No shopping, no need to go out to eat, just stay here and relax

“We were so happy with our time here – five nights in such a remote location might not appeal to all, but we loved it. After a long drive from the airport (unfortunately on a holiday Sunday which extended the time), we were charmed by our greeting. Although we’d booked a one bedroom villa, we were delighted to be given a two bedroom with a choice of a king size bed both upstairs and downstairs – or we could pick and choose! We also had a choice of three balconies to sit on – to watch the sunrise or sunset if we wished. The rooms are very comfortable – deliberately not with every 5 star inclusion – but we found out that if we lacked something we could request it and it was willingly provided. All rooms are furnished with Balinese art and objects and most are available for purchase (good if you miss the shops!). The spa also has a great range of desirable objects for purchase.

Talking of the spa, I managed to fit in 4 treatments and was lucky enough to find Wayan for my first and then book In with him again. He is a wonderful intuitive masseur and had a good insight into the treatment that was best for me and also gave me some practical advice. In fact, I enjoyed my treatments in Sanak so much (this included a facial on my last day), that I cancelled the massage I’d booked in Ubud and don’t feel the need for any more at the moment. Maybe I’ll change when we move to Seminyak later this week!

We took two of the tours offered by Sanak – one was a trek with a local guide – around the nearby village and then down to the waterfall for a swim. If I’d realized this involved hundreds of steps down a steep path (my husband tells me I’m exaggerating), I probably wouldn’t have done it! However, our guide, Arca, constantly helped me down stony steps and across streams patiently holding my hand tightly. It is a beautiful waterfall and refreshing, unfortunately there had been a lot of rain the previous night, so the climb was a bit slippery too, and also the rocks around the waterfall were still wet so there was nowhere to sit and difficult to change in and out of our costumes on such rocky ground. Arca carried towels and water for us, which was great.

We also took a tour with Giusti – very knowledgeable and personable – we chose to visit the hot springs ((public baths), the Buddhist temple and then Lovina beach. We bought delicious fish & chips from the Buda Bakery at Lovina and sat with Giusti on the black sand to watch the sunset and the full moon come out.

The food at Sanak was excellent and well priced, and we didn’t mind at all that we couldn’t visit a different restaurant every night. There are a few dishes you need to order 24 hours in advance and we can particularly recommend them – the Balinese duck and another chicken dish – they were both excellent. Breakfast is generous although the service could be a little more leisurely in such a tranquil setting.

Sebastian, ably helped by Neni, heads up a great team and all the staff are charming and extremely helpful including purchasing some local goods on our behalf. Our farewell was as warm as our welcome and we do hope to return there one day.”