Ta­banan vil­las

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THE SOORI BALI OF­FERS 48 VIL­LAS WITH pri­vate pools and sea views in Ta­banan Re­gency, known for its off-the-beaten-track hik­ing trails and vol­canic sand beaches. Stroll around the green and gold Jatiluwih rice fields – Unesco-pro­tected for its ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem named subak that dates back to the ninth cen­tury – or go for a more stren­u­ous walk, trac­ing the to­pog­ra­phy of the Batukaru moun­tain ra nge up to t he isla nd ’s sec­ond high­est vol­cano. En­coun­ters with other trekkers are rare here, and sight­ings of deer, anteaters and mon­keys are pos­si­ble while all around a re sweep­ing vis­tas of Mt Agung, a nd t he neigh­bour­ing is­lands of Lom­bok and Java. Tend­ing the fields, lo­cal vil­lagers pur­sue a way of life that re­mains loyal to cen­turies-old rhythms and tra­di­tions – colour­ful rit­u­als are an ev­ery­day sight. Stop and smile and you will of­ten be re­warded with a smile in re­turn and per­haps some in­sights into the woven an­i­mist and Hindu strands of Ba­li­nese cul­ture. To the south­west, the re­serve is bor­dered by black sand beaches punc­tu­ated by vol­canic cliffs. Sat among th­ese is one of the most fa­mous cul­tural sights in all of Bali – Tanah Lot Temple, a 16th-cen­tury Hindu sanc­tu­ary perched on an off­shore rock. While you are un­likely to be alone while view­ing this in the mid­dle of the day, be­ing sit­u­ated so close al­lows dawn and dusk vis­its for a lit­tle more soli­tude. If you’ re not con­fi­dent ex­plor­ing the coun­try­side on your own, Soori Bali pro­vides a guide-led pro­gramme that in­cludes ta king vis­i­tors to the on­site bat cave and classes in kite-mak­ing, cook­ing, horse­back rid­ing on the beach, fish­ing and play­ing the iconic game­lan bam­boo in­stru­ment named rindik. Learn more about the Soori Bali atwww. soorib­ali.com

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