The aim for our holiday was to relax....
4 Nights - Alam Shanti
We arrived at Alam Shanti at approx 7pm and were greeted by the delightful Wayan. We were promptly checked in and taken to our room "Indus". What can I say, it was lovely and spacious! It had our king 4 bed poster as well as a king single for our 11yr old with plenty of room to move around. Because of the heavy drapes we were able to sleep in, yeah! Breakfast was delivered to our room at 9am each morning, yes the banana pancakes are yummy!
After breakfast we'd either walk down the motorbike path (outskirt) of Monkey Forest into Ubud or use the free shuttle. The mornings were spent wandering in and out of shops, didn't buy much (which is very unusual for me!). The afternoons were spent swimming in the pool, having a treatment at the spa (very good prices) and having afternoon tea on our balcony. What more could you want for!!!!
We only managed lunch at Coffee & Silver, but it was pretty ordinary. We had dinner at Laka Leke, but it didn't quite hit the spot; Cafe Wayan (I did try sitting on the pillows, but this old body isn't up to crossing her legs!), so opted for chairs, ahh, that was better. The food was lovely and the service excellent. Dewar Warung was a great find - 2 noodle dishes, spring rolls, 1 sprite, 1 water & 1 lge bintang 60,000Rp and it was delicious. We also ate at Batan Waru and everything we had was tasty. Our son loved the mango sorbet!.
4 nights Adi Assri - Pemuteran
We arrived at the Adi Assri in the late afternoon after being driven through Singaraja and Lovina (not quite the route I'd asked for but part of the trip was through very heavy rain). We checked in, only to find that the toilet wouldn't flush, called reception and we were moved to another room, not a problem. In fact we had booked the super deluxe room with a king 4 poster bed (extra mattress on the floor for our son) outdoor bathroom, but the room we ended up in worked better for us, it had more room to move around in and we didn't care that it didn't have an outdoor bath. The room was lovely and clean and the a/c worked well.
Once again we swam in the pool (they have 2 great pools) and lounged around relaxing. Breakfast was included, however it was pretty dull and tasteless. I had organised through Sea Rovers(attached to the hotel) to go out snorkelling at Menjangen Island. This was great, we had a ball wandering around following the fish and we saw 3 nemo! That was the highlight of my trip. You stop for a break on the actual island for lunch, but next time I wouldn't bother, lunch was yuck and the island is very, very basic with too much rubbish strewn everywhere.
We did walk along the beach to Reef Seen to the turtle hatchery. For 100,000Rp you get to "release" a baby turtle back into the ocean, I do hope he manages to live a long life!!!
We also walked down to the front of Taman Sari (approx 10-15 min) to snorkel off the beach, it was also great, we saw some different fish to what we'd seen at Menjangan. The sand here is white compared to the volcanic black in front Adi Assri.
We ate dinner at the hotel twice purely for convenience and then at Warung Susu, (food was beautiful and fresh), just hard walking along the very busy roadside with a scared 11yr old in tow!) and also at Taman Sari. I'd asked Taman Sari to collect us for dinner which was a bonus. The menu was extensive, the service very attentive and the food was lovely.
We travelled thru Munduk to Denpasar. Our driver, albeit "Rally Driver", (organised through the supermarket on the main rd near Reef Seen - cheaper than through the hotel) will no doubt still have my teeth marks in the door handle. But apart from the very windy road, the countryside is just beautiful.
We came home very relaxed and missing Bali dreadfully.