Sanur Part Duex - Return to Paradise a la Henry

Trip Start Jan 14, 2008
Trip End Jan 13, 2009

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Flag of Indonesia  , Bali,
Sunday, April 13, 2008

We had a few days left on Bali before we had to fly out. Originally we had some vague notions of getting to the unspoiled northern part of Bali (next time) but due to our desire not to try to do too much and due also to Jeff's desire to get some more surfing we decided to return to Sanur and use that as a base to spend some more time in Southern Bali. Our trip back we decided to splurge and take the fast boat back across the strait to Bali thus avoiding the longer flight option (with all the transferring and waiting a twenty minute flight was going to take five hours) and a hellish five hour public boat ferry (supposedly populated by menacing and nefarous locals) even though the fast boat costs a good chunk more than flying would. It ended up being a good choice for the beautiful ride across the blue ocean and along the beautiful coast line. We even saw dolphins.

And it was good to be back on Bali. It is a very busy place. A bit too busy. But still there is something about the people there and the temples and the offerings that the muslim side of Indonesia is lacking.

And it was good to return to our gracous hosts Michael and Brama at the Paradise Bali who treated us as if we were long lost friends yet again. We quite enjoyed seeing these two and spending some more time at this little find of a hotel. During our few days here we hung out with dear Henry; looking for surf (and scoring a good day), trying to sell Jeff's surf board (thanks to Henry for making this a much much less painful process); relaxing; taking a long road trip to check out the area west of Kuta, spending time in Kuta taking care of various admin, and exploring the area.

The highlight of this few days though, was our Private Villa experience. Yep that's right. Harry in a severe fit of over-generosity granted us an evening stay at an amazing Private Villa. So what is a Private Villa? We weren't sure but we were delighted to find out. Basically, it turned out to be a small house. Complete with a massive bathroom, with a massive tub. Oh, and an outdoor shower spitting out of a maiden's mouth. That's in addition to the regular indoor shower. Oh and in addition to yet another bathroom out by the pool. Did we forget to mention that we had our own pool? Yes I think we did. And surrounding the private pool would be the bungalow on one side, a nicely landscaped wall on the other side, the entrance to the sliding door leading into the bedroom on the "house" side, and an entire outdoor kitchen cum lounge area on the other side. Oh, and in addition to the king size bed, the outdoor day bed, the bungalow, there was also another couple of couches in the living area in case you wanted yet another place to hang out. Harry, we can't thank you enough. We can't imagine a more luxiourous way to say goodbye to the good times we had in Indonesia.
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