Friday 5 September 2014
We woke up early, probably went to sleep too early. After H indulges in a couple of coffees from the very good in-suite coffee machine, we head off down to the beach for a swim. The water is pretty clear and clean, as is the sand. H hits the water and then drags me in for a dip. The water is surprisingly cool (everyone knows I’m a wimp when it comes to cold water) but it is lovely in the water.
Early morning on the beach
We chill out on the beach on a lounge for a bit longer and debate the benefits of the hotel. The Conrad Bali is so much better than we imagined. I want to stay another night and H thinks it’s a great idea. Hang the expense, and it is expensive! We make the arrangements to stay in our suite and head off to breakfast.
The staff are very accommodating and the breakfast spread is way to tempting for us to show any kind of self restraint. After an hour of solid grazing we move 10 metres to the private pool for “Conrad Suites” guests”. We jag a really nice cabana with plenty of pillows and shade. The next thing we hear an almighty crash and look up to see a large tree has come crashing down on the path we have just walked along!
By the pool
H wanders off and finds the Spa and comes back with a deal for a massage for the two of us in a private cabana overlooking one of the many water features of the hotel.
Before we know it, its 1.30 and time for our massage. H’s massage is with Ketut, a girl Ketut and she is very good! My massage is with Tinni who also does an outstanding job.
Janet and Tinni
Then we have a tour of the spa facilities and a dip by the exclusive spa pool. Yes, that’s the fourth pool so far.
After all the excitement of the day we need some vodka. We eventually head up for afternoon tea, which is one of the bonus’s of Conrad Suites guests and part of the room rate. Plenty of cakes, tiny sandwiches and other sweets with your choice of any beverage you can imagine. H opts for a banana smoothie and I get a hot chocolate. The staff are very warm and friendly, H has a running joke with one of the waiters about buying a kilo.
The day is slipping away and its cocktail time. So off we go upstairs for some cocktails (also part of the Conrad Suite freebies). They are very generous and we indulge for two hours of free cocktails, margaritas for J and white wine for H, plus an assortment of yummy snacks (once again our lack of self control is embarrassing).
We are now well lubricated and feeling hungry – well, not really but it is dinner time and we didn’t have lunch. There is a Balinese restaurant in the resort called Suku, so we decide to go there for dinner.
When we arrive at Suku there is a performance by a Balinese theatre group, a traditional ceremony called Kecak Dance. Men are seated chanting whilst various traditional costumed dancers perform. It’s very elaborate and like nothing we have seen or heard before. The dancers are telling the story of Prince Rama and his wife Princess Sita, exiled to the forest where an evil demon Ravana disguised as a golden deer lures the beautiful Princess away, the Prince and Vanara the Monkey God helps find and save the princess. And the live happily ever after.
Check dance troupe
Howard and the golden deer
After the performance we partake of the Indonesian buffet which includes, suckling pig, satay, chicken in Balinese spices, fish in banana leaves, gado gado and host of other yummy dishes.
Now there is nothing left to do but waddle back through the beautiful lantern lit gardens to our room.