Destination TBD


Dates of travel :
September 8 - October 6, 2005

Lessons learned:
In Bali, having a 'big bum' is a good thing; mine was pointed out in conversation (leading me to desire permanent relocation plus a lifetime supply of fries and chocolate)

Best food-related dicovery :
Bakso Ayam – yummy chicken soup found at street-stalls

Horror stories:
The barf bungalows; a small boat on a big sea; too much Arak (local spirits distilled from palm sap)

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Where we stayed | Rates are for a double room with private bath, fan, and hot water shower unless noted


Bali Sorgawi Hotel | Jl. Legian
TEL: +62 (361) 755266
Located on the fringe of the action, this hotel is peaceful but close enough to Kuta's nightlife 'scene', shops, restaurants, and the beach. The Bali Sorgawi has nice, comfortable rooms, restaurant, swimming pool, and fitness center. Free pickup from the airport is a bonus.
Rate: 250,000 Rp ($25.00 +/- U.S.)



Pramesti Bungalows | Moneky Forest Road
The Pramesti offers cozy bungalows with porches in a garden setting, all in the heart of central Ubud. Shops, galleries, and restaurants nearby are yours for the picking. Breakfast is included, brought to your door each morning: dining on the porch to the sounds of Balinese music and the sights of the garden is a pleasant way to start the day. Listed in Lonely Planet
Rate: 80,000 Rp ($8.00 +/- U.S.)



Lila Graha Bungalows | near the lake
TEL: (0368) 21446
There aren't many overnight options in Bedugul... Most people stop here as part of a day trip from another part of the island. A good idea, too, since the 'attraction', a temple on the water (but only during the rainy season), is more of a cheezy tourist trap. The rooms at this hotel were timeworn and thrown together (there was a propane tank in our bathroom to heat the hot water). Also, the place is used as a church on Sunday, with loud (but joyful) singing that starts at 7 a.m.
Rate: 80,000 Rp ($8.00 +/- U.S.)



Segara Bukit Cottages | Banyupoh
TEL: (0362) 94749
This hotel, located just outside Pemuteran, is a decent budget option – most of the accommodation in the area consists of expensive resorts. The staff is indifferent, but there is a range of cottages, some with an outdoor garden bathroom and AC (these are more expensive). Located on a rocky stretch of beach, the hotel has a nice swimming pool and a restaurant, although questionable (we both got sick). Breakfast is included.
Rate: 80,000 - 200,000 Rp ($8.00 - 20.00 +/- U.S.)



Tresna Yoga Bungalows | next to Bayu
TEL: 081 7479 0480
A new-ish place built on a hill with amazing views of the sea and Mount Agung, Tresna Yoga is more of a hotel than bungalows. The rooms are large and clean with pleasant porches to take in the scenery. The staff is friendly and attentive (sometimes too much so) and will bend over backwards to dote on your every need – at a "special" price, to boot. Breakfast is included. No hot water shower (but it's unnecesary anyway).
Rate: 100,000 Rp ($10.00 +/- U.S.)


Gili Air

Gusung Indah Bungalows | NE beach
Situated on the quiet Northeast edge of Gili Air, Gusung Indah is a scenic and tranquil place to kick back on a buruga on the beach or on the porch of your bungalow. The drinks flow, the food is flavorful, the staff friendly, and the days float by, all on the edge of a turquoise sea with Lombok's Mount Rinjani in the distant view. Gusung Indah is a great place to forget time while spending it on the island. Breakfast is included. No hot water shower (but it's unnecesary anyway).
Rate: 65,000 Rp ($6.50 +/- U.S.)

© 2005, Cheryn Flanagan