Bali ~ Day One
Back in December of last year, the dad’s mileage was about to expire, and he had lots of mileage due too all his flying around for work. So, we decided to take a trip abroad and upgrade to business class in order to not have all those mileage go to waste. And by we, I mean the mom, the sister, and I. Unfortunately, the dad had to work so he couldn’t join us … we got to enjoy the fruits of the dad’s labor! Anyway, originally we thought of going to Hawaii but the cheapest hotel was full, so we set our sights on Bali. We went there before, back when the parents were still living in Indonesia, and we visited them during summer vacation. We had stayed on the eastern side of Bali that time at Nikko Bali Hotel, so we looked for resorts on the western side, which I read had nicer, more swimmable beaches … and we settled on Intercontinental Hotel. Since we were going not during high season, the prices were cheaper (we went with the China Airlines tour package with flight and hotel). However, it’s not high season in December because it’s the rainy season! So there were two afternoons when it poured like no tomorrow. But that’s an entry for another time.
The first day, we arrived in the afternoon, which was overcast and grey, but not rainy! or cold! Unlike Taipei during that time. But it was definitely humid. I’d forgotten how humid it was in Indonesia. Anyway, we stayed in the resort, exploring the grounds and just enjoying the idea that we were on vacation!
On our way to Bali~ Flying business class is so nice! Our seats were huge with lots of space, and the back could go pretty low. Not like 180, but close enough. The food was great. Made us wish we were flying further than just Bali (which is a 5 hour flight from Taipei). But hey, no complaining!
The hotel room was huge! Unfortunately, one of us had to sleep on the cot, so the sis and I alternated each night. The bathroom was huge too! The view outside our balcony was to the swimming area and you could see the sea beyond the resort grounds. Lucky for us, because it was low season, there weren’t many guests, so it wasn’t very noisy. So relaxing and peaceful~
There were ponds within the resort grounds with ducks swimming around. The ducks were put away into cages at night and let out during the day. Guess they belong to the resort.
One of the shallow pools. I think they called it the bathing pool, not really for swimming. But during our stay there, we didn’t see very many people using it. Most used the big pool on the other side.
This be the big pool area. To the right is the restaurant/cafe with an area for swimmers to order drinks and sit in while in the pool. To the left is a resting area with beds and such for guests to relax in after a swim. It was so nice to just lie there and do nothing, but we only did that on our last day there before we had to go to the airport. Story for another time!
The beach! It is overcast, so it doesn’t really do the view justice. But the beach was clean, the sea water was clear, and the sand was soft ….
The beach was also full of these little clams. Whenever the tide went out, you would see a crap load of these little guys trying to dig their way back into the sand. And they were all different colors, so it made the beach look like it was covered in gems. One of our favorite things to do was try to capture these guys before they managed to bury themselves again. Most of them were tiny, but on one of the mornings, we saw bigger ones! They were kinda cute.
Pretty sunset colors.
Everyone was trying to get a photo of the sunset. So was I … until my battery died. And I hadn’t brought my extra battery with me to the beach. At least I got one photo in before it died!
The pathways were all lighted with candles at night. On one of the nights, it was really windy, so the candles kept getting blown over, and the fire kept going out. Not a very efficient way of doing things, but it definitely made for a very romantic atmosphere. Probably better for couples though ……
Up next, day two when we went to visit some of the major sites in Bali.