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#76 dolcengabbana

Posted 28 March 2012 - 10:37 AM

Hi

I am off on Friday morning. Unfortunately JetPOOP cancelled all my flights via Darwin and now I am re routed Cairns Sydney Denpasar. Only an extra 11 hours each way :0 So thrilled about that however the joy of seeing my BFF for the first time since my wedding in July last year keeps me excited about the flights regardless.

Trying to look at the brightside also means i get to utilise the duty free shooping at Sydneys T1 and the Qantas lounge.

I have arranged the bali dolphins for my BFF's birthday, also booked dinner at Sarong for her birthday too. Cna't wait for sunset drinks at KuDeTa, Potatoe head and dinner La Luciolas.
Have booked an incredible photographic tour with a private guide and driver for $50 for 8 hours. Really want to go White Water Rafting too this trip since it s a girls trip no kids bit easier to do the more adventrous trips this time. Also condiering a bali hai day cruise too.

Anyone else going over int he next 2 weeks?

#77 shannon31

Posted 28 March 2012 - 09:42 PM

dolcengabbana I am leaving on Friday for my first trip to Bali, very excited.

We are staying at Bali Garden Beach resort in Tuban for a few nights then a week at Grand Mirage in Tanjung Benoa. We also have booked the dolphin swim which I am really looking forward to. Where did you book your photographic tour and where are they taking you? I have a driver booked for 1 day for about $50.00 and we are heading to Ubud, not sure how this will go with 2 kids in tow!


#78 dolcengabbana

Posted 29 March 2012 - 10:06 AM

Shannon31 - SNAP staying at the same place - arriving Friday also!!! Then moving out to Seminyak on the 5th April for 5 more days.

www. balifriends. com they set the itinerary based on what we wanted to see photograph we chose human interest, cultural and landscape we are goign to Sunar sunrise, then up to ubud, the mountains rice fields, and to a ceremony. Can't wait 8 hours 500000 rup. $50 aussie.

You will be fine, balinese are so helpful. I travelled with my 2 year old through fiji for 3 weeks on my own, then thailand and loas and singapore when he was 4 for 3 weeks it was great kids love it. Might see you there. I am travelling with my gorgeous friend no kids this trip.

#79 raven74

Posted 29 March 2012 - 10:12 AM

Thanks girls the Safari Park seems like a  go then.
Also, very superficial question... We don't need money to pay taxi's as we have a driver so... for DH, DD and myself, how much spending money?  DH won't get much, but I'll get clothes for DD... some shopping for myself, lunches and dinners out as well.  I have NO idea! blush.gif
Definitely booking a photographic tour!

Edited by raven74, 29 March 2012 - 10:13 AM.


#80 dotty27

Posted 29 March 2012 - 09:25 PM

raven budget $100-200 a day will be more than enough, we are a family of 4 and do $100 a day. so days we spend no where near that others we spend a bit over.

#81 Skittie

Posted 30 March 2012 - 12:56 AM

http://www.balischoolkids.org/

SKP1972 - we sponsor a child's education thru The Rotary Club.

Sanny is our driver too and takes up to see our sponsor child.

I have already booked Sanny for Sept 2012 original.gif

#82 SKP1972

Posted 30 March 2012 - 05:24 PM

QUOTE (Skittie @ 30/03/2012, 01:56 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
http://www.balischoolkids.org/

SKP1972 - we sponsor a child's education thru The Rotary Club.

Sanny is our driver too and takes up to see our sponsor child.

I have already booked Sanny for Sept 2012 original.gif


Hi Skittie - Sanny is great isn't he and so is his gorgeous wife, she piggy backed my 3 yr old through the Safari Park despite my insistence that she would be fine to walk.

Still stuck for accommodation - any ideas ladies, preferrably up the Legian end??



#83 naturalgoodness

Posted 30 March 2012 - 06:11 PM

SKP1972 - in Feb we stayed at Beach Melati Apartments on Padma Utara in between the Niksoma and Ramada but not beach front. We found the pricing really reasonable and they have a range of apartments. Bali Moon Villas are also up that way as well as Hidden Garden (I think they are up to 7 or 8 now in the Legian area).

