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Bali - 2010


Our Bali trip in 2010 was a very much DIY holiday, returning to Bali as we just love the place. We flew Malaysian via Kuala Lumpur, (all flights economy). Unfortunately we had a delay on the LHR/KUL leg and missed our onward flight from KL to DPS in Bali. MAS were excellent, waiting at the arrivals gate with onward boarding passes on a later flight which, because of our delay, meant a wait of about 1 1/2 hours. This was no big problem at KLIA as there is sufficient to look at.

We took the precaution of phoning the Hyatt in Bali as we had pre-booked their transport, directly. On arrival at Denpasar, however, we searched for the Hyatt driver for around 30 minutes and eventually had to phone the hotel on my UK mobile (a lengthy and expensive call) as I was told that all senior staff were in a meeting and it was only with a great effort (and supreme patience) that I managed to get hold of someone who could, or would, assist.

Strangely enough within 5 minutes the driver appeared, saying that he had been tied up with previous passengers!

Beach from hotel Room - Bali Hyatt
Bali Hyatt - Gardens and Club

Beach from hotel Room - Bali Hyatt

Bali Hyatt - Gardens and Club

Arriving at the Hyatt in Sanur, we were made very welcome and shown to our ocean view club suite which was spacious but rather functional. The club staff at this hotel are excellent and are a credit to Hyatt. The room, however, was tired and the bathroom required a deep clean. This was a point that took several days to get through to the staff. Sanur had changed very little since our last visit, although the coast path between the Hyatt and Sanur main town is in need of repair in several places.

The restaurants in Sanur were still pleasant, but here we had some surprises. The best food that we found was at the Hyatt's Chinese restaurant (Talaga Naga) and at the Mezzanine at the Puri Santrian. Both these restaurants were excellent. The worst food was at the Hyatt's "Italian" restaurant where we had poor service and poor food. Jepun seems to have changed and was no more than OK. We also had a couple of meals at CharMing, the first very good, the second indifferent and our old favourite, Ming's, really lacked atmosphere and that special touch that we found on previous visits.

We also ate at
Mades a couple of times where simple, inexpensive, reasonable quality, food with good service are the order of the day. We never managed to get a table in Warung Pregina but, judging by the number of people eating there, we don't doubt that it is still a great place for a typical meal. For a quick drink or snack/light meal, the Komilfo which is a couple of hundred metres along the beach path from the Hyatt is a very welcoming bar which also serves food.

The Spa at the Hyatt was excellent, staff and facilities were extremely good and, whilst expensive (for Bali), we would not hesitate to recommend it. Opposite the Komilfo, in the side street is a good, inexpensive indoor massage salon which we used fairly frequently.

We spent some lazy days in Sanur, wandering around, lazing by the beach, getting pampered, eating and drinking and taking in some local entertainment and dance - just recharging our batteries.

Spa near river at Maya Ubud
Pool Villa - Maya Ubud

Spa near river at Maya Ubud

Pool Villa - Maya Ubud

We took our usual trip to Ubud, through the countryside and rice paddies and stayed in the Maya Ubud. Quite an experience and one that we will definitely repeat!

The Maya Ubud is a short distance outside of the town and just oozes stylish simplicity and luxury touches. From the moment that we arrived the service was excellent and we were greeted by the general manager, personally.

We had a villa with a private pool overlooking the ravine of the Petanu river. The grounds surrounding the villa were completely enclosed by vegetation, except for the river view and offered complete privacy.

We took a spa treatment in one of their couples, riverside pavilions and I can only describe our stay as pure bliss! We do like our comforts, but this rated as one of our best experiences in SE Asia (see http://www.mayaubud.com ). The food, service and ambiance could not be faulted at this hotel.

It was then back to the Hyatt for a final few days, more beach and pool (despite experiencing damp weather and overcast skies). There is something about Bali which, to us, is like a magnet. I am sure that we will return but please, Hyatt, refurbish this hotel. It is in a great location with good staff!

Perhaps unsurprisingly, we chose not to take the Hyatt transport to the airport - preferring the services of a local company which had arranged the Maya Ubud for us.

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