Bali Retreat (February 2014) – Day 2

IMG_2593-copyOur second day in Bali and we had breakfast in the hotel like other guests.

Westin’s breakfast buffet was a good one with loads of fresh fruits, pastries and other type of food.

I didn’t manage to take any photos cause of the bunch of people around.

It was still early after breakfast and we decided to take a walk around the hotel premises.

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The view when we left our room in the morning

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Nice ambiance even at ground level

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A pool located outside our breakfast area

DSCF5472-copyThe swimming pool of the hotel

DSCF5473-copyLazy chairs for people to either sun tan or dump their belongingsย onto while they head out for a swim

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Ambiance of the hotel

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Calming environment for guests

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After a short walk, our cab driver arrived on the dot.

He drove his own private car to bring us around because he wanted to earn a little from the whole trip.

He wasn’t pushy on where we should visit or spend our money.

Instead, he asked where we wanted to visit on the island.

Some private cab drivers that offer such a tour package would usually force you to go to places which you are required to spend money on their merchandise.

So with that, he asked my husband what did we like about Bali and what we were expecting to see…

My husband told him that we love the beach and intend to see a few nice ones here on the island.

He brought us to a popular new beach (according to him) called Perdana Beach.

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DSCF5488-copyLook at the beautiful view ๐Ÿ™‚

DSCF5489-copyThe other side of the beach

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The view was fantastic even though the sun light was blinding (I forgot my sunglasses).

We then requested to see the Seminyak beach.

It took us about 20 minutes to get there since traffic was good.

Overall, the beach was pretty clean with people cleaning it constantly.

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Entrance of the beach

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A small restaurant at the side of the beach

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Beach chairs ready for sun bathers ๐Ÿ™‚

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The beautiful sand and sea water of Seminyak

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After Seminyak beach, it was to Kuta beach!

The beaches in Bali are mainly clean because of a few men and women cleaning the area.

This helps the beach since some tourists do not understand the fact that littering is a very disgusting thing to do to nature.

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DSCF5498-copyTraditional entry gate located near the beach

DSCF5499-copyIdols located at the side of the hill leading all the way down to the beach

DSCF5500-copyPretty and simple stalls located at the side of the beach

DSCF5502-copyLazy beach chairs for visitors to enjoy the beach

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We had a short stroll at the beach because of the blazing sun.

Nonetheless, a beautiful beach to be at ๐Ÿ™‚

Uluwatu was next on our list.

Upon arrival, we were supposed to pay the entrance fees required and wear a purple sarong.

Apparantly, monkeys will not harm you in any way as long as you are wearing one of it.

It is believed to be blessed.

So I really recommend spending a bit on that piece of cloth than being a cheap person saving because I saw a lady being harassed by a monkey (she wasn’t wearing a purple sarong).

People would usually stay till night to see the fire presentation, but we were not really keen with it.

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DSCF5507-copySome monkeys chiliing around the area

DSCF5508-copyThe main entrance of Uluwatu

DSCF5509-copyThis open area would be crowded during peak seasons

DSCF5511-copyBrick walls surrounding edge of the hill

DSCF5513-copyA breathtaking view

DSCF5516-copyOur cab driver insisted that we take a photo here at this spot because apparently it is the most popular spot for tourists

DSCF5521-copyPretty traditional looking gate

DSCF5523-copyThe beautiful ocean below

DSCF5525-copyThe long stretch of Uluwatu

DSCF5533-copyThe pretty blue view ๐Ÿ™‚

DSCF5532-copyThe edge of the hill

DSCF5537-copyThe purple famous sarong (please excuse the kangkang pose)

DSCF5542-copyThis famous tourist must take photo

DSCF5546-copyTrying to fit the whole stretch of Uluwatu in this photo

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A long walk from one end to another.

Quite a tiring one I must admit for an unfit person, but the whole experience was worth it ๐Ÿ˜‰

People started pouring in after about 2pm and we were quite glad to be leaving the place.

I doubt that I’ll feel comfortable knowing there’s so many people around me at the end of a hill (any thing can happen, ACCIDENTALLY).

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Our cab driver asked if my husband loved coffee.

Well, my husband loves coffee.

Pretty much answered the question.

He brought us to the most famous stop for coffee, most expensive coffee in the world.

Animal poop.

Yup!

Animal poop is made into coffee and it is also one of the most expensive coffee in the world.

This unique coffee is called Luwak coffee, which is quite well known in Indonesia.

100gram of its powdered substance is about RM50 or more depending on which shop you end up in (if I remembered correctly).

