Early on in the trip, Megan and I decided a staycation in every country is an absolute must. Her reasoning may be a bit different than mine and I admit my reasons are a bit "high maintenance." BUT, sometimes you just want a soft cloud like bed with fluffy pillows, HOT water, full on water pressure, picturesque views, infinity pools and an American breakfast... all within a 24 hour period. I don't need this all the time. Once a month will suffice. Just like you all need a weekend getaway from your norm, so do I.
I use booking.com for all my travel needs. Seriously, never will I ever use Priceline, Expedia or Travelocity again after dealing with their so-called "customer service." Booking.com is where it's at. They'll do everything they can to help you change your reservations, avoid cancellation fees, etc. Because of this, I trust everything they tell me. Which is how I found Jannatta Resort and Spa on their recommended list of Ubud resorts. Let me tell ya, they didn't disappoint.
When we walked onto the property we were greeted with a welcome drink. I'm not even sure what it was but it was green, tasted like cucumber and incredibly refreshing. We must have had that Bali glow because they also gave us two cold hand towels to wipe the grime from our face (and pits... stop judging.)
All I did was throw them a smile and they upgraded us to the next best room, which happened to be a King size bed but whatever... I don't mind sharing with Megan. They took us to our room and I was instantly in heaven. A BATHTUB!!! That's all I cared about. My plan was to soak in that thing until my whole body looked like a giant prune.
We still had a few hours left in the day so we changed into our swimsuits quickly and sat by the pool... and ordered food. Jannata, has really great poolside service. You ring a bell and someone quickly comes down eager to wait on you...but.... This infinity pool was a dream. The views. I don't even know how to describe it. Layers of palm trees and rice fields, everything was emerald green. The pool water almost looked teal against the green landscape. Other than another couple we were the only ones there!!
We both had to work in the evening so the fun didn't last long but the hotel room itself offered a comfy place that allowed us to focus. Megan had calls much later than I so I made some time to soak in the tub. It was grand.
Sticking to my normal routine, I woke up around 6 am and put in some work before going upstairs for breakfast. Megan continued to sleep but my stomach couldn't wait for her. I had a direct view of the pool while they served me every American breakfast dish under the sun. I'm feeling very sorry for anyone around me who may have watched me eat. I'm sure it looked like I was literally shoveling all the food into my mouth. So much for those charm classes, Mom. The breakfast started with fresh pineapple juice and a whole tray of coffee goods, a giant fruit plate, pastry breakfast with toast, croissants, and cinnamon rolls, a bowl of Kellogs cereal, and a plate of eggs, bacon, and hashbrowns. I had a little bit of everything. I'd go back to Jannata just for the breakfast. AND, it was included in our the price of our room which happened to be a whopping $120/night. Say what?!?! Should have stayed two nights.
Megan arose from the dead just as I was finishing breakfast. We realized we should have spent more time in Ubud because the sun actually shines there. Who knew? The rest of our morning was spent by the pool before checking out at 1:00 pm. We had one more touristry stop before leaving Ubud and heading back to Canguu.
If you ever take a 29-hour flight to Bali, please, for the love, stay at the Jannata Resort and Spa for a night. You won't regret it.
On our way back to Canguu, we stopped at Bali Swings. It's an Instagramers dream. Our expectation was to hop on the swing, enjoy the view, snap some pics and get out of there. Turns out, it's a full on business, offering several swings and will cost you $35 to get in (American dollars.) There may have been some groans but we thought... when in Roam.
The place is set up with 5 different swings, some a bit calmer or less "dangerous" than others. It ended up being much more than a Kodak moment for me. While I was swinging I couldn't help but think about how lucky and blessed I am to be there in that moment, looking at that particular view, with an awesome new girlfriend, enjoying the perks of a flexible work schedule ... it was very much a pinch-me moment and one I won't ever forget.. that's due to the "moment" and not the 523 photos I have on my camera roll at the moment :-/.
For those interested, the $35 comes with unlimited swing time, pictures in an awkward birds nest and a free lunch. Enjoy!