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.
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.
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!)
Watching the sky change colours is one of my favourite things to do, there’s nothing more breathtaking than watching nature waking up.
In the daylight we had a better snoop around the restaurant and understood the architectural design concept, letting the views steal the limelight.
After waking up so early we headed back to our villa ready for some outdoor feasting.
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!
Of course after eating the entire tables spread we were in need of a lie down and tip toed down to the spa.
You step across a lily pond and land in the most tranquil space ready for some full on pampering.
The most incredible chunk of timber formed the reception, accompanied with carved timber seating.
Take a moment to sniff the scents, select the dreamiest aroma, and wander through the stone circular opening and into the treatment rooms.
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.
After a foot ritual, climb aboard treatment beds, staring at colourful bowls with floating frangipani and unwind until you almost fall asleep.
When we’d finished our treatments we relaxed with herbal tea slowly coming back to life.
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.
The villas have very similar interiors to the garden villa but are slightly more spacious.
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!
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.
Eventually dried off, ready to attend our first Balinese ceremony, which we were kindly, invited to join.
The men dressed in white shirts and the ladies wrapped in bold beautiful colours.
Everyone had huge smiles on their faces, and was buzzing with excitement celebrating their feast day.
A selection of offerings, were taken up to the temple and blessed.
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.
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.