If your treehouse happens to be at Sarinbuana Eco Lodge, these reasons will all be true.
1. The drive to and from your home will be scenic and adventurous.
2. Nature will surround you.
3. The views from your decks (yes, plural) will be breathtaking.
4. It is really cool, and when you tell people, they will think you are cool.
5. The sounds at night are fascinating. Better than any white noise nature CD that you can buy.
6. There are so many reading perches that you will finish multiple books.
7. You are just a skip, hop, and a jump away from jungle, mountains, rice fields, fruit farms, and more.
8. There is a beautiful yoga bale next door and lots of classes to attend.
9. It is just perfect, and you won’t want to brag too much, but you will literally gush about how good at life decisions you are.
After our night and and day in Kuta, we were excited when the driver from Sarinbuana came to get us the next morning. It was about a 2 hour drive to the treehouse, and it was fascinating. We saw many little villages with elaborate temples decorated for various festivals and loads of terraced rice fields that I found breathtaking. Of course, I did fall asleep for part of the ride because I am the worst at staying awake in cars, but once we got off the main road and had about half an hour to go on the twistiest, narrowest road with two parallel stone paths for tires. Seriously, this road was crazy. I might have been gripping the handle of the car door tightly and squeezing my eyes shut at moments, but it was lovely. I was so thankful that it wasn’t raining, and that the brakes in the super nice hotel SUV were in excellent repair.
Once we arrived, we were transported to a world about as different from Kuta as you can get. Instead of people and noise. There was solitude and a symphony of cicadas, frogs, crickets, and birds. Everything was green and lush and impeccably maintained. They ushered us straight to lunch and fed us amazing salads full of ingredients grown in their gardens and found in the jungle. Then we got to explore our treehouse abode where we would spend the next couple of happy days. We couldn’t decide which rooms to sleep in or where to sit to read first. It was all too exciting, and way too grand for 2 people. I swear that we invited friends, and didn’t plan to hog all the majesty for ourselves.
Our days were passed with hikes, yoga, a traditional medicine class, a massage, a cooking class, visits to the waterhole, and lots of reading. I finished at least 3 novels by this point in the trip, and Christyn was tearing through some non-fiction. We also LOVED the food, and I started losing all my Whole Life Challenge nutrition points because there was decadent home-made ice cream (the coconut and coffee beans they used were plucked right from the garden!).
While there, we met a really interesting couple who had come from Santa Barbra about 10 days earlier to live at the Eco Lodge for the next few months and manage the place while the owners opened a second eco lodge on the remote western shore of Bali. We really enjoyed getting to know them, and I think we were both a little envious that they got to stay so long. It really was the perfect fit for them. She was a yoga teacher with hotel management experience, and he was a farmer with a keen interest in sustainability.
I am not sure that I will ever make it back to Bali, but if I do, all of my time will be spent in the magical treehouse. It was pretty much heaven.
Please don’t hate me for rubbing in all this tropical beauty while you are in the midst of what sounds like one of the worst winters in history. I am sending warm thoughts your way, and remember that Southeast Asia is only about a day of flying away.