We are just back from a short but wonderful holiday in Bali. The Samaya, Ubud, was absolute luxury and so beautiful. This is the view of rice terraces from Scene restaurant where we breakfasted each morning.
And here is a view of our villa with private plunge pool.
It was a very real culture shock to see how much Bali has changed since I made two long visits approximately 30 years ago. However, despite the development, the people are just as wonderful and two streets back from the main tourist drag in Ubud you are in another world - traditional, quiet and serene. I was delighted to find two of the small guesthouses I stayed in all that time ago still exist - Puri Muwa on Jalan Monkey Forest in Ubud and Lila Graha in Bedugul. And Canderi's homestay and cafe is still going strong. The Balinese are very resilient and are taking these dramatic changes in their stride.
We spent the entire holiday in Ubud with day trips to some of the most beautiful and important sites on the island. More photos to come as we download them.