Chasing Light at Waka Gangga

Waka Gangga Bali

The transition from Christmas and New Year is always good for the soul, bundled at home, too full to move from festivities and a time to start looking back at all the incredible moments 2016 had to offer.

You’ll quickly realise that your year was far more eventful than you realised and can start daydreaming about your hopes for the upcoming year.

Seeing as it’s frosty outside and the holiday season is meant to be for lazing about after all, make a cuppa sit back and transport yourself to Bali – who knows you may end up travelling there this year.

Waka Gangga Bali

Determined to make the most of every minute of our stay at Waka Gangga we woke up nice and early for sunrise. Although I’m not usually an early bird, despite the beds being insanely comfy it was time to get out of bed and make use of every minute in paradise.

Waka Gangga Bali

If you’re getting up for sunrise there’s no need to get washed, dressed and apply the face – as most humans are still tucked away in bed anyway. That way you can wrap yourself in a dressing robe and head over to the sea for a dreamy morning view whilst you start to wake yourself up (in a far more graceful way than I do!)

Waka Gangga Bali

Watching the sky change colours is one of my favourite things to do, there’s nothing more breathtaking than watching nature waking up.

Waka Gangga Bali

 

Waka Gangga Bali

Waka Gangga Bali

In the daylight we had a better snoop around the restaurant and understood the architectural design concept, letting the views steal the limelight.

Waka Gangga Bali

Waka Gangga Bali

Waka Gangga Bali

Waka Gangga Bali

Waka Gangga Bali

Waka Gangga Bali

Waka Gangga Bali

Waka Gangga Bali

After waking up so early we headed back to our villa ready for some outdoor feasting.

Waka Gangga Bali

Waka Gangga Bali

Waka Gangga Bali

Perched on the terrace breakfast magically appeared, we couldn’t help but scream with excitement as we felt like two very spoilt princesses. If only all mornings were like this hey!

Waka Gangga Bali

Waka Gangga Bali

Waka Gangga Bali

Of course after eating the entire tables spread we were in need of a lie down and tip toed down to the spa.

Waka Gangga Bali

You step across a lily pond and land in the most tranquil space ready for some full on pampering.

Waka Gangga Bali

The most incredible chunk of timber formed the reception, accompanied with carved timber seating.

Waka Gangga Bali

Take a moment to sniff the scents, select the dreamiest aroma, and wander through the stone circular opening and into the treatment rooms.

Waka Gangga Bali

Waka Gangga Bali

Something you’ve probably noticed about Waka Gangga is the design carefully means that wherever you are you have a close connection with the natural surroundings and the spa is no exception, floor to ceiling windows let you peek out to spectacular views.

Waka Gangga Bali

Waka Gangga Bali

Waka Gangga Bali

After a foot ritual, climb aboard treatment beds, staring at colourful bowls with floating frangipani and unwind until you almost fall asleep.

Waka Gangga Bali

Waka Gangga Bali

When we’d finished our treatments we relaxed with herbal tea slowly coming back to life.

Waka Gangga Bali

For added interior inspiration the manager kindly showed us around to the fancy-pants villas, equipped with private pool and in arms length from the sea.

Waka Gangga Bali

Waka Gangga Bali

Waka Gangga Bali

The villas have very similar interiors to the garden villa but are slightly more spacious.

Waka Gangga Bali

Waka Gangga Bali

Waka Gangga Bali

Ideal for families or a large group of friends wanting to stay in close proximity. There is a private pool so would lend itself to a pool party, I know you were thinking the same thing!

Waka Gangga Bali

The rest of our day was spent relaxing by the pool, alternating between napping, dipping in and out, flicking through magazines and nibbling on lunch.

Waka Gangga Bali

Waka Gangga Bali

Eventually dried off, ready to attend our first Balinese ceremony, which we were kindly, invited to join.

Waka Gangga Bali

The men dressed in white shirts and the ladies wrapped in bold beautiful colours.

Waka Gangga Bali

Everyone had huge smiles on their faces, and was buzzing with excitement celebrating their feast day.

Waka Gangga Bali

Waka Gangga Bali

A selection of offerings, were taken up to the temple and blessed.

Waka Gangga Bali

Waka Gangga Bali

Waka Gangga Bali

Waka Gangga Bali

Waka Gangga Bali

After the ceremony, we sadly said goodbye to the wonderful staff, and luxurious lands and headed off to our next stop passing rice fields as we whizzed by.

Waka Gangga Bali

A truly incredible stay at Waka Gangga, get your 2017 planner out and start organising your trip – you won’t regret it.

Check back on the blog, I’ll be slowly but surely uploading snippets of adventures from Indonesia & Vietnam, just incase you need some travel ideas for the new year.

Waka Gangga Bali

 

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