After thouroughly exploring Ubud, we headed up to the quiet beach town of Lovina. And when I say quiet, I definitely mean quiet. There was barely anyone there. We seemed to be one of maybe four or five people staying in our hotel, which was off of the main street of town, but still it was a pretty nice place. I went for a walk on the beach when we arrived and pretty much had the place to myself! It reminded me of the good ole’ days on Ko Jum. I could walk for miles and barely see one person. The sand was also black, which I had never seen before, and although I didn’t go into the water (it was extremely murky and definitely uninviting) it was an absolutely beautiful sight. There were beautiful clouds, boats speckled the water, and the beach seemed to stretch on forever.
At night, we walked down to the main stretch of town and it literally felt deserted. We asked where all the people were and the answer we received was that June and July were Lovina’s busy season, definitely not April. There were rows of cute little restaurants, each with one or two people in them, and shops full of sarongs and trinkets, but that’s about it. We ate at a great little Italian restaurant and then decided to head back since the nightlife wasn’t too hopping.
Our last day in Lovina was unfortunately cloudy for the most part, which discouraged me because I of course wanted to work on my tan! It was a lazy morning and then we rented motorbikes (with drivers of course) to the Banjar Hot Springs. I was expecting this grandiose and intricate collection of pools, but what I got was one big pool with a couple on the side and the smell of eggs filling the air. The hot spring was nice and warm and I spent some time in the water, but it honestly wasn’t anything too special. I was hoping to hike around in the hills surrounding the hot springs, but there was no direct access from the area. Supposedly there are some trails around, but we were unable to find them.
I can see that Lovina is an up in coming place. Construction sites for nice hotels, bungalows, and apartment buildings line the quiet beach and people will be filling the sand and water in no time. I’m glad I got to see it when it was quiet and relaxing and free of drunk travelers doing stupid things!