Trip Start Jan 23, 2013
Trip End Jul 23, 2013

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Flag of Indonesia  , Bali,
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

It was the day of our 25th wedding anniversary - never in our lives would we have believed we would be celebrating it in Bali. We spent a while reminiscing our wedding day as well as making a few promises for our future together. We were both a little sentimental.

We started the day as usual with a jolly good breakfast over at the restaurant. Apart from my appointment for a facial at the Spa, we had absolutely nothing planned for the day. We found a couple of sun beds that initially offered some dappled shade, where we each read our books and generally wasted the day away, occasionally taking a swim in the pool to cool down. Bliss.

Just before 15:00 one of the therapists wandered up to me to remind me of the booked facial - as if I might have forgotten. I followed her into the Spa and was directed to lie down on the cushioned treatment table. The first thing my 'therapist' did was dampen two cotton wool pads to cover my eyes; I wasn't sure whether this was to cool my eye sockets or block out other Spa actions going on around me. Maybe it was to protect my eyes from flying nail clippings, as I could hear somebody having a Pedicure quite close to me.

The temporary blindness caused by the eye covers prevented me from seeing what lotions and potions were being used on my face and neck. She seemed to start with a cream cleanser which was massaged on then removed with a hot towel. After that she dabbed on some very nice smelling light lotion which was removed with tissue. The next 'treatment' wasn't so gentle and was the one which absolutely confirmed my suspicions that these 'therapists' have received little, if any, training. She dabbed on a facial scrub and initially started rubbing gently but got harder and harder. She rubbed so much that by the time she had finished, the 'scrub' had completely evaporated.....and my face was smarting.

Next came a soothing face mask which the therapist painted on using a brush. It took around 5 minutes to cover my face during which time I almost got the giggles; there was something surreal about not being able to see the colour of the mask that was being applied and I could imagine how funny I might look if the mask were lime green or even black, against my two white cotton pad eyes.

The mask was removed after about 15 minutes with warm wet towels. I was hoping it was one of the type that would be pulled off, it's always reassuring to see the dull dead tissue cells stuck to the mask - confirms the cost and application was worthwhile. She didn't remove the eye pads, so I wouldn't have been able to see anyway.

Before the eye pads were removed, the 'therapist' applied yet another dab of the nice smelling light lotion and rubbed it in gently. The removal of the pads then signified the end of the process which had lasted an hour. I felt my face, it certainly felt very smooth. I asked the 'therapist' to show me the name of the nice smelling light lotion with the intention of buying some at the airport, and could hardly believe my eyes. It was 'Skin Whitening Cream'. It had taken me the best part of six months to get a tan.

We returned to our room around 17:00 to freshen up and decide where to go for our evening meal. The #1 restaurant, Bumbu Bali was just across the street so with regard to the special day, we decided to wander over.

We ordered two dishes which were served with a selection of rices, pickles and vegetable mixes. I really liked the food, but Terry preferred the dish he had had the previous evening at 'Glaze'. The atmosphere wasn't great, we were given a small table lodged between two tables of families with young children, so not exactly romantic. I think we reached a decision not to return after we received the bill, which was outrageously expensive for Bali standards. Well, I guess when you are #1, you can get away with anything.
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Moira on

Happy anniversary. A beautiful setting. Enjoy the last few days of your holiday. See you in August xx

Sharon & Richard on

Happy Anniversary you look as though you are having a great time.Looking forward to seeing you soon and to hear all your tales.

Bastian on

Happy Anniversary! You are a great couple.

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