It feels like an eternity since we were in Bali when in fact I was there just last week on a business trip. I spent almost three weeks in the gorgeous island of Bali but my pasty white skin and my sand free luggage would deceive you in a heartbeat. I loved every second of my business trip but missed my boys and hubby just way too much. The few free hours I had I used to get some rest as I wasn’t really interested in doing any sightseeing with out my best travel buddies.
On our last visit to Bali in April we saw parts of Bali we had never seen before. We visited a royal palace and loved immersing ourselves in the waters of the Tirta Gangga Water Palace. Our last stop in Bali was the Taman Ujung Water Palace. This palace was built by the same royal family that funded the Puri Agung Karangsem.
Located in the midst of a lagoon and rice paddies within the volcano studded elevations of Bali the Taman Ujung Water Palace was used a summer home by the Karangsem Royal family.As soon as we arrived we noticed we were not the only visitors to this gorgeous palace. The boys were so excited to have some room to roam free and immediately started exploring their surroundings.
Balinese architecture and nature blended in harmony in this gorgeous summer home that would be the perfect refuge for anyone looking for serenity within the chaos of Indonesia.I was just so happy to have discovered such a place. Sure, we had seen the fun and kid friendly Bali and many of the temples, but this place was so unique that I now consider it a must see for anyone visiting Bali.
Evan and Josh started making friends right away. We were one of the few foreign families on site and we were obviously subject to many paparazzi shots. Josh was so excited to be able to roam free. Apartment living has many benefits but
I the kids definitely miss being able to run wild once in a wild. Evan was both intrigued and scared by all the animals at the palace. I wish I had recorded their interaction since it was just hilarious. The boys were very curious to see and touch the animals but would startle at their every move.
Stunning blue skies crowned this fabulous visit while the smile of the locals warmed our hearts and souls. Indonesia has been a great place for our family and I just keep thinking about all the things we will miss as we depart in a few months.
Within the palace itself an exhibition portraying the regular uses for this palace revealed that this place was used as a guest house for many renowned visitors. The view from inside was just breathtaking as the windows framed the beautiful architecture and lush greenery.
After about 45 minutes walking around and taking it all in we started heading out but stopped every few meters to admire the wonderful palace and the many intricate details speckled throughout the venue. The stonework was so impressive and the gardens were kept in a perfectly manicured manner.
Taman Ujung is definitely worth visiting if you are in East Bali. The kids will enjoy running around and everyone will appreciate the thoughtfulness and love put into building this place. Outside the palace street food stands will be able to satiate any appetite or at least quench your thirst with the many cool drinks available.
Taman Ujung Water Palace
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