La Villa Mathis "Relais & Châteaux"
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The second dive spot I swear looked very much like the first! I asked Martin where exactly this shallow area was that we had been promised! The divers all went again and I stayed on the boat, lying down and praying for dry land! I really couldn’t believe I had been talked into going on a dive trip again. The currents were so strong in the sea there and the boat just pitched and rolled. I tried to keep my eyes on the horizon but it was so hard from where I was ...
... she'd been diving the same reef and not seen any yet.
After lunch, our entry into the water for the second dive was a lot more rushed and we simply swam from the boat and went down. After a very few exercises, mostly reinforcement, off we went again. This time, from this starting place, the reef simply dropped off down a shelf and we went down a lot faster. My left ear took its time equalising, so I stayed where I was, indicating to Simone that I needed to wait for my ear and ...
... is always choc-a- bloc. Saying this it is worth a visit. I particularly liked it when hundreds upon hundreds of bats flew out from their cave just as the sun was setting...it provides a great scene to take photos.
Pura Kehen - A temple founded in 1206. Quiet and tranquil. Sarongs and sashes provided 6,000 Rp.
Right so on to Lovina, Bali.
We originally were going to get the bus from Kuta to the northern town of Lovina. However, for £10 extra we had the option to get a private car and stop at all the sights on route. Call us crazy- but we went for it and splurged the extra tenner. Our driver Wayan was a real talker. Not really, the bloke said bugger all pretty much the whole way. It's lucky we like each other else it would have been a very quiet day. Our first stop was Tanah Lot- ...
... of it in town, along the main drag. We had a rough plan of hiring a car and driver for the day and hitting a few sights. As we ventured out, the thing that struck me the most (as it had during the cab ride in from the airport) was how much Kuta reminds me of Cancun. And that's not a good thing. The haphazard incomplete construction, derelict bits of wasteland, constant badgering from taxi drivers (real ones and everyone else: it doesn't matter whether they have a car or ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Swimming pool
I stayed here for a week and the resort is very beautiful. Lovely villas, multiple swimming pools and bales to relax in, good food, day spa and a daily shuttle service. My only complaint is that they moved me from one villa to another in the middle of my stay without consultation - they need to manage their bookings a little better!
The staff were the best part of my visit. Gede, the head barman, makes some wicked cocktails and is very entertaining. Rum drove me wherever I wanted to go and was a source of a lot of information. Ketut was also very helpful, organising tours and advising me on places to try local cuisine.
Because it's not owned by locals, I'm not sure that I'd stay there again. It's a civil rights issue for me, more than the quality of my stay. But I would definitely like to see my new friends again, so maybe...
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