Four Seasons Indulgence

Trip Start Dec 29, 2010
Trip End Dec 05, 2011

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Flag of Indonesia  , Bali,
Friday, July 1, 2011

We left Darwin in a bit of rush in the end, but before we knew it we had arrived in a different world: hectic Bali, with close to 4m people all squeezed on a tiny island.  The contrasts between Bali and Western Australia could not have been greater:  we had gone from a quiet remote landscape with few people and minimal service at any of the hotels/camps we had stayed at to a fast-paced, busy city full of mopeds, cars, people everywhere, chaos on the streets, tons of lights and noise pollution and tons of staff at the hotel ready to help us with anything we needed.  I have to say the contrast was a shock. 

We quickly started lapping up all the services the Four Seasons had on offer.  The children spent most of their time at the kids club down at the beach - they needed time away from us as much as we needed it from them. And we had a lovely babysitter for Benjamin, so Brad and I had wonderful guilt-free time away from the children.   

Boy, did we deserve it after the mammoth journey we've had.  Blissful is an understatement - I can hardly find the words to describe how fantastic it was. We sat by the pool, read our books, had a lovely massage down by the water front, and had lunch on our own (first time since Sydney when we did the sea plane trip).  The Four Seasons really does do luxury incredibly well.  The food was fantastic - finally some light stir fries, fish, sushi, lots of vegetables and unbelievably gorgeous tropical fruit - again a huge contrast to the chip-laden, steak orientated, veggie-deficient Australian diet. 

It was truly indulgent to stay somewhere where we did not feel the need to do any sightseeing, and we didn't, except for a trip to the local fish market.  The variety of fish and seafood on offer was impressive, and the abundance of fish was interesting to see.  Men carried huge yellow finned tuna in from tiny beautifully painted wooden boats, which must have been worth a fortune, and which were bound for export to Japan.  It was good for the kids to see how fish is caught in much of the world, and how people buy it in markets rather than the sanitised form it comes in in supermarkets in Britain.

Friday saw the arrival of Simon Pallant, which was really lovely.  After nearly 20 years of friendship, its still amazing when reunions happen in these far-flung places.  We had a really nice afternoon and evening catching up over lunch and a play in the pool with the kids, then more drinks and chatting into the evening.  

Brad and I quickly realised that 4 full days of luxury living was not quite enough to re-charge our batteries.  We could easily have stayed another few days, enjoying the babysitting and childcare, and finally having more time just the 2 of us.  Still, next stop is a villa with old friends and their children so lots more fun to be had, and a great opportunity for the kids to finally hang out with friends for a few days. 
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Diana on

Seems like this change of scene came at just the right time. Indonesia is a fascinating place - enjoy

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