What do you get when you combine mountainous terrain, views of rice fields, palm trees, great service, and a clear pool for dipping? Alam Sari Keliki Hotel, the boutique, eco-hotel in the hills in Keliki, north of Ubud, Bali.
-massage room at Spa Alam Sari.
(photos by shamash)
“You must come stay at my hotel,” said my friend last August when we met in Kuala Lumpur for a teachers’ meeting. “We’ve been running it for eleven years, and we consider it our “home away from home.”
Come to find out the place is mentioned favorably in The Lonely Planet guidebook, and it is truly an eco hotel, recycling all water, growing organic produce in their gardens, composting all organic refuse, and using solar panels to heat water.
Located in the hills about 7 km north of Ubud, the place has great food, wonderful service, and rooms full of Indonesian antiques, artwork, and local textiles. It’s the perfect writer’s retreat, with walks into nearby villages. The informative staff members Nico and Dewa shuttled us to and from Ubud, filling us in on local customs and taking us to nearby villages.
We leave tomorrow, but we could easily another two weeks. Time stands still here, and living in harmony with nature where cinnamon, lemongrass, cloves and nutmeg grow wild makes me long for a quieter, simpler life where everything needed to eat and live is right outside the doorstep. Here people live in harmony with nature, and this lifestyle serves as a reminder that there is deep contentment in spending the days in a healthy balance of work and play.
(Here’s a picture Ms. Mary Mac took of a village woman not far from our hotel.)
Check out the hotel link here.