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.
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.
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