Immerse Yourself In Nature At The Watergarden Hotel, Bali
The Watergarden Hotel in Candidasa, Bali is so unique, in our little thatched roof bungalow with it’s own veranda and water garden with the Koi Carp swimming by, it felt like we were tucked away in our own little home in the heart of all the beautiful nature Bali has to offer.
The accommodation here comprises of deluxe private bungalows, each with there own seating area outside still under the shade of the thatched roof. Ponds and water gardens wind their way around the complex filled with beautiful fish, lush colourful plants, all of which also attract an abundance of other amazing wildlife. It was amazing sitting on our veranda watching bright coloured dragon flies darting back and forth.
One evening I was sitting out there chilling out enjoying a nice cold glass of Bintang Pilsner and was joined by two monitor lizards! When they realised that I was there they soon wandered back off into the undergrowth and out of sight. It’s a place which is both relaxing in moments like this but with all of the vibrant colours and lush gardens at the same time invigorating!
Waking up after a peaceful nights sleep, throwing open the patio doors and stepping out into this beautiful nature…a fantastic way of waking up each morning which fills you with good vibes for the day ahead.
And speaking of peaceful nights…inside the bungalows with the warm, natural colours, simple but very comfortable furnishings, I had some of the best nights sleep here. Inside our bungalow had a big double bed withing a large bedroom/living area. Then through a door off the bedroom was the bathroom with two sinks and great power shower.
There is also a suite which can be booked which as well as having a luxury king size bedroom has an adjoining twin room. It also has it’s own private pool along with some more home comforts. There are also super deluxe bungalows for couples who are looking for a little extra luxury. Our bungalow was perfect for us though, after some of the most incredible days of our entire time staying in Bali it was perfect to chill out and let everything we had experience that day sink in…and share it on social media with the wi-fi!!
The swimming pool area, like the accommodation, gives you a feeling of being tucked away in nature. The hustle and bustle of the outside world is very much hidden far from your mind whilst you are at The Watergarden Hotel. It is such an energising place to stay!
Lonely Planet list the Orchid Spa which is on the site as one of the best value spa’s in Candidasa. With so many to choose from, as with the whole of Bali, and the Balinese being such specialists in massages, this is pretty high praise. There is a huge array of treatments available, from relaxing massages to more medicinal ones. Katalin and I both had neck back and shoulder massages and our masseur really worked at getting those knots out of our muscles. I’m not going to lie…it was hard! Very hard! At times it was uncomfortably hard…and I ached for around a day after!! After that though I could feel the benefits…this was my first ever massage other than one carried out by a physio during my footballing days!
A huge highlight of a stay at The Watergarden Hotel is the food. Oh my god!! This was some of the best food we had during our entire time in Bali, up there with any of the specialist restaurants we visited, the food really was amazing!
Balinese cuisine fused with international and travellers favourites…okay okay…I could not resist having English breakfasts during our stay here…typical Brit abroad, I know!! But it was just so good!!
It was also really cool to try some more traditional Balinese dishes as well though. Here I tried Bubuh Injin, Balinese black rice pudding, and it was so delicious, I’m going to try and cook this at home if I can ever find black rice! Soooo good!
The setting of the restaurant is really cool as well, although at the front of the property nearer to the street there are still plants and trees growing all around and along one side more of the water laps up near to the floor with the fish eager for any leftovers! It feels as if you are in a garden setting.
At the front of the restaurant there is also a more cosmopolitan area with sofas and tables perfect for having a coffee and making plans for the day ahead in a beautiful part of Bali.
The east coast of Bali is not visited as often as the well known towns and beaches on the west coast such as Kuta. It is quieter and not as busy. However there is a rugged beauty to the place and those that are willing to put a bit of effort in may just find that hidden piece of paradise you have been looking for. Candidasa really has one main road which runs parallel to the beach and there are some really good restaurants and bars. We found a really cool pub which had brilliant live music.
We took a stroll down to the beach one evening as well, literally across the road from The Watergarden Hotel. Although it is not the sort of beach that you would spend the day catching rays and swimming in the sea it did have a certain charm about it. There were local children playing football having a great time, fishing boats lined the sand with fishermen setting up for the next day, and offering to take us out on a trip. This felt like we were away from the major tourist sites.
White Sandy Beach/Virgin Beach
A beach you definitely will want to spend all day on! We fancied a relaxing beach day so we had a look through the activities that The Watergarden Hotel could set up for us. The really helpful staff set up transport for us to spend the day at white sandy beach around 10 km east of our hotel. I would say that you need transport to get there as its quite a steep journey along a road which is pretty much a track, although the locals are building a road here. Some of the views on the way were really cool…
When we got to the beach…it really did live up to its name! A big sweeping white sand beach with bright blue sea! Uncrowded, palm tree lined…very close to that paradise beach you’ve been dreaming of!
There are a good selection of wahrungs (beach shack type bars/restaurants) and sun beds for hire. But this is not Kuta or Seminyak, the only thing you will hear here is the hum of quiet conversation and the rolling of the calmer east coast waves. Beach days don’t get much more chilled…or beautiful than this!
This was the perfect day after what we had put ourselves through the day before…
Mount Batur Sunrise Trek
This is a really popular trek taken by visitors to Bali and one that is available to organise from The Watergarden Hotel in Candidasa. This was something we planned at pretty short notice…and I was dreading it!!! Mount Batur is a 1717 metre high active volcano! The idea is that you set off in the moddle of the night, around 2-3 am and climb to the summit in time to see the sun rise. I had read a lot about how tough a climb it is, and it was pretty tough, but my dread before hand was worse than actually doing it. If you have an average level of fitness it is tough but doable! The views from the top really are worth it too. Beautiful views and a sense of achievement. Look out for my post on this coming soon! (Book the trip like we did through TripAdvisor)
If you are going to be spending time in Bali then it is definitely worth heading out east for a bit to explore. It is less of a tourist magnet but there are still some really beautiful spots, plenty to do, and a nice relaxing atmosphere. The Watergarden Hotel is definitely the perfect place to make the most of it and feel reinvigorated for your journeys ahead.
You can book your stay at The Watergarden Hotel directly through their website here…
You can also check out the reviews and book through TripAdvisor
It is also available to book through Expedia