Thursday, March 24, 2016

Go Up North and Away

If you have decided to take your family to the north part of Bali as April’s holiday destination, for sure you don’t want to skip Lovina Beach. Located about 10 km to the west of Singaraja, this black-volcanic sand beach and the entire coastline is undeniably beautiful. One of the first things you will notice that you won’t find huge sprawling expanses of sandy beach and enormous waves on the shore like the ones you have seen on other parts of the island, which make it less stressful if you bring small children. The waterfront scene is more relaxed here, so no surfing on the beach. However, you’ll definitely want to visit this place very early in the morning to catch the dolphins in action. Hire a boat to get a close-up look at these beautiful creatures about one kilometer offshore, and that’s a sight that gives a very charming appeal.

Moving on from the beach, about 25 Km from Singaraja, Banjar Hot Spring is your next destination. Due to the water’s sulfuric content, this hot water spring provides a recreational and therapeutic experience. The warm temperature of 37 degrees Celsius is ideal for people suffering from rheumatic diseases. Setting in the middle of the jungle, the hot water spring complex consists of three public and one private pool, with the largest and central bathing pool featuring a restaurant perched high above the northern side where you can have lunch here.
Sharing the same district as the hot spring, Brahma Vihara Arama Buddhist monastery is only 15 minutes’ drive at a hilly area of at Tegehe Village. Known as the biggest Buddhist temple in Bali, the place is very peaceful with view of Lovina Beach and lush green hill as a background. The temple is painted with colorful decorations; a very bright orange roof and some Buddha statues are definitely something that will attract your kids’ eyes. Every steps up to the temple, you will see Buddha’s wisdom around the walls. Don’t be surprise if you find visitors take the opportunity to meditate as the temple provides a vast meditation area. Brahma Vihara Arama is a perfect place not just for relaxation admiring the beautiful buildings and surroundings, but also to teach your little ones the wisdoms of life.
After getting the spiritual journey, on your way back you may want to make a quick stop to visit the very charming twin lakes of Lake Buyan and Lake Tamblingan. You can feel the authenticity of nature in both lakes right away when your car reaches the edge of the beautiful lake side, where the forest seems untouched by human. The fact that the location is 1000 meter above sea level makes the air a bit cold and gets cooler at night. Having the cool air that completely surrounded by green mountains, the place provides a calm and comfortable atmosphere. For those who loved nature and recreation, this is a recommended spot to go.