Abi Carver’s Yoga (And Culinary) Adventure
Puri Ganesha is the kind of place you arrive at and instantly decide you want to stay for a month and write your first novel. It’s incredibly peaceful. The only sounds you hear are the water lapping against the beach, birdsong and the occasional disgruntled ghekko.
There are four spacious and elegantly designed villas, each with their own pool, impeccably maintained garden, pondok (small thatched hut) and outdoor dining area. The vibe is a graceful collision of opulent and rustic. You sleep in a four-poster bed, lost in a sea of pillows and soft fabrics and wake up to a refreshing outdoor shower amongst the frangipani trees.
As a yogi, I could not have asked for a more lovely to practice for a few days. There are lots of beautiful spaces in the grounds to roll out a mat and flow through sun salutations, and it feels as though it was practically designed for meditation and mindful contemplation.
If you like to stay active in between lounging by the pool and reading (or writing) your novel in the library, you can walk along the beach, up to the ancient temples, explore the nearby National Park with a local guide, visit the stunning Menjangan Island or go diving in Pemuteran Bay.
Puri Ganesha is lovely in many ways, but for me it was the food that really sets it apart and makes the twisty, turny drive through the mountains, past the mystical lakes and up to this remote spot in the northwest corner of the island so worthwhile.
I adore Indonesian flavours and superlative chef and author of Rawfully Good, Diana von Cranach, has created one of the most delicious menus I’ve tasted in all of Indonesia. We were spoilt for choice, enjoying Balinese twists on English breakfast classics like Eggs Benedict (which came on toasted tempe), juices, teas, elixirs, delicious, vibrant Asian salads for lunch and light, fresh evening meals of fish and chicken served in banana leaves, bamboo pots and innumerable other quirks conjured up in Diana’s fertile, creative imagination!
Our inimitable hostess doesn’t do things by the book. Diana is endlessly experimental with her recipes, creating modern, unusual dishes that are born of her deep knowledge of the history and culture of Indonesian spices and ingredients. We sat for hours listening to stories about her extraordinary life and adventures through food that have taken her to all corners of the globe.
Diana sources all her ingredients from close by to support her local community, and many of her dedicated staff have been with her for over 10 years. It’s a pleasure to watch them meticulously tending the gardens, preparing beautiful meals that assault the senses and ensuring the villas are always immaculate and welcoming.
At Puri Ganesha, Diana and her team will work with you to manifest whatever adventures and experiences you can imagine so you that have the holiday that up to now, has only existed in your dreams.
CONTACT: +62 857 3791 4986; www.puriganesha.com
PRICE: £284 per night (minimum stay of two nights)
NEAREST AIRPORT: Ngurah Rai International
TRANSFER TIME: 3.5hrs