Discover the Real Bali Part 2
In my previous article about discovering the real Bali, I promised you to tell you more why you should try that out.
Last week I went to North Bali, to explore new discoveries.
I cannot count the times that I have been to North Bali during the last 10 years. But let me assure you, that every time I go there, I am discovering new places of interest.
If you are not exploring Bali on your own or with some help, but instead book a trip with one of the many tour & travel companies in the commercial South of Bali (where you are most likely staying for your entire holiday), you will brought directly to Lovina, the tourism beach strip close to Singaraja. You’ll stay in one of the many home stays or hotels on the beach, while the next morning making a Dolphin watching trip. After that, back to the South. A bus ride, that lasts around 3 hours.
Such a shame and a pity, that you spend money, time and energy and see so little of this beautiful part of Bali.
This time I was invited to visit the Damai Resort in Lovina. A few weeks ago we did video shooting there for the Astra Satelite TV in Europe and heard the most exciting stories about them. So I was very eager to see the Damai Resort by my own experience.
In contrast with most hotels, homestays and resorts in Lovina, the Damai is not located on the beach side. That makes it already special. To go there, you follow a small windy and steep road up the mountains. It is located on the hill side, between the local communities and has a supreme view, overseeing the ocean down in the valley. Because of the limited number of villas, there are only eight of them; the resort offers privacy, intimacy and serenity. In short, it is really top of the bill. One has no words enough to describe the beauty of this resort. The very professional staff, smiling and overwhelmingly friendly, is constantly around to assist you in any way possible. However, they are never putting themselves on the fore front. What makes this Resort the more unique and a must – visit place, is the fact that is a real organic and eco friendly resort. In their operations, they are also completely involving the surrounding local community. Whatever they need for their operations, they grow in their own organic gardens and they also made a new, eco friendly water recycling system. The water of their swimming pool is not “cleaned” with chloride or other chemicals; it contains fresh and pure mineral water. Although in the midst of mountains and lush jungle, they keep surprising you the whole day long. They impressed me most with their fabulous food. It is not just good dining; this is a real Culinary Treat! If we would have the Michelin Star system in Bali, the Damai Resort would definitely receive 2 or 3 stars! All in all, it is the resort where you not feel like very much appreciated guests, but where you really feel like Kings and Queens. By the way, talking about Kings and Queens, among their clientele are many royalties from the European Kingdoms. And that is not surprising me at all. Since a couple of years, this resort has a new General Manager, Mr. Glenn Knape. He is a very active man and does whatever is possible to improve the operations of his resort and simultaneous with the surroundings. As a matter of fact, he is constantly promoting the North Bali region in a very positive and professional way. And by doing that, he helps and contributes in improving the living conditions of the people over there. Beside of that, he is truly the perfect host.
Among one of the social things that he actively and fully supports, is the exposure of the children Music & Dance group, called: “Dwi Mekar”. To see them perform is enjoying the youth from Northern Bali. Their performance is simply breathtaking, outstanding and whether you like it or not, it touches your heart and soul. Thanks to the support of Damai Resort and its General Manager, Mr. Glenn Knape, this group was recently on a tour to Europe, where they performed at the Royal Castle for His Highness Prince Henrik, Queen Magrite, Prince Frederik, Princess Mary and 700 Consuls of Denmark.
In a upcoming article, I will tell you more about the “Dwi Mekar” group.
After enjoying the romantic dinner and marvelous wines, we went to bed. The next morning we wake up at 05.30 hrs, as we were participating on a Dolphin watching trip, Also this trip was perfectly arranged by the Damai Resort. Indeed, once out on the ocean with local fisher boats, we spotted maybe a hundred dolphins as well as some whales. Impressing indeed and while being on the impressive ocean, it is a totally different experience as visiting a Dolphin Zoo Park at home.
After breakfast, we went trekking in North Bali.
Although the travels only promote and book Lovina / North Bali for 1 or 2 nights, this part of Bali is worth staying at least 4 or 5 nights. Whereas the “Diamond Experience” of the Damai Resort, makes you want to stay even much longer.
In my next blog, I’ll tell you more about the unique and undiscovered “Off the Tourist Track” of North Bali.
If you are interested in more info about the “Damai Resort” and their services and activities, go to their – also upgraded – website: www.damai.com
If you are planning to visit Bali, you better think twice, before booking your entire stay in the commercial South. Don’t miss the unique experience of the Real Bali and as icing on the cake: the Damai Resort.
You can book directly through their website, or in case you like more information about the Real Bali, feel free to contact me at the address below.
Active promoter of the Real Bali.