I can't speak too highly of the care the owner,Barbara, gave us on our recent visit. We booked our stay over the internet, including arranging their driver to pick us up from the airport (at a reasonable price). The entire experience was seamless and we arrived in paradise a couple of hours later, welcomed with a cool drink. Our bungalow was beside the pool, with a comfortable day bed, loungers and a small table and chairs on the verandah. The back of the room looked out onto Mt Agus and was surrounded by paddy fields. The room was simply but tastefully furnished with delightful carved furniture, the fan and mosquito nets were fine. The room and bathroom were clean and well maintained. Breakfast and afternoon tea are included in the room price. They also offer a reduced tariff for longer stays. Breakfast (including nasi goreng and mee goreng) was delicious and the coffee better than the average Balinese B&B (but still not a Melbourne espresso).
For a reasonable price Cabe Bali can provide lunch and dinner. This is useful as there's not any other dinning options nearby other than beside the water palace (a short walk through the fields by day but wouldn't risk it at night). There was no fish on the menu but Barbara was happy to get us some for the next night. The tempeh was wonderful. Vegetarians are well catered for, if you don't see something you want on the menu, just ask and they'll do the best they can.
Barbara is a valuable resource. Ask her where to change money, help you plan the rest of your trip, hire a driver...she's discerning and honest. She is German and her husband East Javanese. They appear to treat their staff well and run the small guesthouse with care and attention to detail. I really hope they don't retire before I have a chance to visit them again.
Cabe Bali was the perfect place for us to land, adjust to the time zone and change in temperature. The pace of life in Tirta Gangga is gentle (though if you're there during the full moon or other ceremonies bring ear plugs, the locals can be noisy). We enjoyed getting up at dawn to take pictures and observe local life and spending the afternoons lazing by the pool. If you're after nightlife, excitement or even a television, stay elsewhere and leave this beautiful place to those who appreciate life off the beaten track.
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- Also Known As:
- Cabe Bali Karangasem