Trip to Bali – Part 1
Bali is an island in Indonesia, a very popular tourist destination. With a population of over 3 million, it is approximately 8 degrees south of the equator. East to west, the island is about 153 km (95 mi) wide and spans about 112 km (69 mi) north to south.
Flying Japan Airlines (JAL), it took about 7 hours from Tokyo (Narita Airport) to Denpasar (Ngurah Rai Airport), the capital of Bali. Upon arrival at Denpasar, we were greeted by the hotel staff who took us to a reception area in the airport, served us some light refreshments, took care of our visa and luggage, drove us to the hotel in a Mercedes Benz SUV – what a great way to start a vacation!
We stayed at the beautiful and luxurious St. Regis Bali Resort in Nusa Dua, about 40 kilometres from Denpasar. This is a newly opened hotel (less than a year old) with 123 suites and villas. There were many guests from Australia, Russia and China.
All vehicles entering the resort were subjected to a complete security inspection before passing the impressive hotel gate entrance. Also, twice a week, between 5-7 pm, they fumigate the entire area to get rid of mosquitoes, bugs and other creepy crawlers – there are indeed a lot of bugs in Bali.
We stayed at one of the spacious Ocean View Suites, with panoramic views of the lush gardens and white-sand beaches from the balcony.
Included in our room rate was a la carte breakfast in the Boneka lobby restaurant.
Renowned as one of the best breakfasts in Bali, it features a fresh, seasonal, and wonderfully varied menu embracing influences from east to west. It was simply delicious – what a great way to start the day!
There was steak and eggs, dim sum, sashimi, crepes, fruits and porridge.
One of the resort’s most appealing features is its beach front location, with azure waters and soft white sands.
Since there are no resorts on either side of The St. Regis Bali Resort, the beach was very private, populated only with resort guests. Every day brought clear blue skies with temperatures around 30C, low humidity and a gentle breeze.
The Swimmable Lagoon Pool featured two thatched gazebos with Jacuzzis and a splashing water fountain feature. You can also access the lagoon pool directly from some of the villas.
In the middle of the lagoon, the wooden deck is a favorite place for sunning.
Lined by bale bengongs along one side and grassland and white sand beaches on another, the main pool’s setting is spectacular, with the Vista swim up bar.
The well renowned Remède Spa offers full relaxing massages.
The 2,800 square metre spa includes 12 treatment rooms, a salon and two beautiful Spa Suites, with a moon and butterfly theme throughout.
Other amenities on the property include a beach side restaurant, library, money changer and a deli.
Finally, a torch lighting show is held every evening at sunset – see also the video below.
To be continued …