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Published: February 1st 2013
We just had the most perfect, relaxing, enjoyable 5 days in Bali ever 😊
This was not a holiday for sightseeing, adventure or new experiences. This was a 5 day break, before the monotonous routine of work and school got back underway.
On a recommendation from a friend we stayed at the Kumula Pantai hotel in Legian. It is a bit hidden away though, and is actually behind one of the restaurants along the beach so you dont even see it initally. But...it was suprisingly nice! Very bali'ish with marble everything, giant statues, winding gardens and dark wooden furniture. But all very clean with no mould in site and although i'd say set up in the '80's there was nothing wrong with it at all. It had 2 huge pools which we spent hours in every day and the kids loved jumping off the ledge that went all the way around and sampling the different hidden away areas.
The best part was that the hotel was right in the middle of the cafe strip so we hardly ever carried the kids. We could walk out and go to the cafe right next door, or just across to the
beach at night for a drink and the kids had a play. We ended up doing this everynight and it was so relaxing to just sit on the beach at sunset and the kids happily run up and down on the sand. But...the beach is really really disgusting in the morning. I doubt you could take a step without standing on rubbish. Amazing what was washing up overnight...but in the morning, there were tractors out cleaning up, people, and over the day the locals constantly put it all way. Where is this rubbish coming from though????
We went to Waterbom park one day which i havent been to since i was 20. I was a little trepid that with toddlers i was going to end up sitting beside a kiddies pool but the Midgit was tall enough now to go on heaps of the bigger rides and had a ball. Even the Little Miss found a slide she loved and started going up and down it for over an hour. So not a bad day overall with everyone sleeping well that night 😊
Some of our best friends were also over at the same time so we caught
up with them at their hotel one day, at Waterbom park and then one night came across them down at the beach - small world! 😊 The kids had a great plan and it was good to have someone else to enjoy a Bintang with.
A slightly amusing thing was the 5 yo starting to understand and notice things about the world. One night in the dance out the front of the hotel that the kids liked to watch, a transexual was participating. I hadnt actually noticed and the Midget said "that girl is a boy" and looked quite disgruntled. I sort of said "why do you say that' as i tried to work it out and his reply was she had very hairy legs. He couldnt take his eyes off him/her though and seemed very confused why this boy was wearing a dress and makeup...he thought he had the world sussed lol!
This was just a really enjoyable holiday with no timelines, no expectations, no plans at all...meaning no tantrums and no stress. Also for less than Aud$2000 incl what we spent there, i can see why so many Australians go to bali on a regular basis.
So a very nice break and a bit of a reality shock to go back to work on Tuesday 😞
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