We celebrated our 20-year wedding anniversary in July with a five-day stay and a vow renewal ceremony at Puri Naga Toya. We were awed by the pictures of Puri Naga Toya before we arrived, but even we had no idea how wonderful our time there would be.
As many people have noted, Puri Naga Toya is a veritable art museum of a home, filled with exquisite antique furniture, paintings, drawings, statuary, rugs - even vintage light fixtures that have been rewired. Puri Naga Toya also sits in the most beautiful ridge top mountain setting one could imagine, surrounded by lush gardens and landscaping. But as many people have also noted, it's the staff that truly makes this place shine.
Wayan, Made, Agung, Putu, Dolar and Agung were all, without exception, warm, friendly, and genuinely caring. We chatted about our kids, Bali, the World Cup, the hilariously cute resident Daschunds "Katherine" and "Lisa" (who stay in the back if you're not crazy about dogs) - anything that came to mind. For our vow renewal ceremony, the staff shopped for my flowers, set up temple umbrellas, made fruit offerings, helped me pick out music, showed us how to perform the Hindu Muspa prayers, and even loaned us some of their own clothing items to wear and offering bowls to use. I was very touched when all six of them attended the ceremony in full temple dress, even the night watchman Agung, who was clearly not on duty at 4:00 p.m.! They laughed and snapped pictures and generally seemed to be having as good a time as we were having, which made us even happier. They elevated our day from special to magical.
I would also like to extend a special thank-you to Pamela, the owner of Puri Naga Toya (and her husband), for making my decision to stay at Puri Naga Toya so easy. From my very first inquiry to her, Pamela responded incredibly quickly, suggesting people to contact and things to consider for our vow renewal ceremony, sharing her passion for Bali and her wealth of information about the island, communicating with the staff and driver service on our behalf, and overall doing whatever she could to ensure that our experience in Bali would be wonderful. She absolutely succeeded in that. Go to Bali, and when you do, stay at Puri Naga Toya - I cannot recommend it highly enough.