Very jealous that you are going in October - I am trying to convince DH for just the 2 of us to sneak over for a quick trip in Aug for our anniversary since the Feb trip was all about the kids  biggrin.gif

#84 SKP1972

Posted 31 March 2012 - 07:13 PM

Thanks Naturalgoodness was looking at the Melati apartments and the Melasti as well, will look at the other two you have mentioned as well.

Looking forward to it as I really enjoyed our last trip there, and it was nice being in Legian as it was so much quieter than Kuta and a little less full on so we could escape if we wanted to.

Hope you can convince your DH, we originally wanted to go over for our anniversary in September but everything is fully booked and high season rates so will go a month later - fingers crossed I can find us some accommodation.

Will look up the other ones you mentioned now.

Thanks

Sonia

#85 kabailz13

Posted 04 April 2012 - 07:03 PM

Squeeeeeee!!!

We have booked flights and we are talking the kids (yes, all 5) to Bali for 17 nights in November/December!! So excited!!

I have booked Suly resort in Ubud for 6 nights for our first port of call and from there, the plan is one night at the Mara River Safari lodge to do the marine and safari park (cheaper to stay there than just to visit!!) and then on to Sanur for 6 or 7 nights - looking at Peneeda View as it's right on the beach but open to other options as long as it will fit us all in and is on the nice but cheaper side of the equation original.gif

So, after that, we have 3 or 4 nights up our sleeves and I'm thinking it would be great to stay somewhere with an awesome pool and atmosphere (read swim up bar and massages! lol). Any ideas?

I haven't been to Bali since I was 15 and I'm now 30 so everything is completely new to me and hubby has never been. We are all so very excited! Wasn't going to book flights yet but I managed to get them for $1100 for all of us return and I just couldn't pass that up!

So, hit me up with your must do's, driver recommendations (we need an 8 seater), must sees and definitely things the kids will love!

It's going to be a looooooong 7 months till we fly out I believe lol

#86 lorywhol

Posted 06 April 2012 - 08:27 AM

Tomorrow. Tomorrow.
I love ya, Tomorrow.
Its only a day away.

Can you tell I'm excited.

#87 kabailz13

Posted 08 April 2012 - 11:14 PM

Well, in only a couple of days, our plans have changed already!!

We are now staying at Beji Resort in Ubud for 4 nights before heading up to Lovina where we will be staying 4 nights at Bali Nibbana Resort, after that, I haven't booked anything...

We still plan on staying at the Mara River Safari Lodge so we can visit the park, do the night safari and eat breakfast with the lions at Tsavo restaurant! I think we'll stay somewhere closer to Mara River the night before that though - possibly around the volcano somewhere.

It's all so exciting!

Edited by kabailz13, 08 April 2012 - 11:15 PM.


#88 aggapang

Posted 11 April 2012 - 08:47 PM

If anyone is planning a visit to Ubud, please consider visiting  Bumi Sehat- a birthing centre/clinic funded entirely by donations. It is just a few minutes out of the main drag of Ubud and run by this amazing woman, Robin Lim.

We recently visited and dropped off a bag of baby clothes and toys and the kids got to give some gifts to the newborn babies for that day.

There are many families that cannot bring home their babies from hospital as they simply cannot pay the hospital fees  sad.gif. Robin Lim runs this clinic as an entirely free service, purely from donations.

Edited by aggapang, 11 April 2012 - 08:47 PM.


#89 kabailz13

Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:37 PM

I was just last night reading about Bumi Sehat!!!

I will most definitely be paying a visit with some gifts when we go over. I know my eldest daughter would love to do that with me.  I'll be taking a big bag of blankets, clothes and some med supplies if I can manage it original.gif

#90 cosmic79

Posted 15 April 2012 - 01:38 PM

Oooh happy to find a Bali thread!
I'm from Melb and have a bit of a Bali addiction.  We've been there about 5 times in the last 18 months.  We usually stay at the Dynasty because of the kids' club even though it's not really my type of place.  Best place I have ever stayed in Bali was C151 in Seminyak - BLISS!!

Anyway, I've had a short trip to Bali booked for a couple of months now.  I'll be nearly 7 weeks by then, so I'm trying to work out how to cope without Bintang!

