the past two and a half decades many of the true Bali-philes have
made their way to Poppies. Today, despite being a veritable institution,
Poppies Cottages Bali is still being discovered by those
new to the delights of Bali as well as those wishing to escape the
glitz and glamour of grandiose hotels.
Poppies Bali offers just twenty luxuriously appointed thatch-roofed
cottages that nestle in gardens of hibiscus, scented jasmine, and
frangipani. Red brick paths meander past lily ponds, waterfalls,
and time-worn stone figures, watched over by the towering palms
of an ancient coconut grove.
In a secluded corner of the garden is the swimming pool and jacuzzi
area, set amongst natural rocks and cascades, discreet sun-bathing
terraces and riotous banks of bougainvillea. Steps lead up to a
peaceful reading room, and to the intimate pool bar, a cool escape
for drinks or lunch.
The quaint Balinese exterior of each cottage, with
its private garden and breakfast terrace, belies the spacious and
well thought out rooms that lie within. The interiors are decorated
with colourful Indonesian fabrics, and include a host of thoughtfully
provided creature comforts as well as local arte-facts and discreet
design details. Adjoining every room is a hidden garden area that
conceals a charming bathroom featuring a sunken marble bathtub and