We had 6 nights on the beautiful Indonesian island, this time staying on the East coast in a beach side town called Sanur.
We must have caught the in-between seasons because it wasn't too hot or too busy. Perfect!
I usually struggle in the thick, humid air of Bali but this time with the sea breeze taking the edge off it was great! The locals had nothing to fear this time! haha
Another stroke of luck was the hotel. You never quite know whats its going to be like in the flesh. They always make the places look nice online. This one was pretty new though and the reviews were positive.
It was amazing. For roughly $100 a night inc. breakfast I would say we would be hard pushed to find better value for money anywhere in the world! A typical Balinese style hotel, friendly and attentive staff, good food, clean, large rooms. I was blown away!
Our room front door.
Sudamala Hotel at night
One thing they are masters at in Bali is making you feel relaxed. From the moment you arrive the aromas of smouldering herbs from the numerous religious gestures placed everywhere together with the warm tropical air and the ubiquitous charcoal grills wafting 'satay' flavoured smoke through the air really put you at ease instantly. They also make you very hungry ...and thirsty!
The local food is amazing...if it wasn't for the rude amounts of garlic in many dishes I think it would be higher up on my list of favourite cuisines! But a bit of crafty garlic dodging and I survived....a few close encounters though! The locally caught Tuna is always a winner - my mercury levels must have spiked that week! haha
The booze is ok. The local brew is called Bintang and you can get a long neck for about $3 or $4. You have to be quick though they don't stay cold for long! haha
Cocktails are everywhere and there is always some 'watering hole' offering 2 for 1 deals. Just have to stay away from the locally made firewater Arak! There are many 'moonshiners' on the Island so quality control is slack to say the least. There have been a few casualties - mostly from Oz!
Its made from rice and palm flowers - which sounds quite nice...but it can be lethal!
One of our favourite places to eat....in Ubud , further inland. Great decor and even better food...and cheap!
The Balinese people are so warm and friendly. They really appreciate the tourists as the industry obviously brings them a lot of business and keep everything ticking along nicely. No one is rude, the service is great everywhere. They are polite, mild mannered folk. As is the way of the world...most people who have very little give a lot .. and that's one of the many charms of the island.
Its a world away from Perth - so so different yet only 3 and a half hours away. Its also cheaper to fly and stay in Bali for a week than go up to a resort in the same state here in WA for just a weekend! haha...nuts!
For the week we were there we did very little... a lot of low key activities....mainly eating and drinking....making our way through a list of restaurants and trying out the local delicacies such as Nasi Goreng , Nasi Campur, Chicken Satay, Seared Tuna and many many more - all usually served with a spicy tangy sambal. So tasty!
A typical snack cart ..
Balinese fishing boat
Lush green gardens...everywhere!
A Typical Balinese Snack Shack.....this one held up with 3 rocks and some bamboo!
There are some really cool bars in Bali - chilled , open air type joints.....perfect for a couple of cold ones. One bar, called The Bamboo Bar had only opened the week before we arrived. An impressive place! I spent a few hours there during the week while Annika was being massaged, rolled and refreshed..... nice.
Traditional Hindu offering...with burning incense and flowers everywhere you go.
Fishing is a big deal in Bali and even more so in Sanur.....fresh Tuna every day - yum!
We will definitely be going back anyway - we love it there. If the touristy areas are avoided and you choose the right time of year it really is the kind of place that soothes and replenishes. Highly recommended!
I'll leave you with a few photos of Annika and I ...of which there are not too many :)
The top 3 are at our hotel on our last night.
Catch you soon all!