Trip Start Feb 14, 2013
5Trip End Feb 26, 2013
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Landing in a new country is always bewildering. We paid the entrance visas, cleared immigration, and walked the "gauntlet" of cabbies. After some hemming and hawing we found a cabbie to cram us into his tiny SE Asian car and schlep us up to Sanur to the Bali Hyatt. In hindsight, his fee was about the same as hiring the shuttle from the hotel would have been. We are naturally suspicious of hotel rates, but we learned our lesson and hired a car at the hotel for the return trip.
Walking into the Bali Hyatt was to walk into paradise
They have an open air lobby with soaring thatched roofs in the traditional Balinese shape. A cadre of staff descended on our cab - two of them took the babies and fussed over them while others whisked away our luggage. We were offered fresh juice and chilled wet towels to refresh ourselves - and let me tell you, it was amazing.
After the lobby portion of our check-in was complete, we were escorted to our room. Rooms at the Bali Hyatt were a good enough rate that we were able to pay revenue for them, and then we used a Diamond suite upgrade to get a suite with a bedroom, a living room, and a giant patio that at doubled the square footage of the private space. With two little kids, this was such a gift!! We also got a welcome amenity of fruit and cookies. The fruit bowl was replenished every day.
Also with the Diamond status, we got access to the Club. They served breakfast there and heavy appetizers every evening. For the evening service, there was live music played on the gamelan, a traditional Balinese percussion instrument, like a xylophone. We headed over to explore the club for the first time and get some food.
We managed to stay awake until a reasonable evening hour before finally crashing, having no idea how long the kids would sleep...