We are mrs 32 and mr 48 on our 7th Bali holiday. Flight Jq35 out of Melbourne. Flight delayed about 25 minutes at take off due to having to change a tyre on the plane. Better now than later i guess. Hate Jetstar but it does mean a Bali holiday happens more often. $199 each way from Melbourne (plus luggage and entertainment). Visited Qantas club to fill up on food and drink, as being a Jetstar flight no food included. Lounge looks like it had cut back. Lots of salad and anti pasto type things, soup, rolls and rice cakes. Much more limited than usual. Anyhow ate up, grabbed some magazines and away we go. Seats 28 j & k (2, 4, 2) on this plane. Entertainment has been updated on some Jetstar planes. We had the tv screens in the seat backs. As we had prepaid for entertainment it is turned on and good to go, instead of having to wait like with the portable units. Very limited choices of tv shows and movies. There is a usb charge point in the seat back now too. Flight seemed to drag on, thought we must have been flying backwards. Funny to hear so many people be surprised and unbelieving of their travel companions when they are chatting about Neypi day in the long check in line. So many shocked husbands and much anxiety regarding if Bintang would still be available. Hehehe if only they were in the trip advisor they would already know this stuff! Mr quite happy playing video games the whole flight (well he is a very young 48)! Plane made up time and we landed as scheduled. I went and purchased Visas whilst husband lined up at immigration. I had found a heap of Rp at home before we left so paid for Visa with that 48000 for two, which is cheaper than the $27 Aud each or $25 USD that is sign posted. No line at immigration so Mr was letting people go ahead of him till I got there. 5 minute wait for our bags (why is mine always the last off the plane!) then out to get a cab. Whole thing took less than 10 minutes. So many people offering VIP or express as we walked towards VOA, never seen so many and given how quick it was to go through would have been a waste of money for us.
70k at taxi stand and away we go to the Hotel. Staying at Jayakarta (room rate $75 with breakfast through wotif.com) first 3 days then moving up the road to Kusnadi.
Love the drive from the airport and recognising familiar sites when you get closer. Checked in with no problems went to room 213 which is where we requested near the tennis court area, but found 2 single beds. Husband decided we should act like we like each other and sleep in the same bed, so rang the desk and the said they would move us to room 241, bags were still on trolley so away we go. Nice quiet garden room almost in line with reception block, still on tennis court side.
Now even though it is 2am in Melbourne husband is hungry and me I can always force my self to eat! Tried a few places on the beach path and everything was closing. Just when we thought it would be snacks from minimart from Tekor Bali was still cooking. Service was fast and friendly. I had chap cay chicken 35k and husband had grilled prawns 85k. Small Bintang and coke zero and all up 175k with tax. They have free wifi, complimentary bread. I checked to make sure there were no nuts in husbands meal as he is allergic). When I explained waitress laughed and said "your husband so easy to kill. 1 satay and (makes slicing throat gesture). Had a good chuckle. Then the drinks waitress brings us a bowl of nuts. Not sure if she was in on the joke or had no idea.
Back to room, can't sleep for ages. Rooms here are fine. No where as lovely as the hotel grounds and garden but nothing wrong with them. Towels could be whiter and bathroom could use a modernisation but clean, bed is comfy and staff so friendly.