Flew Perth to Bali on Air Asia.. my cheap tickets ($200 Including 25kg luggage) return on their recent sale in September. Stayed at the Febris hotel is Tuban. The flight left Perth at 10am which is a decent time as we arrived around 2.30pm - just in time for check in. They welcomed us with a lovely fresh fruit salad, which we had to gulp down as the luggage boy had stacked all our luggage and was just waiting and watching us with all our luggage ready to go. I enjoyed the hotel, however will probably not go there again, as I prefer the Legian area(much quieter on the streets). It is central and we walked to Discovery, matahari, poppies and up to Krishna's near the airport. I found the hotel was too "Western" for me, and this is not a complaint, I just prefer a more Balinese style hotel. Breakfast was ample and well cooked and they were continually cleaning the tables,floors and topping up the food. The rooms were clean and spacious, air con great . It had been 3yrs since I had been to Bali and there have been heaps of changes to be seen.
Thanks to the recommendations on here, I was able to get my Sim card at rp10,000 rather than rp200,000 as quoted by one shop. Did all the usual shopping at Discovery- bought a lovely handbag for $13 - there were heaps on sale for 70% off. Went to Dianne's fixed price shop and bought shorts & tees. I noticed there are quite a few fixed price shops in the area across the road from her. I also went to a Lia's fixed price shop (which had better prices as well as air con) in a group of shops a little before the new, huge Hypermarket which has opened just near the Rani hotel. This new Lippo Mall is massive, but only the Hypermarket is currently open. Went to Burhan's shop in Denpasar - what a lovely fellow...not quite what I expected. He is very knowledgeable about gold, and very reasonably priced. I took a gold bracelet which I needed 2 links removed - he charged rp100,000 & had it ready in 2 days - polished it up & it looks better than before.
I will definitely go back with all my broken gold and get him to melt and make something for me. While you are there, have a look at the fabric shops on Jalan Sulawesi....soooo cheap and beautiful, I was looking for tassels on a braid (to edge a table runner) and although there were no tassels - the braids and edgings were jewel like and cheap as well- this is paradise for a person that can sew and is creative. We also walked from there to Tiara Dewata shopping centre...past all the flower shops...there are some lovely,wide tree lined streets in Denpasar...It's relatively simple to get around on foot - I had my trusty Lonely Planet guide which has a good map and phrases...so I could get assistance from the locals when I getting around. If I didn't have my 16yo son tagging along, I would have spent a lot more time exploring Denpasar - has a lot of unexpected sites and experiences to offer.
All the places we ate at were great...our favourite was Mozzarella just down the road, however, we ate at the Febris, Garis Garis,All you can eat Brazilian BBQ,Secret Garden restaurant, a few others that I can't remember and had chicken sate(rp10,000 for 10 sticks) & delicous donuts(rp1000 ea) from road side stalls.
Funniest thing we saw one night was a a big tourist bus that turned out of the Dynasty and we noticed a fellow on the roof...we didn't know what for, until we saw him lift all the power lines off the top of the bus with his bare hands.He stayed on the roof while the bus was moving & had to do it a few more times.
This holiday was very relaxing, mainly just chilling in the (back) pool at Febris,eating & having massages...divine.
Just a note about the new terminal, I think the budget airlines to Australia all leave from gate 1, the night we left was a joke.Our flight dropped off the information screens so no one(including the staff)knew which gate to go to & the new terminal is huge or if the flight had been cancelled -they just told us to listen for any announcements - there really isn't anyone that you can go to, to get a definitive answer. We then walked to the area where they check your bags..there were 3 queues...but most of us passengers didn't know which queue to line up in, as there were no signs....so each line was a mix of people to going Perth,Brisbane & Sydney - it really looked like the staff were also confused...Once they checked the hand luggage(and took our water AGAIN - why do they do this - we had our water from outside the airport taken - understandable, but then new water purchased in the departure area was taken as well) we had to sit there for about 45 mins(its the old terminal building) -no aircon & with about 500 or so people - very very hot - then herded onto the Air Asia bus and taken to the plane. Thank you for reading my first JBR