Just returned from our 1st trip to Bali and our first impression couldn't have been better - no-one waiting at the visa desk, only a couple in front of us at immigration and our bags on the conveyor belt waiting for us - outside of terminal in about 10 mins we thought we might have been in for a long wait as the plane landed at gate no 1 (we were thinking maybe we should have gone with one of the VIP services glad we didn't) must have been our lucky day. Flew with Garuda from Sydney - great flight.
We stayed at the Aston Bhavana Villas (formerly Sesari Villas)in Seminyak perfect location just a short 10min walk and you were in Eat Street (laneway next to Ultimo's). Beautiful villas and nothing too much trouble for the staff, lovely cooked brekky in your villa every morning and afternoon tea by your pool.
We booked a couple of day tours with a driver that had been recommended by friends, one to the Volcano and surrounding areas and the other to Lovina and everywhere in between. Beautiful country side. Caught a taxi to Kuta one day much prefer Seminyak also went to Jimbaran Bay must have gone the wrong day as it was disgusting, westerly wind blowing and the rubbish in the surf and on the shore YUK certainly turned us off eating there maybe next time.
Walked to Eat Street and tried a different restaurant every time. Really spoilt for choice all meals excellent.
Just a bit of trivia -
Mossies - none, didn't use any insect repellent
Toilets - in all couldn't fault any even the one at Git Git falls that was owned by the kiosk owner 1/2 way down or up as the case may be - didn't realise it was their private one - tour guide told us to use it. The best Seminyak Centre - just remember to take toilet paper from wall near the hand dryer.
The worst Sydney domestic terminal - Virgin side.
Bali Belly - none.
Weather - sunny to cloudy with some rain at night nothing to stop you from getting out and about. Except our last day huge storm around 3 o'clock about 2 inches of rain in 1 hour and was still raining when we left for airport at 8.30 pm so didn't feel too bad leaving.
Returning to Bali - more than likely one of the most relaxing holidays we have had. Next time we will be only taking backpacks as once again we packed to much and with the cost of laundry so cheap and the fact that you can purchase toiletries cheaper there than back home you can travel light. The only downside I can see about backpacks is the restriction on what you can buy in Bali might have to rethink that one.
Many thanks to those of you who helped make our 1st trip very enjoyable with very helpful hints and suggestions. I didn't ask a lot of questions just did a lot of searching and was a regular reader of this forum for the past 6 months. Keep up your good work.