A Peace­ful Place at The Payo­gan

A beau­ti­ful pri­vate villa that makes you feel at home

Maxx-M - - CHECK - IN - Text by Clar­isa Mu­tri­afica | Pho­tos cour­tesy of The Payo­ganVilla Re­sort & Spa

Icame to Ubud look­ing for a com­fort­able and peace­ful place to stay. When I ar­rived at The Payo­gan Villa Re­sort & Spa, it sur­passed all my ex­pec­ta­tions. It was rain­ing when I ar­rived at The Payo­gan and the re­sort was fresh and green. Ex­pect a wel­come at The Payo­gan that is full of warm smiles, along with a cool wel­come drink. Af­ter a quick checkin, a buggy drove me through the rain to my villa, so I ar­rived nice and dry. I was in a one-bed­room villa with a pool view. The villa was spa­cious and fea­tured clas­sic Ba­li­nese de­sign, with wood fur­ni­ture and a lux­u­ri­ous four­poster bed. One of the high­lights of the villa was the view and the best spot to en­joy it was from the spa­cious out­door pav­il­ion. It’s the per­fect place if you are look­ing for some in­spi­ra­tion. The first thing I was in­spired to do was jump into my pri­vate swim­ming pool and drink in the views of the rice ter­races and jun­gle. The staff ad­vised me to wake up at 6am to catch the sun­rise from the com­fort of my bed. The Payo­gan pro­vides a shut­tle to down­town Ubud if you want to ex­plore the shop­ping, restau­rants and nightlife. I headed down­town around 6pm and headed to Ubud Palace, near Pasar Seni Ubud, for a tra­di­tional Le­gong dance. It was a mag­i­cal show. Back at the ho­tel and feel­ing peck­ish, I called up room ser­vice and asked about their sig­na­ture dish.Thirty min­utes later the Crispy Duck ar­rived at my villa, with yel­low rice, satay, veg­eta­bles and Bali’s fa­mous Sam­bal Matah.

A Per­fect Morn­ing at The Payo­gan

I set the alarm for 5.30am, be­cause I didn’t want to miss the sun­rise. I woke up full of en­ergy and ex­cite­ment. I went down and sat near the pool and played with the wa­ter while wait­ing for the sun to rise. Around 6am the first golden rays of the day be­gan to ap­pear on the hori­zon, bring­ing with them the warmth of

an­other per­fect Bali day. I wish I could begin ev­ery day like this. The Payo­gan buggy picked me up and de­liv­ered me to Sawah Restau­rant for break­fast. I sat in a hut, sur­rounded by paddy fields. Af­ter a leisurely and ut­terly de­lec­ta­ble break­fast, I headed to the re­cep­tion desk and asked about spa treat­ments. They told me I could have a treat­ment in the com­fort and pri­vacy of my villa. I chose the two-hour Ja­vanese Mandi Lu­lur, a pam­per­ing treat­ment from the tra­di­tions of the royal Ja­vanese courts, fol­lowed by a re­fresh­ing youghurt mois­tur­izer to re­store the skin’s nat­u­ral Ph bal­ance and end­ing with an aro­matic flo­ral bath and a warm cin­na­mon, gin­ger and hibis­cus tea. It was heaven. The Payo­gan prom­ises a friendly and lux­u­ri­ous stay. This is a true Ba­li­nese ex­pe­ri­ence, with per­sonal ser­vice, in­dul­gent pam­per­ing and trop­i­cal com­fort. The Payo­gan is the des­ti­na­tion of choice for any­one look­ing for a calm oa­sis in the midst of the cul­tural and artis­tic splen­dour of Ubud.

The Payo­ganVilla Re­sort & Spa

Jl. Co­coa 2, No. 77 Ban­jar Bunutan, Ubud – Bali Phone. +61 361 978839 www.bali­payo­gan­re­sort.com

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