A few weeks back we hopped on the bike and headed for the mountains. Kintamani, to be exact. It's a bit of a drive, but if you stop along the way for a kopi and Balinese cake it's not too bad.
Our destination was Batur Hot Springs at Toya Bungkah, next to Lake Batur. To reach the bottom of the valley you need to drive down a windy road, often passing huge trucks carrying stones from the volcanic area. Take it slow, and you'll be rewarded with a relaxing soak in bath temperature-like natural hot springs.
Entrance to the Batur Hot Springs is Rp. 150,000 per person (or Rp. 180,000 with lunch). This includes a welcome drink, fresh towel, and locker facilities where you can leave your personal belongings. Separate change rooms with showers are also available for both men and women.
There are several hot springs of varying temperatures, all with gorgeous mountain and lake views. There's also a shallow kiddies pool where children can splash around and have fun, and they even have a lifeguard on duty to keep things safe.
Have a spot of lunch at the lakeside restaurant, or grab a quick snack from the cafe before heading back to the pools for a leisurely soak.
The Bali Aga village of Trunyan is located on the shore directly opposite Batur Hot Springs. This traditional village is most well-known for its cemetery at Kuban, where the dead are not cremated or buried; instead they're laid out in bamboo cages to decompose.
If you're interested in experiencing an authentic Aga village, we would recommend going to the other one at Tenganan in East Bali which seems a lot friendlier and relaxed.
A visit to Batur Hot Springs is about 2.5 hours' drive from Kuta/Legian, and makes for a fun day trip to Kintamani. It's a great break away from the more touristy areas of the south, not to mention the benefits to your skin!
|Location||Desa Pekraman Batur, Toya Bungkah, Kintamani, Bangli, Bali|
|Tel||+62 81 338 325 552|
|Entrance Fee||Rp. 150,000 per person|