You can't describe in words the feelings and sensations you have when being at that special place. You feel privileged experiencing all this beauty and well being. What a contrast with our busy life in Belgium! We couldn't at first get how the people could be so friendly and helpful all the time. But it's sincere and it feels good.
At first it's a bit strange, all these people wanting to take care of you, but we soon loved their cheerfulness and discreteness. We miss you all: Sweet Eni and Iloh, your wonderful meals and your smiles, the conversations about food; Agus and Sudan, the wizards of the garden, and Artanu, the super friendly and discrete night watch, Gusti, our driver for the week, what a patient and skilled driver in this overcrowded and sometimes dangerous traffic. And of course also Ketut and Komang, manager and assistant manager, always ready to advise and arrange everything for you. And it's always in order.
We liked the two day-trips around the north of Bali with Gusti, we saw the different waterfalls, buddhist temple, hindu temple, swam in the hot springs, fed the monkeys (a delight for the children), did a jungle trekking and return by canoe across the crater lake, saw the jatiluwah rice fields,... and then back to the villa! Always glad to get back there. Then, at break of dawn, the dolphin boat trip: magnificent! so many dolphins, big ones, small ones swimming and jumping around the boat! (We didn't do Menjangan nature reserve as we went to snorkel in Gili Trawangan afterwards, but that's for next time ;-) Also recommendable: a dinner at the Spice Beach Club at Lovina, with live music (nice), and especially : the Ami and her sisters' massages in the garden-massage-house, relaxing while hearing the ocean for real... magic.
The house itself: new and modern though still very Balinese; very clean and well kept (5 stars); what we liked: the bathrooms half outside, with the warm outside air to shower in; the little lizards on the patio ceiling in the evenings; the open little house at the back of the garden to relax by the sea; of course the gigantic swimming pool. I read in the info brochure at the villa: "once you visited Bali, you always want to come back, it's the spirits that draw you" yes, and villa Naora that stays on your mind like a happy thought. Thanks Ana and Jacques, for the stay in your villa for one memorable week!
Peter, Kristel, Marcel, Anton, Helena