Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Enchanting Bali - I

On 7/5/2006, I flew by Air Asia to Bali with my usual tour buddies. Thanks to Air Asia's zero fare that everyone can fly. This trip also marked my maiden voyage in a national budget carrier(sounds better than a low cost carrier/low class carrier right?)

Our first stop was at Ubud and we put up in this luxurious boutique hotel-Barong Ubud Spa Resort. The hotel has 17 units (if I am not mistaken) of villa-style chalets feature the privacy of the traditional balinese family compound. The rooms are tastefully decorated. Each chalet has a unit of four-poster king size bed with veil-like "mosquito netting" meant for the couples to play hide-&-seek, bathroom with sunken bath, CD players and of course, dimly lit ambiance. It looks like a perfect place for the newly-wed to spend their romantic first night. Unfortunately, the set-up was a complete wastage for us because we were not quite used to the dimness in the room and the dark surroundings at night. Our room package came with complimentary fruit basket, American breakfast and a set of afternoon tea with local dessert. All in cost about RM400 per room/night. Albeit the price was a bit of the high side, I must frankly say that we truly enjoyed our stay in this hotel for the warmth hospitality and excellent service. The staff were quite generous with their serving of freshly pressed fruit juices every morning. It was purely natural and served without addition of any sugar syrup.

Our "secret garden", a secluded compound outside each hotel room.

The hotel location is strategic, at the centre of Ubud-Bali's cultural heartland. Art market is only a few minutes easy walk from the hotel. You will definitely fall in love with dozens of fascinating art galleries, delightful restaurants and a myriad of small shops selling interesting and unusual gifts and handcrafted souvenirs. Cheap and nice, provided you are a good bargainer.


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