Om Swasti Astu. It means "Peace and greetings from God" in Balinese.
The Kayon Resort. A destination on its own. I sound like a loser but really, I booked this hotel and built the trip around it.
I checked Kayon out of a recommendation and I immediately fell in love with it. I just thought it has that tranquil charm anyone from the concrete jungle will be in awe.
It was supposed to be a solo trip. Read a book, perhaps a trip to the market, but really, the date of all dates was between me and Mother Nature. I booked Kayon in 2016 for a 2017 trip but had to rebook for this year. Then, late last year, I thought, how awesome will it be if Joseph come with me to this exquisite destination? He replied with the usual, “yes, sure why not” with the same enthusiasm as how one will answer the question, “do you want to have broccoli with your steak?”
Joseph gets excited with adventure trips, scuba diving, skiing, trekking, desert safari but not a photo of a serene looking hotel that offers quiet time for reflection. It’s not his thing but he will indulge me, coz he wuv me.
He knows, I MUST SEE THE WORLD. My obsession with traveling is as much as how strongly I feel towards munching KFC every other week if not every week. (Puh-leese, do not start me with the diet and health talk. You do you, I do me). Since I got bitten by the travel bug in 2014, I have not been able to not think of traveling.
My husband, is more than happy for me to see the world, with or without him. If he can, he tags along to keep me safe and happy. Our children love to travel too but they have school and one is much too young to be traveling to un-surveyed places. We have a once a year family travel, somewhere family-friendly or foodie-friendly
WE REACHED BALI!!! On a side note, BALI! I never thought I’ll ever see this place. I hear it from celebs and read it in books and never imagined one day I too will recount my story albeit a short break. I’m done gushing about it now. Muah!
The day we arrived in Bali, Oscar came to pick us up. We asked for The Kayon to arrange for an airport pick up as we have never been to the country let alone to the island. That was the best decision because there is no way we could have travelled to Ubud any other way.
Oscar had cold towels and water bottles ready, it helped as it took an hour to acclimatise. We felt a bit hot, we have not been to Asia in awhile. Funny from someone who came from the desert, mind you everything is in full blast AC in the UAE.
What a beautiful sunny day as opposed to the weather forecast that said it will be raining cats and dogs the whole time we are in.
From the airport to Kayon, it took us 2 hours, including the scenic detour at Rapuan Cili. Seeing we were a bit exhausted from the travel and have arrived midafternoon, Oscar suggested we have a meal halfway to Ubud. Local food overlooking nature’s gift to mankind. The sound of children playing in the pool while the clouds are having tantrums is calming.
By the time we reached Kayon, it was already twilight, and the sky looked overwhelmed with emotions it’s threatening to burst into tears to keep the dark dusk company. Yes, it already had an outburst midway to Ubud. We welcomed the change in weather like kids seeing rain for the first time. Everything looked idyllic and philosophical with every drippity drop from above. We feel blessed by God and kissed by the heavens.
Citra, the Guest Relations who welcomed us was just amazing. Actually everything and everyone were just incredibly warm. You just want to climb in their pockets and stay there for keeps.
We were showed to our Suite which I shall not forget. We will always request to have that suite whenever we come back. It’s at the centre of the floor, greeting you right in front of the stairs landing, casting salutations to the elegant river, starkly juxtaposed with the rawness of the jungle. All these was a resplendent view from the balcony or while having a bath! What could be more grand?
They spared no details really. From the door, to the slippers, to the cupboard, the dispensers, I mean, I can go on and on and on about the place. It’s pristine but in a cozy rugged way. You climb up the stairs and you are greeted in every stride by flowers strategically placed to welcome your steps.
Surprisingly, I found a bunch of mosquitoes who hated me! Indonesian mosquitoes! Mosquitoes love me way too much. I got bitten in Thailand, in Sri Lanka, of course in the Philippines but in Bali? I was not bitten.. at.. all! That is the first.
Moving on from me being the dish to the not-to-be-missed lip-smacking dishes on offer by KePitu. It is a mixed of Balinese fare as well as international cuisines. Of course we kept faithful to the local flavour.
Kayon even got you covered when it comes to activities with everyday complimentary activities as well as paid activities that are varied. More detail about it in my next article.
I cannot recommend Kayon highly enough. The food, the people, the setting, how nature warmly embraces you while you are there.
My adulation towards Kayon Resort is even more so now that I have experienced it. The photos in websites and the stories of previous guests does not do it enough justice until you actually experience it first hand.
Everything we love about nature is there. It made our hearts sing with pure joy. The dense foliage made us feel warm that even with that vast space and sprinkle now and again, we felt snugged.
The waterfall and the river made cacophony of million noises but it never overwhelmed. It was like an orchestra in the heavens lulling us to sleep. The same music wakes is up at sunrise to face another magical day.
We were all wide-eyes not knowing where to look. Glancing everywhere with pointless speed, we want it all. The blue sky, the green wilderness, the misty fresh air. Nature was the main attraction and though each fights for our attention, it was a privelege.
It just felt meant to be. For us to be there and witness the grandiose scenery. If it’s possible to inhale all and never to exhale such beauty, we would have.
I'm more in love with Joseph for taking the time to share the experience with me. It’s like sharing a piece of mystical place with the person you are most drawn into.
The downside is it became the yardstick for the next place we stayed in. We moved to Anantara in Seminyak for a night on our way back to Dubai and it just did not feel right. It just paled in comparison and I just cannot help but wonder if it would have been better to have stayed in Ubud, in Kayon.
Anantara was nice, pretty posh for the strip. Had we not seen the beauty of Kayon, we would have been in awe of Anantara. Before you even step out of the balcony, you can already see the ocean that seems to have no ending. A horizon so majestic, it should have made our jaw drop. The playful waves calling you to join the fun, the ocean breeze tousling my long hair into frenzy, the sunset! It’s an orange painting on a blue canvass. But I just couldn’t wait to get out of there. So much so that we left 5 hours early. Again for another day, it’s hilarious to be quite honest although hubby was not amused. :P
Looking forward to share our Valentine's day 2018. We did rafting, enjoyed a giant swing and to wrap the magical day, had a splendid dinner at The Kayon by KePitu Restaurant.
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We used to flip through the pages of glossy magazines or colourful webpages, drool and gawk at gorgeous places we only dreamed of seeing. We used to daydream over the idea of food we might never get to taste. Wondered how each destination feels.