Air Panas Banjar
Air Panas Banjar information
Not far from Brahma Vihara Arama, these hot springs percolate amid lush tropical plants. You can relax here for a few hours and have lunch at the restaurant, or even stay the night.
Eight fierce-faced carved stone naga (mythical serpents) pour water from a natural hot spring into the first bath, which then overflows (via the mouths of five more naga), into a second, larger pool. In a third pool, water pours from 3m-high spouts to give you a pummelling massage. The water is slightly sulphurous and pleasantly hot (about 38°C), so you might enjoy it more in the morning or evening than in the heat of the Balinese day. You must wear a swimsuit and you shouldn’t use soap in the pools, but you can do so under an adjacent outdoor shower.
Overlooking the baths, a casual cafe (dishes 8000-20,000Rp) has the usual Indonesian menu, which only gets better thanks to the view.
It’s only about 3km from the Buddhist monastery to the hot springs if you take the short cut – go down to Banjar Tega, turn left in the centre of the village and follow the small road west, then south to Banjar village. From there, it’s a short distance uphill before you see the ‘Air Panas 1km’ sign on the left (on the corner by the police station). From the bemo stop on the main road to the hot springs you can take an ojek; going back is a 2.4km downhill stroll.