Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Eat, Play, Love: Bali

After our chilly trip to Harbin, Chris and I needed a little time to thaw.  Fortunately he had a five-day business trip to Jakarta, Indonesia so we decided to extend his trip with a winter holiday in Bali. 
Bali is a beautiful place to warm up in the middle of winter!
While in Bali, we stayed at the Grand Mirage Hotel in Nusa Dua.  After being apart for a few days, we wanted a place where we could defrost and reconnect.  The Grand Mirage provided that and much more!

Our airport transfers were included with our all inclusive package.  It was nice to be greeted a the airport!
After I checked in with a cocktail, I was shown to my Romantic Ocean View Room.  
The view from our balcony took my breath away.
The resort had beautiful bowls of tropical flowers around the hallways.
Some of the flowers ended up on our bed. :) 
I am happy to say we spent much of our time relaxing around the pool.  The attentive staff met all our needs. This was the kind of vacation I was seeking.
After a day of relaxing by the pool, we decided to explore some of the other activities that came with our all-inclusive stay.   One of the highlights of our stay was a Seawalker tour.

The Seawalker tour was fun and very easy!  We wore pressurized diving helmets and took a stroll at the bottom of the Indian Ocean. 
While the trip was free, the company offered multiple add ons. For $5 USD, we fed the fish!
The Seawalker program also has a sea turtle and seahorse release program where divers can release baby animals into the ocean for a small donation.  Unfortunately, the sea turtles and seahorses were too small to release so I freed an anemone.  He was happy in his new ocean home! 
We wanted to stay longer under the sea, but there was much more fun to be had.
Nighttime at the resort was also very low key, however we were never bored.  We had a great time enjoying the resort restaurants and shows. 

There was a wide variety of food at the four different resort restaurants.  
Unfortunately we didn't have time to sample all of the restaurants. 
We had a lovely time dining at both a Balinese and Australian dinner theater buffet.  
While waiting for the entertainment to start, kids were invited to the stage to make flowers from palm leaves and plumeria.
During the Balinese dinner, dancers performed a traditional Kecak dance.  The Kecak dance brought the Ramayana to life. 

During our Australian buffet, musicians and dancers performed five different Legong dances.  At the end of the performance, guests were invited to dance with the performers. 
On Sunday evening we enjoyed a delicious four course dinner on the beach.  
The dinner was not included in the package, but it was worth the extra $30 per person. 

I could have stayed another week in Bali, however we needed to return to Shanghai to prepare for the return of Pat and Rich to Shanghai.  

Six days of sunshine was exactly what we needed!

Stay tuned for more Balinese adventures!