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Published: August 18th 2018
Kristy found a well-reviewed restaurant for breakfast which was between Sheraton and Four Points (our next hotel). We walked over to Benih's Cafe
which offered a wide array of western style breakfast and coffees. Kristy ordered the eggs Benedict and Brad had a massive triple-decker sandwich. We shared an avocado coffee beverage as well. The meal was good and very filling. After breakfast, we checked out of the Sheraton and left our bags at the front desk. (original plans had us going to Gilli T this day, but due to the earthquake we decided to transfer to a less expensive SPG option down the street)
We had both been considering purchasing customized leather briefcases for our new careers in Dallas, TX. We set out on the town to have a consumer-centric day. We walked to Kuta Leather and Tailor
which was a long walk, but the shop had great reviews. The items on display in the shop were all professionally made and looked great. We spoke with one of the clerks and designed our bags based on samples from the Tumi website. When we finally settled on the blueprint, we discussed price. They were way too high for what we were prepared to pay. Once
again, they were quite firm in their pricing. We decided to walk out.
We checked out Bali Soul Leather
which was a few blocks away. Their shop was more modest than Kuta Leather’s shop; however, the items looked similar. We went over the design crafted with the previous clerk and Bali Soul quoted a much-reduced price. We negotiated a little and settled on 2,100k for two bags modeled off the Alpha 2 Expandable
and the Lowell Brief.
The leather samples at Bali Soul were not as thick as at Kuta, but the shopkeeper ensured us that the bags would be made to stand on their own. Time will tell as we made plans to pick up the custom bags a few days later before we flew out. Pictures to come later.
Continuing on our shopping ways, we got a custom decorative surfboard made and Kristy bought some cycling sunglasses.
Later, we checked into the Four Points
. The hotel was arguably as nice as the Sheraton at a lower rate. The Four Points is a little further from the beach and does not have as luxurious of a feel, but offered nearly everything else. We redeemed a few extra Chase points to get a
lagoon access room and have breakfast included. The lagoon is Four Points’ first-floor pool with a hot tub and lounge platforms. From our room, we could hop right into the lagoon. There was also Best Brews, a craft beer bar, and a rooftop pool with a bar.
After checking in, we got in the lagoon for a bit. That night we went to The Pad Bar & Grill
for dinner. This place had a mix of traditional Asian/Indonesian cuisine and Euro/Aussie food. The Asian food was extremely well priced and delicious. We also found that the restaurant did not have a service charge or taxes which had been adding up at other eateries.
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