Saturday, May 28, 2016

04/30 - 05/14 - A villa in paradise


After our last visit on the Maldives we decided that we should go to Bali for our next vacation, the decision was made for the Siddhartha Ocean Beach Resort at the North East coast of Bali.

Far away from any tourism (and a 2.5 hours car ride away from the airport) this was the perfect location for a very relaxing time. From the main street we took a heavily damaged road and with the houses on the left and right you usually wouldn't expect to enter soon a little paradise. Entering the resort through open reception building was like entering into another world. A wonderful garden area with stone sculptures and a lot of well-groomed green. It's a small resort with only 35 units, so approx. 70 guests as a maximum. When we arrived there were about 20 people, so you saw nearly nobody even during the meal times...

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For the time of our stay we decided to take on of the villas directly at the beach (only two available) with a big entrance area, two bed- and open bathrooms and your own private pool. We highly appreciated this pool as it was very hot and we could easily cool down by hopping into the water. The weather during the whole time was picture perfect, as good as you could ask for it: blue sky, sunshine and nearly no clouds. Some rainshowers happened twice during the night but no rain during the day...













For lunch we sometimes walked the way to a local Warung, the place where the locals go to eat but it was always a sweaty way with the high temperatures and the high humidity. Lunch for two including a big bottle of water for less than 5 Swiss Francs... really a steal for people coming here from Europe.






We also made an excursion to see some of the attractions of the island. One was visible also from our hotel, it's the Mt. Agung, a still active vulcano with a height of 3142 m. The tour we booked was packed with a lot of different kinds of interesting things... as traveling can be a bit difficult on the island it was a good decision imho. We visited several temples, they have a lot of different religions on Bali, therefore they also have many kinds of temples. The market was another amazing experience with all the different fruits and vegetables... oh well, the storage of the meat is something different, especially if ou consider the poultry and fish laing open on the tables without cooling... with the temperatures being around 35 to 40 °C!

Next stop: Gitgit Waterfall. According to the description in the leaflet you can jump into the water for a swim... hrmmmm... we didn't do so as looked a bit too dangerous to dare it! We continued our trip through the so called "Monkey Forrest", a place beside the street full of monkeys... of course because there are people feeding them, so no need for them to look for food... let's call it "tourist trap" as your driver has to pay when you stop there...

Finally we'd another temple on our schedule (beside a lake and it's said to be really beautiful) but we ended up in a big traffic jam due to a national holiday. The driver gave us the option to skip that 3 to 4 hours traffic jam (and unfortunately also the spice market) and go to another temple. So we did. The temple was really nice and worth the visit but it's definitely a pity that we'd no chance to visit the spice market we both had been looking forward to....




















During two evening we'd some presentation of Balinese culture in our resort, traditional dances and music, interesting to see and - especially the music - some kinda unusual for us...

Finally I have to say that we'd a very good time there, Bali in general and sepcifically in that resort, and I can imagine to come back again.

Selamat tinggal, sampai waktu berikutnya...










Saturday, May 21, 2016

A visit to... Glen Scotia


Of the many Campbeltown distilleries there are not much left... one of them is Glen Scotia which is run actually by 3 people producing approx. 120'000 litre of alcohol per year... not much in comparison to other big players.

I was in contact with the distillery manager in advance of our visit back in 2013 and even though the don't offer official tours (at this time of the visit they didn't have a visitor centre etc.) he agreed to give us a private tour, nice gesture. So we met in the afternoon at the agreed time and had the chance for a look behind the scenes in of the distilleries which hasn't been visited by many.

Thx for this exclusive tour, unfortunately there was no chance for a tasting... so I had a 8 yo. peated Glen Scotia at the Craigard House where we stayed for 2 nights...

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