Bali, a real holiday destination

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.

My daughter loved the pillow so much that she even wanted to buy one home.  Pure luxury.

My daughter loved the pillow so much that she even wanted to buy one home. Pure luxury.

The bathroom had a spa bath and a heated toilet seat that automatically opens the seat lid cover when you walk in and close it when you stepped out.  Not only that, it has auto cleaning features.

The bathroom had a spa bath and a heated toilet seat that automatically opens the lid cover when you walk in and closes it when you stepped out. Not only that, it has auto cleaning features.

Photo of the resort taken from the balcony of our room.

Photo of the resort taken from the balcony of our room.

Pool and beach

Pool and beach

A place where you can really 'put your feet up'.

A place where you can really ‘put your feet up’.

Smoothies and swim go together

Smoothies and swim go together

Picture of this 'old man' is prominent in this resort.  This photo is from the picture in my hotel room, it is also printed on my key card.

Picture of this ‘old man’ is prominent in this resort although I do not know the significance. This photo is from the picture in our hotel room, it is also printed on the hotel key card.

Great selection of buffet lunch comprising of food from around the world and big choice of dessert.

Great selection of buffet lunch comprising of food from around the world and big choice of dessert.

Another one of the many sections of the buffet spread.

Another one of the many sections of the buffet spread.

I am literally 'putting my feet up'

I am literally ‘putting my feet up’.

Visit to Gajah (elephant) temple

Visit to Gajah Goa (Elephant Cave)

A temple (forgotten the name) where locals bath in the water for cleansing and good luck.

A temple (forgotten the name) where locals bath in the water for cleansing and good luck.

Tanah Lot is a temple perched on top of a huge rock, and surrounded by the sea with waves constantly crashing on to its base.

Tanah Lot is a temple perched on top of a huge rock, and surrounded by the sea with waves constantly crashing on to its base.

A visit to Organic Coffee farm - samples of all types of coffee and tea.

A visit to Organic Coffee farm – samples of all types of coffee and tea.

coffee samples

coffee samples

A view of Kinatamani volcanoe.

A view of Kintamani volcano.

There are just so many things to do and see in Bali and

I would love to be back before long,  for sure !

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