Bali + Ayana Villas + love

The greatest luxury on earth is spending time with the person you’re in love with. Couple that with an Ocean View Villa at Ayana Resort and Spa and life is beyond sweet.

The Spark and I arrived at the resort on a Friday night, tired but happy, and were greeted with frangipani leis and quirky basil and soursop welcome concoctions. The reception area where you check in is pure wow – a dramatically lit central pagoda in a pond that floats surreally in darkness.

After you’ve checked in, your personal butler (!) drives you to your villa and shows you around. From the carved stone bathtub filled with rose petals, to the ceiling covered with traditional Balinese paintings, to the four poster bed where I would’ve been happy to spend the rest of my life, the whole effect is dazzling, like drinking Champagne too fast in too bright sun.

The main feature – the one that really rocked our already-quite-rocked world was revealed when we stepped outside into the inky tropical night; we had our own infinity plunge pool overlooking a moonlit Indian Ocean. Magic.

We did what all self-respecting water babies would do – stripped off and jumped in.

Sometimes in life you get that sense that everything that came before – all the sorrow and struggle and loss – was for a reason. That’s how I felt right then; that everything was leading to this one perfect moment.

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