Okawati was the perfect first stop in Bali: a taxi at Den Pasa, arranged by the hotel, took away the stress of the 11/2 hour transfer - it was only a short stroll down a quiet alley to find reception and Okawati herself, serenely graceful to show us our room upstairs. Within a three-sided courtyard, shielded from the noise and bustle of Ubud's streets, our balcony overlooked the pool shaded by palms and exotice flowered trees. We were to observe every morning the ritual of plucking flowers from the tallest branches and then decorating water-filled pots, tables and making small offerings to the gods, adding titbits of food and burning incence - a quiet serious affair.
Our room with a carved and painted wooden door and four-poster bed was very traditional and very comfortable and we felt at home immediately. Every morning a pot of Balinese tea was waiting on the table outside and a breakfast of choice soon followed! there was even another pot of tea in the afternoon: ideal after a day in the sun and when the Monsoon rains arrived. Here in quiet seclusion we could listen to the birds, read, snooze undisturbed. We were to really apreciate this quiet haven after the bustle, noise and heat of Ubud's streets.
There was a cafe bar near to the pool where we could get a snack or a beer and look out over the rice paddy field. The youngsters working there were delightful, always full of smiles and willing to teach us our first words of Indonesian and Balinese - we learnt much about Balinese culture. They also organised a couple of trips, the best the Eco downhill bicycle tour: a beautiful breakfast on the caldera rim of Gunang Catur, followed by a very leisurely glide through narrow lanes, our young local guide taking us to traditional village houses, rice harvesting, to see the irrigation systems built up over centuries: all with great humour and insights to their culture like the tooth filing ceremony that all youngsters have to endure! - a big lunch finished the day.
We returned to Okawati for our last night on Bali and another taxi transfer to the airport. Our strongest memories of Bali will always be the gentle wamth and interest shown to us at Okawati, making us so welcome and so comfortable; sharing something of their unique culture.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stay with us If you want to be close to all the action in Ubud, yet away from the noise and hustle, you have found the right place. Only 1 1/2 blocks from the center of Ubud, on a quiet alleyway off Monkey Forest Road, we are in close walking distance to the market, tourist information, evening performances, soccer field, major shopping, art museums and galleries ... more less
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