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Published: December 30th 2019
It is time to say goodbye to the Swallow House, but before we leave we get to have another wonderful breakfast on the patio served by Uly. This time it was the fruit, with black rice and little mini-rice cakes. I also realized that I hadn't really posted any pictures of the guesthouse, so most of the pics on this blog are from the Swallow House (not the Nike Villas). We had time for a last dip in the pool, before packing up, saying our good-byes to Wayan, Uly and Coco the cat. Luckily, they were able to haul our bags on the motorbike down the path to the road, where are driver was waiting to take us to Sanur.
The mileage to Sanur is only 20 miles, but the traffic in the various little villages along the way had some decent traffic jams, so it took about an hour to actually arrive to our hotel for the next 3 nights, the Nike Villas. The Villas had great reviews online and when we arrived, we got a glimpse as to why.
We were immediately shown to our very nice room, with awesome AC (ah, what a relief) overlooking the
pool and provided a welcome snack of crepes and mango smoothie. We were also asked what we wanted for our afternoon tea (we chose banana pancakes and tea) and what time we wanted it delivered (we chose 2:30p). Then we were provided with our choices for our complimentary breakfast tomorrow ( I chose noodles and Ken chose eggs), what time we preferred and did we want it delivered to the pool, the room or the outdoor restaurant.
We settled into the room and even though we were no longer at the guest house, we fell right back into our relaxation mode. Once we received our tea, we decided it was time to get out and explore Sanur. I had found a sport bar to watch the Clemson-Ohio State football game tomorrow, so we walked along the ocean-side boardwalk the 1 mile to the Sanur Beach House. We passed by some really big hotels (Fairmont, Hyatt, etc), but while their grounds were beautiful, the Nike Villas felt more interesting and certainly more reasonable ($100 per night).
We found the Beach House Bar and enjoyed a beachy type cocktail and chatted with Rob, the Aussie owner to confirm we could
watch the game at 9am tomorrow. He checked the listings and said he would have it on, so good to go! Instead of walking back on the beach, we hit the main road and got a sense of the shops and restaurants. It definitely was touristy, but not as much as what we saw in Ubud…just a bit more low key. We stopped for dinner at the Three Monkey’s, mainly cause it had AC and decent reviews.
By the time we got back to the Villa’s it was time to wrap up the day with a glass of wine and watching Star Wars - The Force Awakens! Yes, 10-days without tv has passed but now we treat ourselves to an evening movie and football tomorrow!
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