Bali is one of the best places in the world. It is such an amazing island and there is so much to see and do. It is one of the premier backpacker destinations and known as a major party place, at least in certain areas of the island. It also happens to be one of the premier resort destinations anywhere. It boasts some of the nicest hotels and resorts in the world.
Bali is legendary for its late nights and reveling and I have done that before. In 2008 when I was in Bali I did the partying in Kuta thing, I went to Ubud, I saw the rice terraces and I saw the temples. What I didn’t really do was experience the Bali that makes it so popular with people older than 21. What makes Bali so popular for honeymooners. Why every major international hotel chain has a flagship resort in Bali.
So since I have basically been on the road for two straight months and have crisscrossed the globe a few times and driven half of it; I’m pretty tired! Moreover, I decided this trip to Bali was going to be me in Bali doing nothing. So that’s exactly what I did…and it was the best decision I’ve made in a long time.
I arrived in Bali and went straight to the Ayana Resort in Jimbaran. As I passed through the gates of the massive resort I started to relax immediately. I knew right then I had made the right decision.
The resort is stunningly gorgeous. It has won numerous International awards for its excellence as a resort, value and for its amazing spa. I couldn’t have been happier…until I walked into my room.
The Ayana gave me an amazing corner suite. The rooms were decorated so beautifully that if I tried to do that to my apartment, it would take two lifetimes. The living room was large enough to host a dinner party and connected to a great porch area that overlooked the ocean.
The bed looked like something Napoleon slept in back in the day but only updated for modern times; plus I’m a lot taller than Napoleon was! The only thing that could beat the bed was the tub in the bathroom; which was really the centerpiece of the suite.
When I arrived it was half full and adorned with white and red flower pedals. It really looked like the bath scene in American Beauty. I didn’t even know what to do with it. I’m not a bath person but with a presentation like that, I had to have a go at it. Needless to say I got covered in flower pedals but whatever. It’s not everyday you get that opportunity.
So over the course of my 4 days, three nights at the Ayana, I didn’t leave the resort. However, I didn’t do nothing. I did several things but all of which were to my own personal betterment.
I got a two hour 7 Chakra Dhara massage. I had never heard of it either but it goes something like this. You walk in and you get a foot massage in some little tub thing. Then you hop on the bed face down and get an hour long back and leg massage with seven different types of oil. You then turn over and get a frontal massage, followed by the masseuse putting a bunch of hot stones on different focal areas.
I’ve had many massages in my day but never one with the hot stones. It was pretty awesome; I’m not going to lie. The only thing I didn’t like was she banged this magnetic stick over me in different places and let it vibrate above me like it was a séance or something. I thought that was hokey and I’m not nearly hippie enough to go along with that kind of thing. It’s kind of like being hypnotized. I don’t buy into it so it won’t work. That aside the massage was amazing.
Another activity I did at the resort was do a two hour session in their Aquatonic Therapy Pool. This was basically a massive pool obstacle course of goodness and relaxation. It is supposed to help combat jetlag and get your equilibrium back in order etc. Basically it was just a great way to spend a few hours.
You go from station to station in this pool. Each station has a different size/height water jet that massages different parts of your body. You’re supposed to do each for about two minutes. Some I did two, some I did fifteen. All were excellent and by the time I was done, I could barely walk my legs felt like mush-in a good way.
After that and each day I used the world-class sauna and steam rooms. They also provided these fantastic cold ginger drinks that I loved. I have to find out what they were made out of because they excellent.
Other than that, I just ate good food and chilled at the amazing pools around the resort. There were several to choose from. They were all good and I got a nice tan, a little burn and just chilled. After two months of straight going non-stop, it was so nice to do this-nothing. It was perfect.
Bali is just that, a great place to do nothing. Nothing is of course something but nothing compared to my usual everything. If you follow that then you know exactly what I mean. It was the best decision I’ve made in a while and I am grateful to the Ayana Resort for making my stay relaxing and memorable.