This is a very belated blog post. I started writing it in February. Then we moved and life got in the way . . . But given that I was here exactly one year ago (happy first anniversary to us), I figure it’s time to finish it.
This blog post is preceded by Part 1, where I described our first class flight to Hong Kong, and Part 2, where I described our visit to Ubud and complained about the broken air conditioning at our hotel.
Our second stop on the once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon to Bali was Seminyak.
Seminyak is on the southwest coast of Bali and is a popular destination for tourists with high-end shopping, dining, and clubbing (though we do none of that). We stayed at the W Retreat & Spa, which was located right on the beach. I’ve never stayed a W Hotel before, even in the States, though I was warned that it was very trendy and for a younger crowd. But my husband and I (in our mid-twenties to early-thirties) are a young crowd, so it catered well to us.
We chose an ocean-facing room on the third floor, and it was fantastic. Perhaps the reason I loved it so much was that the air conditioning worked perfectly, just as it would in the U.S. But even beyond that, it was perfect. We arrived before the official check-in time so we had to wait an hour or two for our room. When we did finally arrive, the room was prepared for a honeymoon couple with build-your-own martinis and a “heart” on the bed. The balcony had a seating area and looked over the pools and the ocean just beyond.
Because my husband still had a nasty cold, we spent the majority of our time at the resort, laying by the pool and soaking up the sun. The resort is wildly popular with Australians, and I think I could fake a pretty good Australian accent after a couple days there.
We did eventually venture outside the resort. We thought about visiting one of the markets but it was very hot and my husband wasn’t feeling up for it. We meandered down some road right in the middle of a shopping area. I bought a cotton printed dress and a hat (and probably overpaid for both, though still cheap for U.S. standards). We ate at some casual restaurant with outdoor seating. You’ll have to forgive me for not remembering the name. I remember we were typical Americans though and had burgers and beer.
Another night we walked down the beach about a mile to Ku De Ta. We hadn’t made reservations, but they were able to seat us pretty quickly. It does get crowded at sunset, though, so get there early.
The W was my favorite hotel by far, even though our next one was very luxurious. Maybe it’s because I fell in love with their air conditioning? It was just fabulous, and I would return in a heartbeat.
My next post (should I choose to post in the next 8 months) will cover our time at the Ayana in Jimbaran.