The guest house

The guest house Bali Sandat is a piece of original Bali: It is located right by the Pacific Ocean, in the northeast of the island, on the edge of the village Bondalem, and far away from mass tourism. It is surrounded by nature in all its glory – tropical sounds and smells and the sea with its abundance of colourful corals. A little piece of paradise that invites you to snorkel, swim, dream and enjoy. On the large property coconut palms, mango, papaya, banana and rambutan trees beckon to be admired and sampled.

Among the fragrant frangipani trees, a small temple waits to be discovered. The two-storey house itself is built in Balinese style from natural materials and furnished with bamboo and rattan furniture. All four rooms feature a traditional half-open bath/shower with a view of the starry night sky. Large terraces overlooking the sea invite you to relax and linger. The kitchen spoils you culinarily with Balinese dishes, which are always prepared from fresh fruits and vegetables.

The village of Bondalem

In the northeast of the island Bali lies the village of Bondalem, with approx. 5000 inhabitants. Bondalem is a Bali Hindu village where the traditional rites of Bali are very much alive. There is a village market, and Bondalem has its own temple celebrations right by the sea, which are very much worth experiencing. The sea, with its corals and colorful fish, invites you to snorkel, dive and swim. The families make their living from fishing, harvesting their coffee, clove and fruit trees, or they are craftsmen, guides or drivers …

The North of Bali

The North of Bali offers a complete contrast to the vibrant south, it is much calmer and more relaxed. With its mysterious mountains, lakes, volcanic landscapes and mystical beaches, it is the perfect holiday destination for all those who long for a dream holiday. An environment rich in tradition, and tropical gardens located right by the Indian Ocean invite you with their powerful silence to let go, relax and recharge your batteries. The rushing waterfalls, landscapes which are partly cultivated and partly untouched, coastal stretches with white and black volcanic sand, as well as the gently sloping sandy beaches offer an incredible variety of flora and fauna.

The Island of Bali

Bali is an island belonging to Indonesia with an area of 2.230 square miles in the Indian Ocean between Java and Lombok with a tropical warm average climate. The capital of the island is Denpasar. Bali stretches 59 miles from the North to the South, and 90 miles from its western tip to the eastern tip. With an altitude of 10.308 feet, the volcano Gunung Agung (“Great Mountain”) is the highest mountain of the island. For the Balinese it is the seat of the gods.

Those who set out to gain more trust become richer with every step.

Bali for me

Bali is definitely worth a visit for its impressive temples, unique Hindu/Buddhist culture, famous rice terraces, great diving possibilities, beautiful natural diversity and warm-hearted people. But for me Bali means much more: “Breathe deeply and find inner peace”, in the midst of all the wonderfully inspiring places, a balance between dynamics (experience, enthusiasm) and contemplation (devotion, admiration) – draw strength!

There are different inspirations. The best is silence.

Facts about Bali

Flora and Fauna:
In Bali, up to six vegetation zones can be found in a very small space:

  1. Tropical dry forest: It used to cover mainly the dry North and West, where the dry season can last up to eight months.
  2. Tropical rainforest: In the past, the tropical mountain forest could be found on all mountain peaks above 2.600 to 5.000 feet. Today there are only small remnants. These forests are very important water catchment areas for the underlying regions, some of which are densely populated, and provide effective protection against erosion.
  3. Wet savanna: The wet savanna of Bali is similar to that of East Africa. In Bali, the wet savannas are located primarily on the southern and dry peninsula, where the soil consists mainly of limestone and can therefore store little water.
  4. Mangrove forests: They grow in the tidal area of rivers and sea coasts. The only mangrove forests are in the Southeast and West of Bali.
  5. Lava landscape: These vegetation-free lava landscapes can be found near volcanic craters.
  6. Cultural landscape: Today this takes up most of the island.

Monkeys, especially macaques, are also common outside protected reserves. Lizards, such as agamas, monitor lizards, skinks and geckos can be found all over the island, and snakes are also numerous. The large mammals are represented by wild boar and red deer. There are still 30-40 specimens of Javanese wild cattle living in the national park, as well as many different bird species, including the Balistar, which can only be found in Bali.

Population and Faith
Bali is the only region outside of India, Nepal and Mauritius with a Hindu majority. Most Balinese profess the Hindu Dharma religion, the Balinese form of Hinduism. Hinduism arrived in Bali in the 8th to 9th centuries. Religious rites and festivals accompany the people from birth to death and beyond death. They form the bedrock of family cohesion and the community spirit of the village. Religious rites take effect in the foundation of a village, they order family life and provide ethical guidelines for the whole people. Holidays, public festivities and gatherings are always introduced by a temple ceremony.
Everything in nature has its own power that reflects the power of the gods.
Bali is called the “Island of a Thousand Temples”. Each Hindu-Banyar is home to three temples: the Pura Puseh (temple of origin), the Pura Desa (temple of the great council) and the Pura Dalem (temple of death).
The employment of the population can be broken down into…
59 % Agriculture
19 % Trade in handicraft, textiles, construction
22 % Tourism-related trade, finance, hotels and restaurants

Most Balinese are still employed in agriculture. The interior of the island is too mountainous for agriculture, and the narrow coastlines in the North and East are only suitable to a limited extent. The main cultivation area is in the flat and very fertile South of the island. Rice is the staple food, and the most important crop of the island.

Bali Om

The Balinese “Om” is a sign of spirituality coupled with timeless culture. It represents the natural forces (see explanation of signs) in harmony with the cosmos.

The sound of Om signifies the synergy of body, mind and soul and thus the feeling of absolute harmony. All sounds of the universe and their primal energy can be traced back to the Om. It is also called “Ongkara”. It transfers personal intention to the reality of nature and thus to the principle of the universe.

Om consists of the syllables “A”, “U” and “M” and represents three Indian deities as well as the Christian Trinity of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. It also reflects the past, present and future as well as eternity.