Island Escape

Four days into our Balinese stay, it was time for us to pack up and bid farewell to our Seminyak villa and the wonderful staff of Mutiara Resort and make our way out to catch the ‘Fast Boat’ to Nusa Lembongan Island.

We were collected right from the resort, and driven out to purchase our boat tickets, before being taken to the ‘port’. The crew lugged everyone’s  bags up and over their shoulders (sometimes which would have easily weighed more than the men themselves) and then everybody clambered on board, trying to time embarking with the tide pulling back out. One thing became clear as we really set out on the water…there’s a reason they call this the fast boat. We powered over the sea at full speed, smacking and running into one wave break after another and then falling back down onto the surface. The sound the hull of the boat made as it hit the water was hard and loud, and we found ourselves somewhat praying the boat was held tight together. It beat any rollercoaster I’ve ever been on, and without any belts we made sure to hold on. Eventually, we came to smoother seas, looking out to land in the distance over water that looked like liquid silk.

Arriving at the island, we started pinching ourselves, as everyone on the boat echoed the same ‘Oo’s’ and ‘Ahh’s’. The water was a stunning turquoise, tree canopies climbed up hillsides and villa huts poked out from among them. Surfers paddled out to the deep water to catch the next brilliant wave, fishing and charter boats bobbed about around us and a small white stretch of beach greeted us as we pulled up.

This island is only small, approximately 8 square kilometers in size,  the roads are narrow and change from tarmac to gravel without much warning. The only traffic to be found are scooters and small trucks with slim seating in their trays, which is what our ride to the villa was in. After a bumpy ride to the other side of the island, we arrived at our new ‘home’ – Casa del Mar. The friendly staff were there to greet us right at the front gate and gladly took our belongings for us, as we strolled through to the front garden and our jaws dropped.

This beautiful house, set among gorgeous lush gardens, sat on the edge of a stunning rugged cliff side looking out at the deep blue ocean and massive waves that crashed up against the jagged island edge.

With only two nights and one and a half days to spend in this place of bliss, we were sure to make the most of it. We spent the first afternoon by the pool under the sun, before our dinner was delivered and set up under the outdoor patio. We ordered bottles of wine to toast to Bali and it’s beautiful people, and spent that evening dancing and night swimming (before waking the following morning to the most delicious banana pancakes we’ve had in our life, courtesy of the lovely staff).

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