The Place: Wouldn’t mind spending a night in a century-old house hovering over a natural pond in Bali? Yeah, we wouldn’t either. At the Bambu Indah resort in Bali, find tranquil oasis at the Udang House (dubbed the “shrimp house”), which was previously perched along the Ayung River next to the shrimp pond. Ultimately, resort owners decided to move the house closer to resort so guests could experience stunning on-property views. And thanks to the addition of glass floor panels built over these calm waters, you get the feeling of floating on your very own slice of Balinese paradise.
From your private porch you also have sprawling views over the Sayan Ridge, along with Ayung River, and the rice paddy fields. When hunger strikes, venture to the resort’s restaurant, Dapoer, which spotlights local cuisine, with vegetables and herbs grown in an on-site garden (they also make homemade breads, granolas, jams, and teas). Or, cozy up with some tea and grub while you enjoy the peaceful sounds of the fresh water fountain supplying the natural pool below you as you relax in your room with a good book. The swimming pond actually benefits from lava stones and a vegetation regeneration zone that naturally cleans the water — the liner of the pool can also be recycled after its 60-year life span. And the pool isn’t the only natural feature in this incredible abode. To give the guest a connection to the outdoors, the shower is built partly indoors and outdoors with a glass roof for natural lighting.
Cost: The rate for the Udang House for two people is $275 a night.
The Region: Located in Ubud, Bali, there’s really no shortage of epic ways to enjoy your vacation. Take a traditional tour of the island’s highlights with nearby Amansuka Tour, a tour company where you can experience Bali like a local and learn about its history, culture, and traditions. Or, just under two miles from the resort, kick up some dirt with Bali On Bike excursions, where you’ll stop at a coffee plantation for breakfast, then ride through villages and rice fields, stopping for photo opps along the way. If wildlife is more your thing, visit the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary and venture through the forest as you feed a Balinese long-tailed monkey or two. And if you’re in need of simple relaxation, no worries, there are multiple spas and yoga studios in the area.
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