Photo: Relaxing at Toya Devasya.

Toya Bungkah Hot Springs

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Toya Bungkah village, at the base of Gunung Batur, offers a number of geothermally heated springs — a relaxing way to loosen those tired muscles after climbing the volcano.

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Spring water in the area is clear and without any sulphuric odour and locals claim all sorts of healing properties from the mineral-rich waters. Water temperatures range from lukewarm to slightly hotter, though there are no scalding-hot pools, and most are generally warmer in the early morning. Even though several hot springs have the word “natural” in their name, don’t expect a natural environment, as all here are comprised of tiled pools. Toya Devasya Natural Hot Spring Resort and Batur Natural Hot Spring are both located on the edge of Lake Batur with infinity pools and great views, while the less expensive, smaller and “more local” versions are closer to the volcano.

Toya Devasya, the more upmarket of the lakeside springs had been recently renovated when we visited in May 2016, segregating the springs into a local section and a foreign section, with separate facilities and prices. Foreigners are able to mix with the locals, but locals are barred from the foreign section. Manicured grounds are dotted with clean hot pools and the local section provides an almost Olympian size regular cool swimming pool too. Change facilities, toilets and restaurants are also segregated.

Poolside at Toya Devasya. Photo taken in or around Toya Bungkah Hot Springs, Gunung Batur, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Poolside at Toya Devasya. Photo: Sally Arnold

All facilities were clean, though when we had visited in the past this was not the case — let’s hope the renovations bring regular upkeep. Entry fee for foreign tourists is 150,000 rupiah which includes a welcome drink, locker and towel (and run of the place). For domestic tourists (with restricted entry), it’s 60,000 rupiah, which doesn’t include the towel or locker — these are available to hire at 10,000 rupiah for a towel and 20,000 rupiah for a locker. Massages and beauty treatments are offered at the onsite spa. An overpriced campground and villa-style accommodation is part of the ... Travelfish members only (Around 700 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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