Spending a night at the Firefly Eco Lodge in Bali, Indonesia is an experience like no other. It is heading down the wrong path to think of this accommodation as something like a treehouse. Indeed, one should banish the word ‘house’ entirely from the description, and think instead of a basket or a nest. When sleeping at the heights provided by these structures, guests will certainly feel a little bird-like. This accommodation is definitely not for the faint-hearted, but those with a sense of adventure and a craving for the unusual are going to love it, and will never forget it. The resort is located directly in Ubud, the cultural heart and artistic center of the island of Bali, which is also home to the Aura House and Bambu Indah treehouses.
One of the first things to note is that the sleeping nests at the Firefly Eco Lodge are only accessible by ladder, and the ladder is not something that anyone with a Western upbringing would immediately think of. Rather, ascending footsteps have been carved out of incredibly long lengths of bamboo, and it is this verticle structure that provides access. The sleeping nests are constructed one atop the other, with the highest standing more than 5 meters off the ground. Guests enter through a small hole in the floor, which does not close. The walls are woven bamboo too, so by no means air-tight. The point of these nests is to connect their occupants with nature, and in this, they succeed spectacularly.
Guests may be surprised by how well they sleep at the Firefly Eco Lodge. The atmosphere is more than peaceful and of course, guests can see out through every gap in the weave. Those that need their bedroom to be completely free of wildlife (read; insects and the like) should not book a night here, nor should those strictly opposed to a cat in the bed!
Obviously, the nests at the Firefly Eco Lodge are for relaxing and sleeping. There are communal areas throughout the idyllic complex for further relaxation, bathing, swimming, and eating. Accommodation here can be booked through AirBnB from €10 per night and breakfast can be included for a minimal extra amount.
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