Night en­ter­tain­ment cour­tesy of the stars at Spa Vil­lage Re­sort Tem­bok, Bali

The evenings might be qui­eter on Bali’s north-east­ern coast, but with the stars for com­pany, the en­ter­tain­ment is un­for­get­table.

YTL Life - - Contents - Words SI­MON PRID­MORE

Iam ly­ing on my back star­ing up at the sky. It’s late and I have had a full day and a won­der­ful din­ner, but my eyes are wide open be­cause I do not want to miss a thing. The mat­tress be­neath me un­du­lates gen­tly. My wife Sofie squeezes my hand softly, and I in­stinc­tively un­der­stand the mes­sage she is con­vey­ing: “How amaz­ing this is!”

The sky above us is dark and cloud­less but it is far from empty. We are ly­ing on a dou­ble airbed, float­ing on the sur­face of the swim­ming pool at Spa Vil­lage Re­sort, Tem­bok that skirts Bali’s north­east­ern coast­line. Be­tween us is a dig­i­tal mu­sic de­vice that both of us are con­nected to through ear­phones. Our view is of a fir­ma­ment of mil­lions of stars, framed by the long fronds of the tall palms that en­cir­cle the pool.

The num­ber of stars in­creases as our eyes be­come ac­cus­tomed to the dark­ness. We be­gin to see layer upon layer of less lu­mi­nous and more dis­tant stars con­cealed be­hind the su­per­stars that ini­tially drew our at­ten­tion when we be­gan this spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ence.

Kadek, the pool at­ten­dant in charge of our starlight gaz­ing this evening, ma­noeu­vres a tether so the float­ing mat­tress turns ever so slowly. The wa­ter is slightly dis­turbed as we pass over it and we feel the rip­ples be­neath us. It is the gen­tlest of mas­sages.

Of course, our per­spec­tive is not that we are mov­ing but that we are com­pletely still. It is the stars that are in flux, and that we are watch­ing a uni­verse in per­pet­ual mo­tion. Sofie’s hand presses mine again, more ur­gently this time. I have seen it: a shoot­ing star cross­ing from right to left across the frame, fall­ing fast and fad­ing be­hind one of the palm fronds.

A breath of wind ruf­fles the wa­ter’s sur­face and causes the trees to sway. The stars rush by a lit­tle more quickly and we are glad of the thin blan­ket that was laid over us as we set out. All too soon, our time with the stars is over and we re­turn to re­al­ity.

“How was it?” asks Kadek as he takes our blan­ket and ear­phones. “Out of this world!” we re­ply. “Ev­ery­body says that,” he says with a smile.

For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit www.spavil­lage.com/tem­bok­bali

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