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"It's a good idea to obey all the rules when you're young just so you'll have the strength to break them when you're old." -- Mark Twain

276--Bali: Mick's Place & Ulu Watu
@ CherieSpotting     Jan 21 2005 - 20:18 PST
cherie writes: I rarely write about hotels. They don't interest me. It's the people that define a country. It's the food, the smells, the writing, and the art. The hotels are merely where you sleep to absorb the essence of the culture.

But I am making an exception for Mick's Place in Bingin, near Ulu Watu, Bali. Mick's Place isn't a hotel, it is one Austrailian surfer's dream come true. It is four huts and an infinity pool precariously placed on a cliff overlooking the vast Indian Ocean. Huts isn't the right word. Maybe "five-star huts" describes the place better. Sure, there is no electricity. But the huts are lit by the soft glow of stars and candles.

Margaret spent her last day in Bali there and Hannah spent her first. After dropping Margaret off at the airport, I picked Hannah (who flew in from Thailand to travel with me) a few hours later. Mick's Place is a hotel-hut that its privileged guests never forget.

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The view from Mick's Place, a little slice of paradise.

The view from Mick's Place, a little slice of paradise.

Margaret...I think she wants to stay a few days longer.

Margaret...I think she wants to stay a few days longer.

Can you see the rainbow?

Can you see the rainbow?

So cool and refreshing!

So cool and refreshing!

Don't look down.  I can't help it.

Don't look down. I can't help it.

Margaret likes the view.

Margaret likes the view.

Margaret and Cherie at Mick's Place.

Margaret and Cherie at Mick's Place.

The view from Mick's pool.

The view from Mick's pool.

That's our hut.

That's our hut.

This is where we eat our daily breakfast.

This is where we eat our daily breakfast.

The beach below.

The beach below.

The view of the vast Indian Ocean.

The view of the vast Indian Ocean.

Mick, of Mick's Place.

Mick, of Mick's Place.

Hannah and Cherie, reunited after traveling in Thailand a month together.

Hannah and Cherie, reunited after traveling in Thailand a month together.

Hannah relaxing.

Hannah relaxing.

There's our hut, covered in flower petals.

There's our hut, covered in flower petals.

Bali really is everything the travel books rave about.

Bali really is everything the travel books rave about.

The huts below.

The huts below.

A newly married couple admires the view.

A newly married couple admires the view.

Mick smiles in his self-built piece of paradise.

Mick smiles in his self-built piece of paradise.

After sliding down the muddy trail (look at my leg), I examine the beach below.

After sliding down the muddy trail (look at my leg), I examine the beach below.

The water feels so good!

The water feels so good!

The beautiful earth meets the gorgeous sky.

The beautiful earth meets the gorgeous sky.

I like it here!  I like it a lot.

I like it here! I like it a lot.

A fisherman untangles his net.

A fisherman untangles his net.

Those knots take a long time to get out.

Those knots take a long time to get out.

Margaret by the Indian Ocean.

Margaret by the Indian Ocean.

Hannah getting her feet wet.

Hannah getting her feet wet.

Cherie in the water.

Cherie in the water.

Don't trip on that rock!  Or is that a boulder?

Don't trip on that rock! Or is that a boulder?

Beauty and the beach.

Beauty and the beach.

A fisherman wades through the waves.

A fisherman wades through the waves.

He lays out his net.

He lays out his net.

We watch as the fisherman attends to the net's minor details.

We watch as the fisherman attends to the net's minor details.

This shot was taken exactly one second after the fisherman grabbed Hannah's breast.

This shot was taken exactly one second after the fisherman grabbed Hannah's breast.

After feeling Hannah up, the men go back to fishing.

After feeling Hannah up, the men go back to fishing.

Why does amazing beauty so often have to include amazing spiders?

Why does amazing beauty so often have to include amazing spiders?

Hannah gets a double massage.

Hannah gets a double massage.

Annie is one of the friendly employees at Mick's Place.

Annie is one of the friendly employees at Mick's Place.

Cherie and Hannah on edge.

Cherie and Hannah on edge.

Land, sea and friendship.

Land, sea and friendship.

Cherie near Pura Luhur Ulu Watu.

Cherie near Pura Luhur Ulu Watu.

Hannah and Cherie enjoying the view at Ulu Watu.

Hannah and Cherie enjoying the view at Ulu Watu.

Hey, hey we're the monkeys.

Hey, hey we're the monkeys.

Why does Hannah bother doing her hair?

Why does Hannah bother doing her hair?

Vertigo.

Vertigo.

Cherie and Hannah.

Cherie and Hannah.

What?

What?

The wild cliffs of Ulu Watu.

The wild cliffs of Ulu Watu.

Beauty that steals you breath.

Beauty that steals you breath.

Monkeys near Ulu Watu.

Monkeys near Ulu Watu.

A monkey and her baby watching the sunset.

A monkey and her baby watching the sunset.

A temple with a view.

A temple with a view.

The monkeys gather to watch the sunset.

The monkeys gather to watch the sunset.

Villagers perform a Kecak dance near the Ulu Watu temple.

Villagers perform a Kecak dance near the Ulu Watu temple.

In the warm light of the sunset, the girls dance.

In the warm light of the sunset, the girls dance.

You don't have to know what's going on to be entertained by a Balinese dance performance.

You don't have to know what's going on to be entertained by a Balinese dance performance.

You never know what's going to pop out next.

You never know what's going to pop out next.

Wild fires at sunset.

Wild fires at sunset.

Cherie with two Balinese dancers.

Cherie with two Balinese dancers.

Cherie at the edge of the infinity pool near Mick's Place in Bingin, near Ulu Watu, Bali.

Cherie at the edge of the infinity pool near Mick's Place in Bingin, near Ulu Watu, Bali.

Cherie and Margaret enjoy a Balinese sunset.

Cherie and Margaret enjoy a Balinese sunset.

The last dinner with our friend Nyomen.

The last dinner with our friend Nyomen.