We arrived late on Thursday night in the midst of a heavy tropical downpour. After a quick soaking on our way to the taxi, we were on our way to our hotel in Kuta for the evening. We enjoyed a few Bali Hai beers at our rooftop bar and called it a night.
After a mere day in the van with our driver, Gadae (pronunced - good day) we arrived to Villa Kupu Kupu and the beautiful volcanic black sand beaches of Lovinia. Five months ago when I found this villa, I could hardly wait to stay there. Private, secluded and gorgeous our accommodation definitely met expectations. Our villa came complete with staff -- Cadet, who cooked and cleaned for us and our "Security Gardiner" who watched over our house at night and tended to the gardens and pool by day. Unbelievable.
The next morning, after Cadet prepared us breakfast and kept our coffees and teas full, Dave and Em left the villa to explore Gadae's village and check out a few local temples. Eric and I played on the beach and enjoyed having the entire beach and ocean all to ourselves. The water was perfect and we even stayed out swimming during the rain. It was super romantic.
Our time at Villa Kupu Kupu was way way too short! I could have easily stayed another week. We traded in our private and very quiet villa for the bustling streets of Ubud. Along the way (back across the mountains) we stopped at a nice waterfall.
After another long day in the van and Gadae's crazy driving, we made it to our last stop on our Bali tour, cultural Ubud. We stayed in a very traditional Baliense villa, complete with open air rooms, large vaulted ceilings and big patios. It was a nice retreat from the traffic in the town.
Our last night we attended a traditional Balinese music and dance performance. A nice ending to a nice vacation.