Dave Mailman takes a closer look at the hidden pleasures of the low season in Bali
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 November, 2017 - As we move into the months of November to March, things are calming down swell-wise in the Indian Ocean. Although many people don’t know it, the “off-season” in Bali is actually a great time to visit. Of course, the best place to stay is on the beautiful Bukit peninsula at S Resorts Hidden Valley, and we’re giving you even more reason to book now with our special offer: Stay 5 nights, Pay for 4.
Always the gracious host, Irish ex-pat and General Manager, Ken Byrne loves the hidden pleasures of the low season:
“Bali in the off season is equally as nice and mystical as it always is. The weather changes, which is actually a great thing as it makes for a more comfortable climate. The popular areas to visit like Seminyak, the Bukit, Kuta and Ubud are much quieter and more enchanting. Everything looks that much greener, and listening to a few rain drops dance on the roof while enjoying a relaxing Balinese massage makes the experience even more pleasurable.”
S Resorts Hidden Valley is in close proximity to all the breaks of south Bali’s east and west coast, thus covering all-year-round surf season. The Perfect Wave runs the resort’s surf centre, with an extensive range of quality surfboards for hire. Rest assured that Hank and Marcel, our very funny, friendly and fully certified surf guides will make sure you’re in the waves best adapted to your skill level with the least amount of other surfers in the water.
Admittedly, the surf doesn’t pump like it does in June, July and August, meaning you probably won’t be surfing the Outside Corner at Uluwatu or pulling into big barrels at Padang Padang, but there is still plenty of surf to be had, breaks to explore and wave sizes that are much more manageable for less seasoned surfers. As Ken says, “Early windless mornings on the Bukit are that much more enjoyable with only a handful of surfers, and our surf vehicle will also take you to east Bali breaks like Nusa Dua, Sanur and further north at Keramas, where the surf conditions are the best at that time of year”.
Surrounded by banana trees, palms, and other lush, bright green, Balinese vegetation, the resort itself is like a little slice of paradise. The buildings and accommodations have been beautifully constructed with eco-friendly materials like recycled wood, and blend into the natural environment in perfect harmony. Well-manicured tropical gardens decorate the grounds and the four swimming pools, which each feature decks, sun lounges, and BBQ areas. There’s also a pool just for the kids.
The traditional Lumbung villas, with fantastic views from the upstairs bedrooms, and the cottages located in a private village adjoining the main resort offer a true taste of Balinese architecture. They’ve been built around a luxurious private swimming pool with a swim up bar, great for refreshing midday fruit juices or relaxing sunset cocktails.
The main resort features deluxe rooms with ocean views, or views of the common grounds from the gardens to the pool. There are also two, spacious executive suites with private Jacuzzis for a little extra-special rest and relaxation whenever you feel the need. Of course, all accommodations are air-conditioned and come with a personal safe, minibar and a flat-screen satellite TV, with complimentary slippers and toiletries in the en suite bathrooms.
The in-house restaurant specialises in both local and western cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
When you’re not surfing, exploring or working on your tan, pamper yourself with a visit to the spa for a massage or body treatment. S Resorts Hidden Valley also offers yoga classes in a breath-taking setting to help your body feel relaxed and flexible, and get you ready to take on the day, or in fine form for an evening of fun. The New Kuta Golf Course is just 5 minutes away, as is Padang Padang Beach, and the Garuda Wisnu Kencana tropical cultural park is only 10 minutes from the resort.
Outside of the beauty, cultural experiences, great surf and other activities that Bali offers, and resort itself, it’s the people at S Resorts Hidden Valley who will make your stay an experience of a lifetime. As Ken explains, it starts with your ride in from the airport:
“All of our drivers are delightful, especially Suki. With his amazing smile, charm and exceptional Balinese personality, he’ll be your friend in minutes, and keep you entertained from door to door with stories of all the quirky elements of the island, and everything you need to know about the amazing local culture.”
Once you arrive, Vita’s warm personality and beautiful smile will make you feel relaxed and welcome from the moment you check in, as will everyone else who calls S Resorts Hidden Valley their home. In Ken’s own words:
“We like to think of the resort as our home, and you’re a friend staying with us. It’s a delight to introduce you to all the joys of living here, the secret spots and little surprises that the Island of the Gods has to offer. Bali will deliver everything you’ve dreamt of and wished for, your very own ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ experience included. It’s with pleasure that we welcome you to our own little paradise here on the Bukit, and will help you make your stay ever more amazing in any way we can.”