Wednesday, 14 December 2022

Bali II Day 7: Hard Rock Photoshoot & Westin Resort Nusa Dua

It was definitely more peaceful this morning than the day before! The girl didn't break out in hives and the hotel's restaurant was more organised. The restaurant staff brought us to newly opened section for our breakfast, which was less crowded.

I managed to enjoy my breakfast in peace 🙂

We checked out after breakfast. Before we left, we had a free photoshoot with Hard Rock Hotel Paparazzi, which was part of our room package. It was the best slot that we could book.

A photographer brought us to different parts of Hard Rock Hotel to take photos. It would have been really enjoyable if not for the heat!

We could choose 1 printed photo per room (total 2) for free and would have to pay for the others. We decided not to buy the rest as we were happy with our complimentary photos!

After our photoshoot, we exchanged our coupons for our complimentary welcome drinks. They were so refreshing!

We decided to put our luggage with the concierge and have lunch at the nearby Dulang restaurant.

They serve a variety of international-fusion food, which was great for all the tourists that frequent the area.

Food was good! 😋

We also admired our mini shopping loot while waiting for our food. We love Bali's handmade bags! 

My personal observation is that Kuta offers the best shopping because there are more to chose from and the goods were cheaper due to the vast competition! 😁

After lunch, we boarded a cab to Nusa Dua and bade farewell to Kuta.

While Kuta is located on the southwest side of the island, Nusa Dua is on the southeast side. We travelled via a newly constructed highway over a large body of water to get there. Nevertheless, the journey only took us about 25 minutes due to the new shortcut.

It has been said that the richer folks tend to stay in Nusa Dua as the hotels in this region were mostly 5-star hotels. The area is also typically quieter than Kuta or Seminyak and has a hospital and many golf courses.

We decided to stay at the Westin Resort Nusa Dua because it was family-friendly and had family rooms. 

We were warmly greeted on arrival and given a welcome sheet to browse their many offerings. The kids were also given an activity book and a water bottle each.

While the activities seemed like fun, we ended up not participating as the timing was just not right for us.

After checking in, we proceeded to explore our Family Two Bedroom Suite, which we booked via Agoda at S$657 per room per night (inclusive of breakfast). It was definitely the most expensive accommodation of our trip but the suite did nicely accommodate all 4 adults (my teen was considered an adult) and 2 children comfortably.

The generous dining area, where we often sat to chat and eat our snacks, greeted us after we opened the main door. At the end of the dining room were two doors: the left door led to the master bedroom while the right door led to the second bedroom.

The master bedroom contained a king-sized bed and huge open closet.

The usual comforts and amenities as expected of a 5-star hotel were present.

Although the TV was tiny, the very large bathroom and bathtub made up for it!

The layout of the second bedroom was similar to the master bedroom, except that there were twin beds instead.

The sofa was so large and comfortable that we called for the hotel to provide us with more blankets and pillows so that my boy could have his own 'bed' to sleep on. 

The hotel sent us a baby cot, which was so basic that my Littlest Girl barely slept in it (probably because it wasn't comfortable). Other than that, we had no complaints of our room.

Tour of our Family 2-bedroom Suite:

There was a complimentary shuttle bus that will pick up guests at specific timings to take them to the nearest shopping mall. Since we had nothing much to do after we had unpacked, we went and checked it out.

We waited at the lobby until we spotted a white mini bus with the words 'Bali Collection' at the side. It was a tight squeeze on the bus as the bus also picked up guests from other hotels in the area. 

Bali Collection was more of a shopping village than a mall. As there were nothing much to do at Nusa Dua, we kept going back there to buy souvenirs and get massages (more in the next post).

We bought most of our souvenirs from Sogo departmental store because they carried a lot of high quality items at decent prices. 

We had dinner at Kizuna as the sun was setting.

The food was not exactly traditional Japanese but tasted ok.

The best part of our meal was the salmon platter! The kids loved it! 

We returned back to the hotel via taxi. After a long day, we were happy to retreat to our rooms and snuggle under the covers. I realised that it was the only day of our trip that we didn't swim! We'll be back to our usual swimming tomorrow!

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Tuesday, 13 December 2022

Bali II Day 6: Shopping & Swimming in Kuta

The Littlest Girl woke up this morning with the worst case of hives I had ever seen all over her legs! I was quite sure that she was allergic to the wool blanket that the hotel had given us because, well, I have the same allergy! It's just sad that my Littlest has it too 😢😭

We decided to head for breakfast anyway since all of us were hungry. There was a long queue and when we finally got a table, it wasn't clean. The buffet area was messy and dirty. Someone had also spilled food on the floor but no one had time to clean it up because it was a peak period and the hotel was understaffed. Once I saw the condition of the restaurant, it immediately gave me flashbacks of an allergic reaction (to the dirt) and triggered my "OCD". I already didn't have much of a mood to eat because my baby wasn't well but this definitely broke the camel's back. I headed back to the room with the Littlest Girl, who also did not have an appetite, while the rest of the family continued with their breakfast.

It's times like this that I'm grateful that I always remember to pack medication on all our trips! I fed the Littlest Girl her milk and Zyrtec and got her to sleep so that she didn't feel so uncomfortable.

My mum offered to watch the Littlest while the hubby, boy and I headed to the pool for a morning swim.

The boy enjoyed his one-on-one time with us at the pool. Poolside drinks were relatively cheaper than Singapore so we ordered a couple.

Loving our very colourful drinks! 🥤

When we returned to our rooms, the Littlest Girl had woken up from her nap. As she was doing a lot better, we headed out to explore the Hard Rock Roxity Kids Club.

Unlike our stay at Hard Rock Hotel Desaru, the kids club here was chargeable.

We decided to give it a miss and let the kids play at the playground next to the kids club. They only played for 15 minutes as it was too hot!

We explored the street behind Hard Rock Hotel and decided to have lunch at Little Italy

The simple looking restaurant lived up to its name. The Italian food was very good! 

We loved the soup and pastas but our pick for the best dish had to go to the ravioli! It was so yummy!

Of course we had to order desserts, which were really tasty too 😋

After lunch, we shopped along the streets and bought quite a lot of things despite having to endure the intense heat from the afternoon sun! The fashionista Eldest Girl bought cute little handmade bags.

We headed back to our hotel and spent the rest of the afternoon in the pool since my girls didn't get a chance to swim in the morning.

The Littlest enjoyed playing with the sand while the older two enjoyed the slides.

We were happy to laze around in the pool all day but if you prefer to explore more of Kuta, you can visit the following places nearby:

  • Dream Museum Zone Bali
  • Upside Down World Bali
  • Waterbom Bali
  • Bali Sea Turtle Society

We ended the night with a simple dinner of KFC and McDonald's in our hotel room. It's nice to just relax and not have an agenda once in a while 😀

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