Ensconced within a leafy enclave along Bali’s unspoilt northern coast, Spa Village Resort Tembok is made for romance.
Arriving at the resort after a three-hour drive through Bali’s lush inland landscape of rolling hills and rice terraces, my partner and I were treated to a welcome ritual that consisted of a foot soak and a neck-and-shoulder massage in an airy pavilion. Whatever fatigue we felt until that point simply vanished, and was quickly replaced by a sense of serenity.
The resort’s remote location, coconut-fringed shoreline and mesmerising views added to its romantic appeal. Here, black volcanic sands tumbled into the shimmering sea, framed by magnificent mountains. This was Bali at its rustic best; one of our most cherished memories was that of fishermen casting their nets at sea.
The resort’s ’16 and above’ policy helped create a tranquil child-free atmosphere, conducive for newlyweds, as well as not-so newlyweds looking to rekindle the flame. Our room, elegantly appointed with dark wood panelling, was bereft of TV or Wi-Fi connectivity, encouraging digital detox. With no distractions, we found it easy to focus our attention on one another.
They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and I guess this is true, as I relished every meal at the resort. Wantilan, the resort’s sole dining venue, offered a forever-changing menu of delicious Indonesian and Western culinary favourites, celebrating the freshest catch of the day and locally sourced seasonal ingredients. Our intimate dinners were made even more memorable with scrumptious local specialties like sate celeng (minced pork satay) and godoh biu (banana fritters with honey).
Every day without fail, we walked along the frangipani-strewn path that connected our room with the spa to indulge in its various offerings. The highlight for us was the Penganten Melukat treatment, which is inspired by the traditional rituals for Balinese brides and grooms. A blushing bride I may not be, but after a relaxing traditional massage and reinvigorating body scrub, I emerged from the floral bath reborn, and ready for love!
We ended our blissful retreat with a magical in-resort activity: starlight gazing from the infinity pool. Speckled with luminous stars, the sky hinted at the vastness of the universe burning with celestial bodies billions of years older than me and light years away. In contrast, it reminded me of how short life is – much too short not to love with all your heart.
Lying on our floating beds with hands entwined, we drifted across the calm pool lulled into a dreamlike state by the gentle ripples.
A hidden gem tucked away in a corner of this tropical paradise, Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali seemed worlds away, and is exactly the type of property that inspires romance and wonder.
A sunrise or sunset cruise in the Bali Sea on a jukung (traditional outrigger canoe) makes your holiday all the more special. And who knows, you might even sight a dolphin or two!
Address: Jl Singaraja-Amlapura No. 100, Desa Tembok, Tejakula, Buleleng, Bali, Indonesia