To me, a real holiday is about relaxation, sea, sun, sand, fruit juice or ice cream on the beach or sitting on the water bench sipping a glass of smoothies.
Going for a real holiday is taking time to unwind, put your feet up, not pressured for time, wake up late, missed breakfast and start the day with brunch or lunch. Do lots of walk, swim, enjoy the facilities of a luxurious hotel with its fine food and drinks, soak in a hot spa, pamper yourself with a massage and pedicure.
When I think about Bali, I actually mean Nusa Dua which is located 40km south of Denpasar, the provincial capital of Bali. The international airport is about 20 to 30 minutes by car.
Nusa Dua is a host of luxury hotels, home to the most popular golf course in Bali and the main convention centre on the island. Previous to this trip, we stayed in Westin which recently hosted the 2014 Miss World Pageant. This time round, we stayed at the newly opened Mulia, a huge property comprising of the Resort, The Mulia and Mulia Villas. We stayed four nights but had under-utilized the outdoor facilities of the resort. We spent most days exploring Bali and shopping. I am now smarter and will ensure in future, we will probably book half our time in Nusa Dua’s luxurious hotel while for a couple of nights, we could manage a 3 star instead of a 5 star so we could explore the island not thinking what a waste it is to spend close to US$500 a night (though it is not bad considering a luxury accommodation for three people) and only return to the hotel when the sun goes down. The beaches in Nusa Dua are glorious – clean, white sand, deep, long and safe for swimming.
We had driven past the main town Kuta which came across to be chaotic, overcrowded and congested. Kuta was originally discovered by tourists as a surfing paradise. Today, Kuta still attracts some hardcore backpackers as well as families and tourists from all over the world, and is most notably a playground for young visitors from Australia as quoted http://wikitravel.org/en/Kuta
Here are some photos of our real holiday during our recent Bali trip.
There are just so many things to do and see in Bali and
I would love to be back before long, for sure !