We arrived on Tuesday night with a huge 'to do' list and full intentions of doing a HNR on a daily basis. You know one of those lovely useful detailed reports that get posted on this forum on a regular basis. Then i realised that those kind of reports take a great deal of dedication, energy and organisation.... all of which i am sadly lacking. All i can say to the people who post those reports is that you are amazing...
What I will try and provide is a bit of an overview from the perspective of a mum on her second visit to Bali and traveling with two daughters (17 & 20) on their first visit.
We got off to a great start arriving on Tuesday night 20mins ahead of schedule. We were through the airport and sitting with a welcome drink in hand at the Febris Hotel in Kuta within an hour of landing. We are enjoying the Febris, it is a good solid 3* choice with lovely staff. We have a quad room which is nice and big and situated at the rear so it is also nice and quiet. The pool is a good size but oh so disappointingly warm. We had lunch here today and the food was good. The breakfasts are also pretty good.
I had not been looking forward to Kuta but knew my 17 & 20 yr old daughters would enjoy it so booked for 4 nights. Surprisingly I am loving it too. It seems much more quiet than I had anticipated and even the beach ladies are not as persistent as I thought they would be.
We have walked a lot (Kuta to Legian along the beach for a beautiful sunset tonight), eaten a lot of great food, swam a lot, shopped a bit and today spent a fun day at Waterbomb Park. I also suprised myself by enjoying Waterbomb so much - we got there at 9am and again it was very quiet. Even by the afternoon there were no queues. I wasn't particularly brave but I did progress beyond 'the lazy river' and the girls enjoyed trying to terrify their mum.
It is hot but we have only had a few short rain showers at night. I am having difficulty adjusting my body clock and have been awake by 4am each morning. Consequently it is now just 10.45pm and I am ready for bed!
I am at the moment sitting in the lobby at the Febris, some live music has just finished and a gecko is just letting everyone know he's happy to be heard again. The resident squirrel is jumping among the trees and all is soooooo good in Bali land.