A Room with a View

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On our Bali trip last spring, we realized upon arriving,  that the room we had booked ahead in Ubud, was not quite what we had envisioned. The location was perfect, the price was right ( $10.00 per night including breakfast for 2! ), and the host was one of the most delightful people we encountered in all of Bali.

Upstairs balcony

Upstairs balcony

Upon arriving, we checked in and went upstairs to our assigned room. The door was secured with a small padlock, and opened up onto a small balcony/terrace. Beautiful plumeria trees in bloom stood tall amidst the lush, tropical greenery.

Room with a view

Room with a view

It was hot and humid outside, and when entering the room, we discovered that it was even hotter inside. Hungry after being on the road all day, we headed out to find a bite to eat.

Arjuna House Courtyard

Arjuna House Courtyard

Later we returned to the room and were unable to create a draft to cool off the room. We turned on the tiny ceiling fan, in hopes of it helping to cool us off a little. Unsuccessful in our endeavor, we sat outside and enjoyed the warm, balmy night. The Wifi did not work either, and when I went to take a shower, there was no hot water. I did feel refreshed afterwards. The room was too hot and stuffy for us to get any sleep. The ceiling fan kept turning noisily, but was too small and high up to make a difference.

View over Ubud from Arjuna House

View over Ubud from Arjuna House

Needless to say, we did not feel rested the next morning.  However, while sitting on the balcony in the early morning light, our breakfast was delivered to us with one of the most beautiful smiles ever! Birds were chirping in the trees; Balinese hustle and bustle noises were audible in the distance; the sweet fragrance of yellow plumeria blossoms wafted through the air.

Fragrant plumeria blossoms

Plumeria blossoms

All this did not keep us from enjoying delicious Balinese banana and coconut pancakes, a fruit salad and some of the best coffee ever! Balinese Coffee is fantastic!

Balinese Breakfast

Balinese Breakfast

Despite the hot and humid sleepless nights, the ice cold shower and the non-functioning Wifi, I would stay there again. But perhaps only for one night! Arjuna House was one of the more authentic places we encountered on the island. The hospitality and kindness, not to mention the fantastic setting and breakfast made up for the rest.

Offerings are made to the spirits daily

Offerings are made to the spirits daily

 

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18 thoughts on “A Room with a View”

  1. I love this “travel log” style with the pretty pictures! You have made me think about trying this style out in the future. Cheers!

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  2. Was that a whiff of Plumeria that just passed by me? As close to being there, as being there … without the heat and the noisy little fan up too high. Beautiful!

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    • Thank you. It was a very special trip and this experience added a different perspective. The Balinese are the kindest and gentlest people I’ve ever encountered. In two weeks, the only time I heard someone yell was a Canadian couple arguing next door there.

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  3. The breakfast and view looked fantastic. The pictures are beautiful. Looked very relaxing. Shame about the heat and useless ceiling fan! We’ve stayed in some dodgy places on our travels but they always make for an exciting adventure!

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  4. ZD McGee says:

    As they say in Ubud upon arrival, “Om swastiastu” – welcome in peace!

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  5. Yes, you do write an excellent travel blog and it has nothing to do with the theme. Your pictures couldn’t be any more like being there and the description just pulls us in. Now I want my pancakes please. 🙂

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  6. Gordon Hubbard says:

    We stayed in a hotel in Paris several years ago in the summer. It was record heat in Europe at the time. You brought me back to that time with your post. We used towels soaked with cold water to make us cooler. Also remember fantastic breakfast meal in the morning. We would go for walks at night, after all it was Paris. To see the Effiel Tower at night with it’s flashing light, most romantic.

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  7. Lovely travel journalist post. Well written, it includes all the important information, including you would stay there again. Your pictures speak volumes to the beauty and quaintness of the lodgings. I too would stay there. Thank you for sharing your holiday with us. In love and light Cheryle

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