This was the state of shock Kels and I were in when we discovered the surprise waiting for us in a beautiful Balinese garden. Somewhere along the line, Villa Mathis decided to spoil us (rotten) by surprising us with a romantic dinner. Now if there was ever an understatement made, it was the title of “Romantic Dinner”, for what was truly the night of a lifetime. A romantic dinner to us means a bottle of wine and a movie at home. If we’re really splurging, it means dinner out, followed by a walk through our favorite parts of the city. What it sure as hell doesn’t mean is a rose petal lined walkway, leading to a candle lit gazebo and our own personal infinity pool. It definitely doesn’t include painstakingly detailed flower-art, nor does it entail hanging lanterns in the garden and gourmet cuisine. And yet SOMEHOW, this is what we literally fell into at Villa Mathis… and we’ll be forever grateful.
It’s not like us to go to such efforts for romance, as we spend so much time planning our adventures and traveling. In a sense, adventure has become a big way we share and discover romantic moments. That said, this was a great reminder that sometimes getting dressed up, lighting the candles, and getting spoiled is important as well. The summary of our experience wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t give due credit to Gede- Bali’s greatest bartender! Here is a guy who doesn’t ask you what you want to drink, instead asks you what spirits you like, and like the mixologist-wizard he is, concocts you a drink you didn’t even know you loved yet. An incredibly genuine person, we learned much about Balinese culture from Gede.
By now, we’re used to being impressed by the beauty and hospitality always present at Secret Retreats‘ properties, but sharing an evening of wine and romance with glowing rice fields in the backdrop; was something we could never have expected. It can be tough to sum up how sharing a night like this with your love makes you feel, so I think I’ll let somebody else do it more eloquently:
“I am a better person when I let myself have the time for romance and for love.” Diane Kruger