Our home away from home
After a week of skyscrapers, we flew to Bali and headed on a two hour drive to Puhu village Ubud to be surrounded by a panoramic view of luscious tree plantations. According to our cheery driver Gede (who drove us to many different places in Bali later, so recommended), Padma is the only resort currently in an area that’s untouched by tourism so when you finally wind up in the village and head down the long road, you know you’re heading to a peaceful slice of Bali away from it all. And you are. Even Ubud central is about a 40 min shuttle away. But it’s all good because chances are, you won’t really be leaving. Whether it’s sunset yoga overlooking the forest, lounging by the endless infinity pool, enjoying a spa treatment, heading down the jogging track or more, there are so many things to do to keep you well occupied. Here are some images from our stay here..
Buffet breakfast at Puhu restaurant serving fresh juices daily – I think this line up is something like pineapple, honeydew and mango
Breakfast overlooking the resort and its famous infinity pool. Wearing Gorman Giant Squid beach dress
In early mornings you can see both Mount Batur (smaller left side one) and Mount Agung (right side) from behind the forests. Magical.
Afternoon tea for two with sweet and savoury bits, Balinese style.
The little corridor that leads you to the pool! Wearing Alice McCall Waiting for the Sun dress
Bali’s longest infinity pool (89 m long) from the balcony of the Wine Lounge. It’s so long that unfortunately I can’t fit it all in one picture!
Lunch at the Pool cafe. Wearing Love Bonito pleated cami.
By the main pool, below is the jogging track which is dotted by bales along the way & ends up in the bamboo forest. On a clear day, you can see Sanur beach behind the hills towards the right side of the pool!
The bamboo forest and little river that is found at the bottom of the jogging track. Wearing Mister Zimi Laguna Tina dress.
One other activity we loved signing up for was the cycling tour. Our guide was Wibawa. He took us around on a nearby cycling track which I originally had misheard him, thinking he had said it was ‘not difficult for beginners’ when really he said it was ‘difficult for beginners’. Probably the hardest trail I’ve ever done (as I generally only cycle casually) but still doable for beginners. We cycled through rice paddies, visited a farm, passed banana, durian, jackfruit, snakeskin fruit and papaya trees & ended up visiting a Balinese house complex which happened to be owned by a friend of Wibawa’s. It was so nice to learn about Bali from a local and it was so interesting to learn about Balinese living. Wibawa told us that in each housing complex there are multiple buildings housing the sleeping area, kitchen, temple and other rooms.
Evening cocktails (or in our case, mocktails because we don’t drink alcohol) & snacks in the wine lounge. So sweetly presented for two!
Evening by the pool. Top floor of the building is Puhu restaurant (where they serve buffet breakfast and dinner) with the wine lounge on the right side. The floors below it are where guests stay. One night when we were sitting in Puhu having dinner, we saw fireflies flying nearby. It was magical :’)
I hope you enjoyed this travel diary! We got a little snap happy when we arrived at Padma as it was not officially opened yet and only a limited amount of guest rooms were available to book. The grand opening is this month so congrats to the Padma team and thank you to Yohanes, Ari, Aggya, Ary, Ellis, Wibawa, Sukri, Sudarya, Ketut and everyone else who met along the way for making our stay so beautiful.
Photography: Rowena Cao & I