Physical travel often alludes to the journey that takes place in the traveler’s mind as well. A trip takes us away from the office deadlines, family routines and everyday-ness that sets in in our regular lives. The day dreaming of the journey starts from the time we start trawling websites for places to stay and scout for the best airfare deals. At times, the day dreaming that precedes the actual travel is better than the actual act as the former is bereft of the endless queues, the crowds, the noise and the unexpected upsets that are bound to happen as you chart out in search of new experiences.
However, a stay in Villa Ombak, situated in Lembongan islands, off the South east coast of Bali not only doesn’t let that happen. In fact, it takes you into an unspoilt, serene and unimaginably beautiful world. Yes, a speed boat ride of merely thirty minutes from Bali places you in this heavenly land.
I got there in time to wait leisurely for the sunset, lounging on the bean bags by the pool and enjoying a fruit salad and a refreshing juice.
The four bedroom cliff top Villa offers Balinese outdoor lifestyle at its best complete with landscaped gardens which stretch out over a private pool, front lawns and a gazebo.
There is a round deck perched on the corner of the villa advantageously positioned to give you stunning view of waves clashing into the rocks as you sit sipping your evening cup of tea or even better, drinking some elegant wine.
And in case of showers, feel free to shift the party to this cozy gazebo which is built in a fusion style blending the traditional Balinese thatched roof with the modern construction design. This is a perfect place to unwind and bring on a leisurely evening in Lembongan, hearing the sound of the waves clash into the rocks as sun takes its time to sink into the sea.
This modern and luxurious villa can comfortably accommodate eight guests, and each bedroom comes with en-suite bathrooms and uninterrupted sea views.
There is a facility to book a private chef who can cook on-site at the Villa for you as you enjoy the private dining experience overlooking the ocean. There is an entertainment room with classic DVDs, books and toys to keep the children happily occupied. There is an outdoor massage sala and a masseur can be arranged for that relaxing massage in natural surroundings. Ombak is perfect place to spend some quality time with your family and loved ones.
For getting around, the Villa staff can arrange open trucks or scooters. No commercial taxis are allowed in this island to preserve the natural environment. As one walks around in Lembongan village, it is hard not to be stop and marvel at the traditional Balinese architecture and craftsmanship in the natives beautiful homes.
Though just being in Lembongan and staying at Ombak is a luxurious, unwinding and private holiday in itself, if one wants, there are numerous activities one can indulge in and compelling sightseeing spots one can visit.
There is a Yoga shack close by for the private yoga sessions that can be enjoyed in the serenity and beauty of the island. A day spa called ‘Glo’ at Sandy beach is located at a ten minutes drive, offering rejuvenating spa treatments. Ofcourse, the crystal clear waters in island of Nusa Lembongan are famous for scuba diving. In 1991, Bali Diving Academy, a PADI five star resort was established in Lembongan that offers full range of diving courses.
The must visit sightseeing include the Devil’s Tear, a rocky outcrop where you can check out the powerful waves of the ocean slamming and crashing against rocks and the Seaweed farms which provide the seaweed for the Asian cosmetics industry. But the most exceptional thing about Lembongan has to be its sunsets, which need to be witnessed in all their glory.
Villa Ombak, built on the same plot of land where the Julia Robert starrer movie ‘Eat Pray Love’ was shot, is surely worth a stay if unwinding luxuriously and beautifully is on your mind.
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