20.07.2012 - 21.07.2012 29 °C
We flew from Kuching back to Kuala Lumpur to fly to Bali as we could not find a flight that would take us directly to Bali. Our goal was to go to the Gili Islands in Indonesia and we were running out of days before our flight from Hong Kong would take us back to Canada. We had planned to fly to Hong Kong on Monday, July 23 and spend four days there. We ditched that plan as we chose beaches over shopping. One vote against (Daniel). Out voted. Bali bound. We travelled all day and arrived at the Dempasar airport in the evening. We were shocked at the gauntlet of money changers we had to pass on our way to get our luggage and then to be greeted by another hoard of people trying to help us with our backpacks. Luckily we had booked a place to stay very near the airport. The driver picked us up and we arrived at this quaint little hotel with only about 15 bugalows all surrounded by lush gardens and fronted by verandas to sit on in the evening. We were guided into a beautiful room where we sat with calming yoga studio like music, white table cloths and flowers. We were brought fresh cloths for our faces, followed by fresh juice before we were asked for passports for photocopying and paperwork to fill in. Our keys were handed to us and our luggage was delivered to our rooms all by handsome young men in traditional Indonesian dress complete with head bows; some with traditional skirt and waistband as well. What a lovely way to check into a hotel. It also had a large pool so the boys had a swim and I admired there small gazego for yoga postures. Our room was lovely with a large bed with canopy drape all around it for mosquito protection, a dining room/ livingroom and a bathroom where the tub did not have an outside wall and was open to a small garden. All this for $40 Cdn a night including a large breakfast of eggs, toast, ham, juice, coffee, and fruit plate.