Tuesday, May 03, 2011

16-21 September 2010 - Last trip to Bali

This post is looooooooooooong overdue. But rather late than never! The reason I haven't been blogging is because we no longer live in Jakarta. Maybe having had a baby (now 1 year old) might also have something to do with my lack of blogging.

We moved to Neu-Isenburg, Germany (10km from Frankfurt) in October and sadly Asian Sky is no more ;-(. But, I feel like I have to finalise the blog and end off our time in Indo though and the below post is on our last trip to Bali.

Thursday, 16 September - We were met at the airport by our trusty driver, Nyoman that drove us around for the 6 days we spent in Bali. Like the previous times we used him, he was always on time, friendly, helpful and a pleasure to have as a driver. I would highly recommend booking Nyoman for your next trip to Bali. His rates are really reasonable and very competitive. Contact: http://www.santorinibalitours.com/ or Tel: +62 361 9194412

It was approx. 1 hour 30 min drive to Bedugul where we spent one night at the highest golf course in Indonesia, Bali Handara. Marc really enjoyed the golf and I particularly enjoyed the colder climate.

The hotel however was a disappointment, really old and dated. We checked in and was rather annoyed and put off by how dirty the room was. The curtains were grey and dusty, the bed sheets tatty and it didn't look like they had vacuumed the room in weeks not to mention the big flies flying around that we couldn't seem to get rid of.

Thankfully the staff were very accommodating and did their best to clean the room up. It is amazing what a good wipe with some disinfectant, a dust cloth, a good vacuum and clean curtains and bed sheets can do. Which is kind of what one expects for $90 per night? Unless this hotel has improved drastically in the past couple of months, I wouldn't recommend it.
The best thing about this hotel was the golf (according to my Marc and the beautiful scenic views all around.

Friday, 17 September - We were up early and after a deciding bad breakfast we were happy to be on our way to Seminyak. We arrived at the Bali Agung Village at around 10:30, and were lucky enough to check in early. We were booked into a garden view room which with a baby was just not suitable as there was no space to move around. Luckily they did have an Ocean view bungalow available which we quickly upgraded to.
We were happy to have more space for the baby bed and of course the added bonus of a sea view.

The gazebo right outside our bungalow.

The pool is great. It also has a kiddies pool which was perfect for Svea's first swim.
The restaurant serves a good selection of western and Asian food. It is also a great place to sit and watch the waves rolling in, especially if it's a rainy day.
The dive centre right next door to the hotel was very convenient and Marc thoroughly enjoyed the diving.

We really enjoyed our 3 night stay at Bali Agung Villiage and the streets of Seminyak with a selection of restaurants and fantastic shopping was great.

Monday, 20 September - We decided to end our Bali trip off in Sanur at the Tajung Sari Hotel.
This hotel has a real old world charm and ensures for a relaxed.
We stayed in the Village Baru bungalow, which was a real treat with it's lovely private gazibo where we enjoyed a great dinner, fantastic outdoor shower not to mention all the space in the room.

The pool area is basically an extention of the beach. Sitting on the terrace felt like being on the beach which was great.

We were sad to end our trip, knowing that we were going to leave Indo in a couple of weeks. We do hope to return in the future though, as Bali still is on the top of our "Great holiday destinations" list.

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