The moment I decided to travel to Bali, was the starting point for a number of other decisions that had to be taken quickly, considering that I had only 2 weeks to build a plan for a trip of at least 2 months. The first decision was to set the time allocated for Bali and I came to the conclusion that I would like to explore the famous Indonesian island for at least a month. Said and done. Slowly, with small, but sure steps, I began to put together all the pieces of the puzzle called itinerary.
There were four areas in Bali where I had to find accommodation, but in this article, I will talk about the most beautiful of them, Ubud. So many amazing options that it took me much time to get to the moment when I hit the “book” button with all the confidence. With so many alternatives and 6 nights to spend in Ubud, I thought it would be good to split the time in 2 and look for 2 different accommodation units, 3 nights for each one of them. So, if I didn’t like one, I would still have a chance with the other, and at the same time, I would not get bored as long as I change the address and the decor.
That’s how I came across the Liyer Spirit House, which, from an intense study of the pictures, seemed to me the ideal place to live peacefully. Set just 10 minutes’ walk from Ubud’s center, with a beautifully decorated garden, an infinity pool overlooking banana leaves, and a palm tree forest, a price more than decent, and a total of a whole absolute serenity, which seemed like detached from the descriptions made of Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat Pray Love best seller, Liyer Spirit House convinced me to press that button I mentioned earlier.
But guess what? I was more than shocked to find out that, in fact, I came to live by chance, at the hotel complex of the famous medicine man and palm reader, the old Balinese with imperfect but conquering smile, Ketut Liyer, one of the key characters in Elizabeth’s book in which she talked about her spiritual journey. Although I had a sensation of deja vu right from the moment I installed myself in the room, my mind didn’t think so far as to think about this scenario. We didn’t even find out the information since the first day spent there, but in the second, during a regular breakfast conversation with the hotel manager.
With the enthusiasm of finding the news, it also came the disappointment, when I was told that the old man died a few months before my arrival, at the age of 102. Since then, his heritage, both material and spiritual, has been taken over by his son, Mr. Nyoman. For those of you who may not have read the book and have not seen the cinematographic production inspired by it, starring Julia Roberts, I feel obligated to make a very brief summary. Eat Pray Love is about Elizabeth, a New Yorker with a career as a writer, a husband, and a seemingly balanced life. Although her life was quite normal and beautiful on the outside, she felt empty on the inside, so she divorced and decided to travel for a year in Italy, India, and Indonesia in an attempt to find her desire to live intensely and to rediscover herself. The last destination on her list was Bali, the place where she meets Ketut Liyer and she falls in love with a Brazilian businessman.
As it happens with almost every article, the introduction takes up half of the content, so yes, it’s time to move to the reasons for which I gladly recommend Liyer Spirit House for your upcoming Balinese vacation.
As I have already mentioned, the hotel complex is very conveniently located just a few minutes’ walk from Ubud‘s center and other points of interest such as Ubud Monkey Forest, Ubud Market or Ubud Palace. It is part of Pengosekan village, a very quiet place with a community focused on art and traditional Balinese life. In all three days, I felt like walking on the streets of a picturesque and welcoming place.
The hotel and the room:
If I were to describe it as succinctly as possible, I would say that, from the outside, it seems trivial, but once you have crossed the gates, you will marvel at how beautiful everything is combined and how much attention to detail has been given in the arrangements. Except for the temple and the houses of Ketul Liyer, where I suppose that his descendants now live, there are 2 buildings and some very beautiful bungalows, which, unfortunately, they were fully booked during the period I stayed there. At first glance, I must admit that I was disappointed with my choice when I discovered that the bathroom in our room has no roof.
I already knew about the famous showers under the open sky in Bali and I was admiring, with discretion, the people who used them with pleasure, but for me, it was a challenge I was not ready to accept yet. Having no bungalows available and the other building being renovated, I resigned and went ahead with the decision.
Still, do not imagine it was a shower without any cover. On the contrary, the walls of the bathroom were as high as possible, perhaps reaching even 3 meters, but the lack of a roof gave me palpitations. Obviously, I could not avoid showering for three days, not even for a day, so I did it! And it was divine. I have already written about the pleasure of such an experience in the article where I marked off 14 things you have to do in Ubud, so here I will only say I strongly recommend.
The room, good enough in terms of size and bed size, did not impress me that much regarding its design, but it was a success if we are talking about indoor temperature. Outside, we had a terrace covered with cool sandstone and separated from our neighbors by some bamboo partitions, a table, and two chairs. In front of the building, a tidy lawn, sprinkled with flowers and explored by some very cute hens.
The story repeats. Same noodles, same exotic fruits, same relaxing atmosphere, same kind people. I don’t know if it makes sense to repeat, but Bali is a paradise for my taste buds. Mmmm, I still feel the flavor of rice with soy sauce. However, because I want my articles to fully reflect my honesty, a minus in terms of breakfast at Liyer House, would be a slow service. Although the staff is very friendly and eager to meet your requirements, it seems to me a bit lethargic in the moves and I think it would be a plus if they would improve something in this regard.
I got to my favorite part. I don’t even know how to start and how to formulate, to bring the beauty and delicacy of the Liyer Spirit House gardens as close as possible to reality. From the green and very well maintained grass, the exotic flowers, the plumeria trees, the banana leaves, the statues embodying the mythological characters to the artesian fountains and the hens that brought joy to us in the mornings, everything looks like a paradise here. I will certainly inspire myself from this wonderful place when the time comes to move to my house. Though I am miserably unsuccessful in trying to make an artistic description, I better leave the pictures to convince you.
- spa and massage
- yoga sessions
- free wifi
- free parking
- organizing tours
- Airport shuttle