Any great tips for early pregnancy in Bali?  I suppose I'm a seasoned Bali traveller, so I know the normal do's and don'ts - I guess they'll be the same really.

Edited by cosmic79, 15 April 2012 - 01:47 PM.


#91 lorywhol

Posted 15 April 2012 - 10:01 PM

Just returned from a week in Bali and now understand why people love to go there to relax.

The Cubbyhouse at the Semara Resort in Seminyak was brilliant.

I have to say it wasn't a "cheap" holiday like I hear everyone else talk about, but that was probably more to do with the decisions we personally made.

Good luck if you are heading that way for the first time.



#92 dolcengabbana

Posted 19 April 2012 - 11:13 AM

Back home now and here is my trip report

Jetstar 2 weeks out cancelled my flights to Bali via Darwin and re routed me through Sydney with an additional 11 hours of travel time each way on the original trip booked L Boo

Flew out of Cairns at 9am on Friday 30th March. Arrive at the airport early as my husband has to go to work and fortunately I did so. I had a positive result for explosives, twice with a security officer who spoke little to no English. A 2nd officer came up to assist and asked her which item tested positive and the femal security officer couldn’t answer the 2nd officer because she had swabbed both my handbag, my trolley bag and me with the same swab both times.

The 2nd officer swabbed me negative result, swabbed my handbag negative and my trolley bag was also negative. I was escorted to a room, had my shoes jewellery removed and frisked, I had my bags searched and my checked luggage was removed from the checked luggage area and searched. All of the luggage and belongings searched was done without my presence.

I was then left to sit for 30 minutes in a secure area, then given a piece of paper to sign and released to go to my flight. Slightly shaken and not a single explanation given with any of it. Further investigations lead me to think it may have been from my spray tan the previous night that caused the positive. Apparently certain medications and mineral makeup can cause a positive test result.

Board the flight a quick sleep read my book arrive in Sydney, catch the bus to the international airport, wait 40 mins for check in to open and first check in and proceed to pick up small bottle of gin some Chanel perfume and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rose champagne for my friend’s birthday. Head to the Qantas Club Business Lounge. Have a number of wines, some lunch and re charge the iPad and iPhone.

End up with the row to myself and read, listened and watch movies the entire way so excited to see my girlfriend who I haven’t seen since my wedding in July last year.

Get VOA quite quickly and am through immigration luggage was already there for me and right as I am about to go through customs I realise I didn’t have a customs declaration they let me through anyway with a smile. The hotel had arrange a driver and vehicle for my girlfriend to pick me up and we went to the Bali Gardens Resort Kuta.

On first thought it was fine, central and decent breakfast. By the 2nd, 3rd and 4th day we weren’t so happy with it. The staff could be grumpy and slightly difficult at times. The service at the Broadwalk and the food was not great. The rooms are big enough but the cleaning standards were lacking. Won’t stay there again.

We ate at TJ’s, Poppies, Kopi Pot, a few random  places we find on our walks. We enjoyed a day with Bali Friends ona  photography tour – was the highlight.

We travelled to sunrise at Sanur, then to a local food and meat market my photos of this are incredible it was hard not to get a great shot. Then to a banyan forest, to a funeral where they cremated two people that was incredible they actual burn the body with kero totally uncovered. Then to the rice fields watching and photographing the sand diving women in the Agung river, the dive down scoop sand bring it up to a buc on their head and carry it up the side of the mountain to the road to sell the sand. On to lunch at the rice fields, then we found an illegal c*ck fight and it was just amazing and scary and wild. Once ina  lifetime stuff there. Back to the hotel for a long shower and photo downloads.

We then moved out to the The Royal Beach Seminyak. I am an Accor member and they had our room ready at 11 am for us. Fantastic room, service and location. Loved it would go back again and again and again.

We ate at Ku De Ta, Potato Head, Sarong (WOW), Nirvana, local warungs and street side restaurants. We had shellac polish done at the Nirvana Spa – fantastic better then my local here in Australia and so much cheaper.

I had booked the dolphin experience for my friend’s birthday and that was good a bit sad but lovely too – not sure where I stand on that!!

I got sick with a cold/flu on the 4th April that by the time I got back home I had a raging chest infection/bronchitis and was very sick, had 3 days off work to recover from that.

