A perfect paradise
By JANN BURMESTER
A refreshing glass of icy cold hibiscus tea greets us as we arrive in Ubud hot and bothered after our one hour drive from Kuta.
"Have a seat, relax and we will take care of your reservation," the smiling and gracious young Balinese girl says.
We are directed to an intricately-carved lounge and everywhere we look we are greeted by smiling faces.
There is an immediate sense of peace and relaxation and we are surrounded by lush, verdant gardens, stone statues and lilly ponds brimming with huge white lillies.
The Honeymoon Guesthouse in Jalan Bisma in Ubud is breathtaking - a real tropical paradise away from the hustle and bustle of Bali's busy coastline.
Owners Janet De Neefe, an Australian who has lived in Bali for 20 years, and her Balinese husband Ketut and their staff will attend to your every need.
Their attention to detail is evident everywhere - from the 100 red hibiscus flowers which are placed fresh daily on every statue in their garden - to the always hot jug of water for those who cannot go without their tea or coffee.
Follow the winding pebbled paths and around every corner your eyes are ears are assaulted by images and sounds that make up this tranquil oasis.
A stunning, saltwater pool is the ideal place to escape the heat and humidity.
Accommodation at the guesthouse includes 16 individual thatched cottages.
We stayed in the Krishna room which featured a fabulous, four-poster, queen-size bed draped with mosquito net and a stunning stone and marble, open-air bathroom which featured a loo with a view.
Every bungalow has its own verandah where guests can enjoy a quiet cuppa, read a book or just contemplate their beautiful surroundings.
A satisfying breakfast of fresh fruit, fresh juice, toast, danishes or eggs is served daily.
The guesthouse is constantly full with many return visitors, so if you are planning to stay book early.
n The Honeymoon Guesthouse is located in Jalan Bisma, Ubud. Accommodation starts from about 220,000 rupiah (about A$32) a night including breakfast. More information and bookings available at firstname.lastname@example.org.