Ketut took me for a motorcycle ride to Banjar Hills ploughing trough paddy fields and an ashram. I was truly reliving the life of Elizabeth Gilbert in Bali while she is busy spending her bestselling travel book royalties with her newly found love.
We stopped by at a wihara to seek shelter due to heavy rain. I suddenly felt in love with the grandiose entrance door of the wihara. Seriously, I want the same exact beautifully carved wooden door for my mansion one fine day.
Banjar Hot Springs, Dencarik is located in the hills above Lovina beach. It is believed to be able to heal diseases. This hot springs have dragon-like figurines with mouths gushing water in a lush garden setting. The compound caters for a large pond and two small ponds. My favourite pond was the smallest of all with water gushing from a distinct height. That served as a good neck message. Changing rooms and lockers are provided in this place.
To get to Banjar Hot Springs is not as easy as reading roadside signs. You have to pass-by Balinese houses, a wihara (Buddhist temple), rows of shophouses and vineyards. And not to mention the small roads that leads you to god-knows-where. The easiest way is to have a tourist guide. If you get lucky, you will find Ketut, my Balinese ojek driver.
It was refreshing and indeed another worldly pleasure. The entrance fee is IDR5,000.00 inclusive of the parking of the ojek.