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Trip Start Feb 12, 2011
Trip End Nov 19, 2011

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Where I stayed
Conrad Bali Nusa Dua
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of Indonesia  , Bali,
Saturday, February 26, 2011

It was still rainy when we got up and enjoyed an interesting Bali breakfast at the hotel and waited for our arranged cab ride to the Conrad. I made a feeble attempt to find liquor before we got in the cab, and asked our driver to take us to a supermarket.  The first place he took us two had a minimal selection at ridiculous prices, but I was encouraged when he took us to a proper supermarket.  However, at $95.00 for a bottle of Stoli I realized something was up.  Regardless we settled on the overpriced local stuff at $20.00 a bottle knowing that we would be paying $8 for a cocktail at the Conrad.  We also loaded up on snacks for the same reason.

The arrival at the Conrad was bitter sweet, in that it was cloudy out and the place was empty.  However, the hotel itself was immaculate and the entry hall and lounge was immense.  We got a glimpse of the pool as we waited for our room to be ready, enjoying a beverage and cold towel.  The closet in our room was bigger than some of the hostels I've stayed in and I couldn’t make a decision on what pillow to choose from the pillow menu so I stuck with the house special.  It was nice 'to be home’ and despite it being cloudy, we were informed that we were upgraded due to Erica’s Diamond status and we could enjoy complimentary breakfast, tea time from 3pm-5pm and cocktail hour from 5pm-7pm.  If we played our cards right, we would be staying in 5 star accommodations for $20/day including meals.

It didn’t take long to make a cocktail and slip in to my Conrad robe and at least enjoy the view from the balcony before getting ready for Tea Time.  I remember "Tea Time" at the Kapama Resort in South Africa; whole cakes, sundries, and a bevy of hot and cold beverage choices.  We eventually made our way to the “Club Lounges” leading us through a labyrinth of pools, courtyards, fountains, and steps to get there.  We were the only guests but couldn’t complain about the long list of drinks to choose from and the little treats they brought to our table.  It was quite peaceful, and after a fresh shower it was nice to be clean and civilized for a change.

Cocktail hour was more of the same, but with alcohol and appetizers.  While enjoying a few glasses of wine, we met an Australian couple who had some recommendations for us, however, they only stayed in 5 star accommodations and were pretty well tossed but it was fun to chat.  We overstayed our welcome and took their advice to check out the “Rock Bar” in Jimbaran.

For some reason, I was expecting a large open air western bar with music, and was surprised to discover it was a super mod boutique bar in a lush resort precariously perched on a rock just above the ocean.  It was basically a series of decks overlooking the ocean that you had to take a tram get to.

The drinks were $15, but unlike the sky rise bar in Bangkok, the atmosphere was worth it.  We ordered appetizers for dinner and milked our drinks enjoying the warm salty night air. We met an Australian couple and honeymooners from Singapore who won an all inclusive package, so they were having fun polishing of a bottle of Grey Goose.  It was a pity we didn’t meet them before they opened it, but we had a full day of sunbathing ahead of us, so we headed home by midnight.
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