Before arriving at The Mulia, I have to confess I didn't know what to expect, I had heard that it was massive and wondered how a resort so large could pull off a luxury service. On our approach to the resort seeing the building looming in the distance I thought perhaps this wasn't the right fit for The Spa Spy.
Birthdays are funny ones. They are seen as milestone, a celebration, another year survived. Some dread it some welcome it but the point is it's the time you came into being on this planet. It's your first step, your first imprint. To have witnessed my son's birth makes that so much more apparent and I am starting to understand this complicated thing we call life.
Overlooking the terraced forests in the cooler central region of Ubud in Bali, Como Shambhala Estate sits within one of the most serene locations I have ever experienced. With forest noises ranging from an evening frog chorus from the lily ponds to the robust chattering of the larger variety of gecko...
We visited over the Christmas/New Year's holiday. Four days of torrential rain storms greeted us. My boyfriend hadn't been on a beach holiday in years, later asking me if I checked the weather report before booking the trip (oops, hello monsoon season). Luckily the rain lifted on day 5 and the next week was blissfully sunny.
There is something magical about riding a wave. It's that feeling of walking on air, adrenaline pumping, and yet somehow completely peaceful. Once you've done it once you understand why it's so addictive. So if you want a little taste of surf heaven, pack your wetsuit and your board and get ready to hit the waves of some of the greatest surfing spots around the world.