All in all fabulous trip once I got sick I just read laid by the beach or pool and rested. I got 140 dvd’s in Poppies lane in a lovely air conned shop and so far out of the 20 discs played by us and friends all are perfect so far in fact best quality I have seen yet.

Didn’t get ripped off very often, I speak a little Indonesian and it was my 6 bali trip and my 9th overall Indonesian trip. I got my Nike’s and Nike + receiver extremely discounted at the Nike store compared to Australia and they are wonderful to wear and run in.

Edited by dolcengabbana, 20 April 2012 - 09:18 AM.


#93 naturalgoodness

Posted 19 April 2012 - 05:54 PM

dolcengabbana - I'm an Accor member too, what rate did they give you for Royal Beach in Seminyak? I am thinking about it for our adults only trip later in the year.

#94 dolcengabbana

Posted 19 April 2012 - 09:12 PM

I got a delux room for 5 nights inc breakfast with early check in and later check out for $1031 inc taxes and it was worth it to us also airport transfer both ways, as we were already in kuta they picked us up at our other hotel.

We went adults only also. Being school holidays there were some kids not a huge amount not really noisy and there is an adult only and family pool to choose from.

#95 mjaler

Posted 20 April 2012 - 01:39 PM

lorywhol - I think you will find that it becomes a 'cheap holiday' on subsequent visits as you don't tend to do the expensive tours and things like you do the first time you go.
When we go to Bali now we tend to do nothing but stay around the hotel, I go out shopping solo or with one of the kids and dh stays at the hotel to read and swim while the kids go in and out of the kids club. We spend about $100 a day just for food and a bit of shopping.
We usually do Waterbom twice which is the expensive days but it is so loved by the kids it is worth it.

Last time we went my eldest and I did the afternoon bike tour and elephant ride, that was definitely a highlight. We go again in six months and I will hike up Kintamani with my eldest and possibly dh if we can get a sitter for the little ones.

Highly recommend staying overnight at Mara River, it is barely more than the entrance fee. About $200 a night for a family which includes accommodation, a meal and entrance to the park which is about $150 anyway? The first time we stayed this included the WATER park - I think people are getting this confused with the marine park - this is what you pay extra for not the fish tanks etc. Last time we stayed the water park and the rides were extra which certainly increased the cost of the stay. Thankfully the kids didn't really care for the rides and were more into the water park so we just spent one morning there.

We have 16 days in October so just researching different accommodation. We have stayed at Holiday Inn the last few times we have been and really love it but its fairly pricey.

#96 Glr-r

Posted 27 April 2012 - 07:58 PM

Just a update finally from my trip in April, we stayed at Holiday Inn and I highly recommend it, our kids absolutely loved the kids club there, and begged to go there everyday.

As for shopping I went to bali Basco and they have great kids range, heaps of kids Gap, gymboree and old navy clothing, have been very impressed with quality.

Love to eat at mozerella by the sea, even better than our old favourite ultimo! Potato heads is nice but pricey considering really. Much the same as cocoon, we ate there and I nearly fell over when the bill came and we found cheaper places much nicer.

We can't wait to go back have booked for easter again next year!!


#97 naturalgoodness

Posted 28 April 2012 - 06:30 PM

Glr-r - where is Bali Basco? I haven't heard of it before or been totally oblivious to it!

#98 Glr-r

Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:53 PM

Sorry it's Bali Brasco http://balibrasco.com/ on Sunset Road Seminyak

#99 Pigeonpair

Posted 02 May 2012 - 12:19 PM

Hi fellow Bali lovers. Anyone know of or had any experience with permanent hair staightening in bali, not chemical, like keratin system.
Where, how much etc?

Going end july, looking for accom in 1st week for 5 (kids 5, 3 and 13months). Keen for holiday inn but quotes approx $300pn! Our second wk will be at sentosa villas in seminyak so that's our luxury week, love it there, will b 3rd time there!

Love this thread.


#100 sleeplessmamma

Posted 03 May 2012 - 06:39 AM

Hi Pigeonpair, I was just on the Trip Advisor Bali forum and there was a thread discussing hair straightening in Bali, check that out original.gif




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