steamy frangipani dreams being mine alone, I fully expected him to kybosh the idea. That’s how it is with us: I come up with a hair-brained scheme, he sensibly declines and we resume normal activity. Occasionally – very occasionally – he shows interest in a plan. And when that happens I know we are about to embark on a mighty adventure. This time he was apparently in adventure mode (or as he prefers to call it, enabler mode).
We booked our house in Penestanan, a little village in northern Ubud, on the advice of a friend. So when our driver deposited us, tropically-damp and dishevelled, in the middle of a country lane with no obvious sign of lodgings we were a little bewildered. Then suddenly a woman appeared, heaved our 30-kilo bag onto her head, and set off down a rambling lane, beckoning us to follow.
I could feel the smile pulling irresistibly at the corners of my mouth as we scampered behind, down into a little river valley and then up again along a narrow, cobbled pathway fringed by tropical overgrowth. Five minutes later our guide led us around a large lotus pond, through some heavy wooden doors and hopped across some stepping stones, where she deposited our bag at the foot of a life-sized statue of Buddha. Then with a smile she disappeared.
And suddenly, after all the build-up, here we were, standing on the front steps of our new, Bali-bucket-list home.
The pink lotus pond outside our front door
The house is gorgeously cocooned in a tapestry of frangipani, lili, hibiscus, bouganvillea and coconut palms.
We’ll be doing our best to preserve the art of lounging; there are more daybeds and lounges than there are bodies.
The lounging continues from the two bales (wall-less pavilions) beside the pool.
The two main bedrooms and kitchen are indoors…
… while the bathrooms, extra beds and living areas are all outdoors.
So this is home sweet home for a month. A slow, languid, incense-infused month. Thank you Mark for being my enabler x
More details: Lili House, Penestanan, Bali