The direct road from Denpasar to Lovina traverses some of Bali’s prettiest hill country, with views of dormant volcanoes and three crater lakes. At about 1,300m (4,300), the spring – like climate has made Bedugul – the village has lent its name to the whole area into something of mountain retreat. The Bali Botanical Gardens and orchid nurseries are both at their best in the rainy season and make an agreeable place for a stroll or a picnic at any time. Candi Kuning market nearby is bright with flowers and superb fruits, ranked as one of Bali’s most photogenic until its recent refurbishing with garish colors and tacky statues. There are water sport facilities on Lake Bratan, while the lakeside temple of Pura Ulun Danu. Pancasari has variety of attractive cottages style hotels, and the views of the mountain side towering above Lake Buyan in the distance, seen from the championship golf course at Bali Handara Kosaido Country Club, are superb. The road winds its way up to the old crater rim above the lake. You will find monkeys congregating wherever you decide to stop and look at the view.