I only took some photos at the beginning of the experience and not during the tasting session :p

I was quite fascinated that an animal’s poop can be used as coffee…

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DSCF5504-copyHerbs and other things growing in the shop’s garden

DSCF5503-copyA very nice green environment for people to taste different type of teas and their famous Luwak coffee

DSCF5549-copyThis is where they “cook” the poop

DSCF5548-copyDifferent type of dried plants from their garden and the animal poop

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After our animal coffee experience, we went to our last destination in Kuta.

Shops were selling things that I wasn’t really interested in.

HOWEVER, I saw the most beautiful wooden salad mixing bowl, which I regret not getting.

I personally think it is worth getting their handmade items.

Beautiful and affordable ๐Ÿ™‚

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I managed to purchase two dresses here from a shop.

Handmade dresses ๐Ÿ™‚

Then bought a couple of t-shirts from Hard Rock Hotel at the Kuta beach.

I assumed that I would be buying quite a lot in Bali, but it was quite the opposite.

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A clean street without much rubbish to be seen

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A very pretty hotel located at Kuta ๐Ÿ™‚

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A nice wall promoting alcohol and food for this bar

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A very nice entrance ๐Ÿ™‚

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Shops selling mostly clothes and random things

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This shop selling clothes, bags and other tourist things

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Temples are located every where around Bali

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Another row of shops selling almost the same thing as the other shops

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Motorcycles are a popular thing in Bali even with tourist riding it

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Beach clothes anyone? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Our lunch was pretty cheap for such a filling meal. This is my share, while my husband gobble up his. Grilled prawns with mash potatoes and cucumber juice ๐Ÿ™‚

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The famous Kuta beach

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Quite a pretty beach with people enjoying the sun ๐Ÿ™‚

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The Rock Shop which I bought a few shirts from

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Their signature electric guitar in front of their Rock Shop

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Another signature of the hotel – surf board

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Sunburn and sore backs, we went back to the hotel to soak everything off.

Had dinner at one of the restaurant in the hotel.

Overall, the whole experience was pretty nice.

Left with a full tummy ๐Ÿ™‚

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If you would like to chill outside while having dinner

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Wide open space of the restaurant

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Complimentary bread (tasted yummy with butter) *yums!*

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His meal: Grilled chicken with vegetables

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My carbonara which tasted good piping hot ๐Ÿ™‚ Super creamy!

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Had a good warm yummy meal and a nice bath in the hotel room.

Hubby booked us a spa session that is pretty famous in the hotel itself.

I didn’t manage to take any photos because I didn’t wanna leave my camera in a changing room locker.

The whole experience was pretty damn good ๐Ÿ™‚

Something that was a great positive in the entire trip ๐Ÿ˜€

*loves*

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Check their Heavenly Spaย website (and yes, their reception area of the spa looks exactly like that)

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On our last day, we wanted it to be relaxing after breakfast.

But guess what?

After breakfast, we head over to the pool to have a swim.

However, SOME people wereย not considerate AT ALL.

A man just started talking on his phone LOUDLY as if everyone needed to hear whatever he needed to say over the phone.

Everyone found him to be quite irritating and some decided to leave the pool for the beach instead.

I decided to stay and enjoy the huge pool.

Swam for awhile and relaxed for awhile on the lazy chair.

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After spending time at the pool, we walked around the hotel grounds for awhile more and headed back to the hotel room to pack up since we had to check out by 12.00pm.

Flight was later in the evening and we didn’t know what to do.

But the hotel was pretty amazing having a lounge area for guests to stay in while waiting for their flight.

They have a kids area for younger kids to be entertained, a private pool for guests to swim in in case you didn’t want to leave for the main pool, movies on tv to keep adults occupied and just comfortable chairs to sit or sleep in while waiting.

Quite a good deal as compared to waiting in an airport ๐Ÿ™‚

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A very beautiful cabana view

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The raked sand behind the cabana

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The road leading to the spa area

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Another beautiful set of cabanas

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Lounge area for guests who checked out from their rooms

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Kids area for them to rest or play while adults have their corner

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A private pool for waiting guests

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A beautiful pool to rest in before heading to the airport ๐Ÿ˜‰

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The whole trip to Bali was as mentioned, mixed.

It was not as relaxed as I thought it would, but the hotel was fantastic (minus rude tourists and loud).

But be prepared to have some spare change to check into the Bali airport.

You are required to pay at least RP75,000 (RM20++) per person to check in.

It is a compulsory airport tax to pay before you exit the country.

I was honestly unprepared for that and dug out every penny I had left in my pocket to pay that airport tax.

For those first timers, it is good to keep some spare change in your pocket to pay for that.

To wrap things up, Bali was alright but not what I expected it to be.

I might want to spend more time in the hotel next time if I ever do return ๐Ÿ˜‰

I loved the spa too much.

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Toodles!

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