Day 3 – Bali to Singapore
We got up early to have our breakfast as we had an appointment with the health centre for some treatments done. The buns we bought the night before were still very fresh. We had no lack of beverages as the hotel was very generous in providing coffee and teabags for our convenience. After getting breakfast out of the way, we got ourselves ready for our spa treatment booked the night before. When we reached the health centre next to the swimming pool, the staff were ready. Special detox drinks were offered and some explanations given. We were then ushered into our couple’s room. Wife had a facial while I had a body massage. The treatments were good and we enjoyed some pampering before getting ourselves ready for our flight home later at night. There was also a happy hour 20% discount for treatments done between 9 am and 1 pm. So it was a really good deal. When everything was over, we quickly went back to our room for a quick shower and returned to the hotel restaurant for lunch. This was because the hotel was unable to accommodate our request for late check out. So we had to rush a little that morning. However, the hotel did promise to provide us with a hospitality room for an hour in the late afternoon for us to shower and change before we depart for the airport. Well, this was truly a good gesture and we took the offer. So lunch was back to the same restaurant but this time we didn’t sit next to the pool with the heat from the high noon sun. We sat in the restaurant and had a quick meal in order not to be too late for checking out of our room.
After lunch we hurried back to our room and packed our bags and went straight to the lobby front desk and we were not late. Well, the bill was under IDR 900,000 for our spa treatments, lunch and dinner where we enjoyed 50% discount for meals as Accor members. Again, this was great as we managed to spend a lot lesser than budgeted and we truly enjoyed this 5 star hotel stay for the night and its premium services. We then left our bags with the hotel and went out for more shopping. We went back to Kuta Square and walked a little further and before reaching Discovery Mall, we went into those side streets selling clothes, shoes and souvenirs. These shops basically sell pretty much the same stuff in all those streets stores in Bali. We didn’t buy anything but went further down the street towards the beach and there happened to be a procession underway with people in robes and traditional costumes walking along the beach. Balinese are seriously religious and you will often find them performing religious ceremonies quite regularly.
Having nothing much to see after that, we went back to Kuta Square and entered Matahari to park ourselves there for a few hours, shopping in an air-conditioned environment rather than haggle with street vendors. In fact, stuff from Matahari could be a lot cheaper without having to put in effort to bargain over prices, especially with the many special offers during weekends such as buy 1 get 1 free or buy 2 get 1 free and so on. So wife went around looking for stuff and I after walking one round around the store, conveniently located a bench to sit down to fiddle with my phone to pass time. Time flew quickly and it was time to head back to our hotel to use the hospitality room. We made our way back, and again the sun was hot that day, so we looked forward to a good shower after this yet another shopping mission accomplished. We got our bags from concierge and collected the key to another hotel room and went for a quick shower. Though the room was pretty much the same, the condition of this room was not as good as the one we spent the night before. Nevertheless, it was kind of the hotel to provide us with a room and facility to clean and freshen ourselves before we leave the hotel for the airport. Once done and it was still too early to head for the airport, we returned the key to reception and left our bags with concierge again and went out for dinner.
This time we went next door to Mercure Hotel for dinner to enjoy the 50% discount for Accor members. The restaurant is just a level above the roof top swimming pool and has a commanding view of Kuta beach across the road. With the coming sunset moment, some diners would be reserving a table beside the swimming pool to witness this event and thereafter follow by a candle light dinner. Again we ordered our food and while enjoying our dinner when the food arrived, watched the enchanting moment of the splendid sunset painting the sky with different hues of pink and orange as the sun bowed out into the distant horizon.
With this final meal for our trip done, we went back to our hotel next door to use the washrooms and rested awhile in the huge hotel lobby.
Finally, it was time to go. We collected our bags from concierge and requested the hotel staff to get us a bluebird taxi to the airport. When we reached the entrance, one of the hotel staff offered to send us to the airport with the hotel’s vehicle asking for just IDR 100,000. From experience, we know that taxi fare from Kuta to the airport cost around IDR 70,000. As the hotel was providing a clean and nice SUV, we took up the offer instead of waiting for a bluebird taxi. Though the airport was not far away, with the heavy traffic in Kuta area at night, it took us about 30 minutes to reach the airport.
The new airport was quite busy at night. Since we had already made our online check-in, and with no check-in luggage, we got our boarding pass from the Jetstar counter rather quickly. Unfortunately, airport tax of IDR 200,000 each needed to be paid separately and there was only one queue, so this slowed down passenger flow which otherwise, we could get through to immigration with one lesser hassle. After this came the scanner counter before the immigration counter and all bottled water and empty water bottles would be removed from passengers. Finally, we made it to one the long queues for immigration to process our passports. Eventually, when we were cleared of the entire process, it was a welcome relief where we could be free again to roam the new airport and wait for our flight home. So it would be good to get to the airport early just in case being held up longer than expected during peak hours and having trouble boarding flights to the next destination. This new airport has many restaurants and shops. However, I didn’t notice any water dispenser and so even bringing empty bottles into the airport would be of no use. We were left with no choice but to purchase overpriced water from one of the shops. The good news is that you may bring the water bought from the airport to board the plane unless you are flying to Australia. In addition, the airport is very clean with plenty of seats at boarding gates and free wifi works very well. Once getting through immigration, the mood would be very much more relaxed with plenty of space to roam, shops to see and cafes and restaurants for a bite or a meal, unless you are in a rush to catch a flight where the gate is about to close.
By the time we were given green light to board our flight home, we were already half asleep. Getting on board the plane was rather quick, and we were soon ushered into sleep mode. The flight home was uneventful as well. As we were sleeping during flight most of the time, it seemed too quick when we were greeted by the announcement from the pilot for a warm welcome home. Making our way through our familiar Changi airport brought a sense of accomplishment with yet another rejuvenating time chalked up without having to break the bank or tear a hole in our pockets. Will be looking forward to our next trip to central Vietnam in May, planned since September 2014.